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Air Fryer Salmon

Juicy, flaky, and deliciously flavored salmon fillets cooked in the air fryer! This easy and healthy seafood recipe is the perfect choice anytime you want a fabulous, low-carb dinner.

Easy Air Fryer Salmon

Do you ever have those busy weeknights where you want to get something healthy on the dinner table, but you also need it to taste amazing and don’t want to spend a ton of time on it? Me, too, friend. That’s where this air fryer salmon recipe comes in!

Topped with butter, garlic, and herbs, my Air Fryer Salmon takes just minutes to make, and it’s a healthy way to make a delicious and nutritious dinner. Packed with protein, Omega-3s, and potassium, you can make this simple dinner and feel good about eating it!


You only need a handful of ingredients to make this simple salmon recipe, including salmon fillets, butter, garlic, lemon juice, a bit of brown sugar, and some herbs and seasonings.

    Two raw salmon fillets in an air fryer basket.

    How to Make Air Fryer Salmon

    An easy, quick, and flavorful seafood dinner is just 10 minutes away. This garlicky, lemony, and buttery salmon requires minimal ingredients, and cleanup is a snap thanks to the Air Fryer!

    1. First, melt some butter and stir in garlic, lemon juice, brown sugar, and seasonings.
    2. Next, brush completely thawed salmon fillets with the butter mixture; then add salt and pepper.
    3. Transfer salmon fillets to the air fryer basket.
    4. Set temperature at 390˚F and cook for 7 to 8 minutes or to desired doneness. Cooking time will depend on the size and thickness of the fillets.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can I Use Frozen Salmon Fillets?

    Yes, you can cook frozen salmon in the air fryer. A good tip is to rinse the frozen salmon fillets under some cold water to get rid of any frost or ice. Afterward, dab it dry with a paper towel and proceed with the recipe. I also add a couple more minutes to the cooking time for frozen fillets.

    At What Temperature is Salmon Done?

    Salmon is cooked when the internal temperature registers at 145˚F. Please get in the habit of using an Instant Read Thermometer – it’s a lifesaver AND, most importantly, a food-saver. 

    Should I Flip the Salmon Fillets?

    You do not need to flip the salmon in the air fryer because the heat will circulate around the fillets. This is part of what makes air fryer cooking so easy!

    What Size Air Fryer Should I Get?

    If you’re wondering about the kind of Air Fryer to get, first consider how many people you usually cook for. I have this 5.8-quart Air Fryer, and it’s perfect for the 4 of us. If cooking for 2 to 3 people, get this 4.2-quart Air Fryer.

    Two cooked salmon fillets in a black air fryer basket.

    Tips for Success

    • If you want a crispier salmon, you can always pop it under the oven broiler for a couple of minutes or until just browned and crispy on the edges. I find that the air fryer browns it perfectly for us.
    • Cut the salmon pieces into even sizes so that they cook evenly.
    • Don’t overcrowd your basket. With only two salmon fillets, you should easily be able to cook everything at once, but if you double this recipe, do not crowd the basket. You need hot air to circulate around the fillets to cook the salmon properly and get that crisp, gently browned exterior.
    • Doubling the recipe. If you want to double the recipe, cook in batches. I can fit three (4-ounce) fillets in my air fryer without overcrowding them and leaving enough space between each fillet.
    Flakey cooked salmon on a plate with lemon and veggies.

    What Goes with Salmon?

    There are so many delicious sides you can serve with salmon! Here are some of my favorite ideas:

    • Crunchy Kale Quinoa Salad – Tender quinoa and raw kale, tossed in a homemade vinaigrette along with apples, grapes, bell pepper, and sunflower seeds.
    • Lemon Parmesan Risotto – Creamy risotto made with shallots and garlic, and studded with fresh green asparagus.
    • Roasted Potatoes and Carrots – Caramelized veggies dressed with olive oil, black pepper, and garlic.
    • Grilled Cabbage Steaks – These smoky cabbage slices are incredibly crispy on the outside, soft and tender on the inside. So good!
    • Grilled Zucchini – Coated with a wonderful sesame-soy glaze, this simple squash recipe is perfect with salmon.

