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Air Fryer Salmon is a heartbreaker. Utterly tender and flaky inside, with a blush of crispness on top, it is so darn delicious it will make it basically impossible for you to ever order salmon in a restaurant again.

Air fryer salmon on a plate with salad

A firm believer that you don’t need to arm yourself with an array of fancy gadgets to cook a fantastic meal, I generally loathe purchasing new kitchen appliances.

Thus, it is no small announcement when I tell you that salmon cooked in the air fryer (this is the model I eventually bought) is something to brag about.

Call your mom, text a pic to that foodie friend, and post to social media.

You cooked a seriously tasty piece of fish that is hands-down better than 97% of the salmon I’ve ordered out.

Two salmon fillets in an air fryer

How to Cook Salmon in the Air Fryer

You can cook salmon in the air fryer with any of your favorite seasonings, using the time and temperature in this recipe.

  • The marinade I used for this recipe is very loosely based on the absolute favorite, back-pocket 5-Ingredient Maple Dijon Salmon from my cookbook. It’s a lovely blend of sweet and savory.
  • You can also swap any of your favorite fish marinades or seasonings (this Miso Salmon would be fantastic).

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. For the best taste, seek out fresh salmon that is sustainably sourced. A delicious protein, salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids (which are heart healthy), B vitamins, potassium, and is naturally gluten-free and low carb.
  • 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.

Dietary Note

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

  • 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).

The Directions

  1. Dry the salmon, then sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Sauce being drizzled over salmon
  1. Stir the glaze together. Spread the mixture over the salmon.
Two pieces of fish on foil
  1. Add the salmon filets skin-side down to an air fryer basket lined with aluminum foil for easy clean up (you can coat with cooking spray for extra insurance if you like).
Two pieces of fish on foil
  1. Air fry the salmon at 400 degrees F for 6 to 11 minutes cooking time. 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.
Easy air fryer salmon on a plate

What to Serve with Air Fryer Salmon

Salad and air fryer salmon on a plate

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).
  • Dry Rub. Remove all liquids and add your favorite seasonings for the dry rub, such as smoked paprika, oregano, basil, and garlic powder. Or try this special Salmon Seasoning combination of mine!
  • 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.

Storage Tips

  • To Store. Refrigerate salmon in an airtight container for up to 2 days in the fridge.
  • To Reheat. Gently reheat leftovers in a skillet on the stovetop over medium-low heat until just warmed through.

Leftover Ideas

Flaked leftover cooked salmon can be used in many ways!

Honey garlic air fryer salmon on a plate

Salmon might just be the best dinner to make in the air fryer.

It’s quick, healthy, and completely foolproof. It will make meal time a breeze!

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Air Fry Salmon 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.

Do I Need to Wrap the Salmon in Foil?

No, it is not necessary to wrap salmon in foil in the air fryer—in fact ,it will make it harder for it to crisp. Do line the basket with aluminum foil or parchment paper for easy clean up.

Should I Air Fry Salmon Skin Off or 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).

Do I Have to Flip Salmon in the Air Fryer?

No. Thanks to the power of the heating element and constant heat circulation, unlike stovetop recipes like Pan-Seared Salmon, it is not necessary to flip salmon in the air fryer.

How Do I Keep Salmon from Sticking in the Air Fryer?

Be sure to line your basket with aluminum foil or parchment paper. While it is not necessary, if it gives you peace of mind you can also coat the foil or paper with nonstick spray.

Air Fryer Salmon

4.79 from 125 votes
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. I made this recipe last night. The glaze is super yummy (!), but I used coconut aminos instead of soy, since that’s what I had, and I think soy would have resulted in a bit deeper umami flavor. My salmon filets were evidently enormous because it took 12 minutes in the AF to cook. I wish I would have cut them in half. And I have decided that next time, I will cut them into bites and double the glaze recipe (using soy sauce). I made some sauteed spinach with shallots and crushed red peppers on the side, which complemented it well. I’m not eating grains right now, but rice would have been great. I will definitely use this recipe again and am so glad I found it!5 stars

  2. I love salmon and have eaten it many times over the years. This was the BEST salmon I have ever eaten, anywhere. I followed the recipe to the letter and cooked it in the air fryer. Crisp on the outside, most and tender on the inside. This will be my go-to salmon recipe going forward. Outstanding!5 stars

  3. Made this salmon this eve. It was delicious! Served with brown rice, veggie medley and salad. The glaze really enhanced the salmon. Will definitely make again
    Thanks5 stars

  4. Thanks Erin!
    I loved your recipe. Everything turned out perfectly!
    As you said, juicy on the inside, browned on the outside!!
    Bookmarked for future use!
    Looking forward to trying it again with Teriyaki sauce.
    Much appreciated!!
    Kez x.x.x.5 stars

  5. I cook salmon all the time but have never tried it in my airfryer. Had to use tamari due to allergies but this was one of the most delicious salmon recipes I have ever made or tasted. Served it with Japanese fried rice and asparagus, everyone loved it and finished the extra salmon I had cooked for the next day!!!

    Will absolutely keep this recipe and use in the future, so quick and easy. I’m off to check out your other recipes!!5 stars

  6. My mom introduced me to this recipe and we each must have made this recipe about 50 times now. WE LOVE IT!!!!!!!! I mainly use it on salmon, but have used it on other fish too. My husband, who is not a fish lover, will ask for this recipe. I have used more grainy Dijon mustard, but I find the smooth mustard makes the glaze better at the end. The airfryer I use is a Ninja. It works wonderfully. Thank you!5 stars

  7. How about writing about a recipe? After reading a text the size of the bible there was some kind of recipe toward the end. I never bothered to try it.

    1. Hi J. The recipe is in the recipe card, right above the area where you commented. You had to scroll right past it to comment. You can also click the “jump to recipe” button at the top of the screen to get you to it faster. If this tips and tricks are not your thing, you can even hit the print button in the recipe card. Hope this helps!

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