Air-frying salmon is a game-changer in the kitchen. This quick and healthy way to cook salmon results in a crispy exterior while keeping the inside moist and tender all in just 10 minutes! Plus, included are directions on how to make the perfect frozen salmon too!
Not only does air frying offer a healthier alternative to traditional frying methods, but it also saves time and reduces kitchen clean-up. Because air frying is super quick and requires very little pre-heat time, it’s an ideal option for busy people who still want to enjoy a flavorful and nutritious meal.
You can serve the air-fried salmon immediately with your choice of sides, such as roasted vegetables, rice, or a crisp salad. The result is a mouthwatering combination of crispy exterior and succulent fish that is sure to impress your pickiest eaters.
How to Cook Salmon in Air Fryer
Cooking salmon in the air fryer is one of the fastest and easiest ways to cook salmon. Healthy and flavorful salmon in just 10 minutes, you really can’t go wrong.
To being, generously brush your salmon with a healthy oil of choice. I prefer avocado or grapeseed oil. Next, season your salmon and simply place it in the air fryer. Cook for 10 minutes or until tender and internal temperature reaches 145F for fully cooked salmon.
How to Cook Frozen Salmon In the Air Fryer
Yes, frozen salmon can be cooked in the air fryer directly without defrosting. I actually prefer this over thawing because it results in delicious tender perfectly cooked salmon every time!
To cook frozen salmon in the air fryer begin with a frozen salmon fillet. I recommend using individually wrapped salmon fillets without the skin. Simply place the salmon fillets in the air fryer for 5 minutes to “defrost them”. Next, brush your desired seasoning mixture and continue cooking for another 10 minutes or until cooked through and tender.
How to Know When Salmon is Done Cooked Through
The best way to know when the salmon is done is by using a meat thermometer. The FDA recommends cooking salmon to an internal temperature of at least 145F. This will ensure the salmon is fully cooked through but if you like salmon on the softer side, you can remove it at 130F and it will continue to cook as it resets.
What to Serve with Air Fryer Salmon
Once your salmon is cooked through, immediately drizzle with a generous squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Serve with a side of asparagus or any other vegetable. You can also serve the salmon on a bed of rice or fresh salad.
Quick Tip: Air fryer your favorite vegetables in the air fryer alongside the salmon for a completely healthy meal.
Air fryer Salmon
- Brush the salmon filets with olive oil evenly.
- In a medium bowl prepare the spice rub by combining paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, pepper and salt.
- Generously sprinkle the spice rub over the top of the filets and coat them evenly.
- Grease the air fryer basket with cooking spray and place the salmon, skin side down.
- Set the air fryer to “air fry” setting at 390 degrees F for 10 minutes, until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F.
- Serve the salmon with asparagus and lemon on the sides and enjoy.