Perfect Air Fryer Salmon (ready in 8 minutes!)

salmon air fryer It comes out so tender on the inside and perfectly crisp on the outside. We flavor ours with the most delicious homemade seasoning for salmon.

This 15-minute meal will give you 48g of protein per serving!

salmon fillet on a plate.

When. when in doubt, cook the salmon in the deep fryer. Our air fried salmon comes out perfectly cooked every time; I mean flaky goodness on the inside and crispy skin on the outside.

Season your salmon fillets with an easy blend of spices and a drizzle of olive oil then cook them in the deep fryer at 400ºF for 7-8 minutes.

What You Need for Air Fryer Salmon

This recipe is so simple that you only need 3 things: salmon fillets, salmon seasoning, and olive oil.

Try the Surrender Salmon!

Our all-time favorite salmon is Surrender Salmon. They catch wild Alaskan salmon in Bristol Bay in Alaska. The salmon is bright orange, so flaky and delicious, and truly the best.

Surrender Salmon is a family business based here in Minneapolis and they are good friends of ours. Support a local business if you can.

patting raw salmon with a paper towel.

Top tips for salmon in the air fryer

Remove Moisture In Salmon: Before seasoning your salmon servings, use a paper towel to remove as much moisture as possible. This will help the salmon crisp up on top.

season generously: Since you are using homemade salmon seasoning, you can measure the amount of salt that is being used. Don’t worry about over-seasoning because of this.

Cook skin side down: No need to flip the salmon in the fryer. Therefore, be sure to cook it skin side down.

Drizzle with olive oil: one of our secrets to perfect salmon in the air fryer is to drizzle it with olive oil before cooking. It will make the outside crispy and blackened, so don’t skip it!

Don’t overcook: whatever you do, don’t overcook the salmon! Cook salmon in deep fryer for 7-8 minutes or until meat is pale pink on the inside.

Salmon drizzled with olive oil.

Can you use frozen salmon in the air fryer?

Just like our air fryer chicken wings tutorial, you can cook frozen salmon in the air fryer. Essentially, the way it works is that you first thaw the salmon in the air fryer, then cook it as directed.

  1. So before we begin our recipe, place the frozen salmon portions skin side down in the air fryer basket.
  2. Cook at 400ºF for 7-9 minutes, or until thawed.
  3. Then, follow our recipe as directed.
salmon skin side down in the fryer basket.

Frequently asked questions

How long to cook salmon in the deep fryer.

Cook the fresh salmon in the deep fryer at 400ºF for about 7-8 minutes. Cook the frozen salmon in the deep fryer for about 14-16 minutes.

Do you have to flip the salmon in the fryer?

You don’t have to flip the salmon in the fryer because it circulates the air to cook the food perfectly on both sides.

What temperature should salmon be in a deep fryer?

Cook your salmon in the air fryer at 400ºF for about 7-8 minutes.

How do you know when the salmon is done?

You know when the salmon is done because it is pale pink, firm to the touch, and flaky. You can also use a meat thermometer. The internal temperature should read at least 125ºF.

Can you put aluminum foil in the deep fryer?

The answer is yes, but do we recommend it? No. The reason air fryers cook food so perfectly is because of circulation. If you cover your deep fryer with aluminum foil, you’re blocking airflow and things won’t cook properly.

Can you cook frozen salmon in an air fryer?

You can basically thaw your salmon in the air fryer and then cook it. Then yes!

Fryer salmon and asparagus on a plate.


Store leftover salmon from the air fryer in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

To reheat: we recommend reheating in the microwave on high for 60 seconds or on the stovetop on medium for 2-3 minutes.

flaked salmon on a plate.

Leftover Salmon Ideas

Leftover salmon? Here are some quick and easy ways to use it!

Serving Suggestions

Serve this delicious main course with your favorite sides, such as steamed broccoli, a baked potato, or fried Brussels sprouts.

Photography: The photos taken in this post are by Erin of The Wooden Skillet.

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