Air Fryer Salmon is the quickest and easiest way to cook salmon. You’ll have perfectly cooked, juicy salmon on the table in 10 minutes, ready to serve with your favorite side dishes.

We love using the air fryer to cook everything from Air Fryer Chicken Wings to Air Fryer Baked Potato. Who doesn’t love having dinner ready in a fraction of the time? Check out the video below to see how easy it is to make succulent salmon in the air fryer.

A fork flakes the end of an air fryer salmon fillet on a white plate served with broccoli and rice.

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Air Fryer Salmon Recipe

What makes this recipe truly special is the glaze. The lemon Dijon glaze we use for this recipe is based on the wildly popular Baked Salmon with Garlic and Dijon, adapted to the air fryer. Zesty fresh citrus and tangy mustard paired with salmon is a match made in heaven. 

The air fryer is always saving our bacon on busy weeknights (sometimes literally, in the case of Air Fryer Bacon!). Here’s why the air fryer is one of the best ways to cook salmon:

  • Quick – The air fryer yields juicy cooked salmon in just 10 minutes. You don’t even need to preheat the fryer.
  • Best Texture – The speediness of the air fryer makes it slightly crisp on the edges and so juicy in the center.
  • Flavorful – The mouthwatering lemon Dijon glaze takes this air fryer salmon recipe over the top. It’s simple yet memorable, and there’s no marinating required.
  • Versatile – Salmon pairs well with so many sides, from fresh salads to rice. See more serving options below.

Air Fryer Salmon Video

Watch Natasha cook perfect salmon fillets in the air fryer in minutes. This recipe is fast and easy enough for weeknights, with tons of flavor.

Ingredients

Below is an overview of what you’ll need to make juicy air fryer salmon. Please refer to the full recipe details in the recipe card further on.

  • Salmon – You can buy 4 smaller, pre-portioned salmon fillets, or one large fillet and cut it into four.
  • Olive Oil – Use a good quality extra virgin olive oil for the glaze.
  • Dijon – Creamy Dijon mustard compliments the rich salmon flavors and balances the acidity.
  • Lemon – You’ll need the zest and juice from a fresh lemon. Be sure to zest the lemon before juicing it.
  • Seasoning – Garlic powder, freshly cracked black pepper, plus fine sea salt.
  • Parsley – For optional garnish.
Ingredients for air fryer salmon.

Pro Tip: Some wild-caught salmon filets are leaner and thinner and will cook faster as a result. Farmed salmon or wild Alaska king salmon is often thicker with a higher fat content which can take slightly longer to cook but is more forgiving if slightly over-cooked.

How to Cook Salmon in Air Fryer

Even if you’re new to air frying, this simple salmon recipe is perfect for beginners. Here’s how easy it is:

  1. Add Salmon to the Air Fryer – Oil the basket of your air fryer, then add the salmon fillets. Make sure they’re arranged in a single layer with enough space for the air to circulate.
  2. Glaze – Next, whisk together the lemon Dijon glaze ingredients. Gently brush the glaze over each fillet.
  3. Cook – Air fry the fillets at 400ºF for 7-10 minutes. The exact time will vary depending on the thickness of the fillet and your air fryer model (see my tip below).
  4. Serve – Plate the salmon and sprinkle over some lemon zest and lemon juice. You can also slice up an additional lemon and chop up fresh parsley to use as a garnish.
A green rubber marinade brush coats a salmon fillet with lemon Dijon glaze, inside the air fryer.

Common Questions

Is it necessary to preheat the air fryer?

For this recipe, we don’t preheat. The air fryer cooks the salmon so quickly that we skip this step.

Can I use skin-on salmon?

You can use skin-on or skinless salmon for this recipe. We prefer skinless salmon, so that’s what we used.

What is the difference between a basket air fryer and a toaster oven-style air fryer?

We have and love both and either one will cook this salmon perfectly. The toaster oven style simply cooks a little faster so keep an eye on the cooking time which will be closer to 7-8 minutes, while a basket style will take closer to 10 minutes.

How long to cook salmon in the air fryer?

Salmon is done when the flesh flakes if you press it with a fork. You can also check that the internal temperature reaches 145ºF on an instant-read thermometer at the thickest part of the salmon filet.

An instant-read thermometer stuck into the middle of a salmon fillet, with the temperature reading 145ºF.

Easy Variations

We love the flavor of the lemon glaze in this recipe, but you can easily mix it up if you’d like to try something different. Here are just a few salmon marinade variation ideas:

What to Serve With Air Fryer Salmon

This easy salmon recipe is effortless enough for weeknight dinners, and “fancy” enough to serve when we entertain. Serve it with:

Four air fryer salmon fillets served on a blue plate with lemon wedges for garnish.

