Low-Carb, Main Dish, Seafood

Air Fryer Chilean Sea Bass Recipe

Cooking this Chilean Sea Bass recipe is a special treat in our home. This recipe for Chilean Sea Bass is cooked in the air fryer and showcases the rich, buttery flavor of the fish. I love air fryer recipes because they are simple and quick to make and require little clean up.

If you enjoy seafood recipes, try my Easy Frozen Tilapia Air Fryer Recipe and Air Fryer Mahi Mahi with Garlic Butter.

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Ingredients Needed:

This is one of the best Chilean sea bass recipes because it’s easy to make and requires few ingredients to bring out the delicious flavor of the fish. My favorite way to cook Chilean sea bass is in the air fryer.

  • Chilean Sea Bass – also known as Antarctic toothfish. It is a white and flaky fish. How does sea bass taste? The flavor of sea bass is rich and buttery with a silky texture when cooked properly.
  • Butter
  • Garlic
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Lemon wedges (optional)

What to serve with Chilean Sea Bass?

This air fryer Chilean sea bass dinner wouldn’t be complete without a side dish. I love to serve sea bass fillets with a side of roasted vegetables and rice. This Roasted Carrots and Mushrooms recipe would be a delicious option and a beautiful presentation.

How to Cook Chilean Sea Bass

There are many Chilean sea bass recipes and ways to cook this fish. Baked sea bass in foil is one way that I like to cook this fish. Covering the fish in foil in the oven will create a steaming effect and keep all those juicy flavors inside the fish. Pan seared sea bass is another technique for cooking this fish and will create a crispy crust on the flesh and skin. You can also air fry sea bass (exact directions on how to use this cooking technique are below in the recipe card). Air fryer

No matter what cooking technique I use to cook this fish, I always make a butter sauce. To make the butter sauce, microwave butter and minced garlic in a bowl for about 30 seconds until butter has fully melted. Brush the garlic butter sauce over the seasoned fish.

If you want to try blackened sea bass, coat the fish in Homemade Blackened Seasoning Recipe and then cook the fish as directed.

How long to cook sea bass in air fryer?

Sea bass is a thick fish and cook time will depend on the specific thickness of your fish. This recipe calls for the air fryer to be preheated and then cook the fish at 350°F for 10 minutes. Spray the air fryer basket with an olive oil spray before adding the fish fillet so the skin doesn’t stick to the bottom. Cook sea bass to an internal temperature of 145°F.

In the air fryer basket before cooking.
In the air fryer basket after cooking.

Why is Chilean Sea Bass so expensive?

This fish is more expensive than your average seafood because the fisheries are located in open seas, far from shore. It is a deep water fish found near Antarctica. This reflects in the Chilean sea bass price which is about $30 per pound. Although it is a more expensive fish, I believe the flavor and texture is worth the cost on special occasions.

You can buy Chilean sea bass fillets at the seafood counter of most grocery stores or buy sea bass frozen in the frozen seafood section. If you buy sea bass frozen, it is best to thaw it before cooking. Thawing frozen fish before cooking will ensure that it cooks evenly. If you have time to thaw the fish slowly, put it in the refrigerator the night before. If you need to defrost fish quickly, put it in a colander in the sink and run cold water over it for a few minutes.

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Air fried Chilean sea bass fillet on a plate with lemon wedges.

Air Fryer Chilean Sea Bass

This recipe for Chilean Sea Bass is cooked in the air fryer and showcases the rich, buttery flavor of the fish.
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Main Course, Seafood
Cuisine American
Servings 2

Equipment

  • Air Fryer

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound Chilean sea bass 2-3 fillets
  • 2 tablespoons butter cubed
  • 1 teaspoon garlic minced
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil spray

Instructions
 

  • Press the 'preheat' button on the air fryer.
  • Pat the fish dry with a paper towel. Generously salt and pepper all sides of the fish fillets.
  • Add minced garlic and butter cubes to a small bowl. Heat in the microwave for about 30 seconds until the butter is melted. Generously brush the garlic butter sauce over the fillets.
  • When the air fryer has preheated, spray the air fryer basket with an olive oil spray so the fillets don't stick to the bottom. Add the fillets to air fryer basket. Press the 'fish' setting. Cook the fish fillets at 350°F for 10 minutes.

Notes

  • Chilean sea bass is a thick fish and cook time will depend on the specific thickness of your fish. Cook Chilean sea bass to an internal temperature of 145°F.
  • Don’t overcrowd the air fryer basket. Cook in two batches if the fillets are too big.
  • If you can’t find Chilean sea bass, cod would be a good substitute.
Keyword air fryer, seafood

9 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Have never had Chilean Sea Bass, but I plan to now (if I can find it at the grocery store!). Love the photos and layout of the post!

  2. 5 stars
    This looks so good, I will definitely have to try it!

  3. Good article, can’t wait to try it

  4. 5 stars
    Love how flaky, moist, and the simplicity of your sea bass. I use my air fryer more than my stovetop nowadays; it makes cooking so much easier and healthier. Thanks for sharing.

  5. 5 stars
    This sounds amazing! I love finding new recipes to use for my air fryer and love seafood. Can’t wait to try this, thank you!

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