You’ll never want to cook salmon any other way once you try this Air Fryer Salmon!   It’s crispy on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside, and it cooks up in under 10 minutes!

Air fryer salmon on a plate with lemon and parsley

One of our favorite dinners is salmon, which is why I’m always looking for new (and easier) ways to prepare it. I didn’t think it could get easier than my broiled salmon or baked lemon dijon salmon recipes, but cooking salmon in the air fryer is by far the easiest.

The air fryer is one of the best kitchen appliances I’ve ever purchased. I love how crispy air fryer brussels sprouts get with just a touch of oil, and how tender and juicy air fryer corn on the cob cooks up without any other ingredients.

It provides an easier way to cook the things I love every day, and this Air Fryer Salmon is my latest obsession. The crispy exterior and juicy interior are nothing short of amazing with such little effort!

Salmon in air fryer with lemon and parsley

Why you should make salmon in the air fryer

Be warned, once you learn how to cook salmon in the air fryer, you may never make it any other way.

  • It’s nice and crispy on the outside, and tender and juicy on the inside.
  • There’s no oven to preheat. Simply prep the salmon, pop it in the air fryer and cook.
  • The salmon cooks up in about 10 minutes depending on the size of the filet(s).
  • It’s practically effortless and clean up is a breeze!

Recipe ingredients

There are only 3 ingredients in this air fryer salmon recipe, and they can be customized to suit your tastes or by using ingredients that you already have on hand.

Air fryer salmon ingredients

Ingredient notes

  • Salmon. I highly recommend using salmon filets that are the same size and thickness to ensure that they finish cooking at the same time, and they may be either skin-on or skinless. If your salmon is frozen, see this post on how to make frozen salmon in the air fryer by Fork to Spoon.
  • Olive oil. The oil will help the seasoning adhere to the salmon and promote even more browning. The olive oil may be substituted with your favorite oil.
  • Seasoning. I used my blackened seasoning for this recipe, but you can season the salmon with your favorite spice rubs or simply with salt and pepper if desired.

How to make this recipe

Cooking salmon in the air fryer is virtually effortless already, the prep for this recipe is minimal, and it’s ready in about 15 minutes from start to finish.

Pro tip: If your salmon is under 1″ thick, begin checking for doneness after 5 minutes of cooking time to ensure that the salmon does not over cook.

How to cook salmon in air fryer collage
  1. Brush olive oil over each filet, then sprinkle evenly with the seasoning.
  2. Place the salmon in the air fryer basket.
  3. Cook at 390 degrees for 5-10 minutes depending on the size and thickness of the salmon. It’s done when a thermometer inserted in the center of the salmon registers 145 degrees or when the white fat has rendered and the fish flakes easily with a fork.
Salmon in the air fryer with a fork digging into it

FAQs

Why cook salmon in the air fryer?

Air fryer salmon is incredibly crispy on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside, and it’s ready in 15 minutes or less. There’s no oven to preheat, and clean up is a breeze!

How long does it take for salmon to be cooked?

It will take salmon between 5 and 10 minutes to cook at 390 degrees in the air fryer depending on the size and thickness of the filets. If the filets are under 1″ thick, begin checking for doneness after 5 minutes of cooking time to ensure that the salmon does not over cook.

What temp should salmon be cooked?

Salmon should be cooked to 145 degrees. Insert thermometer into the thickest part of the filet, or you can tell it’s done when the white fat has rendered out and the fish flakes easily with a fork.

How to serve this recipe

One of the best things about this air fryer salmon recipe is how versatile it is. It can be changed up so many ways so that it never gets boring!

Recipe notes

  • Cooking time will vary based on the size and thickness of your salmon filets.  Pro tip: If your salmon is under 1″ thick, begin checking for doneness around 5 minutes by inserting a thermometer into the thickest part of the filet. It’s done when it registers at 145 degrees or when the white fat has rendered and it flakes easily with a fork.
  • The skin may be left on the filet as it’s easy to remove after cooking.
  • If you’re worried about sticking, brush a bit of oil over the air fryer plate before placing the salmon in the basket.
  • Leftover air fryer salmon will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, making a great meal prep option.
Fork cutting into air fryer salmon filet

More salmon recipes you’ll love:

If you try this recipe I’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment and rating below, or tag me at @flavorthemoments on Instagram!

Air fryer salmon on a plate with lemon and parsley

Easy Air Fryer Salmon

Once you try salmon in the air fryer, you'll never want to make it any other way! Air Fryer Salmon is crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside, and it cooks up in under 10 minutes!
0
reviews

Leave a Review »

Ingredients

  • 2 4-6 ounce salmon filets make sure they're as close to the same size and thickness as possible for best results
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoon blackened seasoning use more or less seasoning to taste; sub with your favorite seasoning!
  • Lemon and parsley for serving (optional)

Instructions 

  • Brush 1 teaspoon olive oil on each salmon filet, then sprinkle evenly with the blackened seasoning (or your favorite seasoning).
  • Place the salmon in the air fryer basket and cook at 390 degrees for 5-10 minutes depending on the size and thickness of the salmon. It's done when a thermometer inserted in the center of the salmon registers 145 degrees or when the white fat has rendered and the fish flakes easily with a fork.

Notes

  • Cooking time will vary based on the size and thickness of your salmon filets.  Pro tip: If your salmon is under 1″ thick, begin checking for doneness around 5 minutes by inserting a thermometer into the thickest part of the filet. It’s done when it registers at 145 degrees or when the white fat has rendered and it flakes easily with a fork.
  • The skin may be left on the filet as it’s easy to remove after cooking.
  • If you’re worried about sticking, brush a bit of oil over the air fryer plate before placing the salmon in the basket.
  • Leftover air fryer salmon will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, making a great meal prep option.

Nutrition

Calories: 277kcal, Protein: 34g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 94mg, Sodium: 608mg, Potassium: 834mg, Vitamin A: 68IU, Calcium: 20mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.

Tried this recipe?Mention @flavorthemoments or tag #flavorthemoments!

Sharing is caring!