Make-Ahead

Air fryer salmon is great to make ahead and perfect for easy meal prep. Here’s how to store your cooked salmon and leftovers:

  • To Refrigerate: Store your salmon fillets airtight in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • Freezing: Cooked salmon can be stored frozen for up to 3 months. Defrost the salmon in the fridge overnight before reheating.
  • To Reheat: Salmon can be reheated either in the air fryer, in the microwave, or in the oven. Gently warm the fish until heated all the way through, then serve.

Ways to Use Leftover Salmon

If you have a lot of leftovers, this salmon fillet recipe is wonderful to repurpose into a whole new meal the following day. Below are some of our favorite ways to use leftovers:

  • Salmon Cakes – Shred the cooked leftover salmon to use in homemade salmon patties.
  • Salad – Serve cold, cooked salmon fillets in a fresh Avocado Salmon Salad or Salmon Cobb Salad.
  • Breakfast – Serve salmon over bagels or in eggs benedict, drizzled with Hollandaise Sauce.
  • Soups – Shredded salmon makes a delicious, high-protein addition to soups and chowders (like this easy Corn Chowder).
Air fryer salmon fillet on a white plate served with a side of rice and broccoli.

Prepare to be blown away by how easy it is to cook perfect salmon in the air fryer. You’ll never want to cook it any other way!

Salmon Recipes in our Cookbook!

Our first cookbook is finally available to order here and we’re so excited to share it with you. Since we are major salmon fans, we definitely included some delicious new salmon recipes in this book that are sure to become new favorites for you. Get a sneak peek here.

Natasha's Kitchen debut cookbook cover reveal.

More Easy Air Fryer Recipes

Whenever dinner is time-sensitive and we still want something healthy and homemade, the air fryer is our go-to. Cooking will take a fraction of the time as baking (these Air Fryer Chicken Thighs are proof). If you loved this easy air fryer salmon recipe, wait until you try these other quick and easy meal ideas:

Natasha's Kitchen Cookbook

Easy Air Fryer Salmon with the Best Glaze

5 from 32 votes
Author: Natasha Kravchuk
Air fryer salmon fillet on a white plate served with a side of rice and broccoli, with lemon wedges for garnish.
Have juicy, perfectly cooked Air Fryer Salmon on the table in 10 minutes with this easy air fryer recipe. It's one of the quickest and best ways to cook salmon for any occasion!
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 4 servings

Instructions

  • Grease the bottom of your air fryer basket with cooking spray or brush with oil to prevent sticking. Arrange salmon filets in the air fryer basket in a single layer.
  • In a small bowl, stir together the oil, dijon, lemon juice, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Brush the mixture over the top and sides of each filet. Air fry at 400ºF for 7-10 minutes depending on the thickness of the filet and the type of air fryer you have. Air fry until the internal temperature reaches 145ºF on an instant-read thermometer.
  • Transfer cooked salmon to a platter, grate lemon zest over the salmon and squeeze lemon juice over the top to serve. Serve with lemon wedges to squeeze more juice if desired.

Nutrition Per Serving

275kcal Calories1g Carbs34g Protein14g Fat2g Saturated Fat5g Polyunsaturated Fat6g Monounsaturated Fat94mg Cholesterol386mg Sodium843mg Potassium0.2g Fiber0.1g Sugar70IU Vitamin A0.5mg Vitamin C23mg Calcium1mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Easy Air Fryer Salmon with the Best Glaze
Amount per Serving
Calories
275
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
14
g
22
%
Saturated Fat
 
2
g
13
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
5
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
6
g
Cholesterol
 
94
mg
31
%
Sodium
 
386
mg
17
%
Potassium
 
843
mg
24
%
Carbohydrates
 
1
g
0
%
Fiber
 
0.2
g
1
%
Sugar
 
0.1
g
0
%
Protein
 
34
g
68
%
Vitamin A
 
70
IU
1
%
Vitamin C
 
0.5
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
23
mg
2
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer salmon, easy salmon recipes, salmon in air fryer
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $$
Calories: 275

Natasha Kravchuk

Welcome to my kitchen! I am Natasha, the blogger behind Natasha's Kitchen (since 2009). My husband and I run this blog together and share only our best, family approved and tested recipes with YOU. Thanks for stopping by! We are so happy you're here.

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  • Judy Boyce
    April 10, 2024

    I love watching you and that the recipes are easy to follow and make!!! No surprise ingredients I’ve never heard of or not in my spices and I have a lot!! You and your husband keep up the great work’n

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 10, 2024

      I’m so glad, Judy! Thank you.

