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Air Fryer Salmon Recipe

Tender, flaky air fried salmon with crispy skin and covered in caramelized Asian-style glaze.
Course Appetizer, Dinner, lunch
Cuisine American, Asian
Keyword air fryer salmon
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 376kcal
Author Victor


  • 1 lb salmon fillets (skin-on, about 1 1/4" thick)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • White or black pepper (to taste)
  • Olive oil (for brushing)
  • Fresh herbs and lemon wedges for garnish

For the salmon glaze

  • 1/2 Tbsp dark soy sauce (see notes)
  • 1 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 Tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1/2 Tbsp Shaoxing rice wine (or sherry)
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp honey (or white sugar)
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt (or sea salt)


  • Place all of the ingredients for the glaze in a small bowl and mix well. 
  • Pat salmon fillets dry with paper towels. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Lightly brush the skin side with olive oil.
  • Brush salmon with the glaze, except the skin side.
  • Lightly brush the air fryer rack with a little bit of oil. Place salmon fillets on top, skin side down, and leaving some space between pieces.
  • Cook at 400F, without pre-heating, for 10-12 minutes, without flipping, or until the salmon is nicely browned and registers 145F internal temperature in the thickest part. 
  • Once the fish is done, remove from the air fryer and serve hot garnished with fresh herbs and drizzled with lemon juice, as an appetizer or as a main dish with your favorite side dish. If serving as an appetizer, slice into smaller bite-size pieces before serving.


Thinner salmon pieces will required less cooking. For example, 3/8" thick pieces will require 4-5 minutes of cooking, 1/2" thick pieces - 5-6 minutes, and 3/4" to 1" pieces will take about 7-9 minutes. Conversely, much thicker pieces, 1 1/2" and above, will take longer to cook, 14-16 or more minutes.
Dark soy sauce is darker and has more body than regular soy sauce. It also adds rich color and bold flavor.


Calories: 376kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 45g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 124mg | Sodium: 1152mg | Potassium: 1111mg | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 90IU | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 2mg