Air Fryer Frozen Salmon

This Air Fryer Frozen Salmon is such a time saver for busy nights! Easily cook frozen salmon filets in your air fryer in just minutes. Pair this salmon with a crisp, green salad or your favorite side dish!

teriyaki glazed salmon on a plate with salad

Air Fryer Frozen Salmon Recipe

Sometimes you get home from work, or from that last sports practice and there’s literally nothing to make for dinner. You need a quick but nutritious meal without a lot of fuss. In comes this Air Fryer Frozen Salmon recipe.

We buy bags of frozen wild caught salmon just for this reason. It’s so easy to pull out and throw right into your air fryer and dinner is done is just about 15 minutes.

How Do You Make Air Fryer Frozen Salmon?

Pay attention now, there’s like two steps here. All you need to do is season frozen salmon filets with salt and pepper or really whatever seasonings you like.

Spray an air fryer with non-stick cooking spray and place the salmon filets in the basket in a single layer. Cook the salmon for 6 minutes at 390, then baste the salmon with a bottles teriyaki glaze, or you can use our 5 minute stir fry sauce (we usually have it on hand in the fridge).

glazed salmon filet in air fryer

Cook the salmon filets another 7-8 minutes or until the internal temperature is 145 degrees. The other way that you can test to see if salmon is done is by flaking the flesh of the salmon with a fork. If it flakes easily, it’s done.

What Other Ways Can I Flavor This Air Fryer Salmon?

Our boys just love teriyaki sauce, or really Asian flavored anything. So this teriyaki salmon is our go to recipe. But there are many ways that you can add delicious flavor to this salmon!

Even a simply seasoned salmon with salt and pepper and a squeeze of fresh lemon at the end is going to be super tasty!

  • Salt, pepper, garlic powder – finish with butter
  • Garlic aioli
  • Salt, pepper, garlic powder – finish with barbecue sauce
  • Trader Joe’s Elote seasoning (or a cajun or fajita seasoning) – finish with sriracha mayonnaise
  • Mustard Glaze
glazed salmon filets on a plate with salad

Should I Eat Wild Caught Or Farm Raised Salmon?

This is very much a personal preference, but we prefer wild caught salmon for many reasons. First of all, there’s no coloring or additives that have been added to wild caught salmon like there are in farm raised salmon.

Typically farm raised salmon has coloring pumped into the flesh so that it looks more “salmon” in color. Farm raised salmon also are fed antibiotics to reduce disease in the tanks, which isn’t the best thing to eat on the regular.

BUT – do we eat farm raised salmon? Of course we do. Sometimes it’s the best option, sometimes when we go out to eat it’s the only option for salmon, so yes of course we eat it. Wild caught is just our preference.

However, it’s important to note that wild caught salmon filets are typically thinner than farm raised salmon. So when cooking one or the other, please adjust the time in your air fryer accordingly as the thinner salmon filets will obviously cook in a shorter amount of time.

a fork with flaked salmon

What Side Dishes Go Well With Salmon?

Like we mentioned before, a simple green salad with our favorite Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette is just perfect. But if you’re looking for a more hearty side, we’ve got some ideas here for you.

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teriyaki glazed salmon on a plate with salad

Air Fryer Frozen Salmon

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 1 minute
  • Cook Time: 14 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

Cook frozen salmon filets in your air fryer in just minutes! The air fryer makes these salmon filets so juicy and flavorful, and there’s no time wasted defrosting the fish!



  • 4 skin-on, frozen salmon filets
  • Kosher salt and fresh black pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup Teriyaki Baste & Glaze (or our Homemade Stir Fry Sauce)


  1. Preheat your air fryer to 390 degrees if needed.
  2. Season the frozen salmon filets with salt and pepper. Spray the basket of your air fryer with non-stick cooking spray. Place the salmon filets, skin side down, in the basket in a single layer and cook for 6 minutes.
  3. Baste the salmon filets generously with the teriyaki glaze and then cook for another 7-8 minutes or until internal temperature is 145 degrees. The cooking time will vary if the salmon filets are thin or thick, farm raised or wild caught. This recipe is for wild caught, thinner salmon filets so adjust the time if your salmon filets are thick.

Recipe Notes

Type of Salmon: This recipe work best with thinner pieces of frozen salmon, typically those that are wild caught. If using farm raised salmon, try and get thinner pieces that won’t take too long to cook in the air fryer from frozen. Alternately, you can defrost the salmon first if the filets are thick and then follow the same instructions.

Store: Store leftover salmon in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Freeze: Freezing previously frozen and defrosted salmon isn’t recommended, but if you do have to freeze the fish, flake with a fork and freeze in a freezer bag for salmon cakes or salmon salad.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: American

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