How to Air Fry Salmon with Skin On

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Learn how to air fry salmon with skin, a quick and easy 10-minute dinner idea you can make in your air fryer! Perfectly tender and flaky salmon is coated in spices, and air fried to perfection.

This is a fantastic weeknight dinner idea, and you can customize your spices on the fish! I love serving easy crispy salmon bites with oven baked fries and a simple green salad.

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This air fryer salmon recipe is quick, made with simple ingredients, and has only 10 minutes of cooking time. Using the air fryer is the best way to get dinners on the table fast, great for a busy weeknight meal the whole family will love. This crispy air fryer salmon is great served up with air fryer asparagus or a side salad.

I always cook salmon with the skin on, as it’s much easier to removed once the meat is cooked. The tender salmon with flake right off the skin, which is simpler than removing with a knife before cooking. And the air fryer cooks the fish enough to loosen the skin, for perfectly easy salmon.

This Easy Air Fryer Salmon with Skin Recipe Is

  • Flaky
  • Tender
  • Flavorful
  • Easy to Make
  • Simple
  • Rich in Protein
  • Cooks in Just 10 Minutes
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Make Perfect Air Fried Salmon

We have a super-quiet air fryer and we are in love with this thing!  Since we don’t use a microwave, cooking salmon in air fryer is an easy way to quickly cook. It’s been really fun to make all kinds of recipes: crispy vegetables, tofu, muffins, and it’s great for reheating leftovers.  

I’ve owned a few models, but highly recommend this quiet air fryer for anyone who loves to cook! I got this one which is a perfect size for my kitchen, and also makes as a great gift for friends or family. For this recipe you can also use a parchment paper liner, just ensure you use it after the air fryer has been pre-heated.

Browse all our easy air fryer recipes here for your next meal.

Ingredients In Air Fryer Salmon

  • Fresh Salmon Fillets – you can use fresh or frozen salmon. I prefer coho or sockeye salmon filets when I can find it. Before cooking, check each piece of salmon for bones, and remove any if found. It’s high in Omega-3 fatty acids making it a great source of protein.
  • Dijon Mustard – for a really nice flavor and texture, this Dijon is a favorite in our pantry. Use a good quality mustard, not yellow prepared mustard.
  • Garlic Powder – which is great on the salmon and pairs nicely with the garlic in the orzo.
  • Brown sugar
  • Italian Seasoning Blend: or read on for more spice suggestions!
  • Black Pepper
  • Fresh Lemon Juice

More Spice Additions for this Salmon

If you want to use a different spice blend than Italian seasoning, you can add any one you prefer! Here are some great options for a simple seasoning to add to the top of the fish.

  • Lemon Pepper seasoning
  • Onion Powder
  • Chili Powder
  • Cajun Seasoning
  • Soy Sauce – is using, omit the salt in the spice rub mixture

I also like to use a meat thermometer to ensure my meat and fish are thoroughly cooked. Always measure the temperature in the thickest part of the salmon for best results.

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How To Air Fry Salmon with Skin

  1. Preheat the air fryer for 5 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Prep the salmon – double check to ensure all bones have been removed from the fillets. Place salmon on a plate skin side down, and pat each salmon fillet with a paper towel to dry. 
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the Dijon mustard, honey, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Spoon mixture over each of the salmon fillets.
  4. Place salmon fillets carefully in the hot pre-heated air fryer basket. Set cook time to 10 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. When finished salmon should be pink with a light golden brown crust on the top and sides. The internal temperature should be 145 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. Remove salmon and top with fresh lemon juice and a sprinkle of fresh herbs (like parsley or fresh dill) if desired.
  6. Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

Modern Dinner Ideas You’ll Love

I love using fresh or frozen salmon in my air fryer, it’s a great way to perfectly cook the fish. This tasty salmon recipe is  made with whole ingredients, and is made with simple, everyday ingredients. 

You can cook this in any pot (although I love using our Dutch oven), and doesn’t require any fancy equipment to make.  This stew is a great cozy dinner you can make all year long.

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How To Air Fry Salmon with Skin On

Learn how to air fry salmon with skin on, a quick and easy 10-minute dinner idea you can make in your air fryer! Perfectly tender and flaky salmon is coated in spices, and air fried to perfection.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 264 kcal

Equipment

  • Air Fryer
  • Small Bowl

Ingredients
  

  • 4 6-ounce salmon fillets bones removed
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper
  • Lemon and Parsley for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Prep the salmon – double check to ensure all bones have been removed from the fillets. Pat each salmon fillet with a paper towel to dry.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the Dijon mustard, brown sugar, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Spoon mixture over each of the salmon fillets.
  • Place salmon fillets carefully in the hot pre-heated air fryer. Set cook time to 10 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. When finished salmon should be pink with a light golden brown crust on the top and sides. The internal temperature should be 145 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Remove salmon and top with fresh lemon juice and a sprinkle of fresh herbs (like parsley or dill) if desired.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 264kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 34gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 397mgPotassium: 855mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 78IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 30mgIron: 2mg
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