Crispy on the outside, flakey and tender on the inside, this air fryer fish sandwich recipe (with homemade dill tartar sauce) is a fast food copycat recipe, made healthier, and is from the amazing Skinnytaste Air Fryer Dinners cookbook!
This fish sandwich recipe tastes like a better version of the fast food version you’re used to…it’s like what you want a really good fish sandwich to taste like! It’s served on a potato bun with a homemade tartar sauce (which is super delicious in and of itself!) and is topped with lettuce and a little cheese. It is what homemade fish sandwiches aspire to be!
The recipe is from Gina Homolka’s latest cookbook (Gina is the author of the super popular Skinnytaste.com and a multiple NYT best selling cookbook author and is one of the loveliest people all-around!). She’s done it again, she’s created a cookbook I am IN LOVE with: Skinnytaste Air Fryer Dinners: 75 Healthy Recipes For Easy Weeknight Meals.
To show you what a long time fan and supporter I am, here is a list of her other cookbooks and recipes I’ve shared from the books. Hers are the books I pick up when I need inspiration for recipes to make that are healthy-yet-delicious!
- Ground turkey tacos from Skinnytaste Fast and Slow: Knockout Quick-Fix and Slow-Cooker Recipes
- Carne Asada fries from Skinnytaste One and Done: 140 No Fuss Dinners For Your Slow-Cooker, Air Fryer, Sheet Pan, Skillet, Dutch Oven and More!
- Air Fryer chicken piccata from the Skinnytaste Air Fryer Cookbook: The 75 Best Recipes For Your Air Fryer
- Thai shrimp cakes with cucumber salad from Skinnytaste Meal Prep: Healthy Make-Ahead Meals and Freezer Recipes to Simplify Your Life
With the help of your air fryer (this is the air fryer I have-I’ve had it going on 4 years now, and use it weekly) these fish sandwiches come together super quick. All you do is cook white fish (like haddock, cod, or halibut) which has been dredged in an egg-white wash and panko bread crumbs, then create a homemade tartar sauce, and then put the sandwich together!
Another way to serve this is as just the fish (think like fish sticks) and sauce on the side (without the bun/lettuce/cheese). For the kids (because the sandwiches are quite substantial and hard for their little hands to hold) I called it ‘fish nuggets’ and served the sauce for them to dip into.
You’re going to love these air fryer fish sandwiches, made healthier by cooking via the air fryer!
Air Fryer Fish Sandwich Recipe
Dill Tartar Sauce
- 1/4 Cup Reduced-fat sour cream
- 3 Tablespoons light mayonnaise
- 1/3 Cup dill pickles finely chopped
- 1 Tablespoon fresh dill finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- 1/8 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1 pound skinless haddock fillets or cod or halibut
- 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 2 egg whites lightly beaten
- 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
- 2 slices American cheese or cheddar
- 4 whole wheat potato buns
- 1/2 cup iceburg or romaine, chopped
Dill Tartar Sauce
- Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and refrigerate until ready to eat.
For The Fish
- Pat the fish dry with paper towels. Cut the fish into 4 pieces total (a size that will fit nicely on to the potato bun). Season with 1/2 teaspoon of the salt.
- Place the egg whites in a shallow bowl. In a second shallow bowl, combine and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Set aside.
- Spritz the air fryer basket with cooking spray. Working in batches as needed, place the fish in the air fryer in a single layer. Spritz the tops of the fish with oil. Cook at 400F for 4 minutes. Flip, spritz the tops with oil again, and continue cooking until golden and crisp, about 4 minutes more.
- Top the fish with the cheese slices and cook for 1 more minute, until melted.
- Spread 2 1/2 tablespoons of the tartar sauce on the bottom of each bun. Serve the fish on the buns topped with lettuce