I would have never guessed making salmon in an air fryer would have produced the most tender and juicy salmon every time. I promise this Perfect Air Fryer Salmon will become your new way to conquer salmon in the kitchen.
I have to admit, I was totally, totally against the idea of purchasing an air fryer. And not just a little bit against it, but really, really against it. I figured an air fryer was going to be another small appliance we rarely used. Who else has lots of those?
And not only did I think we were not going to use it, I especially did not want another “thing” on my kitchen counter. Extra stuff on my kitchen counters is really one of my pet peeves. I really despise anything being dumped on them, whether it’s mail, car keys, computers…take them to your room and keep them there! But that’s a rant for another day.
Anyway, I really did not want this new appliance and felt it was going to be a waste of money. However, my husband kept insisting on getting one and he finally just pulled the plug and ordered it even though I was not feeling it. I’m so glad he did not listen to me.
It’s really kind of ugly and kind of reminds me of Darth Vadar’s head/mask thing, but oh my gosh, best appliance ever. There are lots of air fryers out there, but I do particularly love my air fryer.
In the air fryer, everything comes out crispier, juicier and always perfectly cooked in an incredibly short amount of time. Tatar tots in the air fryer are the best. Chicken in the air fryer, breaded or not is so juicy, tender and delicious. Even ribeye steaks are awesome in the air fryer and I can’t even believe I was willing to try that. Anyway, you get it, it’s worth every penny.
There is no preheating time and the cleanup is very minimal. The air fryer locks in all the juices so you barely have any mess to cleanup. It even makes the perfect crostini toast. I would not recommend an air fryer smaller than a 5.3 quart, it would just be too limiting.
Look at that beautiful flaking of the salmon after being in the air fryer, it’s absolutely perfect.
For your air fryer salmon, you’ll want to use fillets that are the same thickness. These were both
1-1/2-inch fillets. And they were out of the fridge for about an hour to warm them up.