Get Hooked: Air Fryer Swordfish Steak Done Right!

Swordfish is a great choice when it comes to fish, as it’s full of nutrients while still being a lean protein. I love to include at least one seafood night in my weekly dinner plans, and this swordfish steak air fryer recipe always hits the spot.

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Swordfish is a great choice, even if you’re not typically a fish lover. It’s got a mild fish flavor, and a firm texture similar to a tuna or even a steak.

Of course, you’re not going to fool anyone into thinking it’s beef, but it will feel hearty nonetheless. Swordfish is also loaded with protein and vitamins, making it a good choice nutritionally as well!

It also lends itself well to a variety of preparation methods and presentations, so you won’t get bored of it. I love to coat it in blackening seasoning and serve it with a vibrant salsa, but there are other great choices as well.

blackened air fryer swordfish steak piece on a fork with mango salsa

Your air fryer is the perfect option for cooking swordfish steak, delivering moist, flaky fish that’s perfectly cooked in only about 10 minutes! That’s easy enough for a weeknight meal, and there’s no sacrificing of flavor required.

What You’ll Need: Ingredients

ingredients to make blackened cajun air fryer swordfish steak

For the Swordfish Steaks

  • 2 6-ounce swordfish steaks
  • 1 Tbsp blackened seasoning (such as Zatarain’s)

For the Mango Salsa (Optional):

  • 1 fresh mango, peeled, pitted, and diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
  • 3 Tbsp diced red onion
  • 1 Tbsp fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste (I use ¼ tsp salt and ⅛ tsp pepper)

Ingredient Tips and Substitutions

  • You may use fresh or frozen swordfish. I recommend thawing and patting dry if you use frozen for best results. The best way to do this is to place it in the refrigerator overnight to thaw, but you can also Defrost Fish in the Microwave in a pinch!
  • Any other seasoning may be substituted for the blackened seasoning. Other great choices include lemon pepper, garlic & herb seasoning, seafood or fish seasoning, or even steak seasoning!
  • Alternatively, you can always marinate your swordfish overnight, in teriyaki sauce, Mediterranean style dressing, or something similar
  • For the mango salsa, you can swap the lime juice for lemon juice, and the jalapeno can be swapped for ½ a red bell pepper for less heat. All proportions are adjustable to taste as well

How to Cook Swordfish in the Air Fryer: Step By Step

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 400°F
  2. Pat your swordfish steaks dry with a paper towel, and remove skin if desired (optional)
pat the swordfish steak dry with a paper towel
  1. Season the top and bottom (and the sides as well) of each swordfish steak with the blackened seasoning (or another seasoning of your choice)
cover the top and bottom of swordfish with blackened seasoning
  1. Place the seasoned fish into the preheated air fryer basket, allowing air space between them
place seasoned swordfish steaks in air fryer basket
  1. Cook on the air fry setting for 10 minutes, pausing halfway to flip the steaks over, or until the internal temperature reaches 145°F
  2. (Optional) While the swordfish is cooking, combine the salsa ingredients in a small bowl and mix to evenly combine
combine ingredients to make jalapeno mango salsa in a small bowl
  1. Serve swordfish hot, topped with mango salsa and a side of rice, or your other favorite sides!
overhead view of air fryer swordfish steak with mango salsa

What to Serve With Swordfish

Side Dishes

  • Corn on the cob
  • Butternut squash
  • Green beans
  • Bok choy
  • Asparagus
  • Cauliflower
  • French fries
  • Sweet potato fries
  • Jicama
  • Roasted potatoes
  • Polenta
  • Apple slaw
  • Couscous
  • Quinoa
  • Garlic bread
  • Cilantro lime rice
  • Coconut rice

Pair my air fryer swordfish steak with quick Air Fryer Frozen Corn on the Cob, roasted Air Fryer Greek Potatoes, creamy Air Fryer Green Bean Casserole, easy Parmesan Polenta Cakes, or coconut Microwave Sticky Rice.

Sauces & Toppings

  • Sweet chili sauce
  • Mango salsa
  • Peach salsa
  • Pineapple salsa
  • Succotash
  • Teriyaki sauce
  • Salsa verde
  • Pesto
  • Guacamole

Try my easy homemade Microwave Teriyaki Sauce!

Drinks

  • Mojitos
  • Pilsner beer
  • Citrus wheat beer
  • Tropical sangria
  • Chardonnay
  • Pinot noir
  • Rose 

Pair with my Basil Strawberry Mojito or Strawberry Coconut Mojito!

Recipe FAQs

Can I Use Frozen Swordfish Steak in the Air Fryer?

Yes, you can use frozen swordfish steak in the air fryer. However, it’s recommended to thaw the steak before cooking for better results. Thawing allows for more even cooking and seasoning absorption.

If you still need to use frozen swordfish steaks, add 3-5 minutes to the indicated cooking time to account for the colder starting temperature.

What Are Some Suitable Seasonings For Swordfish Steak in the Air Fryer?

There are several delicious seasonings and marinades that pair perfectly with swordfish steak in the air fryer. Try classics like lemon and garlic for a zesty kick, teriyaki for a sweet and savory flavor, or Mediterranean-style with olive oil, herbs, and olives for a robust taste.

Feel free to get creative with your favorite herbs and spices.

How Do I Prevent Swordfish From Drying Out in the Air Fryer?

To prevent swordfish from drying out in the air fryer, make sure to cook the fish at an appropriate temperature, and start with the minimum time. Check for doneness by using a meat thermometer and add extra time in small increments to prevent overcooking.

Additionally, you may always baste your steaks with some marinade or melted butter during cooking to add flavor and moisture.

