Air Fryer Salmon with Crispy Skin

Salmon in the air fryer is fantastic because you get the most crispy skin as a result, and it’s fast. Delicious and healthy without turning on the stove.

Salmon is always best when it’s got really crispy skin and it’s flaky and juicy in the middle. The easiest way to do that is with the air fryer, believe it or not.

Crispy salmon on a marble plate with forks and a blue cloth napkin beside.

Methods For Cooking Salmon

One way I love to cook salmon is pan frying it and then finishing the cooking process in the oven. But, when I’m running out of time, or if I don’t feel like dirtying a pan or the oven, I turn to my air fryer. The tray goes right into the dishwasher, which is great because cleanup is a breeze and my kitchen doesn’t smell like fish!

I do try to eat fish when I can, and I always have some in the freezer hanging around. I cook it from frozen often. However, if I find a nice piece of sustainable, wild-caught salmon, I make sure to snag it. I always look for salmon that is a bit fattier and that doesn’t contain any dyes.

Other than a really nice piece of fish, the only real trick to salmon in the air fryer is patting it down so it’s really dry and coating it with just a touch of olive oil. A teaspoon is all you need. That’s the great thing about the air fryer, you don’t need a lot of oil.

How To Season Salmon

I like the let the flavor of the salmon shine so I often season it with just salt and pepper, but if you like to add a spice blend, go right ahead. A touch of lemon juice is delicious when it’s finished cooking, as well.

Pair your delicious Air Fryer Salmon with a side of roasted potatoes or some grilled asparagus for a fantastic dinner any day of the week.

Crispy, juicy, and flaky salmon is only 20 minutes away!


Air Fryer Salmon with Crispy Skin

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Category: Entrée
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: American


Salmon in the air fryer is fantastic because you get the most crispy skin as a result, and it’s fast. Delicious and healthy without turning on the stove.


  • 1 lb. salmon fillet
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • optional – seasonings of choice


  1. Remove the salmon from any packaging and pat it dry with a paper towel.
  2. Drizzle on the olive oil, salt, and pepper. Rub them all over the salmon.
  3. Place the salmon in the air fryer tray skin side up and slide it in the air fryer.
  4. Turn the temperature to 360°F for 15-18 minutes*.
  5. Check on the salmon half-way through the process to make sure it isn’t burning.
  6. When it’s golden brown around the edges remove and serve!


*Cook time will vary depending on thickness. The salmon I used was about 1 and 3/4 inches thick, so be sure to check on your salmon if it’s thinner.

Air Fryer Salmon with Crispy Skin

11 responses to “Air Fryer Salmon with Crispy Skin”

  1. Tere McKibbins says:

    Why does all the other recipes say “skin side down?”

  2. agha says:

    Can you cook the salmon from frozen in the air fryer?

    • Christine Pittman says:

      I have never tried doing this but I’m sure that you can. The general rule of thumb for frozen chicken is to cook it 1.5 times as long as thawed chicken. So if you wanted to try the salmon, that is where I would start. You might want to turn the air fryer down a little bit to 350°F so that the outside doesn’t get too dry before the inside cooks. Make sure you use an instant read thermometer and make sure the salmon is cooked internally to 145°F. The instant read thermometer will also be an easy way to know if the salmon has actually thawed and then cooked on the inside. If you try this, please come back and let us know how it worked!

  3. Thank you. I was looking for something simple and yummy. I’m new to air fryer cooking with the Power XL. Is any oil spray needed for the salmon? I haven’t used any at all with the 4 things that I’ve cooked so far but wanted to be sure with salmon. Thank you!!

  4. Jia Yaw Dam says:

    I tried this recipe and even tried increasing my air fryer temperature to 450 and moving the fish closer to the heating element and I still can’t get crispy skin that I can get from pan searing the salmon on a cast iron pan. b time the fish is crispy in the air fryer, I’m afraid that the insides would be over cooked already

  5. Susan says:

    I assume it’s skin up because there a where the heating elements are and to crisp the skin.  
    Could the author reply ? 

    • Christine Pittman says:

      Skin side up for this recipe, Susan. I’ll edit above to make that more clear. Thank you!

  6. Nadia says:

    I don’t think you mentioned whether you put it skin side up or down. Should I assume from the photos that it’s skin-side down?

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