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Marinated Air Fryer Salmon

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This Marinated Air Fryer Salmon recipe is a delicious quick and easy air fryer meal. Seasoned in a tangy soy sauce and mustard marinade, it’s quick to prep and make.

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If I could give you one more reason to love your Air Fryer, then I think this is it! Perfectly cooked salmon in your Air Fryer each and every time. I’m a huge fan of making this Crispy Air Fryer Fish recipe, but now I’ll have to add this marinated salmon recipe to the list.  

I bet you’re wondering, why make salmon in your Air Fryer? Well, here’s why. This recipe is fast, hands-off, and results in tender flakey salmon.

The air fryer cooks this salmon dish perfectly each and every time for a tasty, healthy, and simple weeknight dinner. This recipe is so fuss-free and the clean-up is so easy. It’s great for a healthy low-carb dinner, and it’s one that the whole family will enjoy.

If you don’t have an air fryer, no worries, you can bake this salmon in the oven too.

Be sure to try my Air Fryer Salmon Patties and Easy Teriyaki Salmon too!

How to make Marinated Salmon in your Air Fryer

Gather your ingredients. You’ll need 4 salmon fillets and the marinade ingredients.

ingredients for salmon recipe

Place soy sauce, dijon mustard, brown sugar, and minced garlic in a bowl and whisk to combine.

Pour marinade over salmon. Use a Gallon food storage bag for marinating to gently swish the marinade over all the fish or use a container and roll the fish in the marinade, making sure each piece gets fully covered. Place fish in the refrigerator and marinate for 20-30 minutes.

salmon in marinade

Remove fish from the refrigerator. Prepare the Air Fryer basket by spraying the basket with oil. You can also use an air fryer parchment paper liner.

Cook salmon in your Air Fryer at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 7-12 minutes. Make sure the salmon is not touching so that the air has a chance to flow around it. 

raw salmon in air fryer basket

Once done, remove and serve with your favorite sides.

cooked air fryer salmon in air fryer basket

How long can you marinate salmon?

I find that 20 minutes is enough time for the salmon to take on the flavors of the soy sauce marinade. Because this marinade is not acidic, you can let it marinate for up to 24 hours. Seafood is very delicate, so marinades with acid, such as lemon juice, shouldn’t be marinated for too long as they can start to break down the flesh.

close up photo of salmon in air fryer basket

Can you make this recipe without an air fryer?

This is hands down my favorite method of cooking salmon, but you can marinate the salmon and then either pan fry it or oven-cook it at 400F for 12 to 15 minutes.

Can you use frozen salmon?

I prefer to use fresh salmon fillets, but you can use frozen if you have those to hand. If you have thinner fillets, the cooking time will need to be reduced. If using frozen, thaw the fillets thoroughly before marinating and cooking.

Best Salmon to use in the Air Fryer

There are many kinds of salmon and all do well in the air fryer. Do note that farmed Atlantic salmon, a fattier cut of salmon can withhold longer cook times in the air fryer. If cooking wild salmon with less fat, like sockeye salmon, lower the cooking time and degrees to ensure the salmon does not overcook and dry out.

What do you serve it with?

This marinated air fryer salmon makes for one tasty and easy weeknight meal. Serve it up with salad, veggie, or potato side dishes for a full dinner. Try it with Kale Rice or these Air Fried Baked Sweet Potatoes, or try it with some of these other favorites:

Feel free to mix this up a bit and season the salmon with my fish seasoning.

Recipe Notes and Tips

  • If cooking salmon with the skin on and you want crispy skin, do not use a parchment liner. Just grease the grates and add the salmon.
  • Your salmon is done if the thickest part of the fillet flakes easily with a fork. When in doubt, check the temperature with a quick read thermometer. The USDA recommends the internal temperature f cooked salmon should reach 145 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • If cooking the salmon for 7 minutes, your salmon will be flakey, tender, and moist and be about medium doneness. Cook longer if you prefer your salmon a bit firm.
  • Depending on the thickness of your salmon fillets, the cooking time may vary. Decrease the cooking time for thinner fillets.

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Marinated Air Fryer Salmon

This Marinated Air Fryer Salmon recipe is a delicious easy and quick air fryer meal. The air fryer cooks this salmon dish perfectly each and every time for a tasty, healthy and simple weeknight dinner.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword air fried salmon recipe, air fryer salmon, soy marinated salmon
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Marinate 20 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 281kcal
Author Tanya

Ingredients

  • 4 salmon fillets or 1 1lb fillet cut into 4 pieces
  • 6 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
  • ¼ cup Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • ½ Tablespoon Minced Garlic
  • 1 Green onions finely chopped, optional

Instructions

  • Whisk soy sauce, dijon mustard, brown sugar, and minced garlic in a bowl. Pour over salmon fillets, making sure all filets are covered. Refrigerate and marinade for 20-30 minutes.
  • Remove salmon filets from marinade and place in greased or lined Air Fryer basket. 
  • Air fry for 7-12 minutes on 400 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  • Remove from Air Fryer and top with chopped green onions. Enjoy 🙂

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Notes

  • If cooking salmon with the skin on and you want crispy skin, do not use a parchment liner. Just grease the grates and add the salmon.
  • Your salmon is done if the thickest part of the fillet flakes easily with a fork. When in doubt, check the temperature with a quick read thermometer. The USDA recommends the internal temperature f cooked salmon should reach 145 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • If cooking the salmon for 7 minutes, your salmon will be flakey, tender, and moist and be about medium doneness. Cook longer if you prefer your salmon a bit firm.
  • Depending on the thickness of your salmon fillets, the cooking time may vary. Decrease the cooking time for thinner fillets.

Nutrition

Calories: 281kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 1761mg | Potassium: 911mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Vitamin C: 1.1mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 2.2mg
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Originally published March 26, 2019. Updated with new photos and additional helpful tips.

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Mary

Wednesday 31st of August 2022

I make this for my family every week.I have had three different guests over for dinner who won't eat seafood because it's "too fishy",but they love this salmon after tasting it. They have all asked for the recipe.

Tanya

Tuesday 6th of September 2022

Hi Mary, Thank you so much for making and sharing the recipe :)

Tricia Galey

Wednesday 17th of August 2022

I made this for the first time tonight. It is a delicious and light marinade, it didn’t overpower the salmon flavor. However, I did use coco amino instead of soy sauce.

Rebecca

Saturday 26th of February 2022

I’ve been following Tanya for over a year now and have loved most of the recipes I’ve tried. BUT this recipe is one of my new faves! This was so super easy and quick enough for a weeknight dinner. Roast some baby potatoes and steam some asparagus and it’s a meal in about 35 minutes. My other favorite is the perfect air fryer steak with garlic herbed bitter! Thank you Tanya for such easy and delicious recipes!!! Makes my tummy happy!!!

Tanya

Sunday 27th of February 2022

Thanks Rebecca! Love the sides you paired it with!

Mary Palmer

Friday 25th of February 2022

I made this for dinner tonight and my family loved it! A little crispy char around the edges and so moist on the inside. The flavor is very good!

Tanya

Sunday 27th of February 2022

Thanks Mary! So glad you liked the recipe :)

Mary E Schuster

Friday 11th of February 2022

This salmon was absolutely delicious!! I was a little worried about so much soy sauce and removed the salmon from the marinade a little too early but still got the flavor. Next time I will marinate it longer. Thanks Tanya!!