Air Fryer Salmon


If you want perfectly cooked salmon every time, you have to cook it in the air fryer. This easy air fryer salmon recipe is simple yet yields the best flavor when air fried, leaving the skin crispy and the flesh light and flaky.

air fryer salmon on a plate with cauliflower rice and asparagus
Sometimes simple recipes turn out the be the best recipes and this keto air fryer salmon recipe is no exception. Salmon fillets can be cooked to perfection using an air fryer. With just a few simple seasonings, you can turn this salmon fillet into an extraordinary dish with help from an air fryer.

The air fryer circulates air all over to produce a crispy salmon skin while keeping the fillet light and flaky. Next time you are in need of an easy keto dinner recipe look no further than the seafood aisle! Serve for a side of cauliflower rice and air fryer asparagus for a complete meal.

cooked salmon in a air fryer basket

How to air fry salmon?

Start by preparing two 6oz salmon filets with a drizzle of olive oil and a squeeze of lemon.

Next, lightly season the filets with salt and pepper and a sprinkle of Italian seasoning blend. If desired, you can place thinly sliced lemon on the fish for extra flavor and a beautiful presentation.

The air fryer will cause the lemon to crisp up a bit which is stunning when plated. Place the salmon skin side down inside the air fryer, on the cooking basket/rack.

How long to air fry salmon?

Cook at 375° F for 8-10 minutes depending on the thickness of your filet. Your filet is done when the thickest part of the filet reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees.

two salmon fillets on a wooden board

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Salmon Ingredients

  • 1 lemon
  • Two 4-6 oz salmon filets
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning blend

Air Fryer Salmon Directions

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Benefits of air fryer salmon

Cooking salmon in the air fryer is one of the easiest and healthiest ways to prepare keto salmon.

Air fryers use circulation of hot air to cook, while keeping the food elevated above the oils. The result is evenly cooked meat with access fat drained. When salmon is cooked in the air fryer, it is not only done quickly but it also gets delicious crispy seared edges while staying moist and flavorful in the center.

How to air fry salmon with skin?

When cooking keto salmon in the air fryer, you want to leave the skin on the fish. It will help protect the fish from overcooking in the bottom and also helps keep the juices sealed in which prevents it from becoming dry. If the skin bothers you, you can remove it before plating.

Air frying salmon with skin is easy. Just place the salmon skin side down and follow the recipe instructions.

I love serving this dish with cauliflower rice and a simple green vegetable. Try it with simply seasoned asparagus, brussel sprouts or broccoli. It also tastes great with an avocado salad.

sprinkling black pepper on a salmon fillet

Salmon seasoning variations

This seasoning combination is one of my favorites because it allows the natural buttery flavor of the fish to shine through.

If you are looking to change things up, try seasoning your salmon with other keto approved ingredients like lemon pepper and garlic. You can also try using Dijon mustard, sugar-free maple, soy sauce or sesame seeds. No matter what seasoning experiments you try, the cooking temperature and time will remain the same.

Cooked salmon leftover storage

If you happen to be lucky enough to have leftovers, you should store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for no longer than 3 days. Try using the leftover fish on a bed of greens to add some protein to your salad, or experiment with shredding the salmon and wrapping it with lettuce for healthy lunch.

Air Fryer Salmon: FAQS

How long to air fry salmon when frozen?

This recipe is for fresh salmon. If you have a frozen salmon. Heat the air fryer to 375°F and place the frozen salmon in the basket for 5 - 7 minutes. From there proceed with Step 1 with the thawed salmon.

How long to cook frozen salmon in air fryer?

Fresh salmon needs 8 - 10 minutes at 375°F depending on the thickness or until the internal temperature is 145°F.

Can I cook salmon in the air fryer with the skin on?

Yes, the skin helps protects the salmon. Once finished you can either remove the skin or you can eat the skin.

Nutritional information & Macros

Nutrition Information

Air Fryer Salmon

Servings: 2

Amount Per Serving
Calories 270
Fat 16g
Protein 29g
Total Carbs 1.7g
Net Carbs 1.3g

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  1. I found a link to this recipe from Divalicious recipes not 20 minutes ago. Here I sit eating a perfectly cooked salmon.

  2. Hi Annie,

    Thank you for all your great recipes.

    I just got an air fryer. I’d like to make the salmon, but our Kirkland/Costco salmon doesn’t have skin.

    Can I still make it this way?

    Thank you very much

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