This Air Fryer Salmon Recipe produces a moist, tender, flaky fillet with a crispy outer skin that just melts in your mouth!

Preparing salmon in the air fryer is an easy way to cook salmon for a delicious low carb entrée and it’s perfect for any occasion or any time of year. Try it served over salads or with homemade zoodles for a delicious and satisfying low carb meal!

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Air Fryer Salmon Recipe

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Easy Air Fryer Salmon

  • This recipe goes from fridge to table in less than 15 minutes!
  • Loaded with healthy fats, proteins, and Omega-3 fatty acids, salmon is a superfood!
  • Fresh or frozen salmon can be used.
  • Salmon is a versatile main that is great with a side of broccoli, roasted asparagus, or any other veggies of your choice!

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Ingredients & Variations

SALMON – This recipe uses fresh salmon fillets, but frozen will taste great too! Thaw them before placing in the Air Fryer, or cook from frozen by adjusting the cooking time by a couple of minutes.

SEASONINGS – This recipe uses just a touch of maple syrup, oil, garlic powder, salt and black pepper, and a dash of lemon juice at the end!

VARIATIONS – Salmon has such a mellow flavor and it goes with all kinds of rubs, seasonings, sauces, and glazes. Brush on a glaze of hoisin sauce or teriyaki sauce. Or spice it up by adding a sprinkle of cajun seasoning or homemade blackening seasoning with hints of paprika, brown sugar, and garlic.

How to Air Fry Salmon

It only takes 2 steps for perfectly prepared salmon!

  1. Preheat air fryer and prepare salmon (per recipe below).
  2. Air fry until the salmon is cooked through and the skin is crispy.

Salmon in the air fryer on a white plate with garnish and lemons

Tips for Perfectly Tender Salmon

  • Choose pieces of salmon that are clean, brightly colored, and free of soft spots or discolorations in the filet or skin.
  • Pat the salmon dry before adding the oil and mixture of seasonings. Press the seasonings into the salmon so it sticks before it is placed in the fryer basket.
  • Do not overcook the salmon— use a meat thermometer to test the internal temperature. Place the thermometer in the thickest part of the salmon and remove when the internal temp is 145° F and salmon flakes easily with a fork.

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Air Fryer Salmon Recipe

Preparing salmon in the air fryer produces a moist, tender, flaky fillet with a crispy outer skin that just melts in your mouth!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Author Holly



  • 2 salmon filets about 6 oz each
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 lemon plus extra for serving


  • Preheat air fryer to 400°F.
  • Brush salmon with maple syrup and drizzle with olive oil. Season with garlic powder, salt & pepper.
  • Place lemon slices in the air fryer and place salmon on top. Cook 6-9 minutes* or just until cooked through.
  • Do not overcook.


  • Salmon can vary in thickness which will affect cook time.
    • Thinner salmon filets may only need 6-7 minutes.
    • Thicker filets may need 9-11 minutes.
    • Check salmon early and allow for more time if needed.
  • *Use low carb maple syrup if desired.
  • Regular maples syrup was used to calculate nutrition information.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 323kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 76mg | Potassium: 833mg | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 68IU | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg

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

Course Main Course
Cuisine American

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