Air Fryer Salmon (Fresh or Frozen) Recipe

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Air fryer salmon is the answer whenever you’re looking for a meal that’s both lightning-fast and packed with flavor. This dish is a slam dunk for anyone in need of a scrumptious and healthy dish that won’t take up hours of your time.

Not only that, but your salmon will come out of the air fryer perfectly moist and oh-so-tender, ready to tantalize your taste buds with its incredible taste. Don’t miss out on this chance to learn a new recipe that’s sure to leave you satisfied. Moreover, I’ll also include an easy way to whip up a tasty side dish for your salmon!

Air Fryer Salmon
Cooked Air Fryer Salmon

Fresh Vs. Frozen Salmon

When it comes to seafood, few options are as beloved as the delectable and nutritious salmon. But should you opt for fresh or frozen fish? While many people believe that fresh salmon is always superior, the truth is a bit more nuanced.

Sure, fresh salmon boasts an unbeatable flavor, but not everyone has easy access to a seafood market that sells newly-caught fish. That’s where frozen salmon comes in as a fantastic alternative that retains all the nutritional benefits of its fresh counterpart.

So, the next time you’re struggling to get your hands on fresh salmon, don’t hesitate to turn to the freezer aisle. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by just how delicious frozen salmon can be!

Fresh Salmon Boasts

Tools

Before getting to the cooking process, it’s important to have the right tools on hand to make your experience as seamless as possible. Let’s take a look!

  • Air fryer: There are many excellent air fryer brands to choose from. I find the COSORI Pro an outstanding balance of price and performance. You can also go for the COSORI Pro II air fryer oven combo if the Pro I is unavailable where you live.
  • Mixing bowl: For mixing the flavorful basting sauce.
  • Whisk: Helps you blend the ingredients for the sauce better. 
  • Basting brush: For brushing the sauce on the salmon. 
  • Tongs: For flipping the fish.
Basting Brush

Ingredients

I’ll use fresh and frozen salmon so as to show you the best ways to prepare both options. In addition, I’ll include the required ingredients for my favorite side dish: air fryer asparagus.

  • Salmon: I use about half a pound of fresh salmon and half a pound of frozen salmon.
  • Basting sauce: Honey, thyme, olive oil, garlic powder, Dijon mustard, salt, pepper, paprika, and cayenne pepper powder.
  • Asparagus and lemon: For serving together with the salmon.

Directions

I know that you’re super eager to start cooking, so I won’t keep you waiting any longer. Let’s start making some succulent salmon.

For Fresh Salmon

Step 1: Preheat The Air Fryer

Preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees F for about 4 minutes.

Step 2: Make The Sauce

In the meantime, start making the sauce. Add 1 tablespoon of honey, 1 tablespoon of dried thyme, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 teaspoon of garlic powder, 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard, ½ teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of paprika, ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper powder, and 1 teaspoon of pepper to a medium-sized bowl.

Start Making The Sauce

Combine everything together with a whisk.

Combine Everything Together

Step 3: Air Fry The Salmon

Once the air fryer has finished preheating, spray a thin layer of oil on the basket.

Place the salmon into the air fryer, skin side touching the basket.

Air Fry The Salmon

Brush the sauce on all sides of the salmon, except for the skin side.

Sides Of The Salmon

Select the “fish mode” on your air fryer and cook the salmon at 350 degrees F for 8 minutes.

After cooking, let the fish rest for about 5 minutes, and enjoy it with your favorite side dish. You can also eat the fish right out of the air fryer.

Air Fry Salmon

For Frozen Salmon

Step 1: Thaw The Salmon

Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees for 4 minutes.

Lightly spray the air fryer basket with oil.

Place the frozen salmon into the basket, skin side facing down and touching the basket.

Place The Frozen Salmon

Select “fish mode” and air fry the salmon at 350 degrees F for 7 minutes to thaw it.

Thaw The Salmon

Step 2: Cook The Salmon

Brush the sauce on the salmon as instructed above.

Cook the fish at 350 degrees F for 8 minutes in “fish mode”.

After that, let the salmon rest for about 5 minutes before eating.

Cook The Salmon

Quick And Tasty Side Dish Suggestions

There are plenty of great side dish choices for air fryer salmon. You can pair it with your vegetables, such as asparagus or broccoli. The fish also tastes fantastic when eaten with rice or quinoa.

I usually quickly cook some asparagus and slice up a lemon to enjoy with my salmon. Here’s how I make my asparagus using an air fryer.

