Air Fry Salmon

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Air Fry Salmon is a fast and easy fish filet recipe. A great beginner air fryer recipe that is gluten free and keto low carb. A fresh, simple, and healthy seafood dish.
Cooked Air Fry Salmon filets

This Air Fry Salmon recipe is fast, easy, and healthy! A great fish recipe with simple flavors that will pair well with just about anything.

A fish filet with remoulade sauce

Why You Will Love This Recipe

This healthy seafood recipe is a great crowd pleaser, plus it is dairy free, gluten free, and keto low carb to accommodate multiple dietary needs.

The flavors used in this fish dinner are simple enough to pair with many things but still exciting and delicious!

Cooked Air Fry Salmon filets


Quantities and full recipe details can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Here is what you need to make this air fry salmon marinade and recipe:

  • Salmon – You can use any size filet or fish steak for this, just adjust cooking time as needed.
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Garlic Powder
  • Dried Thyme
  • Dijon Mustard

I highly recommend also serving the salmon with lemon wedges and a classic remoulade sauce which is perfect for seafood!

Instruction Overview

Mix the sauce ingredients together in a small bowl.

Place your fish fillets on a piece of tin foil in the air fryer basket. You can also choose to put the fish directly on the basket, but first spray it with a non-stick spray.

There is always a risk of fish sticking and tearing, so I use foil just in case.

A basting brush putting the cooking sauce onto the fish

Baste the sauce onto the fish and cook at 400F for 7-8 minutes.

What temp should salmon be cooked at?

Whether cooking in an oven or air fryer, I like to cook salmon at 400F.

Regarding the internal temperature, the FDA recommends cooking to 145F however many chefs and cooks prefer cooking it to 125F.

It is also important to note that there will be carryover cooking once the salmon is taken out of the oven or air fryer, so you can expect the internal temperature to continue to rise.

Salmon coated in the cooking sauce

How long does it take to air fry salmon in the air fryer?

This will vary slightly with the temperature.

For this recipe, I like to cook it at 400F. And at 400F, I find it is best to cook the salmon for about 7-8 minutes. If you want the salmon more well done, 10 minutes.

The fish portions that I tend to use are 4 ounce portions, 1.5 inches wide, 1.5 inches tall, was perfect for them to be just cooked through and flaky. If your salmon pieces are different sizes, weights, or even shapes in how thick they are, you may want to adjust your cooking time up or down accordingly.

Cooking fish, just like steak, has several variables that affect cooking since we are not using perfectly symmetrical pieces every time we make it.

A piece of fish cut into with remoulade sauce

Do you have to flip salmon in air fryer?


When you are using the basket in an air fryer, there is room for air circulation under and around the food. So no need to flip the salmon as the air can reach all surfaces at the same time.

How do I make food crispy in my air fryer?

You just need a small amount of an oil for everything to crisp up!

In this recipe, we have that oil in the sauce with the other herbs and flavors.

A white plate with Air Fry Salmon, Remoulade Sauce, Asparagus Wrapped in Bacon, and rice

What to Serve with Air Fried Salmon

Our classic remoulade sauce is perfect for seafood, especially salmon!

And pictured above is our Asparagus Wrapped in Bacon.

Since the fish is simple flavors, you could pair just about anything with this fish!

Short pin of Air Fry Salmon on a plate with remoulade sauce and title at top

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Cooked Air Fry Salmon filets

Air Fry Salmon Recipe

Air Fry Salmon is a fast and easy fish filet recipe. A great beginner air fryer recipe that is gluten free and keto low carb. A fresh, simple, and healthy seafood dish.
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: 30 Min or Less, Gluten Free, Keto/Low Carb, Seafood
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 165kcal



  • Pat your fish portions dry with a paper towel.
  • Make your marinade sauce by combining the thyme, garlic, mustard, salt, and vegetable oil in a small bowl.
  • Put the salmon skin side down on the air fryer basket. Use foil if desired to help prevent sticking, or spray the basket with non-stick spray.
  • Spread the marinade mixture over the pieces of salmon.
  • Place the salmon in your air fryer basket, not touching.
  • Air fry the salmon at 400°F for 7 minutes. Cooking time will vary, see note.
  • Serve immediately with lemon wedges and remoulade sauce.


If you are planning to eat the skin, make sure the scales have been removed. You can ask your fish monger to do this, or you can do it by running the flat back edge of a knife in the opposite direction of the scales.
Cooking Time: About 7 minutes for 4 ounce portions, 1.5 inches wide, 1.5 inches tall, was perfect for them to be just cooked through and flaky. If you want the fish more on the rare side, reduce cooking time. Also adjust time up or down depending on size of the salmon steaks, including thickness. You can check for doneness by gently prying into the thick section of the salmon to check for its color, like you would chicken.
4 ounce portions might seem small but is a standard size for salmon. Salmon is a richer and heavier fish than others. You can increase the portion size as desired, just adjust your cooking time as needed.
Want to make this in a standard oven? Cook at 400F for about 8-10 minutes.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 165kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 355mg | Potassium: 568mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 56IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg

By on January 4th, 2022

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2 thoughts on “Air Fry Salmon”

  1. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for sharing this amazing salmon recipe! Will surely have this again! It’s really easy to make and it tasted so delicious! Highly recommended!

  2. 5 stars
    This recipe sound delicious! I love that you can make it in the air fryer! Seems to be my go to kitchen appliance lately! Excited to give this recipe a try!


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