      Reply

  • Gary McDonald
    April 8, 2024

    We have never been disappointed with any cooked/prepared food type using your happy and entertaining recipes. Furthermore, Air Frying has been the catalyst for my enjoyment in the kitchen. I’m doing your dijon glaze salmon tonight and I know it will be a winner. Thank you Natasha, for I am a big fan of what you do with food. Sincerely, Gary L McDonald

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 8, 2024

      You’re so very welcome, Gary! Thank you for sharing that with me!

      Reply

  • Maureen Watson
    January 27, 2024

    I made this recipe the other night and it was the best recipe I have ever tried for salmon. I am brand new to the world of air fryers, but I took the plunge and cooked this recipe in my new air fryer. Honestly, I can’t even come close to telling you how amazing this was. It cooked perfectly and the flavor was spectacular. Now I am going to look up more air fryer recipes. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      January 27, 2024

      Hi Maureen! I’m so glad you loved it. Thank you for sharing.

      Reply

  • Karyn
    June 26, 2023

    Made this tonight for the first time. Amazing recipe super easy. Everything I make of Natasha’s is never a fail. Thank you again for another great recipe Natasha! Can’t wait for your cookbook which I already preordered. 🥰

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 26, 2023

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Karyn!

      Reply

  • Robert H.
    June 20, 2023

    Another great flavorful recipe, Natasha. We use it once a week. After my first try (with exact recipe proportions), I brushed the fillets with 1 Tbsp of melted butter, mixed with 1/4 tsp dry Dillweed, before removing from the air fryer. I found that the dill added to the initial flavor. And, as with pan-searing, the butter kept it moist and didn’t eliminate the wonderful crust. My salmon was perfect at 8 minutes. Also, I used the same recipe for Cod, Haddock and Catfish fillets. You just have to adjust cooking times, with an instant read thermometer.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 20, 2023

      Yum! Thank you so much for sharing that with me, Robert! I’m so glad this was a hit!

      Reply

  • Roberto F Velasquez
    June 9, 2023

    Made it per the recipe and it turned out awesome. Thank you

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      June 9, 2023

      So glad to her that, Roberto!

      Reply

  • CF
    May 11, 2023

    Ive been trying different recipes to make simple but delicious salmon, and finally found it. Love this recipe, it’s now my go-to.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 11, 2023

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, CF!

      Reply

  • Karen
    March 13, 2023

    I made this last night for dinner and it was FANTASTIC! It was quick and easy and so tasty. This is my new favorite way to make salmon.

    I also preordered your cookbook.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 13, 2023

      Thank you for your great comments and feedback, Karen. Great to know that you loved this recipe! I’m excited for your to see my cookbook, I hope it’s October already.

      Reply

  • Janet Daniels
    March 13, 2023

    Did you know that the air fryer that you recommend has been recalled? I had bought this one because of your recommendation and now I don’t know what to do with it. Just thought I’d let you know.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 13, 2023

      Hi Janet! Yes, that’s unfortunate. I had a post on my Facebook page about this recall, in case you missed it, HERE is the link. You will need to contact COSORI.

      Reply

    • Rebecca Miller
      March 18, 2023

      Hey Janet, I also have that air fryer, LOVE IT, I went with the link Natasha shared for the recall, and I got my new one yesterday already, so I’d def recommend looking into that info!

      Reply

  • Larry Likes
    March 11, 2023

    I love salmon and really like your recipes they are always so good everything that I have tried has been so delicious. Thank you again for all your hard work and yummy food.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 12, 2023

      You’re welcome, Larry! I’m glad you love the recipes. 🙂

      Reply

  • Jim B
    March 11, 2023

    Thanks for this air fryer recipe. As with my other “new gadgets” this mostly sits on the counter as modern art. The recipe is delicious and air frying takes less than half the time of oven baked. Looking forward to more of your air fryer recipes.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 12, 2023

      Hi Jim! So glad you love the recipe, thank you for sharing.

      Reply

  • Lauren Kelly
    March 11, 2023

    So easy to make and loaded with flavor. Thank you! We loved it.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 11, 2023

      I’m so glad you loved it, Lauren! That’s so great!

      Reply

  • Kara
    March 10, 2023

    So easy, and so tasty with the fresh lemon! I’ll be making salmon this way often!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 11, 2023

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Kara! Thank you for your excellent review.

      Reply

  • Llynn Simpson
    March 10, 2023

    I have been using your fantastic salmon with dijon and garlic recipe for a while now, in fact I cook all my fish this way. We love it so much that we make it just to create left overs I use raw salmon and whatever white fish on hand, and use the sauce in a very light roux to make fish pie. Thank you so much for this great addition to my repetoire.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 11, 2023

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Llynn!

      Reply

  • Sharina
    March 10, 2023

    I love the glaze used in this air fryer salmon! It was incredibly delicious and flavorful. Surely gonna make this again!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 11, 2023

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us, Sharina!

      Reply

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