Air Fryer Salmon

5 from 37372 votes

Air Fryer Salmon is a quick and easy way to cook salmon, which results in seared edges and tender, flaky center. Ready in 10 minutes, low carb & low calorie

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Cooking salmon in an air fryer results in the most tender, succulent and delicious piece of fish, and it’s so quick and easy too! This low carb, low calorie salmon recipe takes 10 minutes to make and is perfect as part of an easy weeknight meal. The air fryer browns the fish wonderfully and the result is like restaurant quality seafood!

Air Fryer Salmon recipe garnished with lemon wedges and parsley
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I love using my air fryer. It’s just so simple to use, and I can’t tell you how delicious this salmon came out! It’s perfect for easy family meals when time is not on your side! If you love your air fryer as much I love mine, be sure to try my Breaded Air Fryer ChickenAir Fryer Potatoes and Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs.

How to make air fryer salmon

Cut the salmon fillets into even sizes and pre heat your air fryer. You can also purchase them already pre-cut into the fillets. You can remove the skin if you’d like, but it’s not necessary to do so.

Fresh salmon fillets before seasoning

Season each fillet with garlic, paprika, salt and pepper and drizzle a little olive oil on top. The paprika really gives the salmon a beautiful browned color when cooked, so I love adding it to salmon. Make sure to rub the spices in for best flavor, and then place the salmon in the air fryer.

Seasoned salmon fillets to cook

Depending on the thickness of the salmon and the exact air fryer you have, the time could range. But on average, expect the air fryer salmon to be cooked within 7-9 minutes – that’s it! You’ll know it’s ready when it flakes off easily. Then you’re ready to serve it.

What do you serve with fried salmon

Plate with salmon and green beans with lemon wedges

Tips for making salmon in the air fryer

  1. Make sure the salmon fillets are comparable thickness. This will ensure that they all cook evenly at the same time. Depending on the size of the air fryer, you may have to cook them in batches. Then you can cook the thicker ones together if necessary.
  2. Check for desired doneness with a fork. When it comes to air fryers, the time needed to cook the salmon will depend on the thickness of the salmon pieces and the model of air fryer you are using. The best way to check is with a fork to see if it flakes off easily.
  3. Pre heat your air fryer before adding the seasoned salmon. I recommend doing this in order to allow the salmon to cook evenly. This speeds up the cooking time and gives a more crisped edge to the salmon.
  4. Don’t over crowd your basket. If you do so, you risk the salmon not being crispy because the moisture from the salmon fillets touching each other can affect the hot air circulating around the salmon rapidly. Air fry the salmon in two batches if necessary.

Frequently asked questions

What air fryer is the best?

There are so many great air fryers on the market. I have tested only two of them based on reviews and I’m currently using and loving the Instant Vortex Plus Air Fryer and the Instant Vortex Plus Air Fryer with ClearCook (Amazon affiliate links).

Why cook salmon in an air fryer?

Honestly, this is the most succulent salmon and it is really cooked to perfection! It’s so easy to throw together and clean-up is a breeze. I love that it’s hands off so you can prepare the rest of your meal without worrying about flipping the salmon or splattering oil. Also, it’s healthier than shallow frying the fish, and the results really do speak for themselves!

Does air fried salmon keep?

Air fryer salmon is a great option for meal prep, you can easily add it to salads and grains for easy and quick lunches and dinners. It will keep well in an airtight container for up to 3 days. You can also freeze the pieces of cooked salmon for up to 3 months, just thaw in the fridge overnight and then warm until heated through.

Salmon cooked in the air fryer

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I really can’t wait for you guys to try this recipe! My whole family loved this delicious meal and it is just so quick and easy! It’s the perfect easy weeknight meal and another great use for your air fryer.

