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7 Best Airfryer Salmon Recipes

7 Best Airfryer Salmon Recipes

Introduced just over a decade ago, the airfryer has become more popular than ever thanks to its ease of use, the speed at which it cooks food and its relatively small countertop footprint. Essentially a small convection oven, a hot air fryer works by blowing hot air over the food in the basket that cooks and browns whatever you’re cooking. One of the biggest selling points for air fryers is their ability to cook food in significantly less time than with a traditional oven.

Let’s set the tone: It’s Wednesday night and you’ve just come home from work after a hell of a day and you’re hungry. You open the fridge looking for an option for a quick, hot meal and only find a jar of marinade, some salmon and some (too) old takeaway. You think to yourself, “I really should throw that away.” You then browse the pantry and find nothing but saltines, cans of tuna, some pasta sauce, and dried pasta. The former is a hard pass and the latter just takes too long.

All you want after a hard day is something good to eat that won’t last an hour. We’ve all been there, so we decided to put together a list of the best air fryer salmon recipes that take less than 20 minutes to cook.

A few pointers:

  • Salmon should be cooked to a minimum internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit. For best results, when cooking salmon in an air fryer, use an instant-read thermometer and once it reaches 135 degrees Fahrenheit, remove the salmon and let the rest do the cooking.
  • Line the air fryer tray with aluminum foil to make cleaning easy.
  • Keep the skin of the salmon on during cooking, as it will help hold the meat together, and it will be easier to remove once it’s done cooking.
  • Make sure to preheat the airfryer first.
  • Do not overcrowd the baking tray, because you have to make sure that the hot air can cook everything evenly.

Salmon With Soy-Dijon Glaze

well gilded

If you are looking for a recipe with a little Asian influences, this one from Well Plated is for you. The brown sugar glaze, umami-rich soy sauce, and sharp Dijon mustard pairs perfectly with salmon. The airfryer does its thing and makes a deeply caramelized fillet in about 10 minutes.

Total: 18 minutes
Active: 8 minutes
Yield: 2 servings

ingredients

  • 2 salmon fillets
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Pinch of ground ginger
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method

  1. Pat the salmon dry with kitchen paper. Sprinkle both sides lightly with salt and pepper.

  2. Line the air fryer basket with aluminum foil for easy cleaning. Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  3. In a small bowl or larger liquid measuring cup, combine the brown sugar, Dijon, oil, soy sauce, garlic powder, and ginger (if using). Spoon over the top of the salmon.

  4. Slide out the basket of the air fryer and place it on a heat-resistant surface. Place the fillets in the basket so that they do not touch.
  5. Fry the salmon in the air fryer for 6 to 11 minutes, depending on thickness and model (about 1 inch fillets need 8 to 9 minutes). Do not overcook or the salmon will become dry. Salmon is ready when it registers 145 degrees Fahrenheit on an instant-read thermometer.
  6. Transfer to a serving bowl. Enjoy warm, with a pinch of extra salt and pepper to taste.

Pepper and garlic rubbed salmon

Airfryer salmon with green beans and lemon on a plate
Feel Good Foodie

Paprika is not only a great seasoning for fish, but it also promotes browning during cooking, so that you end up with a nice crust. This simple recipe from Feel Good Foodie is an absolute winner for a quick and healthy dinner during the week. We recommend using smoked paprika instead of sweet for a smoky, spicy kick.

Total: 10 minutes
Active: 8 minutes
Yield: 4 servings

ingredients

  • 4 salmon fillets
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Lemon wedges, to serve with it
  • Tartar sauce, to serve

Method

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Rub each fillet with olive oil and season with garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper. Place the salmon in the airfryer and bake for 7 to 9 minutes, depending on the thickness of the salmon. Please note that time may vary between air fryers.

  3. Open the basket and check the desired doneness with a fork. You can put the salmon back for another 1 or 2 minutes.

Salmon With Whole Wheat Mustard Glaze

Airfryer salmon with salad on a plate
lovely

In our minds, adding whole grain mustard to just about anything is a good idea, especially sauces and glazes. this great recipe van Delish is a winner in our book for just the glaze. Whole grain mustard combined with garlic, thyme and brown sugar? Yes please.

