Air-Fryer Salmon

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Cook: 15 min.

Makes

4 servings

Updated: Aug. 03, 2023
Preparing salmon in the air fryer is, hands down, one of the easiest ways to cook it. Air-fryer salmon stays succulent, but still gets lightly browned on the outside. Use this simple salmon recipe as a starting point for different flavors and styles of salmon. The possibilities are endless! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Air-Fryer Salmon Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 salmon fillets (6 ounces each)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika

Directions

  1. Preheat air fryer to 400°. Drizzle oil over salmon. Combine salt, garlic powder, pepper and paprika; sprinkle over fish. Place salmon in a single layer in air-fryer basket. Cook until fish is lightly browned and just beginning to flake easily with a fork, 7-9 minutes.
Air-Fryer Salmon Tips

Can you use frozen salmon for air-fryer salmon?

You can cook frozen salmon in the air fryer without thawing it. Frozen salmon takes longer to cook, though, so the timing depends on the size of the fish fillets and your air fryer. Try checking the salmon at the high end of the suggested cooking time, and consider adding a few minutes on top of that. We suggest skin-on fillets regardless of whether the salmon is fresh or frozen. The salmon skin protects the fish from overcooking, and you can easily remove it after if you don’t want to eat the skin. Of course, you can always remove skin from salmon before cooking the fillet, if you prefer.

How can you tell when the salmon is done cooking?

The best way to determine when salmon is done cooking is with an instant-read thermometer. The internal temperature of the thickest part of the salmon should reach 145°. If you don’t have a thermometer, look for the flesh to turn opaque and flake apart easily when tested with a fork. This recipe doesn’t require you to flip the salmon, so you won’t have to worry about it falling apart as you turn. However, it’s important to make sure that all four fillets fit in the basket without overcrowding so the fish cooks properly.

What do you serve with air-fryer salmon?

You can serve a variety of side dishes for salmon, from fresh salads to citrus-forward grain salads made with quinoa or couscous. Most vegetables complement salmon, too, such as asparagus, broccoli, Brussels sprouts or potatoes.

How do you store leftover air-fryer salmon?

Store the salmon in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. Reheat it slowly in the oven, about 10 to 15 minutes at 300°F will keep the salmon from drying out. You can eat the salmon skin, but it tends to get soggy in the refrigerator so we recommend removing it before eating.

Lindsay Mattison, Taste of Home Contributing Writer

Nutrition Facts

1 fillet: 296 calories, 19g fat (4g saturated fat), 85mg cholesterol, 381mg sodium, 0 carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 29g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 1 fat.

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