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Cooking frozen salmon fillets in the air fryer gives you perfectly tender, flaky salmon with barely any time or effort. With a delicious honey dijon mustard glaze, this delicious low-carb entrée pairs well with a number of sides and is ready to eat in less than 30 minutes.

3/4-angle view of flaky air fryer salmon fillet on a plate with a small green salad and lemon wedges.

What Makes This Recipe So Good

  • This method is super quick and super easy. You don’t even need to thaw the salmon fillets first – just pop them right in the air fryer. It’ll take care of the defrosting for you.
  • The simple honey dijon glaze adds an incredible sweet-and-tangy flavor to the salmon. Odds are good you have all the ingredients you’ll need for it in your pantry, too.
  • Salmon is a delicious, low-carb, gluten-free, keto-friendly protein that pairs well with almost anything. A small salad, sautéed broccoli, green beans, roasted potatoes and carrots – the list goes on and on!

Chef’s Tips

  • Salmon cooks quickly, and it’s pretty unpleasant when it overcooks. Use a meat thermometer to judge the doneness of your fillets, rather than eyeballing it. For medium-rare fillets, take them out of the air fryer when they read 125° Fahrenheit internally. For well-done fillets, you want an internal temp of 145° Fahrenheit.
  • The salmon will continue cooking a little as they rest after you take them out of the air fryer. Be sure to factor that in to your temperature readings. Allow for another 5° or so increase during that rest time.
  • If your fillets are smaller than 6 ounces or particularly thin, you’ll want to adjust the cook time to avoid overcooking them. Start with a 5-minute defrost followed by a 5-minute cook time. You can always add more time if needed.
Overhead view of an air fryer frozen salmon fillet on a white plate with green lettuce and lemon wedges.

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Recipe By: Jasmine Comer

Frozen Salmon in the Air Fryer

Prep 10 minutes
Cook 15 minutes
Total 25 minutes
Frozen salmon fillets cooked in the air fryer come out perfectly tender, flaky, and full of flavor.
2 servings


  • air fryer
  • spray oil safe for air fryers
  • Medium bowl
  • whisk
  • Basting Brush
  • Meat thermometer


  • 2 6-ounce salmon fillets frozen
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoon salt more or less to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper more or less to taste


  • Preheat air fryer to 390° Fahrenheit. Spray basket lightly with spray oil safe for air fryers.
  • Place frozen salmon fillets skin-side down in air fryer basket and place basket in air fryer. Cook salmon 7 minutes or until just defrosted.
    Two 6-ounce frozen salmon fillets in round black air fryer basket on white countertop.
  • While salmon cooks, add olive oil, dijon mustard, honey, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper to medium bowl. Whisk well until thoroughly combined.
    Easy glaze for frozen salmon fillets in a medium glass bowl on a white countertop.
  • After salmon has defrosted, remove basket and brush honey dijon glaze mixture liberally over tops of salmon.
    Defrosted salmon fillets in an air fryer basket, brushed with olive oil glaze.
  • Return basket to air fryer. Cook another 7 to 9 minutes or until salmon reaches internal temperature of 120° Fahrenheit for medium-rare salmon up to 145° Fahrenheit for well-done fillets. Serve immediately with desired sides.
    Fully-cooked salmon fillets in a black, round air fryer basket, with dijon mustard olive oil glaze on top.
  • Cook Time: If your salmon fillets are smaller than 6 ounces or particularly thin, you’ll need to reduce the cook time so you don’t overcook them. Start with a 5 minute defrost and a 5 minute cook time, then add more time if needed. Be sure to use your meat thermometer!
  • Make it Keto: Use your favorite keto-friendly keto sweetener instead of honey. Depending on the sweetener you use, you may need to use less than 2 teaspoons.

Approximate Information for One Serving

Serving Size: 1salmon fillet with sauceCalories: 331calProtein: 34gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 685mgPotassium: 858mgTotal Carbs: 7gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gNet Carbs: 6gVitamin A: 72IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 27mgIron: 2mg
Nutrition Disclaimers
Number of total servings shown is approximate. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.
Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 serving using the ingredients listed, not including any optional ingredients. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used.
To determine the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by the desired number of servings. Result will be the weight of one serving.

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