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Air Fryer Parmesan Crusted Halibut

If you are looking for a simple meal that is also really impressive, look no further than this Air Fryer Parmesan Crusted Halibut. It is crunchy on the outside, tender and flakey on the inside, and is one of my favorite bites of fish that I’ve ever had.

AIr Fryer Parmesan Crusted Halibut photo from above of halibut on a plate with a fork.

Air Fryer Parmesan-Crusted Halibut

Some of you who have been following along for a while know that Jeremiah really likes to fish. (If you like fishing videos, check out this one and follow along on our Fishing Instagram!)

We got a boat a few years ago, and it has been one of the best things we’ve ever done. He and the kids go out dozens and dozens of times a year and fish for all kinds of things in the Puget Sound and off the coast of Washington and Oregon. 

I mention this because it is a bit of a teaser for some more fishing-related content to come, and because while 2020 was a $*!t show in almost all other regards, it happened to be a banner year for halibut. 

In 2020, due to a lack of demand from restaurants that were not open due to various restrictions, the halibut season was open for recreational fishermen for a much longer time period than it usually is.

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For us, that means we now have a freezer with enough fresh halibut (and almost every other fish that can be legally caught in those waters) to last the year, and also that they didn’t have to go out in less-than-perfect waters to do it.

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Bite of Air Fryer Parmesan Crusted Halibut on a fork

Why I love halibut, and you should too

Halibut is prized for its thick, meaty flesh and how buttery and delicious it is after it is cooked. I think of a big, thick halibut filet in the same way I think about a big steak. In fact, if I knew the fish was going to be prepared well, I’d pick halibut over steak almost every time in a restaurant.

I’ve shared some halibut recipes with you before. Our Traeger Parmesan Halibut was delicious, and this Crispy Battered Halibut with NO Beer has been really popular on Pinterest for quite a few years. If you love a good Beer Batter, I have one of those too.

This one though – this one might be my favorite yet. 

Air Fryer Parmesan Shrimp Recipe

We’re just getting into Air Frying these days, but these shrimp have been a huge hit!

Air Fryer Parmesan Crusted Halibut on a gray plate being cut into with a fork.

Why you’re going to LOVE it 

From the crispy cracker-filled crust to the ultrasimple prep and cooking method, this is just a winner all around. The kids even devoured this, and there are usually a few that turn their nose up at fish depending on the preparation and the kid. (And the time of the day, and what kind of mood they are in.) 

If you don’t have halibut, this recipe can be used on any firm whitefish. I am really excited to try it with lingcod, rockfish, and walleye.

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Air Fryer Parmesan Crusted Halibut on a plate with coleslaw

Parmesan-Crusted Halibut Shopping List

For the complete recipe, including the amounts you need for each ingredient, make sure to scroll down to the recipe card!

  • halibut
  • mayonnaise
  • parmesan cheese
  • salt & pepper
  • hot sauce
  • Ritz crackers
  • garlic

Try our Air Fryer Halibut Scampi too!

Air Fryer Parmesan Crusted Halibut on a gray plate with the flaky fish exposed

How to make crispy halibut in the air fryer

If you want to know what you are getting yourself into, I’ve got the cliff notes here. Make sure when you are cooking to follow the instructions in the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  • Your hands are going to get messy It is just a thing. Wash up and get to it, they don’t stay messy for long. This is the most annoying part of the recipe, and the rest is a cake wake.
  • Don’t let it stick – Make sure your cooking surface is non-stick, or make it so. The last thing you want is to lose half your breading to the bottom of your air fryer.


Mix together everything except the crackers.


Spread it all over the fish, on all sides.


Roll the fish in the crushed Ritz crackers.


Air fry at 350° for about 10 minutes!

Try our Bang Bang Halibut too!

How to store parmesan halibut leftovers and keep it crunchy

My suggestion for fish is usually to just not make too much, but this one comes back to life again surprisingly well. If you find yourself with some extra halibut that was cooked up, store it in a covered container for a day or two.

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How to reheat breaded halibut

Easy! Just reheat it in the air fryer. I’d turn the heat down to about 300° though, so the breading doesn’t burn while the center is heating, and keep a close eye on things!

Check out our Blackstone Yakisoba recipe too!

What else can you serve with Air Fryer Parmesan Halibut?

Lots of good stuff! Pictured here you see some creamy coleslaw. I’d also serve this gladly next to a big helping of my favorite Greek Salad, and these perfect grilled asparagus.

Craving some pasta? Try this easy one-pot creamy noodles recipe!

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Featured Reader Reviews

“I’ve been cooking halibut different ways for over 30 years. This recipe is now our very favorite done in the air fryer. So delish!!!”

– Paula from Pinterest

“Best halibut I have ever eaten, and I’ve eaten a lot of halibut. It was crispy and so flavorful.”

– Becky from Pinterest

“Made this Gluten Free using GF panko instead of Ritz. 380* for about 10-12 minutes and it was delicious!”

– Vikki from Pinterest

Air Fryer Parmesan Crusted Halibut
Yield: 2 servings

Air Fryer Parmesan-Crusted Halibut

Air Fryer Parmesan-Crusted Halibut

Halibut filets are breaded and cooked in the air fryer until they are a perfect medium. Simple and impressive dinner!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1 pound halibut
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic (or 2 cloves of my smoked garlic)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 sleeve ritz crackers, crushed


  1. Dry the halibut well with paper towels.
  2. Combine the mayo, parmesan, minced garlic, salt, pepper, and hot sauce in a small bowl.
  3. Crush the crackers and place them into another bowl.
  4. Coat the fish in the mayo mixture and then roll in the crackers to cover all sides. Carefully place into the air fryer in a single layer, not touching the sides or each other, in your air fryer. (Spray the rack with cooking spray if it is not well-seasoned and if things tend to stick.) Repeat with the other filet(s).
  5. Cook in the air fryer at 350° for 10 minutes, or until the internal temp is 130-135°, depending on how you like your fish.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 722Total Fat: 51gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 38gCholesterol: 174mgSodium: 1450mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 60g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate.

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Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.


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Friday 19th of January 2024

I have shared this recipe with several family members. They all love it so much that they keep telling me about this recipe “they found “ that is sooo good. I laugh and remind them how “they found “ it. Delish!

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Sunday 21st of January 2024

lol - that is amazing!! So glad they like it!!

Billy O

Friday 1st of December 2023

I preheated air fryer, but after 10 minutes at 350 the fish was only 75 degrees in the center. Had to keep cooking, which eventually burned the crust. Temp and time definitely needs to be adjusted.

Nicole Johnson

Friday 1st of December 2023

I suspect this is an issue with the type of air fryer you have, or potentially the thickness or the thaw level of the fish. Over 100 people have made this recipe successfully following these instructions. We've also tested it several times. If you try again, I'd make sure to have you fish fully thawed (sometimes that center can stay frozen for quite a while), and potentially reduce the heat of your air fryer if you aren't getting where you need to be on the internal temperature, to prevent the topping from burning. You can also wrap it in foil loosely to prevent the topping from burning. Hope that helps!


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Saturday 21st of August 2021

The recipe was easy to follow and the halibut turned out great. Crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside. I omitted the hot sauce as my wife does not like hot or spicy foods.

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