Air Fryer Salmon Recipes

Simple Air Fryer Salmon Recipes for Quick & Easy Dinners

How to Cook Salmon in Air Fryer with Skin On – 3 Tasty Ways!

Simplify your dinnertime hustle with these air fryer salmon recipes that all need just a few minutes to cook! I’ll show you how to cook salmon in an air fryer with 3 easy flavor varieties: a zesty lemon pepper paprika salmon, a parmesan crusted filet, and a savory honey soy ginger salmon.

We all want our homemade dinners to be easier and tastier, and the air fryer is here to help on both fronts. I love using the air fryer because I don’t have to fuss with the oven or the stove, it can cook protein and veggies quickly, and the result is always delicious!

Salmon is a protein that can be prepped in so many different ways and it cooks quickly in general. But, it can also be fairly delicate and not everyone is comfortable with cooking it. Luckily, these air fryer salmon recipes make the process simple and stress-free. And the filets turn out so yummy, even those who aren’t huge fans of salmon can enjoy! (Seriously, this has proven true with several salmon-resisters in my life after they tried these air fryer salmon recipes.)

Plus, salmon is one of the most nutrient-dense foods we can eat, and one of the best sources of the anti-inflammatory omega-3s that we all need. These air fryer salmon recipes can help make salmon a regular in your meal rotation! I’ll walk you through how to cook salmon in the air fryer with 3 fun flavor options, along with my tips for best results.

AIR FRYER SALMON 3 Ways

Basics & Tips for Air Fryer Salmon Recipes

As mentioned, I’ll be sharing three specific air fryer salmon recipes below with step-by-step instructions that you can follow. But, for best results with those recipes—and for those who may want to get creative with them—here are some things to keep in mind:

Farmed vs Wild Caught Salmon

For all of these recipes, I’ve used wild caught salmon as that’s my preferred variety to buy and cook with at home. But, you can also cook farm raised salmon in the air fryer as well! If farm raised is your preference or that’s just what you can find at your grocery store, it’ll work just as well in these recipes.

In my Wild Caught Salmon vs Farm Raised blog, I talk about the differences between the two—in nutritional composition, environmental impact, price, and even cooking time. Wild caught salmon tends to have a higher content of omega-3s and essential minerals. Sustainability is a unique issue for both varieties of salmon. Farm raised tends to be cheaper, and so on.

I definitely recommend checking out that post if you’d like to learn all of the details. But, what you need to know for the purposes of these air fryer salmon recipes is this:

  • Wild caught salmon filets tend to be thinner, leaner, cook faster, and can dry out quickly. It likely needs less time to cook and will do better at a lower temperature.
  • Farm raised salmon filets tend to be thicker, fattier, cook more slowly, and aren’t as prone to over-cooking. It may need more time to cook and will likely do just fine at a higher temperature.
How to Cook Salmon in Air Fryer 3 Ways

Cooking Temperature & Time

Because of the cooking differences between wild caught and farm raised salmon, it’s helpful to adjust the cooking temperature and time for these air fryer salmon recipes accordingly.

You can think of cooking salmon filets as similar to cooking steak: most people have a preference as to how rare or how well-done it’s cooked. A rarer filet tends to be softer, juicier, and more tender. A more well-done filet tends to be a bit firmer and chewier. Personally, I prefer to cook my salmon in the air fryer until it’s medium-rare or medium.

All of this being said, here are my recommendations based on wild caught salmon filets.

  • For a well-done air fryer salmon filet: cook at a higher temperature (390°F or 200°C) for less time—like 7-8 minutes.
  • For a more tender, less done salmon filet: cook at a lower temperature (350°F or 180°C) for a bit longer—like 15-20 minutes.

For filets that are farm-raised or thicker/larger, you may need to cook a bit longer to get your desired doneness. You can check the doneness as you go—simply open the drawer of the air fryer and test your filet with a fork.

Flavorings, Spreads & Marinades

Of course, the crucial element with all of these air fryer salmon recipes is the flavor. I’m sharing recipes for cooking salmon in the air fryer 3 ways: with a spice rub, a creamy spread, and a marinade. But, you can also use my ideas as base recipes and then change the specific seasonings and flavors to make them your own!

