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Frozen Salmon in Air Fryer (with Skin)

How to Cook Salmon with Skin in the Air Fryer – Use our amazingly easy and practically foolproof recipe to air fry skin-on frozen salmon to moist, flaky perfection in under 15 minutes!

Plate of salmon with coleslaw.

Why We Love This Easy Air Fryer Salmon Recipe

By now you either love your air fryer or you really love your air fryer. And it’s not hard to see why! These countertop wonder machines are great to quickly cook your favorite foods, while also keeping the oven free.

Another fabulous feature of the air fryer is its ability to “fry” frozen foods in only a matter of minutes… Including skin-on salmon! That’s right, there is no need to defrost most meats – including seafood – before air frying to golden, slightly crisp, and mouthwateringly tender perfection.

Seriously, this Frozen Salmon Air Fryer recipe is the easiest and most flavorful way to make salmon fillets, even if they come straight out of the freezer! They’re brushed with a simple and delicious honey, lemon, and spices blend, and from start to finish are ready to enjoy in less than 20 minutes. Pair them with nearly any side dish for a satisfying dinner any night of the week.

Piece of fish with bite taken out, on a plate.

Ingredients Needed

  • Salmon filets – frozen or fresh, with skin
  • Honey – preferably the real stuff
  • Olive oil – or other high heat and neutral-flavored oil
  • Lemon juice – freshly squeezed
  • Seasonings – salt, ground black pepper, garlic powder, dried or fresh dill
Two salmon fillets skin-down in an air fryer basket.

How to Cook Air Fry Salmon with Skin

Preheat the air fryer to 400°F. Allow it to run for several minutes while you prep the salmon fillets.

Set out a small bowl. Mix together the honey, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and dill. Set aside.

Steps to Cook Frozen Salmon in the Air Fryer:

  1. Place the salmon fillets in the air fryer basket close and air fry for 6 minutes.
  2. Open the air fryer and brush the glaze over the top of the salmon fillets.
  3. Then close the air fryer and fry again for 6-8 minutes.
Basting brush brushing oil honey lemon and spice blend over salmon fillets in air fryer.

Steps to Cook Defrosted or Fresh Salmon in Air Fryer:

  1. Place the fresh salmon fillets in the air fryer.
  2. Brush the glaze over the top.
  3. Close the air fryer and set the timer for 5 to 8 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fillets.
Air fried salmon fillets with spices.

Recipe Tips and Variations

  • If you prefer not to get the bottom of the air fryer basket dirty, you can place a piece of foil in the basket before adding the salmon fillets. This really helps with cleanup!
  • This recipe uses a blend of black pepper, garlic, and dill. However, you can definitely use other spices and spice blends! Try with homemade Blackened Seasoning or Adobo Seasoning, lemon pepper seasoning, or any seasoning combo you like.
  • Take care that you don’t overcook the fillets. Start with the lowest end of the cook time range, and check for doneness before adding more time. Perfectly cooked salmon will be slightly firm and flaky, with still a bit of pinkness in the center. The fish is done when it reaches an internal temperature of 145°F.
  • Don’t want to air fry? No problem! We have fantastic recipes for How to Grill Salmon and Broiled Salmon with Garlic Herb Butter.
Top view salmon on a plate with coleslaw.

What to Serve with Air Fried Salmon

Garnish salmon with a slice of lemon wedge, and serve with your favorite seafood-friendly sides.

Pair with cool and crunchy coleslaw, air fryer asparagus, or green salad. Serve on top of a Detox Salad or Caesar for a delicious, hearty, and healthy Salmon Caesar Salad!

We also love tender fillets alongside fluffy rice or cauliflower rice, quinoa salad, and lots of veggies like grilled or roasted vegetables.

Close view cooked salmon fillet on a plate with garnish of lemon slice, coleslaw side.

Frequently Asked Questions

What temperature should I set my air fryer for salmon?

Se the air fryer to 400°F for frozen or fresh salmon with skin.

How long should I leave my salmon in the air fryer?

Frozen salmon needs to cook for 12-14 minutes. Fresh salmon only cooks for about 5-8 minutes.

Do you have to flip salmon in the air fryer?

Nope! The fish is placed skin-side down in the air fryer basket and left alone until done.

How long does leftover salmon last?

Leftover air fryer salmon will keep well for up to 3 days stored in an airtight container and kept in the fridge. Previously frozen salmon should not be frozen again once cooked.

Variations

Want to mix things up? also try with…

  • Sesame oil, soy sauce, ginger, and garlic
  • Lemon, smoked paprika, cajun seasoning, and parsley
  • Italian seasoning, garlic, and crushed red pepper
Fork taking a bite of salmon.

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How to Cook Frozen Salmon in Air Fryer (with Skin)

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Air fry frozen (or fresh) salmon with skin to moist, flaky perfection in under 15 minutes with this amazingly easy and practically foolproof recipe!
Servings: 3 servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer to 400°F. Allow it to run several minutes while you prep the salmon fillets.
  • Set out a small bowl. Mix together the honey, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and dill. Set aside.
  • Frozen salmon in the air fryer: place the salmon fillets in the air fryer basket close and air fry for 6 minutes. Open the air fryer and brush the glaze over the top of the salmon fillets. Then close the air fryer and fry again for 6 to 8 minutes.
  • Fresh salmon in the air fryer: place the fresh salmon fillets in the air fryer. Brush the glaze over the top. Close the air fryer and set the timer for 5 to 8 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fillets.

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Notes

If you prefer not to get the bottom of the air fryer basket dirty, you can place a piece of foil in the basket before adding the salmon fillets.
Salmon will keep well for up to 3 days stored in an airtight container and kept in the fridge. Previously frozen salmon should not be frozen again once cooked.

Nutrition

Serving: 1pc, Calories: 250kcal, Carbohydrates: 6g, Protein: 30g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 83mg, Sodium: 842mg, Potassium: 754mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 66IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 22mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Main, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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3 comments on “Frozen Salmon in Air Fryer (with Skin)”

  1. I can’t believe how easy this is to make! Delicious!

  2. I love eating salmon and using my air fryer. This air fryer salmon recipe is amazing. Super easy to make and perfect for someone like me who is single and doesn’t need to cook a lot of food.

  3. I love how easy this is to cook with the air fryer. Comes out delicious every time!