You are going to love how easy it is to make Air Fryer Salmon. You only need a few ingredients and less than 20 minutes to make this healthy fish dish. Serve your baked salmon with your choice of vegetables and fresh lemon for a delicious meal.

Salmon with broccoli

The air fryer is one of my favorite gadgets to help make healthy food fast (see all my air fryer recipes). And, this method for cooking salmon in the air fryer is one of my very favorite easy weeknight meals.

Why You Need This Recipe

  • You can make it in just 7 minutes (about 20 minutes total including prep time).
  • Serve your perfectly-cooked air fryer salmon recipe on a salad, alongside steamed veggies, or mixed-up in a healthy Buddha bowl.
  • Salmon is a heart-healthy source of fat, protein and micronutrients. One 3-ounce fillet contains 17 grams of protein and is a natural source of Vitamin D. It’s an excellent way to pack in nutrients without the excess of calories.

Key Ingredients

Salmon fillets are a firm, flaky fish that won’t fall apart in the air fryer. You can aim to buy fillets that are the same size so they cook evenly however don’t stress over this too much. Just serve the thinner salmon filets to those who prefer it more well done.

Olive oil will allow the spices to adhere well to the salmon as well as crisping up the outside.

Spices like sea salt, garlic powder, and black pepper will give the salmon just the right amount of flavor. If you prefer you can use your favorite spice mix such as lemon pepper, old bay, or a sweet and smoky rub.

Lemon to squeeze onto the hot salmon just before diving in. Citrus especially lemon pairs so well with Salmon and a fresh squeeze will add loads of flavor.

ingredients for air fryer salmon

Recipe Steps

To make this recipe, you only need a few ingredients.

Step One

First, you’ll need 2-3 salmon fillets (look for wild-caught versions as the most sustainable option). If you have frozen fillets, 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).

how to make salmon in the air fryer

Step Two

Next, place the salmon in a shallow container or on a flat surface and pat them dry with a paper towel. This will help the seasonings stick to the salmon while it cooks.

As always, please do see the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact ingredients and measurements.

Step Three

Brush the tops of the salmon 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 salmon flat in the air fryer basket (skin side down) and set the temperature to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Set the time to 7 minutes.

cooked salmon fillets in an air fryer

Step Five

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

Salmon cooked in the air fryer goes great with Air Fryer Carrots, Air Fryer Asparagus, Air Fryer Broccoli, or Air Fryer Green Beans!

cooked salmon fillets on a serving dish with lemon slices

Expert Tips & Substitutions

  • You can cook skinless salmon fillets, if you prefer.
  • For crispy skin, you can cook the salmon skin-side up, but you may need to reduce the overall cooking time.
  • If your salmon fillets are thicker than 1 1/2-inches, increase the cooking time to 10 minutes. If they are thicker than 2 inches, increase the cook time to 12-14 minutes.
  • Store any leftover salmon in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • If you forgot to defrost your salmon, try my recipe for Instant Pot Salmon & Potatoes instead!

FAQs

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. See my entire clean eating food list.

What temperature should cooked salmon be?

Fish is considered fully cooked when its internal temperature reaches 145 degrees Fahrenheit. Use a meat thermometer or an instant-read thermometer to be sure.

Can you put aluminum 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.

Can I cook the salmon fillets from frozen?

Yes, but you’ll need to increase the cooking time from 7 minutes to 14 minutes. Flip the salmon once during the cooking process and use a thermometer to ensure the salmon reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees F before serving.

two plates of salmon dinner on a tabletop

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air fryer salmon with lemon

Air Fryer Baked Salmon


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Description

You are going to love how easy it is to make Air Fryer Salmon. You only need a few ingredients and less than 20 minutes to make this healthy fish dish. Serve your baked salmon with your choice of vegetables and fresh lemon for a delicious meal.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 salmon fillet pieces, about 6 ounces each (most air fryer can fit up to 34 salmon fillets)
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 lemon, sliced (optional, for serving)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 400°F. 
  2. Remove the salmon fillets 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 (skin side down) 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.

Notes

  1. Not all air fryers require pre-heating. Check the manufacturers’ guide to see if your model of air fryer needs to be preheated.
  2. 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.
  3. You can double or triple this recipe depending on how big your air fryer is. Try to keep the salmon fillets from overlapping too much while cooking to ensure they get cooked evenly. 
  4. If your salmon fillets are thicker than 1 1/2-inches, increase the cooking time to 10 minutes. If they are thicker than 2 inches, increase the cook time to 12-14 minutes.
  5. You can cook the salmon from frozen, but you’ll need to increase the cooking time from 7 minutes to 14 minutes. Flip the salmon once during the cooking process and use a thermometer to ensure the salmon reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees F before serving.
  6. Store any leftover salmon in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7 minutes
  • Category: Fish
  • Method: Air fryer
  • Cuisine: Healthy

Keywords: air fryer fish, baked salmon in air fryer, air fried salmon

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