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The 5 Best Air Fryer Recipes For Salmon

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Why Are Air Fryers so Popular?

Air Fryers have become an international sensation in recent years thanks to a variety of reasons, the most obvious of which is their simplicity. As countertop alternatives to traditional ovens, they’re easier to use and far easier to clean. To summarise why an Air Fryer could be your next kitchen purchase:

  1. Healthier Cooking Option: One of the primary factors contributing to the popularity of air fryers is their ability to cook food with significantly less oil compared to traditional deep frying methods. Air fryers use hot air circulation to cook food, resulting in crispy textures similar to fried foods but with a fraction of the oil. This healthier cooking option appeals to health-conscious individuals looking to reduce their calorie and fat intake.
  2. Convenience and Versatility: Air fryers offer convenience and versatility in cooking a wide range of foods. They can bake, grill, roast, and fry various ingredients, from vegetables and meats to snacks like fries and chicken wings. This versatility makes air fryers suitable for preparing a variety of dishes, making them a valuable addition to any kitchen.
  3. Time Efficiency: Air fryers are known for their quick cooking times. They preheat rapidly and cook food faster than traditional ovens, making them ideal for busy individuals or families with hectic schedules. The efficient cooking process allows users to prepare meals in less time without compromising on taste or texture.
  4. Easy Cleanup: Air fryers are generally easy to clean compared to traditional frying methods. Most air fryer baskets and trays are non-stick and dishwasher safe, simplifying the cleanup process. Additionally, since air fryers require minimal oil, there is less grease and splatter to clean up after cooking, making them a convenient option for those who prefer hassle-free cooking.
  5. Energy Efficiency: Air fryers are energy-efficient appliances that consume less energy compared to traditional ovens or deep fryers. Their compact size and rapid cooking capabilities help save both time and energy, making them an environmentally friendly choice for cooking.
  6. Adaptability to Dietary Preferences: With the growing emphasis on dietary preferences such as vegan, gluten-free, and low-carb diets, air fryers offer a versatile cooking method suitable for various dietary needs. Users can easily adapt recipes to accommodate specific dietary restrictions while still enjoying delicious and crispy foods.

Overall, the combination of healthier cooking, convenience, versatility, time efficiency, easy clean-up, and energy efficiency has contributed to the widespread popularity of air fryers among consumers looking for an efficient and enjoyable cooking experience. So with this in mind, we put together 5 of our favourite Air Fryer Salmon recipes to help you enjoy a healthy meal quicker, and with less mess to clean afterwards.

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1. Air Fryer Salmon with Crispy Potatoes

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This is a timeless classic and a comforting meal which combines flaky salmon with crispy air fried potatoes. It’s simple to make and requires little in the way of ingredients which further adds to the charm. Gather the below ingredients and equipment before you begin.

Ingredients:

  • 2 salmon fillets
  • 2 medium-sized potatoes, washed and diced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Lemon wedges (for serving)
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)

Apparatus: 

  • Glass bowl for mixing
  • Paper Towels to dry the Salmon fillets
  • Chopping Board to dice potatoes and chop the parsley

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the Salmon and Potatoes:
    • Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (200°C) for about 3-5 minutes.
    • While the air fryer is preheating, pat dry the salmon fillets with paper towels and season them with salt and pepper.
    • In a mixing bowl, combine the diced potatoes, minced garlic, olive oil, dried thyme, paprika, salt, and pepper. Toss until the potatoes are evenly coated with the seasoning.
  2. Cooking in the Air Fryer:
    • Place the seasoned potatoes in the air fryer basket in a single layer. Cook them at 400°F (200°C) for about 10-12 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through to ensure even cooking.
    • After the potatoes have cooked for about 5-6 minutes, add the seasoned salmon fillets to the air fryer basket, skin side down. Cook for an additional 8-10 minutes, depending on the thickness of the salmon fillets. The salmon should be opaque and easily flake with a fork when done.
  3. Serve:
    • Once the salmon and potatoes are cooked through, remove them from the air fryer.
    • Serve the air-fried salmon and potatoes hot, garnished with freshly chopped parsley and lemon wedges on the side for squeezing over the salmon.

Enjoy your delicious and easy-to-make Air Fryer Salmon with Potatoes!

