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Air Fryer Salmon Fillets

salmon filllets on a plate

Perfect Air Fryer Salmon Fillets


Air frying salmon fillets is a fantastic method for achieving perfectly cooked, tender fish with a delightfully crisp exterior. This recipe ensures a flavorful meal that is both quick and easy to prepare, making it ideal for a nutritious weeknight dinner.



Ingredients


For delicious air fryer salmon fillets, you'll need:

  • 4 salmon fillets (about 6 ounces each, skin on or off)

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 lemon, zest and juice

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon dried dill

  • Salt and black pepper, to taste

  • Lemon slices, for serving

  • Fresh dill, for garnish


Equipment

  • Air Fryer

  • Brush

  • Small mixing bowl



Preparation


1. Prepping the Salmon

  • Begin by patting the salmon fillets dry with paper towels. This is important as it helps the seasoning stick to the salmon and also prevents steaming during the cooking process.

preparing salmon fillets for the air fryer

2. Marinating

  • In a small mixing bowl, combine olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, minced garlic, dried dill, salt, and black pepper to create a marinade.

  • Brush the marinade evenly over both sides of the salmon fillets, then let them sit for about 10-15 minutes to absorb the flavors.



Cooking


3. Air Frying

  • Preheat the air fryer to 400°F (200°C) for about 3 minutes.

  • Place the salmon fillets in the air fryer basket, skin side down if they have skin. Ensure they are not touching to allow for even air circulation.

  • Cook for 7-10 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fillets, or until the salmon is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork.



Serving Suggestions


4. Presentation

  • Serve the salmon hot, garnished with fresh dill and accompanied by lemon slices for an extra splash of citrus when desired.

  • As a side, consider light and simple options such as a fresh salad, steamed asparagus, or fluffy quinoa.



Tips for Perfect Air Fryer Salmon

  • Do not overcook: Salmon cooks quickly, especially in an air fryer. Keep an eye on it to ensure it stays moist and tender.

  • Preheat your air fryer: This helps to start the cooking process immediately and achieves a crispy texture on the outside of the salmon.

  • Skin-on or skin-off: Cooking the salmon with the skin on can help keep the fillet together and adds flavor, but it’s perfectly fine to use skinless fillets if preferred.


This air fryer salmon fillet recipe is an excellent way to enjoy a meal that is both heart-healthy and flavorful, with a preparation time that makes it feasible for any day of the week.

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