Air fryer salmon is a tender and flaky fillet with a glazed top that just melts in your mouth!

Preparing salmon in the air fryer is the perfect way to cook salmon, it’s pretty much effortless.

Air Fryer Salmon on a plate with lemon slices

Air fryer salmon is great as a salmon salad or even salmon tacos!

Why Use an Air Fryer?

I’m obsessed with mine (I have this one here).

An air fryer makes everything so easy, and cooking salmon is no different! It cooks foods crisp and delicious in a fraction of the time with almost no extra dishes and clean up is a total breeze.

It’s certainly one of my most used appliances (no dust on mine, I literally use it every day for something)!

Simply preheat the air fryer, place the seasoned salmon in the fryer basket and cook!  Clean up is a snap.

Air Fryer Salmon seasoned on a plate before frying

Ingredients & Variations

I used wild salmon fillets but fresh or frozen will work. Be sure to thaw them before placing in the Air Fryer. Keep in mind that thicker fillets will need more time while thinner ones will need less.

An air fryer is great because it’s easy to open and check if the fish is done and ready (check it early until you know how your appliance cooks).

This recipe uses just a touch of brown sugar, oil, garlic powder, salt and pepper, and a dash of lemon pepper!

Salmon has such a mellow flavor and it goes with all kinds of rubs, seasonings, sauces, and glazes. But why not brush on a glaze of hoisin sauce, teriyaki sauce, or even a simple cajun seasoning rub. Or, try placing orange or lemon slices beneath the salmon for a citrus flavor infusion!

Air Fryer Salmon in the air fryer before cooking

How to Cook Salmon in an Air Fryer

It doesn’t get much simpler than two easy steps!

  1. Preheat air fryer and prepare salmon (per recipe below).
  2. Heat until the salmon is cooked through and the skin is crispy.

Tips for Perfectly Tender Salmon

  • Choose pieces of salmon that are clean, brightly colored, and free of soft spots or discolorations in the filet or skin.
  • Pat the salmon dry before adding the oil and seasonings. Press the seasonings into the salmon so it sticks before it is placed in the fryer basket.
  • Do not overcook the salmon— follow the instructions on the air fryer but if you have one, use a meat thermometer to test the internal temperature. Check your salmon early to make sure it doesn’t overcook.
  • Place the thermometer in the thickest part of the salmon and remove when the internal temp is 145° F.
  • If left in the basket the salmon will continue to cook, once it’s done, remove from the basket immediately.

Delicious Salmon Dishes to Try!

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Air Fryer Salmon on a plate with lemon slices
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Air Fryer Salmon

This Air Fryer Salmon is tender, flaky, and cooked to perfection!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 2



  • 2 salmon filets about 6 oz each
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 lemon plus extra for serving


  • Preheat air fryer to 400°F.
  • Brush salmon with olive oil.
  • Combine brown sugar and seasonings. Rub over salmon filets.
  • Place lemon slices in the air fryer and place salmon on top. Cook 6-9 minutes* or just until cooked through.
  • Do not overcook.


Do not overcook Salmon can vary in thickness which will affect cook time. Thinner salmon filets may only need 6-7 minutes while thicker filets may need 9-11 minutes. Check your salmon early and allow for more time if needed.
Place the thermometer in the thickest part of the salmon and remove when the internal temp is 145° F.
If left in the basket the salmon will continue to cook, once it's done, remove from the basket immediately.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 338 | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 77mg | Potassium: 908mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 68IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dinner, Entree, Fish, Main Course
Cuisine American

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  1. Hi, Holly. I’ve been putting my salmon and broccoli/brussel sprouts in a foil pack and cooking in the oven. How can I incorporate the veggies into your air fryer salmon recipe. Can the veggies go in the air fryer with the salmon?

    1. Hi Jenni, you can look at the temperature and cook time for the veggies and add them to the air fryer so they’d be done at the same time. Alternatively, cook the veggies first, then the salmon. Once the salmon is done, quickly reheat the veggies for a couple minutes!

  2. Definitely trying this recipe! Have you used your spice rub for any other air fryer recipes? It sounds great and I am wondering how it would be on other things like chicken.

  3. Wonderful dish. Easy to make (I’m a widower) turns out perfect! Best Salmon I’ve had anywhere. Thought I’d have leftovers, that didn’t happen…so good.

    Thanks for sharing5 stars

  4. Holy cow! This turned out crazy delicious and I made a pig of myself on it. I didn’t have any lemons so skipped that. I can’t even imagine how this could be even better if I had used them too. The outside of the salmon had a REALLY yummy and crispy outside coating and the center was perfect, flaky and moist. I did use a thermometer. I saved this recipe and will definitely be a regular.5 stars

  5. Made this tonight, fantastic recipe! Thank you!! I used all trader joes ingredients, and its super easy with they’re lemon pepper! Thank you!!!5 stars

  6. I am going to try this salmon Air fryer recipe soon. Your recipes ALWAYS come out fantastic . Have you published any cookbooks that we can purchase?