2. Salmon Burgers

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Salmon burgers present a new and often overlooked alternative to the usual beef burger. The Salmon patties in this recipe are to die for, the subtle yet delicious flavour of flaky salmon combines with crunchy red onion and red pepper – elevated with mustard and essential seasonings. It’s akin to making tuna mayo, but a little more dressed-up. Treat yourself to something indulgent yet light and full of flavour.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb (450g) salmon fillets, skin removed and finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning (or to taste)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive oil or cooking spray
  • Burger buns and desired toppings (lettuce, tomato, avocado, etc.)

Apparatus: 

  • Large bowl for mixing patty ingredients
  • Spatula to flip the patties mid way through cooking
  • Toaster for the buns

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the Salmon Mixture:
    • In a large mixing bowl, combine the chopped salmon, breadcrumbs, red onion, red bell pepper, parsley, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, Old Bay seasoning, salt, and pepper. Mix until all ingredients are evenly incorporated.
  2. Form the Salmon Patties:
    • Divide the salmon mixture into equal portions and shape them into patties, ensuring they are compact and hold together well. You should get about 4-6 patties, depending on the size you prefer.
  3. Preheat the Air Fryer:
    • Preheat your air fryer to 375°F (190°C) for about 3-5 minutes.
  4. Cook the Salmon Patties:
    • Lightly brush the air fryer basket with olive oil or spray with cooking spray to prevent sticking.
    • Place the salmon patties in the air fryer basket, making sure there is some space between each patty for air circulation.
    • Cook the patties in the air fryer at 375°F (190°C) for 10-12 minutes, flipping them halfway through the cooking time, until they are golden brown and cooked through. The internal temperature should reach 145°F (63°C).
  5. Assemble the Burgers:
    • Once the salmon patties are cooked, remove them from the air fryer.
    • Toast the burger buns if desired.
    • Assemble the burgers by placing a salmon patty on the bottom half of each bun. Add your favorite toppings such as lettuce, tomato, avocado, or any sauce of your choice.
    • Top with the other half of the bun and serve immediately.

Enjoy your delicious and healthy Air Fryer Salmon Burgers!

3. Salmon, Leek & Potato Air Fryer Tray-Bake

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For something a little more hearty, this recipe is excellent culinary practice. Leek & Potato is a match made in heaven and is complimented by a juicy Salmon fillet for a divine fusion of flavours. And now with the prolific use of air fryers throughout the nation it’s made even easier to create. To summarise this recipe, you simply combine the ingredients and throw straight into your air fryer.

Ingredients:

  • 2 salmon fillets
  • 2 leeks, washed and sliced into rounds
  • 2 medium potatoes, washed and diced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Lemon wedges (for serving)
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)

Apparatus: 

  • Knife & chopping board
  • Paper towel to dry salmon fillets
  • Large bowl for mixing ingredients
  • Aluminium foil to line air fryer

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the Ingredients:
    • Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (200°C) for about 3-5 minutes.
    • Pat dry the salmon fillets with paper towels and season them with salt and pepper.
    • In a mixing bowl, combine the sliced leeks, diced potatoes, minced garlic, olive oil, dried thyme, paprika, salt, and pepper. Toss until the vegetables are evenly coated with the seasoning.
  2. Assemble the Traybake:
    • Line the air fryer basket with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
    • Spread the seasoned leeks and potatoes evenly in the lined air fryer basket.
    • Place the seasoned salmon fillets on top of the leeks and potatoes.
  3. Cooking in the Air Fryer:
    • Cook the traybake in the air fryer at 400°F (200°C) for 12-15 minutes or until the salmon is cooked through and the potatoes are tender. You may need to shake the basket halfway through the cooking time to ensure even cooking.
  4. Serve:
    • Once the traybake is cooked, carefully remove it from the air fryer.
    • Serve the salmon, leek, and potato traybake hot, garnished with freshly chopped parsley and lemon wedges on the side for squeezing over the salmon.

Enjoy your delicious and easy-to-make Salmon, Leek, and Potato Traybake cooked in the air fryer!

4. Teriyaki Salmon with Pak Choi

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Teriyaki describes the method in which foods are broiled or grilled with a glaze consisting of soy sauce, mirin (Japanese Rice Wine) & sugar. It’s a simple yet powerful combination which results in a sauce that’s apparently greater than the sum of it’s parts. Popular in Japanese cuisine, it’s a perfect accompaniment to various meat dishes and takes salmon to whole new heights.

