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

Frozen Salmon in the Air Fryer

Frozen salmon fillets cooked in the air fryer come out perfectly tender, flaky, and full of flavor.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Seafood
Keyword easy dinner recipe, easy fish recipe, frozen foods
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 331kcal


  • 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.


Serving: 1salmon fillet with sauce | Calories: 331kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 685mg | Potassium: 858mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 72IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 2mg | Net Carbs: 6g