Air Fryer Salmon

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Get a delicious, simple, salmon dinner on the table in no time with our Air Fryer Salmon recipe.

A large plate with asparagus, wild rice, and air fryer salmon topped with a lemon slice

Air Fryer Salmon


We are always looking for meals that can be made in 30 minutes or less. Some of our favorites are Creamy One Pot Tortellini with Sausage, Easy Chicken Tacos, and Margherita Grilled Cheese Sandwiches.

The air fryer is one of my favorite ways to cook salmon. It is quicker than the grill or oven, and it comes out so flavorful and flakey. Whether you are making it for dinner, or making it for meal prep, its a great simple recipe with tons of variations!

Ingredients

  • Salmon Filets – You can use skinless or skin-on salmon for air fryer salmon, however I prefer skinless for this recipe.
  • Lemon Juice – It is best if you use fresh lemons, but you can use bottled lemon juice.
  • Olive Oil – I used extra virgin olive oil for this recipe.
  • Salt and Pepper – For this simple recipe, I just used salt and pepper. However, you can add more spices if you’d like. Depending on what you’re making with the salmon, you can garlic powder, paprika, cajun spices, or any of your other favorite seasonings.
A fork taking a bite of salmon from a plate

What to Serve with Air Fried Salmon

When I make this air fryer salmon for dinner, I like to serve it with a starchy side dish and a vegetable side dish. For starchy side dishes I like Easy Yellow Rice, The Perfect Baked Potato, Lemon Rice, or Potatoes Au Gratin. For a vegetable I often go for a Roasted Vegetable Medley, Oven Roasted Asparagus, or Lemon Garlic Brussel Sprouts.

I also like to prep this salmon ahead of time to put on salads. After I cook it, I let it cool a bit and then I store it in the fridge in an airtight container. It will last in the fridge for up to a week. Two of my favorite salads to top with salmon are a Classic Cobb Salad, and a Bowtie Caesar Salad.

Recipe Tip

Two seasoned salmon filets on a piece of parchment paper in an air fryer basket

You can use parchment paper in the air fryer to prevent the salmon from sticking. You may have to cook the salmon a little longer since the parchment paper blocks some of the air flow in the basket.

FAQ’s

Do you have to flip salmon in the air fryer?

Since air flows all around the air fryer basket, you do not have to flip the salmon. It will cook evenly on each side.

Can you put frozen salmon in the air fryer?

Yes. You can cook frozen salmon in the air fryer. You will have to cook the salmon at a lower temperature, about 370 degrees for 7 minutes to defrost, and then cook normally, as described below.

Can you air fry salmon with skin?

Yes, you can use skin-on salmon. Make sure to spray the bottom of the air fryer basket with cooking spray and place the salmon skin-side down in the basket.

How do I know when my air fryer salmon is done?

To be sure that your salmon is fully cooked, use a meat thermometer. Insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the salmon and make sure the internal temperature is at least 145 degrees.

More Air Fryer Recipes

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  • Chicken Teriyaki Bowls – Air Fryer Chicken Teriyaki Bowls are the perfect quick, easy dinner for any busy night. Get a healthy and also filling dinner on the table in no time.
  • Air Fryer Chicken Tenders – These Air Fryer Chicken Tenders are so crispy and crunchy, you won’t believe they aren’t fried! Made with a special batter and Panko bread crumbs, they come together in about 20 minutes.
  • Air Fryer French Fries – Air Fryer French Fries give you the crisp texture of deep fried french fries but with a fraction of the oil. The perfect quick and easy side dish or appetizer!

How to Make Air Fryer Salmon

A large plate with asparagus, wild rice, and air fryer salmon topped with a lemon slice

Air Fryer Salmon

5 from 2 votes
Get a delicious, simple, salmon dinner on the table in no time with our Air Fryer Salmon recipe.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2

Equipment

Instructions

  • Mix olive oil and the juice from one lemon in a small bowl.
    Lemon and olive oil mixed together in a small glass bowl
  • Brush the lemon mixture over the salmon filets and then sprinkle salt and pepper over the whole filet. Flip the filets over and repeat.
    Two salmon filets covered with olive oil, lemon, salt and pepper
  • Place in the air fryer basket and cook at 400 for 10 minutes.
    Two seasoned salmon filets on a piece of parchment paper in an air fryer basket
  • If your filets are a little thicker and after 10 minutes they are not fully cooked, cook at 1 minute intervals until cooked through.
    Two cooked salmon filets in an air fryer basket
  • Serve with lemon wedges.
    A large plate with asparagus, wild rice, and air fryer salmon topped with a lemon slice

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1filetCalories: 365kcalProtein: 34gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 75mgPotassium: 833mgVitamin A: 68IUCalcium: 21mgIron: 1mg

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Kelsey Crist

Kelsey lives in Washington with her husband, Alex, and two cats, Diana and Nova. Her happy place is in the kitchen listening to an audiobook and trying new recipes. When she's not in the kitchen you can find her hiking, shopping at Trader Joe's, or playing Animal Crossing. Her favorite food is pasta and Alex loves when she makes Homemade Oreos.

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  1. 5 stars
    I can always go for salmon and the this cooked up perfect in the Air Fryer! Will definitely be making it this way again!

  2. 5 stars
    I love finding new ways to use my air fryer! My husband loves salmon so this is a great option for us. Thank you!