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Air Fryer Tilapia Almondine {Gluten Free, Paleo}

Air fryer fish recipes tend to come out with perfect, flaky texture in a short amount of time. Try this air fryer tilapia the next time you need to get a flavorful, nutritious dinner on the table quickly. This air fryer fish is gluten-free and can be made Paleo by exchanging regular mayonnaise for avocado mayonnaise (great for those with egg allergies too!)

Air fryer fish tends to come out with a perfect, flaky texture in a short amount of time. Try this air fryer tilapia recipe the next time you need to get a flavorful, nutritious dinner on the table quickly that's gluten-free and easily adaptable for <a href=

Air Fryer Tilapia Almondine comes from the book Every Day Easy Air Fryer: 100 Recipes Bursting with Flavor by Uravashi Pitre. I made this air fryer tilapia for dinner last night and plan to make another of the author’s recipes later this week (hello Thai Curry Meatballs!) She also has several Instant Pot cookbooks out and you know I could put those to good use in a hurry. 

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In the meantime, I have a few supplies to order, because until I read Every Day Easy Air Fryer I didn’t know how much more versatile an air fryer can be with just a few accessories. While I didn’t need to use any of them for this air fryer fish recipe, Urvashi Pitre recommends the following special accessories to get the most mileage out of your air fryer:

  • Heat- Safe Baking Pan – a 7″ round pan will fit in a 3.7-quart air fryer as well as the 5-quart size. The author uses a 7″ round pan for any recipe requiring a pan so that you don’t have to buy multiple sizes for her recipes. Now you’ll have the ability to make things like brownies in your air fryer! It’s possible to use a glass pan that you have on hand, but required tweaking cook times and temperatures.
  • Trivet or Rack – Air fryer recipes need to cook in a single layer so if you want to make a larger quantity or double your recipe, a rack will allow you to cook everything at once instead of in batches.
  • Springform pan – Definitely not a necessity, but who wouldn’t want to make a perfectly shaped frittata for brunch or cake in their air fryer, right?

I have my eye on this set which gives you two of the options above plus a darling little egg bite mold. If your family is like mine, everyone likes their eggs a different way. This looks like to perfect way for Hubs and I to both have what we like in our omelets. 

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Anyway, on to our Tilapia Almondine recipe!

Air Fryer Tilapia

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup almond flour 
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise (or avocado mayonnaise for Paleo or egg-free diets)
  • 2 tilapia fillets*
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced almonds
  • vegetable oil spray

*My tilapia fillets were small (the kind you purchase individually frozen in a bag to thaw as needed) and so I was able to get away with putting three in my basket without much overlap. If you have substantial tilapia fillets that you purchased at the seafood counter of your grocer, you’ll probably only be able to fit 2 just like the recipe calls for. See where a rack might be nice?

Directions

In a small bowl, mix together the almond flour, butter, pepper, and salt

almond flour crumbs

Spread the mayonnaise on both sides of each fish fillet.

Tilapia with mayonnaise

Can I just say that I love the mayo method? I almost always do an egg wash, but this was so much easier and more flavorful. Also if you are on the Paleo diet or have an egg allergy, you can use avocado mayonnaise instead. 

Dredge the fillets in the almond flour mixture

raw tilapia breaded with almond flour mixture

Spread the sliced almonds on one side of each fillet, pressing lightly to adhere.

Tilapia fillets topped with almonds

Spray the air fryer basket with vegetable oil spray. Place the fish fillets in the basket.

raw tilapia coated in almond flour mixture and sliced almonds in air fryer basket

Set the air fryer to 325°F for 10 minutes, or until the fish flakes easily with a fork.

philips air fryer set for 10 minutes at 325 degrees

10 minutes was perfect for my tilapia fillets. Cook just until the tilapia flakes with a fork and keep an eye on the almonds too so they don’t char. 

Air Fryer Tilapia Almondine

Air Fryer Tilapia Almondine

Air Fryer Tilapia Almondine {Gluten-Free, Paleo}

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Try this air fryer tilapia the next time you need to get a flavorful, nutritious dinner on the table quickly that's gluten-free and easily adaptable for paleo diets.
4.5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 724 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup almond flour
  • 2 Tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise or avocado mayonnaise for Paleo or egg-free diets
  • 2 tilapia fillets*
  • ½ cup thinly sliced almonds
  • vegetable oil spray

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl, mix together the almond flour, butter, pepper, and salt
  • Spread the mayonnaise on both sides of each fish fillet
  • Dredge the fillets in the almond flour mixture
  • Spread the sliced almonds on one side of each fillet, pressing lightly to adhere
  • Spray the air fryer basket with vegetable oil spray. Place the fish fillets in the basket. Set the air fryer to 325°F for 10 minutes, or until the fish flakes easily with a fork.

Notes

*My tilapia fillets were small (the kind you purchase individually frozen in a bag to thaw as needed) and so I was able to get away with putting three in my basket without much overlap. If you have substantial tilapia fillets that you purchased at the seafood counter of your grocer, you'll probably only be able to fit 2 just like the recipe calls for. The main thing is to keep the fillets in one layer without overlap.
Keyword air fryer fish recipes, air fryer tilapia
Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Tilapia Almondine {Gluten-Free, Paleo}
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 724 Calories from Fat 531
% Daily Value*
Fat 59g91%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Polyunsaturated Fat 45g
Cholesterol 157mg52%
Sodium 650mg28%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 41g82%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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FYI, This recipe has 5 net carbs per serving for you keto or low carb dieters out there.

What new air fryer fish recipes will you cook up next? If you need side dishes to go with your fish dish, check out these 50+ free air fryer recipes. You’re sure to find something you love!

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