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Air Fryer Frozen Salmon

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Let me walk you through how to make this air fryer frozen salmon. This is a mustard-glazed salmon that is tender, flakey, and bursting with flavor. Learning how to cook frozen salmon in the air fryer is a game changer for those who forget to sit out the salmon the night before.

plate with air fryer frozen salmon

The beauty of this seafood air fryer recipe is it takes minutes to prep. Toss the salmon in the air fryer and let it cook to perfection. Pair with your favorite side dishes and ring that dinner bell.

Now if you are a seafood lover, then try my shrimp tortellini alfredo! Or learn how to cook lobster tails in the air fryer. It is another fantastic air fryer recipe.

Why This Air Fried Salmon Is A Hit…

  • You cook the salmon straight from frozen! It is okay if you are a last-minute dinner planner.
  • This recipe works with fresh salmon as well.
  • A tangy and savory mustard glaze salmon that is versatile on spices you use.
  • A healthy dinner or lunch option the whole family can enjoy.
ingredients to make air fryer salmon

Ingredients Needed

Here is a quick glance at what you will need for this salmon recipe. Full measurements are in the printable recipe card below.

  • Salmon – You can use fresh or frozen salmon for this. I do find that skin-on salmon works best to prevent it from falling apart.
  • Mustard – Dijon mustard is what I used. You are welcome to swap it for spicy mustard or even honey mustard.
  • Salt – Season to taste.
  • Lemon Juice – I prefer fresh lemon juice.
  • Garlic – Freshly minced garlic is what you will want for this recipe.
  • Coriander – The secret ingredient to elevate this salmon filet recipe.

How to Make

frozen salmon in air fryer
  1. Preheat your air fryer as directed below in the recipe card. Place your frozen salmon skin down in the air fryer basket.
  2. Cook the salmon as directed.
dijon mustard sauce
  1. While the salmon is cooking you will mix up the mustard, oil, lemon juice, and seasonings. Mix well and season to taste.

Expert Tip: Following the USDA you will want to heat your salmon to 145 degrees F.

adding mustard sauce to salmon
  1. After 7 minutes you will brush the salmon with the mustard glaze, and cook an additional 7 minutes or until the salmon is fully cooked.

Tips For Success

  • Make sure to add some oil to the air fryer basket to prevent the salmon from sticking.
  • Preheating for 5 minutes before you place salmon in the basket is an important step for the right texture.
  • You are welcome to flavor your salmon as you wish. The mustard glaze is a bit tangy and very savory.
  • Depending on the thickness of the salmon will depend on how long it takes to cook in the air fryer.
  • Pat the salmon fillets with a paper towel to dry them before you brush with the mustard sauce, to help it stick better.
  • Feel free to change up the seasonings or even marinate the salmon as you wish.

Storing Salmon

Refrigerate any of the leftover salmon you do not eat. Place in a sealed container and store for 1-2 days in the fridge.

To reheat you can warm it up in the microwave or toss it back into the air fryer to warm it up until it is heated through.

closeup of salmon


Will I cook the salmon for the same amount of time if fresh and not frozen?

Reduce the cook time if you are working with fresh salmon over frozen. You will cook frozen a bit longer as it will take time to thaw the salmon first then cook the fish through.

Do I need to flip the salmon during air frying?

You do not need to flip the salmon as it is air frying. With an air fryer it circulates hot air around the food creating an even cook on the seafood.

Can you overlap food in the air fryer?

It is very important to not overlap the food when you place it in the air fryer. You need all the food placed in a single layer, otherwise, the salmon or other food in the air fryer will not cook evenly.

Sides To Pair With Air-Fried Salmon

Want some ideas to pair with your salmon? Here are a few of my favorite side dish recipes.

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Easy Air Fried Salmon

Air Fryer Frozen Salmon is flaky and drizzled in a tangy Dijon mustard sauce with hints of lemon and garlic in every bite.
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Course: Air Fryer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Air Fryer Salmon
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 16 minutes
Servings: 3
Calories: 287kcal


  • 3 salmon frozen
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon coriander


  • Begin by preheating your air fryer to 350 degrees.
  • Place frozen pieces of salmon in the air fryer basket. While salmon is cooking, combine the mustard, olive oil, lemon juice and seasonings together, mixng well.
  • Cook for 7 minutes, then brush both pieces of salmon with the sauce. Increase the heat to 370 °F and cook for 7 more minues.


Calories: 287kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 499mg | Potassium: 846mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 71IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg