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!

Healthy Air fried salmon recipe in air fryer

Air Fryer Baked Salmon on a plate

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. We group the basket style air fryers into 2 main size groups: 3-4 qt range & the 5-6 qt. range.  Here’s our favorites:

Cosori 3.7 qt. Digital Air Fryer – “That’s a stylish Air Fryer” was said as we unboxed the Cosori. Beyond being stylish, it has cooked great. The basket is not as tall and wider than most in its size group, which is perfect. You’ll have a lot better results in an air fryer with single layered, spread out foods, then with ones piled high and thick.
The non-stick basket style (non-wire base) & smoothness of the basket tray is also great for clean up.

Ninja 4 qt. Digital Air Fryer – Has a great ceramic coated basket, one of the longest lasting we’ve used. Super powerful fan that will often cook recipes even faster than other air fryers. We initially returned our first one because we thought we wouldn’t like the basket style. After reconsidering, we bought another and are super glad we did. We love it’s basket and just a platform insert. One less bulky thing to wash. This is a great air fryer.

Good Larger Air Fryers

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 5.8 qt 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).

Gourmia 6 qt. Digital Air Fryer – This is quickly becoming one of our favorite larger basket style air fryers. Great basket size, good controls, cooks nice. Clean up is great. It has become one of our kitchen favorites. We’ll often find it as Costco at a great price too!

Here’s More Great Low Fat Air Fryer Recipes

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

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