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a woman's hand holding the handle of an air fryer basket that is filled with 3 pieces of cooked air fryer salmon topped with creamy mustard sauce

How to Cook Salmon in the Air Fryer (Fresh or Frozen)

  • Author: Lindsay Cotter
  • Total Time: 9 -15 minutes
  • Yield: 3 fillets 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Learn how to cook salmon in the air fryer (from fresh or frozen) in minutes for a omega-rich meal full of flavor the whole family will love!


Units Scale

Quick Mustard Sauce: (see notes substitutes)

  • 1/22/3 cup real mayo or hummus (adjust to desired thickness)
  • 1/4 cup dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/41/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Optional: 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon dried herbs (chives, parsley, dill, etc.)
  • 12 Tablespoons honey or agave nectar
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste

For the Air Fryer Salmon:

  • Cooking oil spray
  • 3 salmon fillets (fresh or frozen) – around 6 ounces each and 1 1/2 inch thick
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • Quick mustard sauce (above) or sauce of choice for brushing


For the Sauce

  1. Make the creamy mustard sauce by adding all of the ingredients to the bowl of a food processor and pulsing until smooth. Set aside.

Frozen Fillets

Thawed/Fresh Fillets


Sauce of choice may be substituted for mustard sauce.

Salmon can be air fried with or without the skin.  

Cooking times may vary based on the thickness of the filets and brand of air fryer. These salmon fillets were 170 grams fillets and 1 1/2 inch thick. 

  • Prep Time: 1 minute
  • Cook Time: 8 -14 minutes
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 filet without sauce
  • Calories: 243
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 74.9 mg
  • Fat: 10.9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 33.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 93.5 mg

Keywords: air fryer, salmon, fish, main