  • Spice rubs and dry rubs: First, I recommend brushing each filet with a bit of a high smoke point oil. (Like avocado oil or light olive oil.) Then, add your desired seasonings or spice rub. If you want some flavor inspiration, check out my DIY spice rubs eBook!
  • Creamy spreads: A creamy spread with mayo, yogurt, or even hummus can be a simple addition on top of your salmon filet that also helps to seal in moisture as it cooks! Be sure to spread a decent layer on top, and sprinkle on any additional toppings or seasonings you like.
  • Marinades: I think it’s best to combine your marinade ingredients first in a separate measuring cup or jar. Then, pour the marinade into a sealable plastic bag, or a flat dish with a lid. Finally, add the salmon filets so the flesh side is coated. I prefer a bag so I can make sure the filets are well-coated, and I turn them once or twice as they marinate. Marinate in the fridge for no more than 20-30 minutes.
Easy Air Fryer Salmon Recipes

How to Cook Salmon in Air Fryer with Skin On

Once you’ve chosen your desired flavorings, start by preheating your air fryer to the appropriate temperature. Remember, the exact cooking temperature and time can vary for these air fryer salmon recipes depending on the specific type of salmon you use and how thick the filet is.

If you’re unsure, I think it’s best to start with the lower temperature and longer cook time. That way you can gauge what works for you and how you like your salmon! Thankfully, the air fryer makes it easy to check on the doneness of your filets as you go.

While the machine preheats, prepare your salmon filets with the flavorings. Brush on the oil and seasonings, coat with a creamy spread, or allow to marinate in the fridge. Use whichever method and flavors appeal to you! And of course, my air fryer salmon recipes are below for step-by-step guidance and inspiration.

Once coated with flavorings, pop the filet(s) into the preheated air fryer to cook! At a higher temperature, start with 7-8 minutes; at a lower temperature, try 15-20 minutes. If you’re new to cooking salmon in an air fryer, don’t be afraid to open the air fryer drawer a minute early to check the doneness with a fork! Simply close and cook another minute or more as needed.

When cooked to your liking, remove the salmon filets from the air fryer and rest for 2 minutes before serving! With roasted veggies, over your favorite grain, on a salad—serve with whichever accompaniments you enjoy.

Salmon Air Fryer Recipes – 3 Easy Flavor Ideas

I hope these air fryer salmon recipes can give you some flavor inspiration and cooking guidance, until you’ve got the hang of it and can switch things up on your own!

For the most basic filet, I’ve got a lemon pepper paprika salmon—which can easily be adjusted using any spice rub you like. Then I’ve got a fancier (but equally easy) parmesan crusted filet after that, which is my personal favorite of them all. And finally, a marinated honey soy ginger salmon filet that’s bursting with umami flavor.

They can all be whipped up quickly and easily in the air fryer on a weeknight, and they’ve made me look forward to fitting more salmon into my meals. Leave a comment at the bottom of the post to let me know how cooking salmon in the air fryer goes for you and what your favorite flavors are!

Lemon Pepper & Paprika Air Fryer Salmon

Lemon Pepper Paprika Salmon

For a simple spice rub option, try this lemon pepper paprika air fryer salmon recipe! It’s as easy as brushing on some oil, adding a squeeze of lemon juice, and sprinkling on your favorite spices and seasonings. Then, top with lemon slices before cooking in the air fryer for an added zing of bright citrus flavor!

I’ve kept things simple with just paprika, salt and pepper, but you can use any combination of seasonings that you enjoy. If you’re a fan of premade spice rubs, use your favorite. Or, try one of my DIY spice rub options that you can make at home!

Serve up your air fryer salmon filet with your favorite accompaniments to make it a meal. For this dinner, I went with some perfectly crisp roasted asparagus spears, plus some lemon wedges on the side. It’d be just as delicious with your choice of roasted veggie or served over grains!

Lemon Pepper Salmon in Air Fryer
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Lemon Pepper & Paprika Air Fryer Salmon

Lemon Pepper Air Fryer Salmon Recipe

How to prepare lemon pepper paprika salmon in air fryer using a simple homemade spice rub.

