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Air Fryer Salmon – Juicy, flaky, and deliciously flavored Salmon fillets cooked in the Air Fryer! This easy Keto-friendly seafood recipe is the perfect choice anytime you want a fabulous, low carb dinner.

salmon fillets inside an air fryer basket


Topped with butter, garlic, and herbs, Air Fryer Salmon takes just minutes to make, and it’s a healthy way to make your favorite salmon recipe. Packed with protein, Omega-3s, and potassium, you can make a healthy meal as easy and as delicious as possible with this Air Fryer baked salmon.

raw salmon in air fryer


An easy, quick, and flavorful seafood dinner is just 10 minutes away. This garlicky, lemony, and buttery salmon requires minimal ingredients, and cleanup is a snap thanks to the Air Fryer! I hope you have one. If not, get one, asap. 🥘 

  1. First, melt some butter and stir in garlic, lemon juice, brown sugar, and seasonings.
  2. Next, brush completely thawed salmon fillets with the butter mixture; then add salt and pepper.
  3. Transfer salmon fillets to the air fryer basket.
  4. Set temperature at 390˚F and cook for 7 to 8 minutes, or to desired doneness. 

FYI: Salmon is cooked when internal temperature registers at 145˚F. You might be sick of me saying this, but PLEASE get in the habit of using an Instant Read Thermometer – it’s a lifesaver, AND, most importantly, a food-saver.  🤗 

air fryer salmon

So yeah, that’s it! If you want a crispier salmon, you can always pop it under the oven broiler for a couple of minutes, or until just browned and crispy on the edges.

I find that the air fryer browns it perfectly for us. You can see it in the pictures – our salmon recipe results in juicy and tender salmon on the inside with lightly crisped edges on the outside.


In my opinion, Air Fryers are an awesome appliance to have. The food cooks in half the time, the food is juicier, healthier, and so far, everything that I’ve cooked in the air fryer has turned out pretty darn good.

The ONLY drawback is that you can’t stack up food. Meaning, if you need to cook 4 salmon fillets, you’ll have to do it in two batches. The Air Fryer cooks your food by circulating hot air around it, and in order for the food to be cooked, all the surface of said food needs to be exposed to the hot air. 

Even so, I still use my air fryer two to three times a week and it is one of the most common appliances I use now. 

If you’re wondering about the kind of Air Fryer to get, first consider how many people you usually cook for. I have this 5.8-quart Air Fryer, and it’s perfect for the 4 of us. If cooking for 2 to 3 people, get this 4.2-quart Air Fryer.

cooked salmon fillet


  • Store completely cooled salmon fillets in an airtight container, and keep refrigerated for up to 3 days.
  • To freeze, store cooled salmon in freezer bags or in an airtight container, and keep in the freezer for 2 to 3 months.



5 from 11 votes
Salmon fillet garnished with lemon, on a plate with greens and pomegranate arils.

Air Fryer Salmon

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WW Freestyle: 5
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time15 mins
Juicy, flaky, and deliciously flavored Salmon fillets cooked in the Air Fryer! This easy Keto-friendly seafood recipe is the perfect choice anytime you want a fabulous, low carb dinner.
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American, Mediterranean
Servings: 2 serves
Calories: 332


  • 2 (6-ounces each) salmon fillets, thawed
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried Italian Seasoning
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste


  • Melt the butter and whisk in minced garlic, lemon juice, brown sugar, parsley, and Italian seasoning.
  • Brush salmon fillets with butter mixture.
  • Season salmon with salt and pepper.
  • Transfer fillets to the air fryer basket.
  • Set Air Fryer at 390˚F and cook salmon for 7 to 8 minutes, or to your desired doneness. Salmon is cooked when internal temperature registers at 145˚F.
  • Remove from Air Fryer and serve.


  • NOTES: Don’t overcrowd the air fryer basket. If you want to double the recipe, cook in batches. I can fit 3 (4-ounce) fillets in mine without overcrowding them and leaving enough space between each fillet. Also, with a fuller basket, I add 1 to 2 minutes of cooking time to make sure the salmon is cooked through.
  • You CAN use frozen fillets, but set the cooking temp to 400˚F and cook the fillets for about 15 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Salmon
Amount Per Serving
Calories 332 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Cholesterol 116mg39%
Sodium 151mg6%
Potassium 833mg24%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 34g68%
Vitamin A 330IU7%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 34mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

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29 Responses
  1. Paula

    I made this tonight. I did not have a lemon, but I had an orange so I used fresh orange juice instead, and it is delicious!! And so easy! Thank you for this great recipe!

  2. Georgia

    Just made this for hubby and I for dinner tonight!!
    It definitely is a easy recipe and very good.
    We will be having this more often as our go to salmon recipe.


    Unlike the rest of the reviews, I actually made this recipe. The salmon was delicious. I cooked it for about 10 minutes and it was medium.

  4. Deseree

    Who knew that salmon in an air fryer would have this much flavor! I can’t wait to grab my air fryer and make this dinner!

  5. Krissy Allori

    My husband I were just talking about needing some new ideas on how to cook our Salmon. This looks perfect and I’m always looking for new ways to use my air fryer.

  6. Trang

    Wow! I seriously thought an air fryer was was frying breaded items or fries and never thought it could cook salmon so well (healthy but still juicy). Love this!

  7. Katie

    I made this recipe the other night for dinner and not only was it fast and super easy, it was incredibly delicious! I’ve never had such crispy skin before and absolutely enjoyed every bite. I’ll definitely be making this again soon so thank you for a wonderful recipe!

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