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4-Ingredient Air Fryer Salmon

Cook Time:
10 mins
Prep Time:
10 mins

Chef notes

This is one of my absolutely favorite salmon recipes when I need to create a meal for my family in a serious pinch. I grab just four ingredients and this crowd-pleasing entrée is on the table in 20 minutes or less, thanks to the use of an air fryer. The convenient kitchen appliance is great for busy families — not only does it cook food quickly, but many models fit enough to serve a few people so there’s no need to turn on the oven.

Salmon is a wonderful ingredient for weeknight meals because it’s delicious and fast. The versatile protein also pairs well with many flavor profiles. Top it with pesto, miso glaze or in the case of this recipe, a three-ingredient sauce made of honey, soy sauce and minced garlic (or garlic powder if you don’t have fresh on hand). 

Place the filets in the air fryer basket on top of aluminum foil and pour the sauce on top. Cook for four to eight minutes and the salmon will be ready to serve. Pair with rice and veggies such as green beans or broccoli — just be sure to save any remaining cooked sauce to drizzle over.

Technique Tip: Air fryers vary so it is necessary to understand your appliance to time things just right. Be sure to watch the salmon carefully so it doesn’t burn.

Swap Option: Cod, halibut or tilapia are great options if you want to change out the fish in this recipe. Use tamari in place of soy sauce if you want to make this recipe gluten-free.


  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3-4 (6-8 ounce) salmon fillets
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
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In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, soy sauce, and garlic or garlic powder. Set aside.


Pat the salmon filets dry with a paper towel. Season each side with salt and pepper.


Line an air fryer basket with aluminum foil. Preheat the air fryer to 400 F for 3 minutes.


Place the salmon filets into the air fryer basket and evenly pour the glaze over the top. If using minced garlic, make that the garlic stays around it and not on the top as it will have a tendency to burn. Replace the lid and cook for 4 to 8 minutes, or until cooked through. 


Carefully remove the salmon from the air fryer and serve with the remaining sauce in the foil.