Air Fryer Cod Nuggets with Homemade Tartar Sauce

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So a few weeks ago, I did a thing…. I FINALLY purchased an air fryer and have not looked back! Where the heck have I been?! We gifted one to my mom last Christmas so I already knew how convenient they are and how tasty your food comes out but for some reason I have dragged my feet on making the purchase. Well I’m so glad I did! The very first thing I did with my air fryer was tried my hand at making cod nuggets for the boys and they came out AMAZING!

Lifestyle blogger Nicole Reid at Home on Poplar Creek shares her quick and easy Air Fryer Cod Nuggets with Homemade Tartar Sauce

There are so many brands of Air Fryers on the market but I opted for the Ninja because it had such great reviews. And it was on sale at Target. Win and Win!

One thing I really love about using the air fryer is the easy clean up. I’m not big on frying our food, but every now and then we have a taste for something crunchy. With the air fryer I was able to get the same effect without the extra grease.

A Few Things You Should Know About Air Fryer Cod Nuggets…

Number 1… they’re really addictive. Secondly, the air fryer cooks really fast. I suggest standing close by and checking on your nuggets at least every 3-4 minutes. Also, in order to get a crispy golden finish, spray your nuggets lightly with a coat of olive oil cooking spray. Then give them a good shake here and there to make sure they are cooking evenly.

Lifestyle blogger Nicole Reid at Home on Poplar Creek shares how you can get dinner on the table in minutes with her east cod nuggets recipe

If you’re making the air fryer cod nuggets for yourself and the kids, I highly suggest the homemade tartar sauce on the side. Yeah, I know kids only like ketchup which is why I didn’t share with mine. But the tanginess of the tartar sauce was perfect alongside these zesty cod nuggets!

Air Fryer Cod Nuggets with Tartar Sauce

Enjoy these crispy cod nuggets alongside my tangy homemade tartar sauce!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 people


  • Air Fryer


For the Cod Nuggets

  • 1 lb fresh cod cut into 1 inch nuggets
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 tbs corn starch
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tbs Onion Powder
  • 1 tbs garlic powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • zest from 1 lemon
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk

For the Tartar Sauce

  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1 tbs mustard
  • 3-4 dill pickle spears chopped coarsley
  • 3 sprigs of dill chopped coarsley
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of pepper


For the Cod Nuggets

  • Cut cod into 1 inch cubes and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, add corn starch, flour, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper. Mix well.
  • In another bowl, beat 2 eggs with milk. Set aside.
  • In a third bowl, add panko and zest from lemon. Mix well and set aside.
  • Coat cod nuggets in cornstarch mixture, then egg mixture followed by panko mixture. Repeat until all nuggets have been coated.
  • Preheat air fryer at 390 degrees for at least 3 minutes. Once your air fryer is preheated, place all of your fish nuggets in the fryers basket and spray lightly with cooking spray.
  • Cook for 10-12 minutes, checking periodically. Be sure to give your air fryer basket a shake about every 3 min to allow nuggets to cook evenly. Be gentle.
  • Remove from air fryer and sprinkle with a little lemon juice and fresh parsley.
  • Serve with tartar sauce and enjoy!

For the Tartar Sauce

  • In a large mixing bowl, mix all of your ingredients and stir until well combined.
  • Refrigerate until ready to use.

Let me know what you think of this recipe! Comment down below or shoot me an email if you’ve enjoyed this recipe or would like to see more!

Until next time,

Lifestyle blogger Nicole Reid at Home on Poplar Creek shares her recipe for crispy Air Fryer Cod Nuggets with Homemade Tartar Sauce

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September 6, 2019

  1. Kenyatta

    September 9th, 2019 at 10:03 am

    Hey Nicole, these look fantastic. I haven’t gotten in the air fryer band wagon…but I really want oneZ I’ve got my eyes on an air fryer/instant pot combo. I LOVE my instant pot.

  2. Nicole Reid

    September 12th, 2019 at 2:27 am

    Thank you Kenyatta! I have to jump on the instant pot bandwagon. This air fryer has changed my life though lol

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