Frozen Salmon in Air Fryer

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Looking to make fish for dinner but only have frozen options? Frozen salmon in the air fryer turns out really nicely!

With nothing but a few frozen fillets and a simple oil, mustard, and seasoning mixture, this salmon serves perfectly with sides like potatoes and rice or veggies like asparagus!

cooked salmon fillets on white plate with lemons and parsley behind
Frozen salmon in the air fryer is quite good!

Recipe Tips

Before you go make air fryer frozen salmon fillets, be sure to read through these recipe tips so that you achieve the best results!

  • You don’t need to defrost the frozen salmon fillets first. You can cook them in the preheated air fryer right from frozen.
  • Feel free vary the mixture you season the salmon fillets with. We really like adding a little bit of mustard for some extra moisture but that’s something you can leave out if you’re not a fan!
  • Make sure you know whether you are cooking farmed salmon or wild salmon. Wild salmon (which is what we used) is often done cooking slightly quicker than farmed salmon since it typically contains a little less fat.
  • The thickness of the frozen salmon fillets will also impact cooking time. The thicker the fillet, the longer the potential cooking time to get the salmon flakey on the inside!

We use this air fryer for our recipes and it has been great.

Step by Step Instructions

For the detailed steps on how to cook frozen salmon in the air fryer and some visuals, stay in this section.

This way you can see just how we make our air-fried frozen salmon.

If you don’t like process photos, you can scroll down to the detailed recipe card at the bottom of this post!

mixture of mustard and spices in blue bowl with spoon on white counter
Mix oil, lemon juice, spices, and mustard together.

First, preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a small bowl, mix the oil, mustard, lemon juice, salt, fine herbs (or Italian seasoning), garlic powder, and black pepper together.

frozen salmon fillets in clear glass dish with marinade on top
Brush the mixture onto the frozen salmon fillets.

Place the frozen salmon fillets onto a plate or baking dish. Drizzle the oil-mustard-seasoning mixture on top.

Then gently brush it on or use your clean hands to distribute it evenly. Cover either both sides if there is no skin or just one side if there is skin on your salmon.

uncooked salmon fillets covered in spices laying in black air fryer tray
Place the salmon fillets into the preheated air fryer.

When the air fryer is hot, add the frozen salmon fillets into the air fryer basket. The fillets shouldn’t be touching or overlapping to ensure even cooking.

cooked salmon fillets in black air fryer tray on counter top
Cook the salmon fillets until tender.

Air fry the frozen salmon fillets at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 13-17 minutes until fully cooked through. The fish should easily flake apart when tested with a fork!

If the fillets are thin, you likely don’t need to flip them. If the fish is thicker, you can flip them halfway through the cooking time.

Every air fryer cooks slightly differently, so your exact cooking time can vary. Make sure it is fully cooked, but don’t overcook the fish since that can make it quite dry.

cooked salmon fillets on white plate with lemons beside
Air fryer frozen salmon filets – ready for dinner!

Once the salmon is cooked, remove it from the air fryer and serve.

It goes well with sides like air roasted fingerling potatoes, air fryer garlic parmesan fries, brussels sprouts, and even bacon-wrapped asparagus! Enjoy!

Storage Tips

If you have leftovers, you can store them in a sealed container in the fridge. It’ll last for 3-4 days but since it’s fish, we recommend eating them sooner rather than later!

To reheat the cooked salmon fillets, you can choose the air fryer – just be sure to keep an eye on them so they do not dry out too much!

Related Recipes

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cooked salmon fillets on white plate with lemons beside

Air Fryer Frozen Salmon

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Air Fryer Frozen Salmon is a great way to enjoy this tasty fish when you only have frozen fillets! Made with just a few common seasonings, this salmon goes well with sides like potatoes!

Ingredients

  • 2 salmon fillets, frozen
  • 1 teaspoon avocado oil
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (more to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine herbs or Italian seasoning
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the oil, mustard, lemon juice, salt, fine herbs (or Italian seasoning), garlic powder, and black pepper together.
  3. Place the frozen salmon fillets onto a plate or baking dish. Drizzle the oil-mustard-seasoning mixture on top. Then gently brush it on or use your clean hands to distribute it evenly. Cover either both sides if there is no skin or just one side if there is skin on your salmon.
  4. When the air fryer is hot, add the frozen salmon fillets into the air fryer basket. The fillets shouldn't be touching or overlapping to ensure even cooking.
  5. Air fry the frozen salmon fillets at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 13-17 minutes until fully cooked through. The fish should easily flake apart when tested with a fork! If the fillets are thin, you likely don't need to flip them. If the fish is thicker, you can flip them halfway through the cooking time. Every air fryer cooks slightly differently, so your exact cooking time can vary. Make sure it is fully cooked, but don't overcook the fish since that can make it quite dry.
  6. Once the salmon is cooked, remove it from the air fryer and serve. Enjoy!

Notes

  • You don't need to thaw the frozen salmon fillets first. You can cook them right from frozen.
  • Depending on the size of your salmon fillets you might need slightly more of the oil-seasoning mixture.
  • We used wild salmon for this recipe. If you use farmed salmon, expect the cooking time to be a few minutes longer! Also, if your salmon fillets are quite thick, the cooking time will likely be slightly longer as well.
    • Nutrition Information:
      Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
      Amount Per Serving: Calories: 491Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 143mgSodium: 471mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 50g

      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. The exact values can vary depending on the specific ingredients used.

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