You are going to love how easy it is to make salmon in the air fryer. You only need a few ingredients and 7 minutes to make this healthy fish dish. Serve your baked salmon with vegetables and fresh lemon for a delicious meal.

air fryer salmon served on a plate with asparagus and lemon

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.

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.

Recipe Steps

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

Step One

First, you’ll need 2-3 wild-caught salmon fillets. 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 can use salmon with the or without the skin for this recipe.

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).

frozen salmon filet

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.

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 on the basket (skin side down) and set the temperature to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Set the time to 7 minutes.

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

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.

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.

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air fryer salmon served with asparagus

How to Make Salmon in Air Fryer


Description

You are going to love how easy it is to make salmon in the air fryer. You only need a few ingredients and 7 minutes to make this healthy fish dish. Serve your baked salmon with vegetables and fresh lemon for a delicious meal.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 salmon fillets, about 6 ounces each
  • ½ teaspoon olive oil or avocado oil
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ 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 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. 
  • Category: Fish
  • Method: Air fryer
  • Cuisine: Healthy

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

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