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How to Cook Frozen Salmon in Air Fryer

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Learn how to cook frozen salmon in air fryer in just two simple steps! You won’t believe how quick and easy this air fryer salmon comes together, especially because you don’t have to thaw it before cooking. My glazed teriyaki salmon and salmon sliders can also be cooked in the air fryer and if you find yourself with any leftovers, put them into Japanese rice balls for a fun and different lunch.

If you are all about the air fryer recipes, be sure to try my air fryer mahi mahi, air fryer tilapia, air fryer lobster, or air fryer broccoli next time.

Flaky air fryer salmon on a plate with broccoli

Estimated reading time: 8 minutes

Can you Cook Frozen Salmon in an Air Fryer?

Yes, you can cook frozen salmon in an air fryer and it’s a BRILLIANT way to do it! It cooks up quickly with perfectly tender and flaky fish, with no need to thaw. (And it cooks much quicker than it would in the oven!)

Salmon cooked in air fryer on a plate with broccoli

What You’ll Love About Air Fryer Frozen Salmon

  • Quick and easy dinner
  • Preps in 2 minutes
  • Cooking time is just 15 minutes
  • Made with just 3 basic ingredients
  • Delicious and nutritious meal
  • Good source of omega-3 fatty acids
  • Perfectly flaky

Air Fryer Frozen Salmon Ingredients

You’ll need just three simple ingredients to make this frozen salmon fillet in air fryer:

  • Salmon Fillets – I’ve used frozen, but you can certainly use fresh.
  • Olive Oil – I like using an olive oil spritzer so that you evenly coat the salmon fillets, but you can also brush the salmon with a pastry brush.
  • Sea Salt & Black Pepper – Because we’re keeping this really simply seasoned, I like to use flaky sea salt (like Maldon) and freshly cracked pepper.
Ingredients to make frozen salmon in air fryer

Seasoning Ideas for Salmon

I’ve kept this recipe super simple (and I love salmon seasoned simply!), but here are some other seasoning ideas that go well with salmon:

  • Cajun seasoning
  • Lemon pepper seasoning
  • Old Bay seasoning
  • Blackened seasoning
  • Seasoning salt
  • Quick marinade of soy sauce, lemon juice, honey, and garlic

How to Cook Frozen Salmon in Air Fryer

Let’s get to the important part, how to make frozen salmon in air fryer! It’s incredibly easy:

  • Preheat air fryer. This step helps the fish cook evenly and quickly.
  • Prep salmon. Spritz the salmon or brush evenly with olive oil and sprinkle with flaky salt and freshly cracked pepper.
Frozen salmon fillets in air fryer basket
  • Cook salmon. Place salmon skin side down on parchment paper and air fry salmon fillets until cooked through.
Cooked salmon in air fryer basket

Frequently Asked Questions

Does salmon need to be thawed before air frying?

No! You don’t need to thaw salmon before air frying it, which makes it an awesome quick dinner option. (Or if you just always forget to thaw your proteins!)

How long to cook frozen salmon in air fryer?

Frozen salmon will take about 14-17 minutes in the air fryer. The time will vary based on salmon fillet size.

Can I put parchment paper in an air fryer?

Yes, I frequently put a layer of parchment paper below fish to prevent it from sticking to the air fryer basket. You can also use aluminum foil.

How do I preheat my air fryer?

Preheating your air fryer is simple. Just set the temperature to the temperature you’ll be cooking and then let it preheat for 3-5 minutes.

How do you know if salmon is cooked?

You’ll be able to tell the salmon is done cooking a few ways. The easiest way is to lightly press on the top of the edge of the salmon with a fork – if it flakes easily, it’s done. You can also use an instant read meat thermometer and cook it to an internal temperature of 145 degrees F.

Flaky frozen air fryer salmon on a plate with broccoli

Storage Instructions

Store any leftover salmon in the fridge for 2-3 days.

How to reheat

Reheat salmon in a hot skillet or the air fryer for a few minutes, just until heated through so you don’t overcook it.

Can you freeze air fryer salmon?

Yes, you can freeze air fryer salmon in an airtight container (stasher bags or glass storage containers are great) for 2-3 months. Let it thaw before reheating.

How to Serve Salmon to the Whole Family

I get it, feeding kids can be tough! But following the Division of Responsibility and knowing your job and your child’s job makes it SO much more enjoyable. You’ll be able to feed your kids any meal, which will help ensure that they are eating a variety of nutritious foods – with plenty of play food sprinkled in. 😉

If salmon is a new food for your kids, serve a tiny amount! (Like a single flake of fish.) And as always, be sure to serve it along side a few items you know they will eat.

If they say, “But I don’t like salmon!” you can use one of these responses:

All of my articles on feeding kids can be found here and if you want a FULL list of all of the videos I have with hacks, tips, scripts, and ideas for feeding kids, check out my instagram or tiktok page.

What to Serve with Frozen Salmon in Air Fryer

Serve your air fryer frozen salmon fillet with some simple side dishes:

Flaky air fryer salmon on a plate with broccoli

More Easy Salmon Recipes

Once you’ve mastered cooking frozen salmon in air fryer, try one of these other easy salmon recipes:

More Easy Air Fryer Seafood Recipes

If you like this frozen salmon in the air fryer, you might like some of these other easy air fryer seafood recipes!

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Helpful Tools to Make Salmon in Air Fryer from Frozen

  • Air Fryer – You can’t make air fryer salmon without the air fryer! This one is basic and I’ve had it for years.
  • Olive Oil Spritzer – I love using this spritzer to easily spray fish, salads, or veggies for roasting.

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Flaky air fryer salmon on a plate with broccoli

How to Cook Frozen Salmon in Air Fryer

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Learn how to cook frozen salmon in air fryer in just 2 simple steps! This quick meal comes together in less than 15 min – great for weeknights




  1. Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees F.
  2. Spritz frozen salmon fillets with olive oil spritzer and season with flaky sea salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Lay down piece of parchment paper on bottom of air fryer basket and place fish on top.
  4. Air fry at 400 degrees F for 14-17 minutes, or until cooked through. Edges will be golden brown and the fish will flake easily when done cooking.

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