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Air Fried Salmon Recipe

Air Fried Salmon Recipe

There are many ways to make salmon in the air fryer, but this air fried salmon recipe uses simple, classic flavors. This lemon rosemary salmon is fast and easy to prepare. The taste is easily comparable to what you might get in a restaurant.

Prep time 5 minutes
Cook time 20-25 minutes
Serves up to 4 people

Tools and Ingredients

  • air fryer
  • 4 salmon filets (about 6 oz. each)
  • 3 lemons
  • 8 sprigs rosemary
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • salt


1Slice the lemons into thin slices.

2Arrange several lemon slices on the bottom of the fry basket. Lay 4 rosemary sprigs on top of the lemons.

3Place one salmon filet on top of each sprig of rosemary. Sprinkle some salt on the salmon.

4Top each salmon filet with another sprig of rosemary. Cover with more lemon slices.

5Drizzle olive oil over the top of everything.

6Put the fry basket in the fryer. Set the temperature to 270°F. Set the timer for 20 minutes.

7Check on the salmon. If it flakes easily with a fork, it’s ready to enjoy. If not, put it in for another 5 minutes.

8Serve the salmon with the roasted lemon slices and rosemary.

Tips and Considerations

You can probably get away with using less than 1 Tablespoon of olive oil. You should use at least 1 teaspoon, but you don’t absolutely need to use the full amount. Cutting out a bit of the olive oil is a good way to lower the total calorie count of the dish.

You might enjoy this air fried salmon recipe with the addition of garlic. Just mince some fresh garlic and put it on top of the salmon along with rosemary, about one small clove per filet. Fresh garlic is best but a sprinkle of garlic powder or garlic pepper could also work.

Don’t have any rosemary? This recipe will also work with just the lemons and olive oil. The rosemary adds a nice punch of flavor, but the classic lemon salmon will work well on its own as well. Or, you could try it with other herbs.

Parsley, dill, thyme, and basil can all complement salmon quite well. Fresh herbs are best but dried herbs can also work. A sprinkle of an Italian herb blend on top of the salmon could work.

To create the most flavorful salmon, you could make a pouch to cook the salmon in using tin foil or parchment paper. This seals in all the flavors and results in juicier, more flavorful fish. Both parchment paper and tin foil are safe to use in an air fryer, but it’s important to make sure the entire bottom of the fry basket isn’t covered.

These materials can block the flow of air which is vital for the dish to cook properly. The pouch method in the air fryer might work best when cooking for one rather than making several servings.


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