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The Best Air Fryer Salmon

The Best Air Fryer Salmon with a delicious lemon garlic dill butter cooks in 10 minutes or less in the air fryer. A delicious dinner recipe!

SALMON WITH LEMON GARLIC DILL BUTTER

You do not have to save salmon for special occasions. A lot of foodies will insist that salmon has to be smoked on a cedar plank or cooked just right in a pan using very specific techniques. Or insisting that you get a certain cut of salmon It can be intimidating, right? I am going to show you how to make salmon come out perfectly (without all the fuss) and you can even make it on a weeknight!

Air Fryer Salmon, shown on sliced lemon on a white plate.

TIPS FOR MAKING SALMON IN THE AIR FRYER:

  • The skin can stay on or off with this recipe. Traditionally if you are frying salmon in a pan, you would want to leave the skin on. However, with this recipe, it is not necessary if you do not enjoy the skin.
  • Salmon is done when you gently poke it with your finger in the center of the filet and seeing it starts to gently flake into pieces. You would rather have your salmon medium rare than overcooked.
  • The difference between wild caught salmon and farm-raised salmon is in flavor. Wild salmon has a darker color and a more intense flavor than farm-raised. Farm-raised is going to be more affordable. The most affordable option (if you don’t live near those salmon-producing states) is to buy it frozen.
  • If you want another recipe idea for your air fryer, be sure to check out my recipe for AIR FRYER CHICKEN BREASTS
The Best Air Fryer Salmon with Lemon Garlic Dill Butter recipe from The Country Cook, salmon shown on a white plate and sitting on a bed of sliced lemon.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)

  • salmon fillet
  • salt & pepper
  • lemon
  • salted butter
  • garlic cloves
  • lemon juice
  • dried dill
salmon fillets, Salt and pepper, large lemon, sliced, unsalted butter, garlic cloves, lemon juice, freeze dried dill.

HOW TO MAKE AIR FRYER SALMON WITH LEMON GARLIC DILL BUTTER:

Spray the air fryer basket with nonstick spray. Make the lemon garlic dill butter – combine room temperature salted butter, minced garlic, lemon juice, fresh or freeze dried dill and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.

softened butter, garlic and dried dill in a white bowl and a wooden spoon.

Pat the salmon fillets with a paper towel. Season the fillets with salt and pepper to your liking. Add the salmon fillets to your air fryer basket, placing the fillets on top of the lemon slices. Add a dollop of lemon garlic dill butter to each fillet.

slices of fresh salmon in an air fryer basket with lemon slices and lemon garlic dill butter.

Air fry at 390F degrees for 10 minutes, depending on the thickness. Optional: serve with another dollop of lemon garlic dill butter. This recipe would pair well with asparagus or a mixed green salad.

fully cooked salmon on a bed of lettuce with a fork on the salmon slice.

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Air Fryer Salmon recipe with lemon garlic dill butter.

The Best Air Fryer Salmon

The Best Air Fryer Salmon with a delicious lemon garlic dill butter cooks in 10 minutes or less in the air fryer. A delicious dinner recipe!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2

Ingredients

For the salmon:

For the lemon garlic dill butter:

  • 4 Tablespoons salted butter, room temperature
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons dried dill

Instructions

  • Spray the air fryer basket with nonstick spray. 
  • Make the lemon garlic dill butter – combine room temperature unsalted butter, minced garlic, lemon juice, fresh or freeze dried dill and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • Pat the salmon fillets with a paper towel. Season the fillets with salt and pepper. 
  • Add the salmon fillets to your air fryer basket, placing the fillets on top of the lemon slices. 
  • Add a dollop of lemon garlic dill butter to each fillet.
  • Air fry at 390F degrees for 10 minutes, depending on the thickness. 
  • Optional: serve with another dollop of lemon garlic dill butter. 

Notes

  • The skin can stay on or off with this recipe. Traditionally if you are frying salmon in a pan, you would want to leave the skin on. However, with this recipe, it is not necessary if you do not enjoy the skin.
  • Salmon is done when you gently poke it with your finger in the center of the filet and seeing it starts to gently flake into pieces. You would rather have your salmon medium rare than overcooked.
  • The difference between wild caught salmon and farm-raised salmon is in flavor. Wild salmon has a darker color and a more intense flavor than farm-raised. Farm-raised is going to be more affordable. The most affordable option (if you don’t live near those salmon-producing states) is to buy it frozen
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 465kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 34g | Sodium: 278mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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