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Air Fryer Salmon

Air Fryer Salmon is a quick and easy way to cook salmon, which results in seared edges and tender, flaky center. Ready in 10 minutes, low carb & low calorie
5 from 37372 votes
Servings 4 servings
Course Entree
Calories 276
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
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Total Time 10 minutes
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Ingredients
  

Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer to 400°F.
  • Rub each fillet with olive oil and season with garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper. Place the salmon in the air fryer and air fry for 7-9 minutes, depending on this thickness of the salmon. Please note, time may vary between air fryers.
  • Open basket and check for desired doneness with a fork. You can return the salmon for another 1 or 2 minutes as necessary.

Notes

Storage: Air fried salmon will keep well in an airtight container for up to 3 days. 
Freezing Instructions: Freeze the pieces of salmon in an airtight container or freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight before you use it.
Equipment: I recommend the Instant Vortex Plus Air Fryer and the Instant Vortex Plus Air Fryer with ClearCook (Amazon affiliate links).
* Please note the nutrition label does not include the green beans.

Nutrition

Calories: 276kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 34g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 94mg, Sodium: 75mg, Potassium: 842mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 191IU, Calcium: 20mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

Cuisine American
Course: Entree
5 from 37372 votes (37,215 ratings without comment)

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  1. Carla says:

    It was tasty, but 7 minutes was at least a minute or two too long.

    1. Yumna J. says:

      So happy you liked how it tasted, Carla! It sounds like your air fryer might be a bit more powerful than mine, you can adjust the cook time as needed!

  2. Pam says:

    Loved this recipe, done used it 3-4 times in past 3 months. Love love love this. Also add a touch of honey and Dijon.

    1. Yumna J. says:

      So glad you love it, Pam! Honey and dijon sounds so good, thanks for the tip!

  3. Zeke says:

    Your recipe worked amazingly. 10 min at 390° F in my 4 qt fryer gave us crispy outside, tender and moist inside salmon. The paprika and garlic produced a delicious glaze on top and sides. Yummmm!
    This is how we’ll be doing salmon from now on.

    1. Yumna J. says:

      I’m so happy you loved how it turned out, Zeke!

  4. Phil says:

    Made this salmon last night for the first time, but it won’t be the last time. My wife and daughter told me this is the way we will have our salmon from now on. Cooked in an 1800 watt air fryer for 9 minutes and they were perfect.

    1. Yumna J. says:

      Yay, so happy you and your family loved it!! Thanks, Phil!

  5. Dorothy says:

    My husband had CABG X2 last October. We have changed our diet 360°. I can’t remember the last time we had red meat. Anyway lots of salmon, salad, chicken, low fat, low sodium etc.
    This was the BEST salmon I’ve ever made. I added lemon juice and some dill. I used salmon from Sam’s in a blue bag, thick and meaty.
    👍👍👍

    1. Yumna J. says:

      Aww, thank you so much! I’m so glad you love it!!

  6. Jack says:

    Delicious. Easy to fix and everything that was promised.

    1. Yumna J. says:

      Yay, so happy to hear it turned out great!

  7. Julia says:

    Question – the first time I made this, I cooked for 7 min (after preheating). Cooked it on parchment paper. Super delicious!

    Since then, I’ve been taking the temperature of the salmon with a food thermometer (didn’t do this the first time) and even after 8-9 min, the center of the meat is like 100F. The edges though are totally overcooked. Most of the salmon feels pretty overcooked to me honestly, but maybe the center is a little more redish than it should be.

    Does the salmon just cool down quickly after? Should I maybe cook it directly on the fryer (though I doubt that would make a huge difference)?

    Is this an issue you’ve had? Thanks

    1. Yumna J. says:

      Hi Julia, is it possible your thermometer is giving a false reading? Salmon at 100ºF is considered very rare, so it would be translucent and soft to the touch. If the edges are overcooked my guess is that your meat thermometer isn’t properly calibrated (I’ve overcooked meat this way). If you liked how it tasted after air frying for 7 minutes, I would stick to that cook time!

  8. Angie B says:

    Thank you so much!!! I wrote a whole review but it didn’t post! Love this and will never make salmon any other way!! ❤️❤️❤️

    1. Yumna J. says:

      Aww yay, so happy you found your go-to salmon recipe! I love this method too—the air fryer nails it every time!!

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