Air Fried Garlic Butter Salmon
This quick and easy air fried salmon is perfect for busy days when you don’t want to spend a lot of time prepping a meal but want don’t want to sacrifice flavor! With just 6 ingredients, this salmon is full of buttery herb flavor and can be served alongside your favorite air fried vegetables for minimal cleanup.
Look no further than the air fryer to create a golden-brown crisp salmon with a tender and juicy center. The air fryer creates a flavor similar to baking but with a shorter cook time and it doesn’t heat up the whole house–ideal for summertime. This recipe is ready in under 30 minutes!
Here at Sizzlefish, our wild Alaska king salmon contains the highest levels of omega-3 fatty acids compared to other Alaskan species. Omega-3 fatty acids are crucial for protecting the heart, brain, blood vessels while reducing inflammation. King salmon can also be used. Portions of our Alaska king salmon come conveniently portioned in 4–5-ounce servings that fit perfectly into most air fryers. Other types of Sizzlefish salmon can be used. Sockeye or Atlantic are both great options for this recipe.
To seal in rich butter flavor, butter is softened and mixed with plenty of garlic, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper before being slathered on the salmon. The compound butter is great for keeping the herbs on the fish as it cooks. Depending on the thickness of your salmon, 8-12 minutes will do the trick to create a crispy golden browned outside and tender center. You can make your own Italian seasoning blend by using a mix of dried oregano, thyme, basil, marjoram or rosemary.
Lining the air fryer with foil keeps the butter from falling through as it cooks. The foil also makes clean up a breeze. Any leftover drippings of butter in the basket can be drizzled over salmon for a zero-waste meal.
4 salmon portions, thawed
- 4 tbsp softened unsalted butter (grass fed recommended)
- 2 tsp minced garlic
- 1/2 tsp dried Italian seasoning
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp cracked black pepper
- Line the basket of air fryer with a piece of aluminum foil. Preheat the air fryer at 400ºF.
Pat salmon fry with paper towel. Combine softened butter, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper in a small bowl and stir well.
Spread butter mixture on each piece of salmon using a spoon or butter knife and place in air fryer.
- Air fry at 400ºF for 8-12 minutes, depending on size and thickness of salmon. Serve salmon hot.