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Air Fryer Honey Mustard Salmon

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Cook Time8 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Cooking Temperature370 degrees Fahrenheit

The exact cook time can vary. Read below for our tips!

For a salmon recipe that is one part sweet, one part tangy, and a whole lot of delicious, air fryer honey mustard salmon is the way to go.

Made with fresh salmon fillets and a very simple marinade, this salmon is cooked to flaky perfection on the inside and a nice glaze on the outside!

Serve this salmon with a nice green side salad, a potato dish, rice, or quinoa, and/or some roasted vegetables for a well-balanced plate!

silver fork flaking fillet of salmon on white plate with salad behind.
Air fryer honey mustard salmon – flaky and flavorful.

Ingredients

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The ingredients needed to make this salmon!

Here are the ingredients you will need to make this honey mustard salmon recipe:

  • Salmon fillets – Use fresh, evenly sized salmon fillets.
  • Olive oil – To coat the salmon and keep it moist while cooking. You can also use avocado oil, canola oil, or sunflower oil if you prefer.
  • Honey – To add sweetness and caramelize the salmon fillets.
  • Dijon mustard – Adds tanginess and depth to the marinade.
  • Paprika – Adds a hint of smokiness and color. We use sweet paprika, but you could use hot paprika if you prefer.
  • Pepper – Adds a hint of spice.
  • Granulated garlic – Or garlic powder; for a slight garlic glavor.
  • Salt – To enhance and balance the overall flavor.

Recipe Tips

  • Choose similar-sized fresh salmon fillets for even cooking. Wild salmon typically cooks slightly faster than farmed salmon due to its lower fat content.
  • You can make this recipe with frozen fillets, but the cooking time will be slightly longer.
  • Adjust the marinade to your taste. Depending on your preference, you can add a little more honey for sweetness or more Dijon mustard for tanginess. You can also add a little bit of lemon juice if you like.
  • Marinating the salmon fillets for a few minutes before cooking makes them more flavorful.
  • Avoid overcooking the salmon since this can dry it out. You should aim for an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the FDA
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Step by Step Instructions

In this section of the post, we will show you step-by-step how to make this air fryer honey mustard salmon.

We have added all the recipe process photos so that you can visually follow along as you make it at home.

You can also find the recipe card with all the important information at the end of the post.

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Make the marinade.

First, whisk together the olive oil, mustard, honey, paprika, black pepper, granulated garlic, and salt in a bowl.

two fillets of salmon glazed in marinade on white plate.
Brush the salmon fillets with the marinade.

Set aside a little bit of the marinade for later. Use a silicone brush to coat both sides of the salmon fillets with the rest of the marinade.

If you have time, you can cover the salmon with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 15-30 minutes to let the flavors soak in.

two marinated pieces of salmon in round black air fryer tray.
Place the salmon fillets in the air fryer.

Next, preheat the air fryer to 370 degrees Fahrenheit for about 5 minutes or until it indicates that it is preheated.

Place the salmon fillets in the air fryer basket, leaving some space between them.

honey mustard salmon fillets in round black air fryer basket.
Brush with more marinade.

Air fry them at 370 degrees Fahrenheit for about 5 minutes. Then brush with some more marinade.

cooked pieces of honey mustard salmon in round black air fryer basket.
The salmon should be cooked through and have a crispy glaze.

Cook for another 3 minutes or until cooked through and flaky.

The exact cooking time can vary depending on the size, thickness, and type of the salmon fillets, your air fryer, and personal preference.

two pieces of honey mustard salmon on plate with salad beside and fork flaking some salmon off.
Enjoy this flaky honey mustard salmon.

Serve the air fryer honey mustard salmon hot, with a green salad and some extra marinade if there is any left.

It also tastes great with roasted vegetables and/or oven-roasted potatoes, rice, or quinoa. Enjoy!

Storage Tips

If you have leftovers, allow them to cool, then store them wrapped in foil or a container in the fridge. According to the US Department of Agriculture, it will keep for 3-4 days.

If you want to reheat the salmon, you can do so in the air fryer at a low temperature like 280 degrees Fahrenheit. Just be careful not to leave the salmon in for too long and overcook it as this could make it dry.

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two fillets of honey mustard salmon on white plate with salad beside.

Air Fryer Honey Mustard Salmon

Air Fryer Honey Mustard Salmon is sweet, tangy, and delicious. This salmon comes out perfectly flaky on the inside and with a simple, caramelized glaze on the outside!
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Prep Time: 7 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2

Ingredients

  • 2 to 3 salmon fillets
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/3 teaspoon paprika powder
  • 1/3 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/3 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, more to taste

Instructions

  • Whisk together the olive oil, mustard, honey, salt, and spices in a bowl.
    1 tablespoon honey, 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1/3 teaspoon paprika powder, 1/3 teaspoon black pepper, 1/3 teaspoon granulated garlic, 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Set aside a little bit of the marinade for later. Use a silicone brush to coat both sides of the salmon fillets with the rest of the marinade. If you have time, you can cover the salmon with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 15-30 minutes to let the flavors soak in.
    2 to 3 salmon fillets
  • Preheat the air fryer to 370 degrees Fahrenheit for about 5 minutes or until it indicates that it is preheated.
  • Place the salmon fillets in the air fryer basket, leaving some space between them.
  • Air fry them at 370 degrees Fahrenheit for about 5 minutes. Then brush with the remaining marinade and cook for another 3 minutes or until cooked through and flaky. The exact cooking time can vary depending on the size, thickness, and type of the salmon fillets, your air fryer, and personal preference.
  • Serve the air fryer honey mustard salmon hot, with a green salad and some extra marinade if there is any left.

Notes

  • Choose similar-sized fresh salmon fillets for even cooking. Wild salmon typically cooks slightly faster than farmed salmon due to its lower fat content.
  • You can make this recipe with frozen fillets, but the cooking time will be slightly longer.
  • Adjust the marinate to your taste; more honey for sweetness or more Dijon mustard for tanginess. You can also add a little bit of lemon juice if you like.
  • Marinating the salmon fillets for a few minutes before cooking makes them more flavorful.
  • Avoid overcooking the salmon since that can dry it out. You should aim for an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the FDA. 

Nutrition

Calories: 343kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 449mg | Potassium: 868mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 239IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 2mg

This nutritional information has been estimated by an online nutrition calculator. It should only be seen as a rough calculation and not a replacement for professional dietary advice.

Course Dinner
Cuisine American
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Yuliia is a photographer based in the UK. Having a large family, she was excited to discover the air fryer two years ago. It has been her indispensable assistant ever since! She loves experimenting with air fryer recipes and cooking something new for her family.

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