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Air Fryer Salmon

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Our Air Fryer Salmon recipe is an easy way to cook salmon filets so they’re flaky and tender every time. They cook in less than 10 minutes making dinner a breeze!

Salmon filet and lemon on a grey plate.

We love making this salmon recipe on busy weeknights. It makes a quick dinner, and clean up is so much easier than cooking it in the oven. We love to pair recipe with roasted brussels sprouts or roasted potatoes.

Side view of freshly cooked air fryer salmon next to veggies.

Air Fryer Salmon

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Author: Kim
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes
Servings: 2 Servings

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces salmon filets, *See note
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • teaspoon black pepper, or to taste

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the air fryer to 400°F.
  • Pat the salmon dry with paper towels, and gently run your hands across it to check for small bones.
    12 ounces salmon filets
  • Drizzle it with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    ¼ teaspoon salt
    ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • Place the filets, skin side down, into the air fryer basket.
  • Cook for 7-10 minutes or until the fish flakes easily with a fork. The internal temperature should read 145°F on a meat thermometer. Adjust the cooking time by as needed depending on the thickness of the fish.
  • Serve immediately!
  • Scroll up and see the post for tips and storage information.

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Notes

*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 1 (6-ounce) filet. Actual calories will vary.
*For more information, tips, and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the post.
*We use fresh salmon filets, but frozen may also be used. In our experience, it’s best to thaw the filets prior to cooking. If you need to cook them from frozen, there are instructions included in the post above the recipe card.
*Use filets with the skin on or off. It’s up to you. Leaving the skin on helps lock in moisture and keep the fish from drying out.

Nutrition

Serving: 6ouncesCalories: 304kcalCarbohydrates: 0.1gProtein: 34gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 366mgPotassium: 835mgFiber: 0.03gVitamin A: 69IUCalcium: 21mgIron: 1mg
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How to Cook Salmon in an Air Fryer

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 400°F.
  2. Pat the salmon dry with paper towels, and gently run your hands across it to check for small bones. 
  3. Drizzle it with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. 
  4. Place the filets, skin side down, into the air fryer basket.
Salt, pepper, and olive oil sprinkled over uncooked salmon.
Two uncooked salmon filets in a basket.
  1. Cook for 7-10 minutes or until the fish flakes easily with a fork. The internal temperature should read 145°F on a meat thermometer. Adjust the cooking time as needed depending on the thickness of the fish.
  2. Serve immediately with lemon wedges or a spritz of lemon juice!
Two pieces of fresh salmon in an air fryer basket.

Quick Tips

Tips
  • Add taco seasoning, Rotel, or some chili powder for extra flavor and a touch of heat.
  • Not a fan of canned chicken? Swap for rotisserie chicken, leftover chicken breast, ground chicken sausage, or even ground beef.
  • We recommend draining and rinsing the vegetables. It helps to remove excess sodium from canned ingredients.
Close up view of salt and pepper on salmon.

Storage

Refrigerator: Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Freezer: Place cooked salmon into freezer-safe containers, and it should stay fresh for about 2 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight before reheating.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you can make frozen salmon in the air fryer. Preheat the air fryer to 380°F, and cook the salmon for 5 minutes to thaw. 

Add the olive oil, salt and pepper then cook for an additional 3-5 minutes or longer for thicker pieces.

In our experience, frozen salmon has a tendency to dry out more easily than thawed salmon. So, keep an eye on it and make sure not to overcook it.

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