    How to Store Extras

    • Fridge: Store leftover fillets in an airtight container and refrigerate them for up to 3 days.
    • Freezer: To freeze, store cooled salmon in freezer bags or in an airtight container, and keep in the freezer for 2 to 3 months.

    Tools Used in this Recipe

    Cooked salmon fillets in an air fryer basket

    Air Fryer Salmon

    Katerina | Diethood
    Juicy, flaky, and deliciously flavored Salmon fillets cooked in the Air Fryer! This easy Keto-friendly seafood recipe is the perfect choice anytime you want a fabulous, low carb dinner.
    5 from 11 votes
    Servings : 2 serves
    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Cook Time 8 minutes
    Total Time 15 minutes


    • 2 salmon fillets, fillets should be about 5 to 6 ounces each
    • tablespoons butter, melted
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
    • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
    • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley
    • ½ teaspoon dried Italian Seasoning
    • salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste


    • Melt the butter and whisk in minced garlic, lemon juice, brown sugar, parsley, and Italian seasoning.
    • Brush the salmon fillets with the butter mixture and season them with salt and pepper.
    • Transfer the salmon fillets to the air fryer basket.
    • Set Air Fryer at 390˚F and cook salmon for 7 to 8 minutes, or to your desired doneness. Salmon is cooked when internal temperature registers at 145˚F.
    • Remove from the air fryer and serve.


    • Don’t overcrowd the air fryer basket. If you want to double the recipe, cook in batches. Only cook a few pieces in the air fryer at once; proper airflow is critical for optimal cooking and browning.
    • If you want a crispier salmon, you can briefly broil it in the oven, but I find that the air fryer does an excellent job at browning the fillets. 
    • Ensure the salmon pieces are about the same in size for even cooking.
    • You can use frozen fillets but consider adding a couple of minutes to the cooking time.


    Calories: 332 kcal | Carbohydrates: 4 g | Protein: 34 g | Fat: 19 g | Saturated Fat: 7 g | Cholesterol: 116 mg | Sodium: 151 mg | Potassium: 833 mg | Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 2 g | Vitamin A: 330 IU | Vitamin C: 4 mg | Calcium: 34 mg | Iron: 2 mg | Net Carbs: 3 g

    Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

    Course: Dinner
    Cuisine: American, Mediterranean
    Keyword: air fryer salmon, healthy dinner idea, keto salmon, low carb dinner
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    29 comments on “Air Fryer Salmon”

    1. I made this tonight. I did not have a lemon, but I had an orange so I used fresh orange juice instead, and it is delicious!! And so easy! Thank you for this great recipe!

    2. Just made this for hubby and I for dinner tonight!!
      It definitely is a easy recipe and very good.
      We will be having this more often as our go to salmon recipe.

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      Unlike the rest of the reviews, I actually made this recipe. The salmon was delicious. I cooked it for about 10 minutes and it was medium.

    4. Who knew that salmon in an air fryer would have this much flavor! I can’t wait to grab my air fryer and make this dinner!

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      Krissy Allori

      My husband I were just talking about needing some new ideas on how to cook our Salmon. This looks perfect and I’m always looking for new ways to use my air fryer.

    6. I love the whole air fryer salmon idea! The salmon is so tender and flaky, the best dinner recipe!

    7. Wow! I seriously thought an air fryer was was frying breaded items or fries and never thought it could cook salmon so well (healthy but still juicy). Love this!

    8. I made this recipe the other night for dinner and not only was it fast and super easy, it was incredibly delicious! I’ve never had such crispy skin before and absolutely enjoyed every bite. I’ll definitely be making this again soon so thank you for a wonderful recipe!

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