  • Author: Alyssia Sheikh
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7-15 minutes
  • Total Time: 12-20 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x
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Ingredients

Lemon Pepper Paprika Salmon

12 salmon filets (about 1 inches thick is best)
drizzle of avocado oil
½ lemon, juiced
paprika, to taste (or any seasonings you prefer)
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
1 lemon, cut into slices

Topping & Serving Ideas:

chives, finely chopped
lemon wedges
roasted asparagus

Instructions

  • Preheat air fryer to 390°F (200°C) or 350°F (180°C)*, depending on your cooking preference.
  • Brush oil onto salmon filet(s). Add a squeeze of lemon juice, then sprinkle with paprika, salt, and pepper (or any other seasonings or spice rub you prefer).
  • Place seasoned filet(s) into preheated air fryer, skin side down, and add lemon slices on top.
  • Cook at 390°F (200°C) for 7-8 minutes, or at 350°F (180°C) for 15-20 minutes.
  • Check doneness with a fork. Cook another minute if needed. (Feel free to open air fryer a minute early to check doneness.)
  • Rest 2 minutes before serving.
  • Top with chopped chives and serve with lemon wedges, roasted asparagus, or any accompaniments you like!

Notes

Cooking Temperature:

*Salmon is like steak—most people have a preference as to how rare or well-done it’s cooked! If you prefer your salmon more well-done or you’re in a time-crunch, you can cook at a higher temperature (390°F or 200°C) for less time. If you prefer your salmon more tender and less done, cook at a lower temperature (350°F or 180°C) for a bit more time.

 

Nutrition Information:

Nutrition provided for prepared 4oz wild caught sockeye salmon filet, excludes optional topping & accompaniment ideas.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 air fried salmon filet
  • Calories: 234
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Fat: 14g
  • Carbohydrates: 2g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 25g

Parmesan Crusted Air Fryer Salmon Recipe

Parmesan Crusted Salmon

Get extra creamy and cheese with this parmesan crusted air fryer salmon recipe! I’ve gotta say, I love all of these recipes, but this is my favorite of the bunch… It’s perfectly flavorful, herby, and juicy on the inside!

Thanks to that mayo-based spread on top, this filet retains its moisture and flakes beautifully with a fork. Any mayo you prefer will do, but I personally like to use my homemade avocado oil mayo. I just keep it stored in my fridge, and throwing this recipe together is always amazingly quick and easy! Once the spread is lathered on top, simply pop your filet(s) into the air fryer to work its magic.

The Italian seasoning adds a deliciously herbaceous flavor, so I love to pair this air fryer salmon with some earthy cooked quinoa with steamed veggies mixed in! But again, any accompaniments you like are welcome here—roasted veggies, rice, or even polenta if you’re feeling fancy.

Parmesan Crusted Air Fryer Salmon
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Parmesan Crusted Air Fryer Salmon Recipe

Parmesan Crusted Salmon in Air Fryer

A creamy, savory parmesan crusted salmon in air fryer that’s totally keto friendly!

  • Author: Alyssia Sheikh
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7-15 minutes
  • Total Time: 12-20 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x
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Ingredients

Parmesan Crusted Salmon

12 salmon filets (about 1 inches thick is best)
3 Tbsp mayo of choice (I use homemade avocado oil mayo)
3 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese
½ lemon, juiced
1 tsp Italian seasoning
pinch of salt

Topping & Serving Ideas:

fresh parsley, chopped
cooked quinoa & mixed veggies

Instructions

  • Preheat air fryer to 390°F (200°C) or 350°F (180°C)*, depending on your cooking preference.
  • In a bowl, mix together mayo, parmesan cheese, lemon juice, and seasonings.
  • Spread on top of salmon filets, then place into preheated air fryer, skin side down.
  • Cook at 390°F (200°C) for 7-8 minutes, or at 350°F (180°C) for 15-20 minutes.
  • Check doneness with a fork. Cook another minute if needed. (Feel free to open air fryer a minute early to check doneness.)
  • Rest 2 minutes before serving.
  • Top with a bit of chopped parsley and serve over quinoa and veggies, or any accompaniments you like!

