Ultra-tender, beautifully flaky, perfectly cooked salmon that’s ready to eat in roughly 10 minutes, all thanks to the air fryer. Once you’ve tried air fryer salmon, I promise you’ll never want to cook salmon any other way ever again.
🐟 What Makes This Recipe So Good
- Air fryer salmon is simple, light, and super delicious. Best of all, it’s QUICK. Ready to eat in as little as 10 minutes quick. And after that 10 minutes, you’ve got flaky, tender, moist, perfectly-cooked salmon fillets. I like to serve them with our creamy dill sauce – a match made in culinary heaven.
- There are a lot of things I love about air fryer cooking. Two of my favorite features are 1) I don’t have to heat up the entire kitchen to cook a meal, and 2) any mess is fully contained. Granted, air fryer salmon doesn’t make much of a mess anyway, but it also doesn’t need a lot of extra dishes like other methods.
👩🏼🍳 Chef’s Tips
- Make sure you take the salmon fillets out of the air fryer basket literally the second they’re done cooking. Salmon cooks quickly, and it’s so easy to overcook. Even an extra minute of residual cooking in the basket could be enough to push it over the doneness edge, especially if you’re picky about the texture of your fish.
- Highly recommend using an internal meat thermometer to gauge the doneness of the salmon. It’s much more reliable than trying to go off the color of the meat or even by the flakiness. We included a handy internal temperature guide in the recipe card below so you know what to aim for!
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- 2 4-ounce boneless salmon fillets
- 1 ½ teaspoons avocado oil
- ⅛ teaspoon sea salt more or less to taste
- ⅛ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper more or less to taste
- Air Fryer
- Cutting board or large plate
- Basting brush optional
- Internal meat thermometer optional but recommended
- Preheat air fryer to 350° Fahrenheit.
- Place salmon fillets on cutting board or plate. Brush or drizzle avocado oil over all sides of each fillet, then season salmon on all sides with salt and pepper to taste.
- When air fryer is preheated, place seasoned salmon fillets in air fryer basket skin-side down and insert basket in air fryer.
- Cook salmon 3 minutes, then check doneness. Continue cooking salmon, checking every 1 minute, until desired doneness is achieved and salmon fillets flake easily with fork. Double check doneness with internal meat thermometer. See Notes below for approximate cook times and internal temperatures.
- When salmon is cooked as desired, immediately remove salmon from air fryer and transfer to serving plates. Let salmon rest 3 to 5 minutes, then garnish as desired and serve.
- We kept the seasonings very simple here, but feel free to season the salmon any way you like!
- Cook times will vary from one air fryer to another. The size and thickness of your salmon fillets will also make a difference.
- Salmon Fillets: If using frozen salmon, defrost it overnight before cooking.
- Leftovers: Refrigerate leftover salmon in an airtight container up to 3 days. To freeze leftover salmon, let it cool completely, then wrap the salmon fillet in foil and place it in a freezer-safe sealable bag. Remove as much air as possible, then freeze fillet up to 3 months.
Suggested Cook Times
- Medium-Rare Salmon: 3 to 4 minutes
- Medium Salmon: 4 to 5 minutes
- Medium-Well Salmon: 5 to 6 minutes
- Well-Done Salmon: 6 to 7 minutes
Salmon Internal Temperature Guide
- Medium-Rare: 115° to 120°F
- Medium: 120° to 125°F
- Medium-Well: 125° to 140°F
- Well Done: 140° to 150°F
Number of total servings shown is approximate. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.
Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 serving using the ingredients listed, not including any optional ingredients. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used.
To determine the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by the desired number of servings. Result will be the weight of one serving.