Air Fryer Salmon (Easy! 7 minutes!)

Air fryer salmon is an easy main dish to throw together in a hurry, and it makes the most juicy, delicious salmon.

Salmon topped with thin sliced green onion on a white plate with Greek salad

Okay, so weโ€™ve already established that your air fryer can do more than breaded things when I showed you my basic air fryer chicken breasts.๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป We are going to use that same concept to make some salmon.๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป

If you watch my Instagram stories, you have seen me make this multiple times over the last few weeks for lunch. It is just so quick and easy! So easy that I often make it for lunch for myself, rather than a sandwich or leftovers.

Air fryer salmon would also make a fantastic low key dinner. It can be ready in a mere TEN minutes. Yes, really! Crazy, but true. Pair this with some baked potatoes and a salad, and you are all set.๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป

How to season salmon

I started by blotting my salmon filets dry with paper towel and then simply brushing on olive oil.

brushing olive oil on salmon filets

You could also use cooking spray, if you prefer. Make sure and get both sides to help the fish not stick. Then I sprinkled with one of my favorite seasoning blends: Trader Joeโ€™s chili lime.

sprinkling chili lime seasoning blend on salmon in air fryer basket

If you want some other suggestions, here are my other go to seasonings for salmon:

  • salt, pepper and garlic powder. After cooking, squeeze of fresh lemon juice and a sprinkle of green onion or parsley (or fresh herb of your choice).
  • garlic soy marinade, as seen in my easy grilled salmon recipe

If you have a favorite seasoning blend for salmon already, by all means please use it.

How to cook salmon in the air fryer

After you have it seasoned, it is very simple after that. I cook my salmon on 400 degrees for 7 minutes. These filets were about an inch thick at the thickest spot. I have done thinner ones at 6 minutes, and it has worked out great.

And the result? The most perfectly cooked salmon!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป

air fryer salmon in the fryer basket

Flaky, juicy, amazing texture over here, yโ€™all.๐Ÿคฉ

flaking air fryer salmon with a fork

What to serve with air fryer salmon

I served it alongside a simple Greek salad seen in these photos. Below are some other great side dish suggestions.

Air Fryer Salmon Recipe

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Air Fryer Salmon

Air fryer salmon is an easy main dish to throw together in a hurry, and it makes the most juicy, delicious salmon.

Author Marjorie @APinchOfHealthy

Ingredients

  • 2
    salmon filets
    (mine were 6 ounces, about an inch thick at the thickest spot)
  • 1
    teaspoon
    olive oil
  • 1/4
    teaspoon
    Trader Joe’s chili lime seasoning blend
    (see other seasoning blend suggestions in Notes)
  • salt and pepper to taste, if needed
    (I did not add any)

Instructions

  1. Pat your salmon filets dry on both sides with a paper towel.

  2. Brush on the olive oil on both sides. Alternatively, you could use cooking spray.

  3. Place the filet, skin side down into the fryer basket. Sprinkle seasoning on top.

  4. Cook at 400 degrees for 7 minutes. Note: Cook time may vary, depending on the size and thickness of your filets. Mine were 1 inch thick in the biggest part. I have made some thinner cuts, and 6 minutes was enough for those.

  5. Optional toppings: fresh parsley or thin sliced green onion (pictured).

Recipe Notes

Nutritional information is approximate and was calculated using a recipe nutrition label generator.

If you want some other seasoning suggestions, here are my other go to seasonings for salmon:

  • salt, pepper and garlic powder. After cooking, squeeze of fresh lemon juice and a sprinkle of green onion or parsley (or fresh herb of your choice).
  • garlic soy marinade, as seen in my easy grilled salmon recipe

Nutrition Facts

Air Fryer Salmon

Amount Per Serving

Calories 259
Calories from Fat 117

% Daily Value*

Fat 13g20%

Saturated Fat 2g13%

Cholesterol 94mg31%

Sodium 75mg3%

Potassium 833mg24%

Protein 34g68%

Vitamin A 68IU1%

Calcium 20mg2%

Iron 1mg6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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