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Air Fryer Salmon is utterly tender and flaky inside, with a blush of crispness on top. It’s quick and easy to make (cooks in 10 minutes!) and so darn delicious, it will make it basically impossible for you to ever order salmon in a restaurant again.

a plate with crispy air fryer salmon

Why You’ll Love Air Fryer Salmon

  • Fast and Easy. While I love my Baked Salmon and Pan Seared Salmon, when it comes to speed and ease, you can’t beat the air fryer. It’s ready in 10 minutes and cooks basically hands-free. It’s foolproof!
  • Use Any Seasoning or Marinade. Add it to your fish, then follow the time and temperature in this recipe. I love this sweet and savory Salmon Marinade. You can also use this go-to Salmon Seasoning, or your dry rub.
  • Restaurant Worthy. With the air fryer, you can cook a seriously tasty piece of fish that is hands-down better than 97% of the salmon I’ve ordered out. Call your mom and post it to the ‘gram. It’s worth bragging about!

If you don’t have an air fryer but want to cook salmon, try my top-rated Instant Pot Salmon or Broiled Salmon, along with these healthy salmon recipes.

If you DO have an air fryer, then I share your obsession. Be sure to check out my full collection of air fryer recipes. (Air Fryer French Fries, Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts, and Air Fryer Chicken Breasts are on our menu almost weekly.)

two salmon fillets in an air fryer

How to Cook Salmon in the Air Fryer

The Ingredients

  • Salmon. I prefer to cook this salmon with skin on, as the fillet holds together more easily, and I find skin-on salmon yields more moist and flaky results than salmon with the skin removed.
  • Brown Sugar or Honey. Brown sugar or honey gives the salmon the perfect amount of sweetness and helps it caramelize.
  • Dijon Mustard. Tangy, zippy, and pairs wonderfully with the brown sugar/honey and soy sauce.
  • Soy Sauce. A salty umami bomb that coats the salmon in scrumptious flavor.
  • Ginger. While optional, adding a pinch to make salmon with ginger gives the sauce a subtle, lively touch and, as this Soy Ginger Salmon shows, it’s a stellar combo with the soy sauce.
  • Garlic. A seafood flavor BFF (Garlic Salmon with Lemon Butter agrees).

Dietary Note

For a gluten free salmon, be sure to use a gluten free soy sauce or tamari.

The Directions

  1. Dry and Season. Pat the salmon dry to help it crisp, then sprinkle with salt and pepper.
marinade being drizzled over salmon before air frying
  1. Stir the Glaze Together. Spread the mixture over the salmon.
salmon portions in an air fryer that is lined with foil
  1. Line Your Basket. For easy clean up, line the air fryer basket with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Start the salmon skin-side down.
cooked salmon portions in the air fryer
  1. Cook. Air fry salmon at 400 degrees F for 6 to 11 minutes. ENJOY!


The best way to know when salmon is done is to use an instant read thermometer like this one.

  • Per the FDA, salmon should be cooked to internal temperature of 145 degrees F in the thickest part of the salmon.
  • To make sure your air fry salmon isn’t dry, remove it around 135 degrees F, then cover it and let it rest. The carryover cooking will bring it to temperature, and your salmon will be moist and flaky.
air fried salmon with salad on a plate

What to Serve with Air Fryer Salmon

Seasoning Suggestions

  • Garlic Lemon. Replace the Dijon mustard and soy sauce in this recipe with 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice, increase the garlic powder to 1 1/2 teaspoons, and add 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt. Arrange lemon slices on top of the salmon while cooking.
  • Honey Garlic. Use 2 tablespoons honey, 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder, and omit the soy sauce and ginger. Season the cooked salmon with an extra pinch of salt.
  • Teriyaki. Brush the salmon with your favorite teriyaki sauce prior to cooking (see this Teriyaki Salmon for inspiration).
  • Salmon Marinade. This salmon marinade uses soy sauce for salt and umami, honey or pure maple syrup for sweetness (salmon loves sweet!), and Dijon mustard for balance and zip.
  • Spicy Salmon. Season the salmon with your favorite Cajun seasoning, or try the seasoning from this Spicy Salmon recipe or this Buffalo Salmon.

Leftover Ideas

Flaked leftover cooked salmon can be used in many ways!

tender air fryer salmon with seasoning on a plate with salad

Recipe Tips and Tricks

  • Keep the Skin On. To help the fish hold together, I recommend to air fry salmon with the skin on—take the skin off salmon after cooking. I typically serve the salmon with the skin on, then let guests peel away their skin (the cooked salmon will flake off easily with a fork).
  • Don’t Wrap the Fish. It is not necessary to wrap salmon in foil in the air fryer—in fact, it will make it harder for it to crisp.
  • Don’t Flip the Salmon. Thanks to the power of the heating element and constant heat circulation, it is not necessary to flip salmon in the air fryer.
  • Try it with Frozen. You can cook frozen salmon in the air fryer! To make this recipe with frozen salmon, preheat your air fryer to 360 degrees F. Lay the salmon on aluminum foil in the air fryer and cook for about 7 minutes or until thawed. Drizzle the soy/mustard mixture over the top of the filets as directed, then cook for another 6 to 11 minutes, depending on the thickness of your fillets.
  • Make It Bite-Sized. See this recipe for Air Fryer Salmon Bites

Air Fryer Salmon

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This quick air fryer salmon recipe makes perfectly crisp, moist fillets. Pair with vegetables or potatoes for an easy, healthy meal!

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 8 minutes
Total: 18 minutes

Servings: 2 servings



  • With paper towels, pat the salmon dry. Sprinkle lightly on both sides with salt and pepper.
  • For easy cleanup, line the air fryer basket with aluminum foil. Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F according to the manufacturer’s instructions (for my air fryer, that is 3 minutes).
  • In a small bowl or larger liquid measuring cup, mix together the brown sugar, Dijon, oil, soy sauce, garlic powder, and ginger (if using). Spoon all over the top of the salmon.
  • Slide out the air fryer basket and set it on a heatproof surface. Place the fillets in the basket so that they are not touching.
  • Cook the salmon in the air fryer for 6 to 11 minutes, depending upon their thickness and your model (fillets around 1 inch will need 8 to 9 minutes). Do not overcook or the salmon will be dry. Salmon is done when it registers 145 degrees F on an instant read thermometer (I remove mine a few degrees early, let it rest, then the carryover cooking finishes the job). Check it a few times towards the end to make sure it doesn’t overcook.
  • Transfer to a serving plate. Enjoy hot, with a sprinkle of additional salt and pepper as desired.



  • TO STORE: Refrigerate salmon in an airtight storage container for up to 2 days.
  • TO REHEAT: Gently reheat leftovers in a skillet on the stovetop over medium-low heat until just warmed through.


Serving: 1(of 2)Calories: 313kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 34gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 94mgPotassium: 861mgFiber: 1gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 73IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 26mgIron: 2mg

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  1. Today I made air fryer salmon for my wife and it was amazing. Thanks for the recipe, it’s now one of my favorites!)5 stars

  2. Excellent! I made this last night, and it was delicious. We normally just use Cajun seasoning on our salmon, but I wanted something different, and something on the sweeter side for a change. Use the ginger, it makes the recipe in my opinion! I will be making this regularly, thanks for a great new recipe!5 stars

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