These Air Fryer Fish Balls are golden brown, crispy, and not oily at all. They're easy to prepare and cook really fast.
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🥡 About This Recipe
Hong Kong Fish balls are perfect for the air fryer—they cook up fast and come out beautifully crispy and golden brown.
I tried this out with one pound of frozen fish balls in my six-quart Instant Pot Air Fryer. Instead of cooking them in batches, I did them all at once, and it worked great.
They had a nice golden color and a soft, tender texture. You can use them in all your favorite fish ball recipes. I highly recommend trying them in The Woks of Life's Hong Kong Curry Fish Ball recipe—I've made it many times!
👨🍳 Air Frying Fish Balls: Frozen Vs Fresh
You can air-fry fish balls whether they're frozen or fresh. If they're frozen, they just need a little more time.
For frozen fish balls, air-fry them at 400°F for 20 minutes. Remember to toss them every 5 minutes to make sure they brown evenly. For fresh fish balls, air-fry at 400°F for 18 minutes, tossing them every 5 minutes.
- Frozen fish balls: You can buy these at most Asian grocery stores. Fresh or frozen are both fine for this recipe.
- Oil: Any neutral-flavored oil like canola, vegetable, peanut, corn, or soybean.
STEP 1: In a large bowl, toss fish balls with oil. Fill the air fryer basket with as many balls as it can hold in a single layer. It doesn't matter if they're touching.
STEP 2: If you're using frozen, air-fry them at 400°F for 20 minutes, tossing every 5 minutes. For fresh, air-fry at 400°F for 18 minutes, tossing every 5 minutes.
🥡 Storage & Leftovers
Storing: Store air-fried fish balls in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Reheating: Reheat by air-frying at 400℉ for 3 minutes until warm and crispy.
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Air Fryer Fish Balls
- 1 pound fish balls
- 1 tablespoon neutral oil
- In a large bowl, toss fish balls with oil. Fill the basket with as many fish balls as it can hold in a single layer. It doesn't matter if they're touching.
- If you're using frozen fish balls, air-fry them at 400°F for 20 minutes, tossing them every 5 minutes. For fresh fish balls, air-fry at 400°F for 18 minutes, tossing them every 5 minutes.