Ready in 15 minutes and using only four ingredients, even beginners will love making this lemon pepper salmon air fryer recipe!
Like pan-seared salmon, the lemon pepper salmon air fryer is crispy outside and beautifully flaky in the middle. You’ll love how the gentle citrus zest of lemon and the mild buttery flavor of the salmon combine as you take a bite.
The fabulous thing about making lemon pepper salmon in air fryer is that you can use fresh or frozen salmon filets and get beautiful results, which is excellent news for families who like to stock up their freezer!
Air frying also means that your salmon will cook evenly every time so that every mouthful is tender and cooked to perfection.
This air fryer lemon pepper salmon recipe is super quick and easy to make, the perfect option for people who want to make a healthy and delicious meal but don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen.
Ingredients to make lemon pepper salmon
**Find the full list of ingredients along with the recipe instructions at the end of this post**
Skin on salmon filets (fresh or frozen). Skin-on salmon is your best bet when making this lemon pepper salmon recipe; when air-fried, salmon skin goes crispy and is easy to remove after cooking! Like most oily fish, salmon is an excellent omega-3, iron, iodine, and choline source.
Unsalted butter. Salmon naturally has a salty flavor, so it’s a good idea to use unsalted butter if possible. You could also switch this to a plant-based alternative if you avoid dairy.
Minced garlic. Garlic is earthy and adds depth to your food! Try buying ready-prepared garlic from your local grocery store if you want to save yourself some time.
Lemon pepper seasoning. It just wouldn’t be lemon pepper salmon without the lemon pepper seasoning! You can buy it ready-made in the supermarket or make your own with lemon zest, pepper, and salt.
Slices of lemon. It's a gorgeous garnish and gives your guests the option to squeeze extra lemon juice over their fish - delish!
Tools used to make the recipe.
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How to make lemon pepper salmon in an air fryer?
You’ll find this one of the easiest ways to cook salmon.
First, pat dries the salmon filet with paper towels. In a small bowl, combine the butter and minced garlic, brush the mixture over the salmon sprinkle with lemon pepper seasoning.
Next, transfer the salmon to the air fryer basket and air fry to 390ºF for 10 minutes or until the fish flakes with a fork.
Finally, remove it from the basket and let it rest for 2 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
- If you have leftover lemon pepper salmon, you can keep it safely in the fridge for 3-4 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. To store, seal it in an airtight container and move it to the fridge or freezer within 2 hours of cooking.
How long does it take to air fry salmon?
It takes around 10 minutes at 390°F to cook air fryer lemon pepper salmon. The exact cooking time depends on which model of air fryer you use and on how big a piece of fish you are cooking.
To check your salmon, use a fork to see if the flesh easily flakes - if it does, it’s ready to serve.
What goes well with lemon pepper salmon
- Sweet, refreshing massaged kale and apple salad.
- Crunchy air fryer baby potatoes
- Simple air fryer green beans
- Air Fryer Bacon wrapped asparagus
- Instant pot mashed potatoes cauliflower
How to reheat salmon in the air fryer
First, preheat your air fryer to 360°F. Then, once it’s hot, lay your salmon lemon pepper in the basket and heat for 4-5 minutes until warm all the way through. If you’re reheating frozen salmon, increase the cooking time by 5-10 minutes.
Use an instant meat thermometer to check that your salmon has reached a safe internal temperature of 145°F before serving.
It’s delicious! Lemon pepper on salmon is a beautiful combination because the zesty lemon flavor cuts through the buttery, subtle flavors of the fish. The salt and pepper enhance the other tastes and add a gentle hint of spice.
Absolutely! A squeeze of lemon juice adds a citrus flavor to fish which is a winning combination, and it also adds freshness which mellows the taste of fish.
To make this lemon pepper salmon air fryer recipe using frozen salmon, follow the same steps, but increase the cooking time by 5-10 minutes.
If you have a mesh air fryer basket, you may find that salmon sticks slightly. To avoid this, try using air fryer parchment paper, which stops the fish from sticking to the basket while still allowing the air to flow.
Another good option is reusable air fryer liners lined with small silicone bumps to keep your food elevated for improved airflow.
Finally, you may want to try an air fryer silicone pot that fits inside the basket and easily lifts out again using its handles.
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- 4 (6 ounces) salmon filets, skin on
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning
- Slices lemon, to garnish
- Pat dry the salmon filets with paper towels. In a small bowl, combine the butter and minced garlic, brush the mixture over the salmon sprinkle with lemon pepper seasoning.
- Transfer the salmon to the air fryer basket and air fry to 390ºF for 10 minutes or until the fish flakes with a fork.
- Remove from the basket and let it rest for 2 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
- If you have leftover lemon pepper salmon, you can keep it safely in the fridge for 3-4 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
- To store, seal it in an airtight container and move it to the fridge or freezer within 2 hours of cooking.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 112Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 237mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 6g
Please keep in mind that the nutritional information is calculated using a nutrition facts calculator. It is a rough estimate and can vary significantly based on products used. When the recipe list salt to taste the amount of salt is not calculated, only the sodium in the other ingredients is calculated.