Best Baked Salmon Recipe

Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, packed with protein, bursting with B vitamins and a great source of a number of important minerals including potassium and selenium, salmon is both delicious and healthy. In fact, a portion of salmon on your plate may even help to cut the risk of heart disease as well as assisting in weight loss. 

And a brilliant way to prepare this tasty superfood is by cooking it in your air fryer. Here’s how.

Air fried baked salmon, cooked in an air fryer, on a bed of broccoli and carrots

Best Air Fryer Baked Salmon Recipe:

Makes: 2 servings. Prep: 5 mins. Cook: 10 mins


2x170g pieces of salmon – boned and skinned, 1tsp olive oil/spray oil, salt and pepper


  • Heat the air fryer to 180C.
  • Rub the oil evenly all over the salmon.
  • Season the salmon all over with salt and pepper.
  • Lightly spray the cooking basket with oil.
  • Place the salmon fillets in the air fryer so that they are not touching one another and cook for about 10 minutes.

Note: The exact time that the salmon needs to cook will depend on the thickness of the piece of fish (the thicker, the longer) and your personal preference.

More Flavour Combinations:

Baked salmon has a delicious, rich flavour and tastes great as it is, with just a sprinkle of salt and pepper. However, it also goes really well with the following rubs:

  • Smoked paprika, ground cumin, garlic powder and a hint of chilli – warm and smoky
  • Brown sugar, ground cumin, chilli powder – sweet and spicy
  • Brown sugar, ground cumin, garlic powder, ground cinnamon, paprika and mustard powder – a more complex, sweet and spicy heat.

And marinades. Just mix the following together and pop your piece of salmon in for a little bath (30 mins to 1 hour should be fine – remember that anything acid will start to ‘cook’ the fish), before taking it out, patting it dry and giving it a light coating of oil:

  • Grated fresh ginger (or ground ginger) and soy sauce (add some garlic too if you’re feeling brave) – warm Chinese-inspired heat
  • Thai red curry paste – smear it on for some fragrant heat.
  • Soy sauce, honey, lemon juice and zest and olive oil – sweet and savoury freshness.
  • Soy sauce, honey, garlic powder, fresh or ground ginger and orange juice – complex sweet and Asian flavours
  • Lemon juice, garlic, vinegar, olive oil, fresh herbs (parsley, tarragon, coriander, basil etc) – fresh and zesty

And if you want that rub or marinade to really permeate the flesh of your piece of fish, why not vacuum seal your salmon in a bag along with its flavourings? You can even do this when you buy your salmon and pop it in the freezer to use at a later date. If you’d like to know more about the advantages of vacuum sealing food, you can read more here.