Total: 15 minutes
Active: 10 minutes
Yield: 2 servings

ingredients

  • 2 salmon fillets
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons whole grain mustard
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method

  1. Season the salmon all over with salt and pepper. In a small bowl, whisk together oil, mustard, sugar, garlic and thyme. Spread over the salmon.
  2. Arrange the salmon in the airfryer basket. Set the air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and cook for 10 minutes.

Spicy dried salmon

Airfryer salmon on a plate
Lexi’s clean kitchen

We’re big fans of spicy dry rubs here, so this recipe from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen is perfect. The spice rub is packed with southern border flavors like chili, garlic, and coriander that really sing with roasted salmon. A cilantro-lime crema on the side would really take this dish up into the stratosphere.

Total: 10 minutes
Active: 8 minutes
Yield: 2 servings

ingredients

  • 2 salmon fillets
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper
  • Lemon wedges, optional to serve with it

Method

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Rub each fillet with olive oil and season with the spice mix.
  3. Place the salmon in the airfryer and set the airfry for 7 to 9 minutes; this depends on the thickness of the salmon.
  4. Open the basket and check the desired doneness with a fork. You can put the salmon back for another 1 or 2 minutes if necessary.
  5. Serve with optional lemon wedges and enjoy!

Brown Sugar-Garlic Salmon

Roasted salmon with asparagus and lemon wedges
The recipe critic

This one recipe from The Recipe Critic is arguably our all-time favorite. Packed with paprika, garlic and chili powder alongside brown sugar and a hint of Italian seasoning, this dish is just what we consider a great weeknight dinner in under 20 minutes.

Total: 15 minutes
Active: 10 minutes
Yield: 4 servings

ingredients

  • 4 salmon fillets
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Italian herbs
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method

  1. Salt and pepper the salmon. In a small bowl, add the brown sugar, chili powder, paprika, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder. Rub the salmon.

  2. Place the salmon skin side down in the basket of your air fryer. Turn the air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and cook for 10 minutes. If adding asparagus, add to basket after 5 minutes.

Cajun Style Salmon

Cajun airfryer salmon with lemon on a plate

We couldn’t make a salmon recipe overview without blackened salmon† This recipe from the Recipe Teacher gives us one of the best spice blends to pair with salmon. A Cajun-spiced salmon fillet is hard to beat, especially when paired with an ice cold lager. It is always best to combine strong, flavorful spices (such as paprika, chili, and garlic) with proteins such as high-fat, strong-flavored salmon.

Total: 15 minutes
Active: 8 minutes
Yield: 2 servings

ingredients

  • 2 salmon fillets
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

Method

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Brush the salmon fillets with olive oil.
  3. Mix the dry ingredients and divide generously over the salmon.
  4. Place seasoned salmon in the air fryer basket or in the center bake position, then air fry at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 8 to 10 minutes (depending on the thickness of the salmon). The salmon is ready when the internal temperature is 145 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. Remove it from the air fryer and let it rest for 2 to 3 minutes before enjoying.

Garlic Butter Salmon

Garlic butter airfryer salmon with green beans and lemon
Daily cooking with the family

Garlic butter is a classic sauce for fish for a reason: it’s easy to make, it’s delicious and the flavors go beautifully with anything from the sea. One of the easiest preparations, this recipe of Everyday Family Cooking is undoubtedly a weekly dinner choice. Make it a date night (or just treat yourself) with a bottle of white Burgundy to sip with the salmon.

Total: 15 minutes
Active: 10 minutes
Yield: 2 servings

ingredients

  • 2 salmon fillets
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian parsley (or 1/4 teaspoon dried parsley)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 360 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Season the fresh salmon with salt and pepper and mix the melted butter, garlic and parsley in a bowl.
  3. Brush the salmon fillets with the herb butter mixture and carefully place the salmon side by side in the airfryer, skin side down.
  4. Cook for about 10 minutes until the salmon flakes easily with a knife or fork.

Over the years, the air fryer has cemented its place in our home kitchens for quick, roast meals, and unlike the larger countertop convection ovens, the air fryer can easily be stored in a cupboard when not in use. The air fryer has some drawbacks, mainly due to the small size of the container, which allows you to cook only a small amount of food, but the advantages definitely outweigh the disadvantages of this small appliance.

While the air fryer will never completely replace a fan oven (or traditional one), it’s a machine that’s hard to beat when it comes to making a quick and healthy meal. If you’re in the market for an airfryer and looking for helpful advice on which model to choose, check out our guide to the best airfryer deals out there.

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