If you’re craving seafood, this healthy baked salmon doesn’t get easier than this. Air fryer baked salmon in the air fryer is truly a quick and easy dinner. We’re obsessed with air fryer cooking, especially when it comes to seafood.

Air Fryer Baked Salmon in a basket

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How to Make Healthy Salmon in the Air Fryer?

It’s truly super easy to make salmon in the air fryer without a bunch of fuss. All you need to do is lightly coat the salmon with olive oil, then season with salt and pepper. You barely need any oil or grease at all and that’s what makes cooking salmon in the air fryer so wonderful. The salmon comes out perfect every time.  The hot air circulates evenly around the food, giving the food a wonderful crispy texture that’s like roasted without all the oil.

Air fried foods is much healthier too because you don’t need as much oil! That’s the wonderful reason to cook with air fryers. It gives such a great texture similar to deep frying, but with all the greasy oil. There’s less mess too. If you’re frying foods, you have grease to dispose of and mess to clean up. But in the air fryer, you don’t have all those issues and best of all, there’s less odor!

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Air Fryer Baked Salmon Recipe and Easy Healthy Salmon @EatBetterRecipe

Healthy Air Fryer Baked Salmon

Salmon sizes will vary in length and thickness, so you can add or reduce cooking time if needed to cook your salmon to your preferred texture.
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  • 2 6 ounce (2 170 g) salmon fillets , skin and bones removed
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) olive oil or light spray of organic cooking spray
  • kosher salt , to taste
  • black pepper , to taste


  • Coat salmon with lightly oil or cooking spray. Season both sides of salmon with salt and pepper.
  • Place salmon in basket. Air fry the salmon at 360°F for about 10 minutes or until cooked to your preferred texture.
  • Check the salmon with a fork to make sure it’s cooked the way you like it.
  • Enjoy! It’s that easy.


Don’t crowd the basket. If you decide to double the recipe, it will work great but make sure your air fryer is large enough to fit more of salmon filets (we cooked this recipe in 3-4qt air fryers). You might need add an additional 1-2 minutes of cooking time to make sure the salmon is cooked through if cooking in a crowded basket.
If using a larger air fryer, the recipe might cook quicker so adjust cooking time. 
If cooking in multiple batches, the first batch will take longer to cook if Air Fryer is not already pre-heated.


Nutrition Information per Serving

Calories: 259kcal, Protein: 33g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 93mg, Sodium: 74mg, Potassium: 833mg, Vitamin A: 70IU, Calcium: 20mg, Iron: 1.4mg
Air Fryer Baked Salmon on a plate

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This air fryer baked salmon recipe was originally published in 2018 and re-published in 2019 with updated video.