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.
Watch Video of Air Fried Salmon Recipe
How to Bake 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!
What are the Best Air Fryers?
There’s so many on the market now. You just need to research and find the ones that fits your needs, capacity and style.
Tidylife 4.2QT Air Fryer – Texture for several dishes came out noticeably better than other brands. This one tends to cook a little hotter and quicker.
The non-stick basket style (non-wire base) & smoothness of the basket tray is great for cleaning up.
NuWave Brio 3 qt. Digital Air Fryer – This NuWave Air Fryer is great too and it’s our second favorite. The basket has wire base (which we found sticks a bit more) and it doesn’t have the 1/2 way reminder beep of the some other brands, however still cooks great.
This NuWave model has a lower temperature capability, which can give you more cooking options for foods that need lower temperatures. The lower temperature feature might be great for proofing breads!
Tiluxury 5.8 qt. Digital Air Fryer – It’s a good larger air fryer capable of cooking for larger families, especially when you need to cook more food. It’s great for cooking bigger batches (ie 4 salmon fillets instead of 2 or 2 lbs of fries instead of 1).
We like that this Tiluxury 5.8qt has the non-stick basket (non-wire base). Makes for less sticking for delicate meals (ie baked fish fillets). And we like the digital interface (easier cleaning).
Oster Copper-Infused DuraCeramic 3.3 qt. Air Fryer – We love the copper infused ceramic coating on the basket and it good great. The knobs are easy to use and overall functionality is great.
Plus, if you’re familiar with the Oster brand, they’re reliable and not too expensive.
Here’s More Great Low Fat Air Fryer Recipes
- Crispy Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Vinegar Recipe – Amazing!
- Homemade Crispy Air Fried French Fries with barely any oil– Wow!
- 2 6 ounce salmon fillets , skin and bones removed
- 1 teaspoon 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.