2poundsfish filletssuch as opah, steelhead, or cod (up to 1 inch thick)
1teaspoonpink sea salt
½teaspoonpaprikaor berbere seasoning, or chili powder
1teaspoondried thyme or 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
Avocado oil spraybecause of high smoke point
lemon or lime wedges and parsley for garnishoptional
For the harissa aioli
¼cupmayonnaisewe like Kewpie Japanese mayo
½teaspoonred wine vinegar
up to 2 tablespoons harissa saucesee note
finely chopped basilabout 1 tablespoon
½teaspooneach salt and black pepper
Preheat the air fryer for 3 minutes to 375 F. Whisk the egg in a shallow dish. In another shallow dish, combine the cornmeal and spices thoroughly.
Pat the fish completely dry. Dip the fish fillets into the egg – allow the excess to drip back into the pan. Then press the fish into the cornmeal mixture until well coated on both sides.
Spritz the preheated basket with cooking spray. Place half the coated fish into the preheated air fryer basket in a single layer, then spray the fish lightly with oil. Cook for 5 minutes. Carefully use tongs to turn the fish to avoid breaking the pieces. Spritz the second side with oil. Return the basket to the air fryer and cook 2 minutes or until the fish is sizzling out the outside and flakes with a fork. Repeat the process with the second half of the fillets.
Stir together the yogurt, mayo and salt with half the harissa for the aioli. Swirl the rest of the harissa on the top and sprinkle with basil. Note: This recipe is completely customizable - make it with more mayonnaise, or all mayonnaise, and adjust the harissa to your taste.
Once the fish is done, sprinkle with lemon or lemon juice and/or parsley and or serve with lemon or lime wedges. Offer the harissa aioli sauce on the side. Serve immediately.
In our wish to eat all organic foods, we started by using organic corn meal. This gave quite a gritty texture, however, and we preferred the finer grain of Albers corn meal. Prepared harissa sauce can vary greatly in their spiciness and thickness. Experiment with the amount to add until it is to your taste. If your yogurt is very sour, add 1/4 teaspoon salt.Thanks to these recipes for ideas, temperatures and times on air-frying tilapia and white fish. Harissa aioli adapted from a recipe by Guy Fieri on the Food Network.