It’s Seafood Supper Club time. And in celebration of National Pescatarian Month, we have a step-by-step Air Fryer salmon recipe! The Air Fryer has become a favorite kitchen gadget for quick and easy seafood dishes with a crunchy coating like calamari and coconut shrimp. But you can also use the air fryer to cook seafood that you traditionally broil, bake or sauté—like salmon filets. This recipe calls for just a few inexpensive pantry ingredients—a drizzle of olive oil, lemons, sweet paprika, salt and pepper. Salmon is a pescatarian favorite because it’s readily available, versatile and rich in protein, B vitamins, potassium, vitamin D and omega-3s.
Air frying creates a crispy exterior with lemony, tender fish that cuts with a fork. Did we mention this is a 15-minute recipe? We loved this salmon paired with orzo or a leafy green for dinner; or make it the crowning glory of your favorite Caesar salad to get an omega-3 fatty acid boost at lunchtime.
Anyone with an Air Fryer can master this recipe. Really, it’s almost as easy as pressing a button. Cook along with us!
Easy Air Fryer Salmon
Makes 4 servings
- 1½ pounds (or 4 fillets) salmon
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1½ lemons (cut the whole lemon into slices, cut the half lemon in two)
- ½ teaspoon sweet paprika
- Kosher salt and pepper, to taste
- Remove salmon from the refrigerator and let come to room temperature for 15 minutes.
- Spray air fryer pan with nonstick spray or rub the pan with olive oil. Place salmon in air fryer pan. Drizzle salmon with olive oil and juice from the two half-lemon pieces; sprinkle with the paprika, salt and pepper (to taste). Place lemon slices on top of salmon.
- Set air fryer to 400°F and set timer to 12 minutes (or to 7 minutes if cooking just one 1½-inch fillet). When timer alarm goes off, check to see if salmon is cooked through (salmon’s internal temperature should be at least 145°F and the fish should flake easily).
- If additional cooking time is needed, keep air fryer at 400°F and continue cooking for 1-2 minutes (do not overcook).