Air Fryer Trout with Southwestern Spices

Air Fryer Trout with a spicy garlic, onion and a chili crust is crispy and juicy!

Air frying trout fillets is very similar to air frying salmon. Both trout and salmon have about the same amount of fat and tend to cook up in a similar fashion. I would think any treatment you do on a piece of salmon would work on a piece of trout as well.

You will want to tuck the thinner edge of your fillet under to promote even cooking. You don’t want the thin edge to get dried out and over cooked.

Mix up your spice mix, toss it with the panko crumbs and pat it on to your fillet. Pat the fillet dry first so the mix will stick nicely.

You are going to roast it at 375 degrees for about 16 minutes but since thickness of fillets can vary ideally you should test for an internal temperature of 140 degrees F.

The Tex Mex-like crust is a great way to introduce trout to a reticent fish eater. My husband is living proof!

I serve it with these Air Fryer Green Beans with Garlic and Parsley.

Crispy air fried trout with southwestern spicy crust served with air fried green beans with garlic and parsley.
Air Fried Trout with Green Beans

Wine Pairing for Air Fryer Trout With Southwestern Spices

Air Fryer Trout is rather versatile because the Southwestern Spices have quite a bit of omph! A rich, full bodied white like Chenin Blanc, a Touraine Sauvignon Blanc or a Muscadet Sèvre et Maine would all be good.

A fruity, spicy red like a GSM, Beaujolais or Pinot Noir would also work.

Trout fillet with panko and southwestern spicy crust.

Air Fryer Trout With Southwestern Spices

The Tex-Mex like crust is a great way to introduce trout to newbies.
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Total Time: 21 minutes
Servings: 4 servings


  • air fryer


  • 1-1.5 lbs trout fillet(s)
  • 3 Tbsps panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp chili powder


  • Pat trout dry and tuck the thin edge of fillet underneath so the thickness is as uniform as possible.
  • Mix bread crumbs and spices and pat mixture on top of trout.
  • Roast at 375° for about 16 minutes. Check for internal temperature of 140°F.
  • Remove from air fryer and transfer to a platter to serve.


Calories: 203kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 66mg | Sodium: 123mg | Potassium: 448mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 213IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 2mg

Note: My Air fryer is a Pampered Chef one and I absolutely love it! I have not tried others but based on my research the Pampered Chef with its 2 tray and cube configuration is more versatile than others. You can actually do a 2-3 lb rotisserie chicken in it! it toasts, roasts, bakes, reheats, dehydrates besides air frying. No folks… this is not a sponsored post – I am just sharing my enthusiasm! If you are in Kitchener -Waterloo Ontario, Canada region you can check out Pampered Chef products here or contact a local Pampered Chef rep at

Air Fryer Trout with Southwestern Spices

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