I love salmon because it’s a great source of omega-3 fatty acids and can be cooked in many different ways. It also has an amazing flavor that is always delicious. Enjoyed by people all over the world, It’s also high in protein and its notoriously appetizing!!
Air fryers are a great alternative to traditional frying because they use hot air to cook your food, which means there is little or no oil needed. This results in healthier, low-fat meals that still taste great. Now, you might be wondering what does Salmon has to do with an air fryer?
While surfing for my next recipe, I came across this interesting question, “Can you cook frozen salmon in an air fryer?” So, I took it upon myself to find out and see how it goes. Here is what I found, keep reading…
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Can You Cook Frozen Salmon in an Air Fryer?
The short answer is YES!
Air fryer Salmon Fish is easy because you don’t have to wait for your large oven to preheat and this saves energy as well. Its much like cooking chicken wings in an air fryer. Just prepare the Salmon fish (Marinate for some time) and pop into the air fryer. Keep preparing the rest of your meal while air fryer cooks your mouthwatering Salmon fish in minutes. Once the timer ends, the air fryer automatically turns off. So, there is no way that you get overcooked or undercooked Salmon fish even without babysitting the air fryer. A perfect hand-off way to cook perfect air fryer Salmon fish hassle-free!
What’s the cooking time for Air fryer Salmon Fish?
How long do you have to cook air fryer Salmon fish? The answer will vary depending on the thickness and the size of your fish. A 6 Oz fillet that’s approximately 1.5 inches thick will only take about 7-8 minutes at 400F. Reduce the thickness of the fillet to 1 inch and your cooking time will reduce to 5-6 minutes only.
The benefit of air fryer salmon fish is that you can open the air fryer basket to check on how it is going in the basket, and proceed with cooking if it is still undercooked. This way you will make sure you get perfectly cooked salmon on your table.
Check the internal temperature
According to FDA, the cooked fish should have an internal temperature of 145F in the thickest part. You can always use your thermometer to check on internal temperature to make sure it is cooked precisely. Once cooked perfectly, the flesh should easily flake with a fork.
However, it is also suggested that you should pull out the air fryer Salmon fish a few degrees below 145F and let it rest for a while before you serve. Doing so will make sure you don’t risk overcooking, burning or drying it out.
Cooking Frozen Salmon VS Fresh Salmon
The cooking time we discussed above is for fresh salmon, however, you can cook frozen salmon in an air fryer but it only would take a few extra minutes. It doesn’t cook as great as fresh, so we suggest you take some time and thaw it before you throw it into the air fryer to have it come out deliciously cooked.
Can we cook Salmon with skin or without skin?
Salmon skin is perfectly edible, and it crisps up nicely when cooked in an air fryer. It also helps flipping it in the middle of the cooking process so its perfectly okay to cook salmon with skin on. You can choose to eat the skin or leave it, its totally a personal choice.
Should I use fresh salmon or frozen one?
Its entirely up to you whether you use fresh or frozen salmon. However, since frozen salmon takes a bit more time to cook, we suggest using fresh or thawed salon to fry in the air fryer.
Please note that the cooking time depends on the thickness of the salmon fillet and it may also vary from air fryer to air fryer depending on how powerful its heating element and air circulating fan is.
To check the doneness of the air fryer Salmon fish, you can open up the middle of the fillet using a fork. If its not cooked to your desired level, continue cooking for another minute or two to get the perfect results. let us know how your air fryer salmon fish came out?