Air-Fryer Pretzel-Crusted Catfish

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 10 min./batch


4 servings

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
I love the flavor of this air-fryer catfish. I’m not a big fish lover, so any recipe that has me enjoying fish is a keeper in my book. It’s wonderful served with a nice rice pilaf and corn muffins with butter and honey. —Kelly Williams, Forked River, New Jersey
Air-Fryer Pretzel-Crusted Catfish Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 4 catfish fillets (6 ounces each)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups honey mustard miniature pretzels, coarsely crushed
  • Cooking spray
  • Lemon slices, optional


  1. Preheat air fryer to 325°. Sprinkle catfish with salt and pepper. Whisk eggs, mustard and milk in a shallow bowl. Place flour and pretzels in separate shallow bowls. Coat fillets with flour, then dip in egg mixture and coat with crushed pretzels.
  2. In batches, place fillets in a single layer on greased tray in air-fryer basket; spritz with cooking spray. Cook until fish flakes easily with a fork, 10-12 minutes. If desired, serve with lemon slices.

Test Kitchen tip
  • If you don’t have an air fryer, you can make this recipe in a deep fryer, electric skillet or on the stovetop.
  • Nutrition Facts

    1 fillet: 466 calories, 14g fat (3g saturated fat), 164mg cholesterol, 1580mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 33g protein.

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