Salmon in the Air Fryer makes for a flaky main dish of a meal that can be ready in minutes!

This delish salmon recipe is a super easy way to cook this succulent fish. Sprinkled with just a little bit of sugar and rubbed with some spices, it is so full of flavor. No one can resist this tasty recipe, and it couldn’t be easier to make!

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Easy Air Fryer Salmon

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Ingredients & Variations

SALMON: It is easy to find salmon at the supermarket. A fresh or frozen fillet can be used, however fresh is best and tends to taste a little better than frozen. The cooking time may need to be increased for a frozen fillet.

THE SPICES: The spices are quite simple, just a little bit of garlic, salt, and paprika. Nothing complicated. However, to spice things up a bit try adding a little cayenne. Or sprinkle it with a  little oregano, onion powder, and thyme, or try adding some dill.

Salmon in an air fryer basket

How to Cook Salmon in the Air Fryer?

Simple salmon in the air fryer!

  1. Preheat the air fryer.
  2. Combine the ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Coat the salmon in olive oil. Rub the mixture over the salmon.
  4. Cook (as per recipe below).

Air Fryer Salmon in an air fryer basket

Recipes Tips

  • The salmon will be cooked when the internal temperature reaches 145°F. Make sure to test in the thickest part of the meat. Cooked salmon also flakes easily.
  • After cooking there is sometimes a grey or white liquid that has formed on the top of the meat. This is an omega-3 fatty deposit and is very healthy.
  • Most salmon, fresh or frozen is sold with the skin on. This can be removed before cooking. However, it is much easier to cook with the skin on. It will not affect the taste, and generally, the flesh of the fish just flakes off the skin after it has been cooked.

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Air Fryer Salmon

Simple ingredients and quick cooking time make this healthy air fryer salmon recipe perfect for a weeknight meal!
Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4



  • 2 salmon filets 5-6 oz each
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  • Preheat air fryer to 400°F.
  • Combine seasoning ingredients together in a small bowl.
  • Coat salmon with olive oil, evenly rub the spice mix onto the salmon.
  • Gentley place the salmon in the air fryer basket and cook for 6-7 minutes or until salmon starts to flake or reaches 145°F internally.


The internal temperature of cooked salmon is 145°F. Make sure to test in the thickest part of the meat.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 164kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 184mg | Potassium: 426mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 96IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American

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