Ingredients:

  • 2 salmon fillets
  • 2 heads of pak choi
  • 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • Sesame seeds, for garnish
  • Sliced green onions, for garnish

Apparatus:

  • Paper Towel to dry Salmon fillets
  • Knife & chopping board for prep
  • Small mixing bowl to combine ingredients

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the Salmon and Pak Choi:
    • Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (200°C) for about 3-5 minutes. (This improves crispiness)
    • Pat dry the salmon fillets with paper towels and set them aside.
    • Trim the ends of the pak choi and slice them in half lengthwise.
  2. Make the Teriyaki Sauce:
    • In a small bowl, whisk together the teriyaki sauce, soy sauce, honey, rice vinegar, sesame oil, minced garlic, and grated ginger until well combined.
  3. Marinate the Salmon:
    • Place the salmon fillets in a shallow dish or resealable plastic bag.
    • Pour half of the teriyaki sauce mixture over the salmon fillets, ensuring they are well coated. Reserve the remaining sauce for later.
  4. Marinate the Pak Choi:
    • Place the halved pak choi in a separate dish or bag.
    • Drizzle the remaining teriyaki sauce mixture over the pak choi, making sure it is evenly coated.
  5. Cooking in the Air Fryer:
    • Place the marinated salmon fillets in the air fryer basket, skin side down, and arrange the pak choi around them.
    • Cook at 400°F (200°C) for 8-10 minutes, or until the salmon is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork, and the pak choi is tender-crisp. If necessary, you can flip the pak choi halfway through the cooking time for even browning.
  6. Serve:
    • Once cooked, remove the salmon and pak choi from the air fryer.
    • Serve the teriyaki salmon with the pak choi on the side, garnished with sesame seeds and sliced green onions.
    • Optionally, drizzle any remaining teriyaki sauce over the salmon before serving.

Enjoy your delicious Teriyaki Salmon with Pak Choi cooked to perfection in the air fryer!

5. Air Fryer Salmon with Tender Stem Broccoli & Quinoa

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This highly-nutritional yet filling Salmon Air-Fryer recipe is a must in anyone’s kitchen arsenal. It’s simple, delicious and can be made in quick time. In today’s busy and stressful lifestyle, convenience and nutrition are hard to come by unless you’re using “meal replacements” – but they’re expensive and lack the satisfaction of sitting down to eat a real meal with a variety of flavours that add to the experience. Though not strictly an air fryer recipe since the quinoa will be prepared separately, we figure that’s easy enough and can be done whilst the stars of the dish are cooking.

Ingredients:

  • 2 salmon fillets
  • 1 bunch tenderstem broccoli
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: Red pepper flakes or chili flakes for added heat
  • Lemon wedges, for serving

For the Quinoa, cooked separately: 

  • 250g Quinoa
  • 400ml water

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the Ingredients:
    • Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (200°C) for about 3-5 minutes.
    • Combine quinoa and water in a pot & bring to the boil, then simmer for 15 minutes
    • Pat dry the salmon fillets with paper towels and set them aside.
    • Trim any tough ends from the tenderstem broccoli and rinse them under cold water. Pat dry with paper towels.
  2. Seasoning:
    • In a small bowl, mix together the olive oil, minced garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and optional red pepper flakes.
  3. Marinate the Salmon and Broccoli:
    • Place the salmon fillets and tenderstem broccoli in a shallow dish or resealable plastic bag.
    • Pour the marinade over the salmon and broccoli, ensuring they are evenly coated. Allow them to marinate for about 10-15 minutes, if time allows.
  4. Cooking in the Air Fryer:
    • Once the air fryer is preheated, remove the salmon and broccoli from the marinade and place them in the air fryer basket. You can brush any excess marinade onto the salmon and broccoli for added flavor.
    • Arrange the salmon fillets and broccoli in a single layer, leaving some space between each piece for even cooking.
    • Cook at 400°F (200°C) for 8-10 minutes, or until the salmon is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork, and the broccoli is tender-crisp. If necessary, you can shake the basket halfway through the cooking time for even browning.
  5. Serve:
    • Fluff the quinoa with a fork and scoop onto your plate
    • Once cooked, carefully remove the salmon and tender stem broccoli from the air fryer.
    • Serve hot, garnished with lemon wedges on the side for squeezing over the salmon.

Enjoy your flavourful and nutritious Air Fryer Salmon and Tender stem Broccoli!

 

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