Make perfectly cooked, tasty, and healthy Air Fryer Mahi Mahi in just 15 minutes with this easy air fryer recipe!

a white ridged dinner plate with a mahi mahi fillet and a side of broccoli.

What is Mahi Mahi?

Mahi Mahi is a very versatile fish with mild-tasting white flesh that is firm and easy to cook.

This tropical fish is also a sustainable food option as they grow and reproduce quickly and are generally fished in a sustainable way.

Mahi Mahi fish is sometimes called dolphin fish However, This tropical fish is not at all related to dolphins.

It’s also confused with Ahi Tuna, since the words sound similar, but note that Mahi Mahi is not a tuna fish either. It’s simply a delicious, firm-fleshed white fish found in the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean.

Using the air fryer makes fish similar to grilled mahi mahi, but the air fryer is a much easier method.

What You’ll Need

The ingredients needed to make air fryer mahi mahi, with a plate of two fillets next to small bowls of oil and seasoning.
  • Mahi Mahi Fillets – This flaky white fish is one of my favorites. Two 6-ouch fillets should fit comfortably in most basket-style air fryers. You can also adjust this recipe to make just one mahi mahi fillet.
  • Olive Oil – We aren’t frying this fish, but a small amount of oil will help adhere the spices to the fillets, add moisture, and allow beautiful browning.
  • Salt – I like using kosher salt to make this spice rub.
  • Pepper – for really great flavor, use freshly ground black pepper.
  • Garlic Powder – This adds tons of flavor. Garlic is good on almost everything!
  • Paprika – I love paprika for its ability to add warmth and beautiful color to mahi mahi fillets.

How to Make Mahi Mahi

a collage of six images showing how to make mahi mahi in the air fryer.
  1. Use paper towels to pat the fish fillets dry on both sides. Then cover the mahi mahi with olive oil.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the paprika, salt, garlic powder, and black pepper.
  3. Gently rub the spices onto the oiled mahi mahi fillets. This is easiest if you use your hands.
  4. Place the mahi mahi fillets into the air fryer basket – no need to preheat!
  5. Air Fry the mahi mahi fillets for 400°F/200°C for 10 minutes, or until the fish is fully cooked.
  6. Serve immediately.
seasoned, cooked mahi mahi fillets in a black, square air fryer basket

How to Serve

Turn your air fryer mahi-mahi into a healthy meal by serving it with your favorite air fryer side dishes.

Air Fryer Vegetables like Air Fryer Broccoli, Air Fryer Eggplant, or Air Fryer Green Beans will all be delicious.

If you like potatoes with dinner, you should definitely try my recipes for Air Fryer Potato Wedges or easy Air Fryer Baked Potatoes.

On the side, don’t forget to make up a delicious homemade Tartar Sauce!

Tips and Tricks

  • I don’t recommend air-frying still-frozen fish. The fish will cook faster and more evenly if it is fully thawed before air frying.
  • If your mahi mahi still has the skin attached, be sure to remove it before cooking. Typically fillets are sold already skinned.
  • Use paper towels to pat the fish fillets so that they are dry before you season them. This will help the oil and seasonings stick to the fish and stay that way.
  • Watch your food. The time needed to cook Mahi Mahi in the air fryer can vary depending on the thickness of your fillets. Keep on eye on things so that you can pull them out early or add extra time if needed.
  • Adjust the seasonings: The spice blend I’m using here is my favorite to season Mahi Mahi with, but you canuse your own favorites! Try taco seasoning, cajun seasoning, or lemon pepper to make things extra simple.
two dinner plates of mahi mahi and broccoli next to a cosori air fryer basket

Add Some Crunch With Breading

Looking for a bit of crunch with your fish? Mix the seasonings in this recipe with panko bread crumbs. Spray the fish with oil and then cover with the seasoned breadcrumbs before cooking.

How to Store

Once you’ve cooked your mahi mahi in the air fryer, you should either eat it right away or store it in the fridge until you are ready to eat it.

Leftovers or meal prep portions can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.

Speaking of meal prep, air fryer fish is delicious enjoyed for lunch the next day! I usually eat it cold along with a fresh salad.

How to Reheat

Add leftover mahi mahi fillets to the air fryer that you’ve preheated to 400°F/200°C. Heat for 2-4 minutes or until just warmed through.

Avoid using the microwave to reheat fish. The Air Fryer does a much better job of reheating the fillets gently so that they don’t overcook.

More Air Fryer Fish Recipes

We love making all types of Air Fryer Fish! Check out how we make Air Fryer Salmon, Air Fryer Tuna Steaks, and Air Fryer Tilapia too. Looking for a non air fryer recipe that still has seafood? Check out this delicious Shrimp Cobb Salad.

two images of cooked mahi mahi from an air fryer. Text overlay says Quick and easy air fryer mahi mahi ready in 5 minutes
a whole air fryer mahi mahi fillet on a plate with broccoli and a lemon wedge
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Air Fryer Mahi Mahi

Make perfectly cooked, tasty, and healthy Air Fryer Mahi Mahi in just a few minutes with this easy air fryer recipe!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 67kcal
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Equipment

Ingredients

  • 2 6 ounce mahi mahi fish fillets skin removed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Pat the mahi mahi dry on both sides. Cover the mahi mahi with the olive oil.
  • In a small bowl, mix the paprika, salt, garlic powder and ground black pepper together.
  • Then, gently rub the spices onto the mahi mahi filets.
  • Place the mahi mahi filets in your air fryer basket. Air fry the mahi mahi on 400 degrees F for 10 minutes, or until the mahi mahi reaches an internal temperature of 137F.
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Notes

  • If your mahi mahi comes frozen from the grocery store, be sure to defrost it in the refrigerator before cooking. If it comes in a package, leave it in the package while it defrosts so it doesn’t leak.
  • This spice blend is a great option if you pan on eating the mahi mahi as your main meal with a side of roasted vegetables. You can also use taco seasoning in its place to make mahi mahi tacos.
  • The fish is done when the flesh turns opaque and easily flakes with a fork.

Nutrition

Calories: 67kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 583mg | Potassium: 28mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 249IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg
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Air Fryers can vary greatly. Please take the time to learn your specific air fryer. You may need to adjust times and temperatures based upon your air fryer. All though this website attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, the information should only be considered an estimate. Varying factors such as different product types, different brands, etc. can change nutritional information. It is your responsibility as a consumer to read all labels to make sure the ingredients fit your dietary needs as well as calculate your own nutritional information as a double check.
How do I know when it’s done?

If you don’t have a thermometer handy, you can use a fork to gently pull the fish apart. If it flakes easily and appears opaque throughout, it’s done!

Can I cook frozen Mahi Mahi in the air fryer?

While I’ve seen some decent results from placing frozen fish directly in the air fryer, I much prefer to air fry fully thawed fillets. I also recommend that you take the time to thaw your fish before you air fry it.

Air Frying frozen fish will often give you overcooked, dry fish due to the extra time it takes to get it to cook all the way through.

How do I thaw Mahi Mahi?

To quickly defrost frozen fish fillets, remove them from the packaging and place them in a plastic bag. Add the bag to a bowl of cold water, and let sit for 20-30 minutes. If needed, change out the water and repeat until the mahi mahi fillets are thawed.

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3 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Delicious! I tried this today, and it turned out perfectly. Thank you so much for the easy to follow instructions. I never would have thought to use my air fryer for mahi mahi!

  2. 5 stars
    I’m without a kitchen for a couple weeks while doing renovations and used the air fryer option on my toaster oven for my first time using your mahi recipe. Turned out perfectly and may be my go to option for mahi from now on.

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