Can You Put Salmon In An Air Fryer? (read this first)

Probably the best new kitchen appliance of the 21st century has to be the air fryer. Air fryers are so versatile, easy to use and fast. You can cook so many meals in an air fryer in a fraction of the time it would take in a conventional oven. 

But, can you cook salmon in an air fryer? Yes, you can and in as little as 8 to 10 minutes.

Why Cook Salmon In An Air Fryer?

There are several reasons why an air fryer should be your “go to” appliance for cooking salmon. Including;

  • Perfect results time after time
    Once you get to know your air fryer, you’ll get consistent results every time.
  • Healthier way of cooking
    Using an air fryer eliminates the need for lashings of oil.
  • The ultimate in fast food
    You can cook your salmon fillets in less than 10 minutes.
  • Simplicity itself
    Once the salmon is in the air fryer’s basket, all you do is set the temperature and timer and the air fryer does the rest.
  • Energy saving
    As air fryers are countertop appliances, you only need to heat up a small area. Unlike a conventional oven where the whole oven has to be heated.
  • Easy to clean
    The air fryer is so easy to clean, all that’s normally needed is a quick wash with warm soapy water. To save on cleaning times you can use an air fryer paper liner in the basket. These liners are made from reinforced parchment paper and keep all of the mess, oils and seasoning inside the liner which can be disposed of after cooking is completed.

How To Cook Salmon In An Air Fryer

This simple to follow recipe will result in perfectly cooked salmon fillets every time.


  • 2 salmon fillets
  • ½ tablespoon olive oil
  • Seasoning


  1. Preheat the air fryer to 200 C (400 F)
  2. Rub olive oil into each salmon fillet
  3. Season with salt & pepper and your favourite spice (paprika, chilli flakes, garlic powder)
  4. Spray a small amount of oil onto the air fryer basket
  5. Cook for 8 minutes then check to see if the salmon is cooked. It should become flaky when it is done. Or use a meat thermometer, probe the fleshiest part of the fish, the temperature needs to be 63 C (145 F) to be safe to eat
  6. Cook for another 1 minute or so if necessary

Helpful Tips

Below are a few tips to ensure you get the most from your air fried salmon.

  • Ensure the salmon fillets are roughly the same size
    As long as the salmon fillets are about the same size, they will cook at the same time.
  • Use a fork to see if they’re cooked properly
    The time needed to cook salmon in an air fryer depends on the size and thickness of the fish and the make and model of your air fryer. The only way to know if the salmon is cooked to perfection is to use a fork and see if it flakes easily. Or use a meat thermometer.
  • Always preheat the air fryer before adding the salmon fillets
    To ensure the salmon is cooked correctly, always preheat the air fryer before adding the fillets.
  • Use an air fryer paper liner
    These air fryer basket liners are made from reinforced parchment paper and fit into the basket. The salmon is then placed in the liner which prevents the salmon from sticking to the basket.
  • Never overfill the basket
    The salmon fillets should be placed in the air fryer basket allowing a gap between each piece. This ensures that the fish cooks evenly and is crisp on the outside all over.
  • Spread Dijon mustard over each fillet before seasoning
    To make the salmon even more mouth wateringly delicious, spread a thin layer of Dijon mustard over each fillet before seasoning.


Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take salmon to cook in an air fryer?

It takes anywhere between 8 to 10 minutes to cook salmon in an air fryer depending on the size and thickness of the salmon and the make and model of your air fryer.

Does salmon stick to the air fryer?

It is possible that salmon could stick to the air fryer basket. To prevent this you can either spray the basket with oil or use an air fryer paper liner.

Why is my air fryer salmon dry?

If your salmon is dry after being cooked in the air fryer, it is probably because you have over cooked it.

Can I wrap my salmon in foil and put it in an air fryer?

You can wrap salmon in foil before putting it in the air fryer but you need to wrap it loosely leaving a small gap above the fish. You should also not use foil if you are using any acidic ingredients to season your salmon as it cooks. This is because foil reacts with acidic ingredients and aluminium actually leaches into the food.

How do you know when salmon is done?

Salmon is done when the fish flakes when a fork is pressed down on the top of the fillet.

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