Notes

Cooking Temperature:

*Salmon is like steak—most people have a preference as to how rare or well-done it’s cooked! If you prefer your salmon more well-done or you’re in a time-crunch, you can cook at a higher temperature (390°F or 200°C) for less time. If you prefer your salmon more tender and less done, cook at a lower temperature (350°F or 180°C) for a bit more time.

 

Nutrition Information:

Nutrition provided for prepared 4oz wild caught sockeye salmon filet, excludes optional topping & accompaniment ideas.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 air fried salmon filet
  • Calories: 348
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Fat: 25g
  • Carbohydrates: 3g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 30g

Honey Soy Ginger Air Fryer Salmon Recipe

Honey Soy Ginger Salmon

Take your taste buds to the next level with this honey soy ginger air fryer salmon recipe! Salmon pairs beautifully with the savory, umami flavors in soy sauce and sesame oil, and it’s all kicked up a notch with a hint of sriracha and some sweet honey. This Asian-inspired delight combines so many of my favorite flavors into one dinner.

Though this recipe is just as quick to cook, it does take a few extra minutes of forethought compared to the other recipes because it involves a marinade. Rather than simply spreading the seasonings on top of the filet, it’s best to mix together the marinade ingredients, and then give the filet(s) around 20-30 minutes to soak up the flavors. Trust me, it’s worth it!

The result is a scrumptious, juicy salmon filet that I think is just begging to be served over rice! I like to pair it with some roasted broccolini, too, but really any veggies you like will taste even better served with this salmon. I recommend using a similar flavor profile on your veggies to make this meal complete!

Asian Salmon in Air Fryer
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Honey Soy Ginger Air Fryer Salmon Recipe

Honey Soy Ginger Air Fryer Salmon Recipe

How to cook honey soy ginger in air fryer using a quick, umami marinade.

  • Author: Alyssia Sheikh
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7-15 minutes
  • Total Time: 32-50 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x
  • Method: Marinate 20-30 minutes
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Ingredients

Honey Soy Ginger Salmon & Marinade

12 salmon filets (about 1 inches thick is best)
1 Tbsp light olive oil
2 Tbsp soy sauce (or coconut aminos + salt)
1 Tbsp honey
1 tsp sriracha
1 tsp minced/grated ginger
1 clove minced/grated garlic
½ tsp sesame oil

Topping & Serving Ideas:

sesame seeds
green onion, finely chopped
cooked wild rice
roasted broccolini

Instructions

  • Blend together all marinade ingredients. Pour marinade into a plastic bag or a flat dish with a lid. Add salmon filet(s) into bag/dish and seal, making sure to coat salmon well with marinade.
  • Place in fridge to marinate for 20-30 minutes, turning once or twice.
  • Preheat air fryer to 390°F (200°C) or 350°F (180°C)*, depending on your cooking preference.
  • Remove marinated filets from bag and place into preheated air fryer, skin side down.
  • Cook at 390°F (200°C) for 7-8 minutes, or at 350°F (180°C) for 15-20 minutes.
  • Check doneness with a fork. Cook another minute if needed. (Feel free to open air fryer a minute early to check doneness.)
  • Rest 2 minutes before serving.
  • Serve topped with sesame seeds and green onion, along with any accompaniments—like wild rice, roasted broccolini, or whatever you like!

Notes

Cooking Temperature:

*Salmon is like steak—most people have a preference as to how rare or well-done it’s cooked! If you prefer your salmon more well-done or you’re in a time-crunch, you can cook at a higher temperature (390°F or 200°C) for less time. If you prefer your salmon more tender and less done, cook at a lower temperature (350°F or 180°C) for a bit more time.

 

Nutrition Information:

Nutrition provided for prepared 4oz wild caught sockeye salmon filet, excludes optional topping & accompaniment ideas.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 air fried salmon filet
  • Calories: 257
  • Sugar: 9g
  • Fat: 13g
  • Carbohydrates: 11g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 27g