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air fryer salmon with lemon

Air Fryer Baked Salmon (Cooked From Fresh)

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You are going to love how easy it is to make Air Fryer Baked 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.

  • Total Time: 17 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x


  • 2 wild-caught salmon pieces, about 6 ounces each (most air fryers 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)


  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.


  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.


  • Serving Size: 1 piece of salmon
  • Calories: 128
  • Sugar: 0.6 g
  • Sodium: 357.4 mg
  • Fat: 5.2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 1.9 g
  • Fiber: 0.1 g
  • Protein: 19.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 43.4 mg