Are There Any Safety Precautions When Air Frying Swordfish Steak?

Yes, you should always follow food safety precautions when air frying swordfish steak. Per the USDA, it should be cooked to an internal temperature of 145°F before consumption.

Additionally, you should use tongs or similar to remove the cooked swordfish from the hot basket.  Always make sure to follow your air fryer’s safety guidelines and instructions.

Can I Cook Other Types of Fish in the Air Fryer Using the Same Methods?

Yes, you can adapt similar air frying methods for various types of fish, including salmon, tilapia, or cod. Adjust cooking times and seasonings according to the thickness and characteristics of the fish.

The air fryer is versatile and suitable for many seafood options.

What Temperature is Swordfish Steak Cooked At?

Generally, swordfish steak is cooked in the air fryer at a temperature between 375°F and 400°F, depending on your air fryer’s available settings.

The average cooking time will vary based on the air fryer, temperature, and thickness of the steaks. Expect it to range from 10-15 minutes.

Recipe Pro Tips

  • Cooking times will vary slightly based on the thickness of your fish (mine was about 1” thick) and your specific air fryer. My swordfish steak was made in a Ninja Dual Zone air fryer for reference
  • If you absolutely need to use frozen swordfish, plan to add 3-5 minutes to the cooking time to account for the frozen state. About 14 minutes at 400°F worked for me when tested
closeup of blackened swordfish steak made in the air fryer topped with jalapeno mango salsa

Storage and Reheating Tips

  • Store leftover swordfish steak in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 4 days. I usually store the salsa separately from the fish, as it doesn’t require reheating
  • Reheat swordfish steak in the air fryer at 350°F for 3-5 minutes, or until warmed through

More Amazing Air Fryer Fish Recipes to Try

Final Thoughts

Make swordfish steak in the air fryer for an easy, delicious, and healthy meal option! It’s low carb, gluten free, and packed with protein and vitamins to make you feel great about your choices.

Swordfish is a great choice as it’s not overly fishy, not filled with tiny bones, and feels dense and hearty unlike delicate, flaky fish.

Not only that, this recipe is so easy to put together, and the fish cooks up juicy and perfect in only about 10 minutes thanks to the air fryer. That’s easy enough for lunch or a weeknight dinner!

Whether you use the seasonings and salsa I did here, or use your own spin, you’re sure to love this simple and tasty air fryer swordfish steak recipe.

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Blackened Air Fryer Swordfish Steak With Mango Salsa

This easy swordfish steak air fryer recipe cooks up beautifully in only about 10 minutes. With blackened seasoning and mango salsa it’s bold, fresh, and delicious!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American, Seafood
Servings 2
Calories 370 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the Swordfish Steaks

  • 2 6-ounce swordfish steaks (fresh or defrosted if frozen)
  • 1 Tbsp blackened seasoning (such as Zatarain's)

For the Mango Salsa

  • 1 Fresh mango (peeled, pitted, and diced)
  • 1 Jalapeno pepper (seeded and diced)
  • 3 Tbsp diced red onion
  • 1 Tbsp fresh cilantro (roughly chopped)
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste (approximately ¼ tsp salt and ⅛ tsp black pepper)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your air fryer to 400°F
  • Pat your swordfish steaks dry with a paper towel
    2 6-ounce swordfish steaks
  • Season the top and bottom (and the sides as well) of each swordfish steak with the blackened seasoning (or another seasoning of your choice)
    1 Tbsp blackened seasoning
  • Place the seasoned fish into the preheated air fryer basket, allowing air space between them
  • Cook on the air fry setting for 10 minutes, pausing halfway to flip the steaks over, or until the internal temperature reaches 145°F
  • While the swordfish is cooking, combine the salsa ingredients in a small bowl and mix to evenly combine
    1 Fresh mango, 1 Jalapeno pepper, 3 Tbsp diced red onion, 1 Tbsp fresh cilantro, 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice, Salt and pepper to taste
  • Serve swordfish hot, topped with mango salsa and a side of rice, or your other favorite sides!

Notes

  • You may use fresh or frozen swordfish. I recommend thawing overnight and patting dry if you use frozen for best results
  • If you absolutely need to use frozen swordfish, plan to add 3-5 minutes to the cooking time to account for the frozen state. About 14 minutes at 400°F worked for me when tested
  • Any other seasoning may be substituted for the blackened seasoning. Other great choices include lemon pepper, garlic & herb seasoning, seafood or fish seasoning, or even steak seasoning!
  • Alternatively, you can always marinate your swordfish overnight, in teriyaki sauce, Mediterranean style dressing, or something similar
  • For the mango salsa, you can swap the lime juice for lemon juice, mango for pineapple or peaches, and the jalapeno can be swapped for ½ a red bell pepper for less heat. All proportions are adjustable to taste as well
  • Cooking times will vary slightly based on the thickness of your fish (mine was about 1” thick) and your specific air fryer. My swordfish steak was made in a Ninja Dual Zone air fryer for reference
  • Store leftover swordfish steak in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 4 days. I usually store the salsa separately from the fish, as it doesn’t require reheating
  • Reheat swordfish steak in the air fryer at 350°F for 3-5 minutes, or until warmed through
  • Exact nutritional values will vary based on brand and flavor of ingredients, any sauces or sides added, and actual quantity consumed, so please consider this a guideline only

Nutrition

Serving: 422gCalories: 370kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 35gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2.9gCholesterol: 112mgSodium: 1872mgPotassium: 1123mgFiber: 3.7gSugar: 24gVitamin A: 544IUVitamin C: 85.2mgCalcium: 40mgIron: 1.1mg
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