This recipe is an easy way to enjoy air fryer frozen salmon. And it's actually two recipes. Both are packed with flavor and cooked to perfection. With two different sauce options, you'll be sure to find a favorite. Enjoy juicy, tender salmon that will have your taste buds singing.
Why You'll Love this Air Fryer Frozen Salmon
This air fryer frozen salmon recipe is an absolute dream for busy families who still want to eat healthy meals. The air fryer helps to lock in the moisture of the fish while still getting a crispy texture on the outside. Plus, you don't need to add any extra fat or oil as the air fryer does all the work.
Frozen salmon makes this even easier. You don't even need to thaw it. All you need to do is mix the simple sauce, place the salmon in the basket, set your timer, and wait for it to be ready. And there's little mess to clean up afterward. This is one of those recipes that you'll come back to again and again when you're pressed for time but still want a healthy dinner option.
Is this Recipe Healthy?
Yes, salmon is a healthy choice for many reasons. It is an excellent source of protein and contains high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids. These fats have been linked to improved heart health, lower levels of inflammation in the body, and may help reduce risk factors associated with certain chronic diseases like diabetes and cancer.
Salmon also provides important vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin D, B vitamins, and selenium. Eating salmon often can help you get your recommended daily intake of these important nutrients. It also contains several antioxidants that can help protect against cellular damage caused by free radicals. All together, these benefits make salmon a great addition to any healthy diet.
How to Make Air Fryer Frozen Salmon
Prep the flavoring of your choice:
- Lime herbed sauce: In a small bowl, add 1 clove of garlic (crushed), the zest and juice of one lime, dill, salt, and olive oil. Mix well.
- Honey and mustard sauce: In a small bowl, mix the honey, grainy Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper.
Air fry the salmon:
- Spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray or brush with olive oil to prevent the salmon from sticking.
- Place the salmon fillets in the basket skin up, leaving enough space for the air to circulate. Brush them with your sauce of choice.
- Cook at 395 degrees F for 20 minutes. Depending on how big or thick your salmon fillets are, you might need to cook a little longer. Start with 20 minutes and check the interior of the salmon. Continue cooking and checking in 3 minute increments until the salmon is cooked through.
Tips for Cooking Frozen Salmon in the Air Fryer
Cooking frozen salmon in an air fryer is a great way to get a delicious, healthy meal with minimal effort. Follow these tips to ensure the best results:
- Preheat the air fryer for about 3 minutes. This will help the salmon cook evenly so you get a great result.
- Grease the air fryer basket before adding the salmon. This will keep the salmon from sticking to the basket. If you make more than one batch, grease between each new batch.
- Place the frozen salmon fillets in a single layer. Spread out the fillets so that they don't touch and the hot air can circulate around each fillet. Overcrowding can lead to uneven results.
More Salmon Recipes
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- Smoked Salmon and Kale Frittata
- Salmon Walnut Quinoa Bowls
- Bourbon Glazed Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon
Air Fryer Frozen Salmon FAQs
The internal temperature of salmon should be 145 degrees F (63 degrees C) when measured with an instant-read thermometer in the thickest part of the fillet. It is safe to eat as soon as it reaches this temperature, but for optimal flavor and texture, let it rest a few minutes after cooking to allow the heat to distribute throughout the fish.
A convection oven can be used as an alternative to an air fryer. Air fryers are just small counter top convection ovens. You can also use a conventional oven in place of an air fryer, but you may need to adjust the temperature and baking time. Your salmon may not have the same crispy texture or finish as it would if cooked in an air fryer since conventional ovens do not circulate hot air like air fryers.
You can store leftover cooked salmon in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Air fryer frozen salmon is an easy, healthy meal that is quick to prepare with minimal effort. You can choose between the two sauces in this recipe to suit your taste. Or try both sauces because they are so easy to make.Print
Air fryer frozen salmon
Learn how to make frozen salmon in the air fryer without needing to thaw it. In this recipe, I share two different flavorings to cook it in the air fryer. Super tender, juicy, perfectly cooked and so good!
- Prep Time: 6 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 21 minutes
- Yield: 2-4 servings 1x
- Category: Fish/ air fryer recipes
- Cuisine: International
4 salmon fillets
Lime herbed sauce:
1 garlic clove
dried or fresh dill
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
Honey and mustard sauce:
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons grain dijon mustard
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
Prep the flavoring of your choice:
Lime herbed sauce: In a small bowl add 1 clove of garlic (crushed) the zest of one lime, the juice of the lime, the dill, salt, and olive oil. Mix well.
Honey and mustard sauce: In a small bowl mix the honey, grainy dijon mustard, salt and pepper.
2. Paint the basket of the air fryer with olive oil to prevent the salmon from sticking.
3. Place the salmon fillets (skin up) leaving enough space for the air to circulate. Paint them with your sauce of choice.
4. Cook at 395 for 20 minutes.
Depending on how big/thick your salmon fillets are you might need to adjust the timing to a bit less or more. My advice is to start with 20 minutes and check the interior and increment 3 minutes more if it’s not all cooked.
Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days in a sealed container.