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Air fryer salmon with white rice on a grey plate in front of an air fryer.

Air Fryer Salmon

A quick and easy preparation for cooking salmon fillets in the air fryer. Serve it up with a simple lemon butter sauce and your favorite sides.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Air Fryer Salmon, Air Fryer Salmon with Lemon Butter Sauce
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 411kcal
Author: Karen




  • 8 ounces salmon fillets cut into 2, 4-ounce fillets
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper

Lemon Butter Sauce

  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove crushed
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning


  • Season the salmon fillets with salt and pepper.
  • Place the fish skin side down in the air fryer basket and cook at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until the salmon flakes easily with a fork.
  • While the salmon is cooking, melt the butter in a small saucepan and add the garlic, lemon juice and Italian seasonings. Cook for one minute and remove from heat.
  • When the salmon is finished cooking, removed from the air fryer and spoon lemon garlic herb butter over the salmon.
  • Serve immediately with extra butter sauce, fresh lemons and herbs.


For more lemon flavor, add lemon slices on top of the salmon as they cook. 
I prefer to leave the skin on to keep the fish extra moist, but you can remove it prior to cooking if you wish. 
I love making a double batch of this recipe for meal prepping. If stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator this meal should last up to 3 days. Reheat at 50% power in the microwave for a short time, or enjoy cold.


Calories: 411kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 29g | Cholesterol: 120mg | Sodium: 1563mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1399IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg
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