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Air Fryer Bruschetta Cod

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Last Updated on September 8, 2021 by Lisa Johnson

Air Fryer Bruschetta Cod is a flavorful, healthy meal that you can get on the table in under 20 minutes! Fresh cod filet topped with cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, red onion, lemon juice, and a bit of olive oil. It is Whole30, Paleo, and Keto friendly too!

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Cod filet topped with cherry tomato halves, strips of basil, red onion and black pepper.

This recipe is crazy simple to prepare with light, bright flavors that will not weigh you down. It is the perfect way to use of all of those summer tomatoes!

Looking down on cod filet topped with cherry tomatoes, basil, red onion, and pepper on a blue plate with a glass of water in the upper corner.

Serve with cauliflower rice, cauliflower mash, steamed broccoli, or side of your choice. You can also drizzle with balsamic glaze for an added boost of flavor, or add chunks of avocado to the bruschetta mixture.

What you will need:

Four cod fillets, salt, pepper, oil, cherry tomatoes, diced red onion, fresh basil, and half a lemon.
  • Wild-caught cod filets that are 1-inch thick – I used defrosted cod out of my freezer. Try to find fillets that are similar size so they cook evenly.
  • Cherry tomatoes – Multicolored tomatoes add a burst of color, but regular red tomatoes work just fine.
  • Fresh basil – this is non-negotiable, you need to use fresh for the best flavor!
  • Red onion – small diced onion adds a tangy bite to your bruschetta.
  • Lemon juice to brighten the flavors and give it a bit of a zing.
  • Olive oil is used to brush on the fish before cooking, and tossed with the bruschetta.
  • Sea salt and black pepper bring out the flavors of the vegetables.

How to air fry cod:

Brush 2 tablespoons of olive oil over the cod filets, then sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Set your air fryer to 7 minutes at 400 degrees on Air Fry and allow to preheat.

Air Fryer set to 7 minutes at 400 degrees.

Add the seasoned filets when the air fryer displays “Add Food”, and close the basket. Do not flip the fish halfway through cooking, it is too fragile and will fall apart.

Four seasoned cod fillets in an air fryer bucket.

How to make Bruschetta topping:

While the cod is cooking, toss the cherry tomato halves, with the sliced basil, 1 tablespoon of oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper.

Cherry tomato halves, strips of fresh basil, diced red onion, lemon juice, salt and pepper tossed together in a medium bowl.

When fish is cooked, remove from the air fryer and place on a serving plate.

Four baked cod filets in an air fryer basket.

Top cod with bruschetta mixture and serve.

Air Fryer Bruschetta Cod on a blue plate, cut with fork.

Tender and flaky with just the right amount of seasonings.

Recipe Notes & Tips:

  • For those of you that are opposed to using oil, you can skip it, but you run the risk of your fish drying out while cooking. It is being cooked with moving, hot air.
  • If your cod filets are thinner than 1-inch, reduce the cooking time about 2 minutes per quarter inch. You can always put it back in if it is not done, but you cannot un-cook fish.
  • Cook cod until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees with an instant read thermometer.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the air fryer for 5 minutes at 280 degrees.

How to chiffonade fresh basil:

Neatly stack several fresh basil leaves on top of each other on a cutting board.

A stack of fresh basil leaves on a cutting board.

Tightly roll the stack into a cylinder shape in either direction, long side or the short side.

Stack of fresh basil tightly rolled together.

Slice the cylinder into thin strips with a sharp knife.

Rolled basil cut into thin strips.

Separate the strips with your fingers.

You can cut any flat-leafed herb or leafy greens like spinach, kale (inner stem removed), or Swiss chard. Chiffonade is a fancy word that simply means to cut into “thinly sliced ribbons”.

How to bake cod in the oven:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Place cod in a baking dish or on a foil-lined baking sheet. Brush with 2 tablespoons of oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or less for thinner filets, to 145 degrees internal temperature. Fish should be opaque and flake easily with a fork

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Cod filet topped with cherry tomato halves and strips of fresh basil.

Air Fryer Bruschetta Cod

Cod filet topped with tomatoes, basil, onion, lemon juice, and a bit of olive oil that is ready in under 20 minutes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mediterranean
Keyword: air fryer cod filet
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 879kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson

Equipment

  • Air Fryer

Ingredients

  • 4 cod filets 1-inch thick
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 pints multicolored cherry tomatoes cut in half
  • .25 cup finely diced red onion
  • 3 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil
  • 1.5 tablespoons lemon juice half a lemon

Instructions

For the Cod – Air Fryer:

  • Brush 2 tablespoons of olive oil over the cod filets, then sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Set your air fryer to 7 minutes at 400 degrees on Air Fry and allow to preheat. Add the seasoned filets when the air fryer displays "Add Food", and close the basket. Do not flip the fish halfway through cooking, it is too fragile and will fall apart.
  • When fish is cooked, remove from the air fryer and place on a serving plate.

For the Cod – in the Oven

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Place cod in a baking dish or on a foil-lined baking sheet. Brush with 2 tablespoons of oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or less for thinner filets, to 145 degrees internal temperature. Fish should be opaque and flake easily with a fork

For the Bruschetta:

  • While the cod is cooking, toss the cherry tomato halves, with the sliced basil, 1 tablespoon of oil, lemon juice, some salt and pepper.
  • Top cod with bruschetta mixture and serve.

Notes

  • For those of you that are opposed to using oil, you can skip it, but you run the risk of your fish drying out while cooking. It is being cooked with moving, hot air.
  • If your cod filets are thinner than 1-inch, reduce the cooking time about 2 minutes per quarter inch. You can always put it back in if it is not done, but you cannot un-cook fish.
  • Cook cod until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees with an instant read thermometer.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the air fryer for 5 minutes at 280 degrees.

Nutrition

Calories: 879kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 163g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 387mg | Sodium: 513mg | Potassium: 4258mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1597IU | Vitamin C: 66mg | Calcium: 175mg | Iron: 5mg

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