How to Cook Salmon in Air Fryer

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Learn how to cook salmon in an air fryer for an easy dinner recipe. Pair it with healthy fresh green beans and a sprinkle of seasoning for a one-pot recipe with easy clean-up.

Two salmon filets are surrounded by fresh green beans in an air fryer basket.

Busy nights require fast meals but they can still be totally healthy!

When you need to get dinner on the table fast but don't want to feel guilty about what's going on the plate, this delicious seasoned salmon cooked in an air fryer is the perfect fix.

Fresh salmon fillets are brushed with a bit of butter and seasoned to perfection. Toss in some fresh green beans and let them all air fry together for a one pot meal.

Need more salmon? You can leave the green beans out and fill the space with up to four salmon fillets at one time.

Why This is the Best Recipe

Salmon is one of our favorite seafood dinners to make on a busy night. I think this is the best air fryer salmon recipe because:

  1. Quick to Prep: Brush the salmon with butter and season it. You're ready to cook in just a minute!
  2. Crispy Edges: I love the texture of the salmon when I cook it in the air fryer, the edges get slightly crispy which pairs so nicely with the tender flaky fish.
  3. Slightly Sweet: My favorite salmon seasoning has a hint of mustard and brown sugar. SO good with salmon.


I'm including everything you need to know to cook salmon in the air fryer, with or without the green beans as a healthy side dish.

The salmon, green beans, and other ingredients to make the Air Fryer recipe are on the counter.
  • Fresh Salmon Fillets: Ask your butcher to remove the skins for easy cooking. Each fillet is roughly 2 inches wide.
  • Fresh Green Beans: I love to buy the pre-washed bag for quick cooking, but you can wash and trim your own beans if you prefer.
  • Olive Oil
  • Butter
  • Minced Garlic
  • Salmon Seasoning: You can use whatever salmon seasoning your family prefers but our forever-favorite is Chef Paul Prudhomme's Salmon Magic. It has a mixture of mustard and brown sugar with the seasonings. You could make your own glaze using this mustard salmon recipe if you prefer.

Season the Salmon

Lay the salmon fillets on a plate or prep tray. Melt the butter in a microwave-safe container and brush it over the tops and sides of each fillet.

Sprinkle the seasoning over the top. Set aside.

The salmon fillets have been brushed with butter and sprinkled with seasoning. The basting brush sits on the plate next to them.

In a mixing bowl, toss the green beans in olive oil.

You can leave the green beans plain or you can season them with a bit of salt & pepper or another spice blend you love.

Something with a hint of citrus would be especially tasty.

A bowl of green beans has been drizzled with olive oil and seasonings.

Cooking Instructions

Place the salmon and green beans near the air fryer.

Turn your air fryer on and let it run empty to preheat at 400°F for 5 minutes.

The salmon and prepared green beans are sitting next to the air fryer.

SAFETY TIP: The air fryer basket will get very hot. Be very careful when you add the food to the basket so you don't burn yourself.

Use a silicone pair of tongs or spatula to place the salmon and beans in the air fryer basket so you don't scratch the non-stick surface.

Place the salmon on either end of the basket and sprinkle the green beans along the other open surfaces. Everything should be in a single layer.

The salmon and green beans have been added to the air fryer basket in a single layer with the beans in the middle.

Close the basket and cook the salmon for 10 - 12 minutes.

IMPORTANT TIP: The thickness of your salmon fillets can affect the cook time. If you have especially thick cuts of fish, or the fillets were trimmed wider, you may need additional time.

If the beans are finished before the salmon, you can transfer them to a clean plate and tent loosely with aluminum foil while the salmon finishes.

How to Know the Salmon is Cooked

Perfectly cooked salmon should easily flake when a fork is inserted in the thickest part of the fish.

If you have a probe thermometer, the salmon is safe to eat once it reaches 145°F.

The cooked salmon sits on a plate next to air fryer green beans and a scoop of rice.


All Salmon: You can leave the vegetables out altogether and cook up to 4 - 6 salmon fillets at one time, depending on the size of your air fryer.

Veggie Substitutions:

If you don't prefer green beans, these veggies would also cook wonderfully in the air fryer:

  • Bell Peppers and Onions
  • Broccoli florets
  • Asparagus
  • Sugar Snap Peas

No Air Fryer? You can substitute the air fryer with my oven baked salmon or this easy Blackstone salmon recipe! Or use smoked salmon to make a smoked salmon dip.

Serving Suggestions

This air fryer salmon obviously pairs really well with my air fryer green beans but I also love it with this Instant Pot sticky butter rice or this herb butter rice.

Looking for more ideas? You can pair this recipe with any of the easy salmon side dishes from rice, to pasta, to potatoes, to salads! It is so versatile.

More Air Fryer Recipes

Not sure about salmon for dinner? You can make the green beans on their own or mix them with one of these delicious air fryer dinner recipes:

📖 Recipe

Two salmon filets are surrounded by fresh green beans in an air fryer basket.

Air Fryer Salmon

5 from 2 votes
Learn how to cook salmon in an air fryer for an easy and healthy weeknight dinner. Add fresh green beans and you'll have a one pot recipe you turn to again and again.
TOTAL TIME 17 minutes
PREP TIME 5 minutes
COOK TIME 12 minutes
YIELD 4 servings


  • 2 - 4 fresh salmon fillets skin removed, cut approximately 2-inches wide
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon salmon seasoning
  • 2 cups fresh green beans washed and trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt & Pepper optional


  • Place the salmon on a prep tray or clean dinner plate.
  • Melt the butter in a microwave safe container and brush it over the tops and sides of the salmon.
  • Sprinkle the seasoning over the salmon.
  • Toss the green beans with olive oil in a mixing bowl. Sprinkle with seasonings as desired.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 400°F for 5 minutes.
  • Place the salmon in an even layer in the air fryer basket, sprinkle the green beans around the salmon. Everything should be in an even layer.
  • Cook for 10 - 12 minutes or until the salmon is flaky and reaches 145°F.

Recipe Notes

If the salmon needs more time than the green beans, you can transfer the beans to a clean plate and loosely tent with aluminum foil while the salmon finishes.

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The salmon is shown cooking in an air fryer basket with green beans.

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