Air Fryer Salmon

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Do you have an air-fryer at home? Are you are planning to get this efficient kitchen appliance after you have read & heard amazing reviews about it? Then this air fried salmon dish should be the first dish you need to try cooking in it.

With the right amount of crustiness on the outside without any added fat, this salmon fare is a fantastic low key dinner in which the salmon just melts in your mouth. The salmon isn’t dry or tough and explodes with flavors.

fillet salmon placed on table

Furthermore,  if you wish to get juicy and tender salmon every time that is perfectly cooked in an incredibly short period, then zero in on this recipe.

This fare is ideal for weekday dinner as it is quick and easy to prepare since it takes less than 15 minutes to make. It doesn’t get simpler than this fare when you want a healthy dinner in no time.

When the salmon is cooked in the air fryer, it locks in the juices and rewards you with a succulent piece of fish that is perfectly tender on the inside with buttery flavor while having an amazing top crust which flakes beautifully.

What’s more, this is a healthy low-carb salmon dish that does not sacrifice taste in return for an easy cooking method. On top, it doesn’t heat the kitchen like the oven and is ideal for summertime.

Cooked to perfection with the right amount of crustiness, this seafood fare can be prepared ahead and is a great choice for meal-prep. Alongside, you can customize it easily according to various diets.

How to Make Air Fryer Salmon


  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 × 1 ½ inch-thick salmon, wild-caught & pat-dried
  • ½ to 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp extra- virgin olive oil
  • Salt & black pepper, as needed
  • Lemon slices, for serving
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • Herbs of your choice, for garnishing

Method of Preparation

To begin with, season the salmon with olive oil, salt, paprika, and pepper generously. Set it aside for a minimum of one hour for marination. Tip: You need to spoon the oil evenly so that the salmon gets an even lightly fried texture. If there are bones, make sure to take them out.

salmon put in air fryer

Next, place the seasoned salmon on the basket of the air fryer. Tip: If you wish, you can lightly oil the basket with non-stick cooking spray. Too much of the spray can cause smokiness though.  Also, make sure that the sides of the salmon don't touch the sides of the air-fryer.

After that, set the temperature at 390 ◦ F or 198 ◦ C for 7 to 9 minutes. Tip: This is an appropriate time. The cooking time varies with the size of the fillets and the size of the air-fryer. But then, the internal temperature of the salmon should be between 145 ◦ F or 120 ◦ F.

Once the time is up, open the lid of the air fryer and check whether the fish is cooked according to your preference. If desired, you can serve it along with lemon wedges. Garnish with herbs if using. Tip: You can check whether the fish is done with a fork.

If not, cook for further 2 minutes. Make sure not to overcook the salmon though. Allow it to rest for 5 minutes before slicing.

Serve and enjoy.

Nutritional Information per calories

  • Calories: 288Kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 1.4g
  • Proteins: 28.3g
  • Fat: 18.9g
  • Sodium: 80.6mg

Storage: The air fried salmon stays good for up to three days in the refrigerator when placed in air-tight containers after wrapping them in foil. You can also freeze them for about 3 months in freezer-safe containers.

Or you can reheat in the microwaving for 30 seconds on low heat along with a bowl of water. It is possible to reheat the salmon even in the air fryer.

Air Fryer Salmon Tips

  • You can pair it with salads or with grains like couscous etc. or with veggies like broccoli or sprouted Brussels.
  • Make sure you use fillets of the same size and thickness. When it is similar thickness, they will cook more or less at the same pace. But then if the thicknesses are different, there is a chance for the fish fillets to be undercooked.  
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  • Before marinating the salmon, it would be great if you could place it at room temperature for one hour.
  • Do not overcrowd the air-fryer as it will affect the cooking time of the fillet. When the fish touches each other, there is a risk of the salmon not getting crisped up.
  • Season it with seasoning generously as the fish taste better.
  • If you prefer, you can keep a dollop of butter on top for more flavor and texture.
  • Or if you want a crunchy crust, you can top it with sesame seeds.
  • Or, if you prefer a Chinese twist to the salmon fare, then you can season it with soy sauce and sesame oil along with salt and pepper.

Air Fryer Salmon FAQ

For best results, follow the recipe as it is. However, some common substitutes would work well in this recipe. They are:

Instead of olive oil, you can also use vegetable oil.

What to do about the skin?

There is no need to take off the peel before marinating rather it will come out on its own after the cooking. When cooking if the skin is there, it will lock up the juices and help to keep them moist.

How to know whether the fish is cooked properly?

Before cooking, the fish will have a translucent color. But once it is cooked, it gets an opaque color. On top, when you poke it with a fork in the thickest portion of the fish, if it pokes easily while having a little translucency in the center, then it is cooked.

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