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Marinated Air Fryer Salmon

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This Marinated Air Fryer Salmon recipe is a delicious and easy quick air fryer meal. The Air Fryer cooks this salmon dish perfect each and every time.

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If I could give you one more reason to love your Air Fryer, than 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

  1. It’s fast. Salmon in your Air Fryer takes 12 minutes of cook time for a perfectly cooked and flaky fish.
  2. It’s so hands off. I just place my fish in the marinade for about 20-30 minutes and then straight in my Air Fryer. No flipping required!
  3. Because it’s perfectly cooked each and every time. Perfectly cooked salmon will differ from person to person. Some people like their salmon a wee bit undercooked while others like it well done. I found that a 12 minute cook time was perfect . Regardless, the thickest part of your salmon fillet should reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit. You can find how to check if salmon is done here.

How to make Marinated Salmon in your Air Fryer

First, cut your salmon into 4 pieces. Some salmon fillets already come precut. That would work too. Whatever works best. Set aside.

raw salmon on a cutting board

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

salmon marinade in bowl

Pour marinade over salmon. I use plastic storage bags for marinating so I can gently swish the marinade over all the fish to make sure each piece gets fully covered. Place fish in the refrigerator and marinade for 20-30 minutes.

salmon marinating in plastic bag

Remove fish from refrigerator. Prepare Air Fryer basket by either spraying the basket with oil or using an air fryer parchment paper liner. These things are like my best friend when it comes to Air Frying. They make clean up a breeze.
parchment liner with holes in it

Cook salmon in your Air Fryer on 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 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

Before cooking…

Once done, remove and plate.

cooked air fryer salmon in air fryer basket

Enjoy 🙂

Notes on Air Fryer Salmon

  • This does not produce a crispy skin if you are using the parchment liner. I use it to avoid the salmon skins sticking to the grate. Although the skin does not crisp up, the fish separates from the skin when eating.
  • 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 internal temperature should reach 145 degrees Fahrenheit.

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or serve this Salmon with this Kale Rice or these Air Fried Baked Sweet Potatoes with Hot Honey Butter.

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Marinated Air Fryer Salmon

This Marinated Air Fryer Salmon is quick, easy, and full of flavor. Make perfectly cooked salmon each and every time. 
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer salmon
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Marinate 20 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 281kcal
Author Tanya


  • 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


  • 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 12 minutes on 400 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  • Remove from Air Fryer and top with chopped green onions. Enjoy 🙂



Notes for Air fryer Salmon

  • I use skin on salmon. The fish flakes away from the skin after it's cooked.
  • Desired doneness will depend on your preference. 10 - 12 minutes is a guideline. Your fish is done when the thickest part flakes easily. The salmon should be cooked to an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit.

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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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Recipe Rating


Thursday 20th of May 2021

Great video. What air fryer make/model is this?


Friday 21st of May 2021

It's the Bella Pro 5.3qt. I'm not sure if they still make them anymore but I loved this air fryer before I gifted it away.


Monday 22nd of March 2021

Can you use salmon without skin?


Monday 22nd of March 2021

Yes you can :)


Tuesday 29th of December 2020

This looks delish! Can you use frozen salmon fillets?


Wednesday 30th of December 2020

You can...but I would defrost first just so that marinate can soak up a little.

Linda G.

Tuesday 1st of December 2020

I am receiving my new Ninja air fryer in a few days. I am eager to try this recipe! Thank you for offering it, Tanya.


Friday 28th of August 2020

I made this recipe today & I forgot to take a picture of it; I must say , the raving about this recipe is all true. Amazingly delicious & am not a salmon lover but this recipe will definitely have me eating more fish . Thank you so much


Monday 31st of August 2020

You're so welcome Emerald. Salmon is my all time favorite fish :)