You are going to love how easy it is to make air fryer salmon. You only need a few ingredients to make this healthy fish dish that is low-carb, paleo, and Whole30.

air fryer salmon on a plate with dill and lemon

One of my secrets to sticking with a healthy diet is to meal prep as often as possible. This means that I take a couple of hours every few days to batch cook different foods. Then, I mix and match the various items over several days.

I use lots of different appliances to help me speed up the process. The air fryer is one of my favorite gadgets to help make healthy food fast (see all my air fryer recipes). And, this air fryer salmon is one of my very favorite easy weeknight meals. You can make it in just 7 minutes (about 20 minutes total including prep time), and it can be served on a salad, alongside steamed veggies, or mixed-up in a healthy Buddha bowl.


To make this air fryer salmon, you only need a few ingredients, including:

  • salmon filets
  • olive oil
  • garlic powder
  • sea salt
  • black pepper
  • fresh lemon (optional), and
  • fresh dill (optional)

See the full printable recipe at the end of this post.

Recipe Steps

Step One

First, you’ll need 2-3 wild-caught salmon filets. If you have frozen filets, be sure to defrost them first in the refrigerator. They should be completely thawed before you cook them in the air fryer.

You should also pre-heat your air fryer at this point (not all devices require pre-heating, so check your air fryer’s instruction manual to see if yours requires it).

wild caught salmon in a container

Step Two

Next, place the filets in a shallow container and pat them dry with a paper towel.

Step Three

Brush the tops of the filets with a little bit of olive oil. Sprinkle on the garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Repeat on the other side.

Step Four

Spray the basket of your air-fryer with nonstick cooking spray. Lay the filets flat on the basket and set the temperature to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Set the time to 7 minutes.

Step Five

When the cooking time is up, serve the salmon straight out of the air fryer, with a squeeze of fresh lemon.

salmon cooked in an air fryer


Is this salmon recipe healthy?

Salmon is part of a healthy balanced diet, especially if you purchase wild-caught salmon. Salmon is considered a fatty fish because it is rich in omega-3 fatty acids.

Each serving of this recipe has approximately:

  • 389 calories
  • 13.6 grams of fat
  • 1.9 grams of carbohydrate
  • 65 grams of protein

What temperature should salmon be?

Fish is considered fully cooked when its internal temperature reaches 145 degrees Fahrenheit.

Can you put foil in the air fryer?

You can put foil in most air fryers, but you should read the instruction manual since there are so many different types and brands of air fryers. Also, for this recipe, you don’t really need foil since there will be very little excess oil.

How do you add flavor to salmon?

There are so many flavorful salmon recipes out there. This recipe gives flavor to the salmon from the garlic powder, salt, pepper, and fresh lemon.

cooked salmon on a white plate with lemon and fresh dill

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Here is the printable recipe:

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Easiest Air Fryer Salmon (7 Minutes)


You are going to love how easy it is to make air fryer salmon. You only need a few ingredients to make this healthy fish dish that is low-carb, paleo, and Whole30. 



  • 2 salmon filets, about 6 ounces each
  • ½ teaspoon olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 lemon, sliced (optional, for serving)


  1. Preheat your air fryer to 400°F. 
  2. Remove the salmon filets from any packaging and place them in a shallow dish. Pat both sides dry with a paper towel.
  3. Then, use a brush to lightly coat the tops of the salmon with the oil. Sprinkle each filet with the garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Repeat on the other side.
  4. Spray the air fryer basket with nonstick cooking spray and place the salmon in the basket. Set the time to 7 minutes.
  5. When the cooking time is up, remove the salmon from the basket and serve hot.


If you want to be sure that the salmon is cooked through, you can use an instant-read thermometer. The internal temperature should read 145°F.

  • Category: Fish
  • Method: Air fryer
  • Cuisine: Paleo, gluten-free, healthy

Keywords: air-fryer salmon, how to cook salmon in air fryer, fish in air fryer

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