Step 1: Place The Asparagus Into The Air Fryer

Grease the air fryer basket lightly with oil. Put the asparagus into the air fryer and spray them with a little olive oil. Season the vegetables with some salt and pepper.

Place The Asparagus

Step 2: Air Fry The Asparagus

Select the “vegetable mode” and cook the asparagus at 400 degrees F for 5 minutes. Flip the asparagus halfway through.

Air Fry The Asparagus

Depending on the size of your asparagus, you might need to increase the cooking time accordingly.

Extra Tips For Cooking And Storing

While the air fryer has simplified the cooking process, salmon (and seafood in general), isn’t always an easy ingredient to get right. Worry not. Here are some insights to help you cook and store salmon.

Cooking And Storing
  • You can use a fork to test the salmon’s doneness. Gently press the salmon with a fork. If the fish separate and give way easily, the fish is done cooking. Cook the salmon for about 1 minute more if necessary.
  • For salmon that’s less than 1.5 inches thick, you should reduce the cooking time and check the fish’s doneness frequently.
  • I find salmon tastes the best when enjoyed right after cooking. But if you absolutely need to store leftover fish, put it in an airtight container and refrigerate. Your salmon will last for about 2 days.

Air Fryer Salmon – Easy, Tasty, And Nutritious

Air fryer salmon is that one dish you can count on when you need a nutritious meal that tastes good and is easy to make. Given that the recipe takes less than 30 minutes to whip, there’s no reason to not give it a try today.

What are your thoughts on this recipe? Do you have any suggestions to improve the dish? Please let me know all of them in the comment section. Also, don’t forget to give the post a 5-star rating and share it with others!

Air Fryer Salmon Recipe

Air Fryer Salmon (Fresh Or Frozen)

Looking for a go-to dish that’s packed with nutrition and flavor that you can make in a flash? This air fryer salmon recipe is an excellent choice. So, why not give it a try right away?
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 238kcal

Ingredients

  • 0.55 pounds of fresh salmon
  • 0.55 pounds of frozen salmon
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 0.5 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 0.5 teaspoon cayenne pepper powder
  • 1 teaspoon pepper

For the side dish:

  • 1 lemon
  • 2.8 ounces asparagus

Instructions 

For Fresh Salmon

  • Preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees F for about 4 minutes.
  • Add honey, dried thyme, olive oil, garlic powder, Dijon mustard, salt, paprika, cayenne pepper powder, and pepper to a medium-sized bowl.
    Start Making The Sauce
  • Combine everything together with a whisk.
    Combine Everything Together
  • Once the air fryer has finished preheating, spray a thin layer of oil on the basket.
  • Place the salmon into the air fryer, skin side touching the basket.
    Air Fry The Salmon
  • Brush the sauce on all sides of the salmon, except for the skin side.
  • Select the fish mode on your air fryer and cook the salmon at 350 degrees F for 8 minutes.
  • Let the fish rest for about 5 minutes, and enjoy.
    Air Fry Salmon

For Frozen Salmon

  • Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees for 4 minutes.
  • Lightly spray the air fryer basket with oil.
  • Place the frozen salmon into the basket, skin side facing down and touching the basket.
    Place The Frozen Salmon
  • Select fish mode and air fry the salmon at 350 degrees F for 7 minutes to thaw it.
    Thaw The Salmon
  • Brush the sauce on the salmon as instructed above.
  • Cook the fish at 350 degrees F for 8 minutes in fish mode.
  • Let the salmon rest for about 5 minutes before eating.
    Cook The Salmon

For The Asparagus

  • Grease the air fryer basket lightly with oil.
  • Put the asparagus into the air fryer and spray them with a little olive oil.
  • Season the vegetables with some salt and pepper.
    Place The Asparagus
  • Select the vegetable modeand cook the asparagus at 400 degrees F for 5 minutes.
  • Flip the asparagus halfway through.
    Air Fry The Asparagus

Video

Notes

  • The total time is for making 4 servings of fresh salmon. If you make your dish with frozen salmon, the dish will take about 7 minutes more to make.
  • Gently press the salmon with a fork. If the fish separate and give way easily, the fish is done cooking. Cook the salmon for about 1 minute more if necessary.
  • For salmon that’s less than 1.5 inches thick, you should reduce the cooking time and check the fish’s doneness frequently.
  • If you need to store leftover fish, put it in an airtight container and refrigerate. Your salmon will last for about 2 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 238kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 362mg | Potassium: 696mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 592IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 3mg
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