Air Fryer Salmon

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This air fryer salmon is ready to serve in just 10 minutes! It is soft and flaky and comes out perfect every time!

Air fryer salmon garnished with lemon

Salmon is so nutritious and can be introduced as soon as your little one is ready for solids, at around 6 months of age. I love air frying it for a quick meal option that is tender and soft to eat!

Benefits Of Salmon For Babies

  • High in iron and vitamins.
  • Rich in omega-3 fatty acids which are critical for baby’s brain development.
  • Great source of protein.
  • Flaky, soft texture makes it easy for baby to eat.

What You’ll Need

Here is what you’ll need to make this air fryer salmon:

Ingredients to make air fryer salmon. See recipe card for detailed ingredient quantities.
  • Salmon: I used a boneless filet. Always press down on the salmon to check for bones, even on filets labeled boneless!
  • Oil: To coat the salmon before adding the seasonings.
  • Paprika
  • Garlic Powder
  • Black Pepper

Step By Step Instructions

  1. Coat the salmon in oil, garlic powder, paprika, and black pepper.
  2. Place the salmon in the air fryer basket. If your salmon has skin, place the salmon skin side down.
  3. Cook the salmon at 390 degrees F for 7-8 minutes. 
  4. Check the salmon for doneness with a fork. Add another 1-2 minutes depending on the thickness of your salmon filet.
Steps to make air fryer salmon. Specifics provided in recipe card.

Ingredient Substitutions

  • Oil: I used olive oil in this recipe, but you may also use coconut oil or avocado oil.
  • Seasonings: Paprika, black pepper, and garlic are my favorite combination of seasonings for my baby. Feel free to add any other seasonings to taste!
Air fryer salmon served with asparagus and roasted corn

Recipe Notes

  • Make sure not to overcrowd the air fryer basket. I usually place no more than 2 fillets in the basket at a time, but this may vary depending on the size of your air fryer basket. I love the size and functionality of this ninja air fryer!
  • For my baby, I season filet portions without salt and love to use a Cajun seasoning blend for everyone else. 
  • Beware of potential bones in salmon! Always run your fingers through the fish and pick out any bones. I always buy boneless filets, but still run my fingers through it to ensure that there are no bones.
Air fryer salmon garnished with lemon slices

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Air fryer salmon served with asparagus and roasted corn
5 from 3 votes

Air Fryer Salmon

This air fryer salmon is ready to serve in just 10 minutes! It is soft and flaky and comes out perfect every time!
Prep: 2 minutes
Cook: 8 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 servings

Ingredients 

  • 3 salmon filets
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 ½ tsp ground paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt

Instructions 

  • Mix together the paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, and salt until combined to form the seasoning blend.
  • Coat the salmon in oil and season with the seasoning blend.
  • Place the salmon in the air fryer basket. If your salmon has skin, place the salmon skin side down.
  • Cook the salmon at 390 degrees F for 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Check the salmon for doneness with a fork. Add another 1-2 minutes depending on the thickness of your salmon filet.

Notes

  • Make sure not to overcrowd the air fryer basket. I usually place no more than 2 fillets in the basket at a time, but this may vary depending on the size of your air fryer basket. I love the size and functionality of this ninja air fryer!
  • For my baby, I season filet portions without salt and love to use a Cajun seasoning blend for everyone else. 
  • Beware of potential bones in salmon! Always run your fingers through the fish and pick out any bones. I always buy boneless filets, but still run my fingers through it to ensure that there are no bones.

Nutrition

Calories: 309.88kcal, Carbohydrates: 1.49g, Protein: 34.04g, Fat: 17.81g, Saturated Fat: 2.64g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 5.06g, Monounsaturated Fat: 8.69g, Cholesterol: 93.5mg, Sodium: 75.99mg, Potassium: 860.21mg, Fiber: 0.29g, Sugar: 0.09g, Vitamin A: 109.31IU, Vitamin C: 1.59mg, Calcium: 23.95mg, Iron: 1.54mg
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Until next time, Lily!

About Lily Payen

Hi, I’m Lily! The mama behind Feeding Tiny Bellies. I’m here to help you take some of the stress out of meal times for your little ones. My goal is to create simple recipes with baby in mind that can easily be adapted for the entire family.

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  1. 5 stars
    Made this tonight for the entire family! Not my first time and definitely won’t be my last. My 12 month old daughter is obsessed. Plus it was super easy to whip up quickly. I’ve been following you for awhile on Instagram. Every recipe we’ve tried has been a hit! Super excited for the website too. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much for your sweet words, Rebecca! I’m so happy that your little one has been liking the recipes you’ve tried and am so happy to have you here!😊