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Frozen Salmon in Air Fryer

Frozen salmon in air fryer is so easy! From rock hard to flaky and tender in no time you should try fish in a Ninja Foodi or other brand.

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Frozen salmon in air fryer turns out to be a great meal! Even if you’ve forgotten to defrost dinner you can still cook it to tender and flaky. Just one kitchen hack on our easy air fryer recipes page you’ll love. (affiliate links present)

OH how we do love cooking air fryer fish! Whether you remember to thaw it out the night before or have forgetful moments like me it will always be a success.

We first made Instant Pot frozen salmon in our pressure cooker but I will admit this may be my favorite. You get that tenderness inside but a bit of a crisp on the edges this way. I swear I use this thing on a daily basis!

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Air Fryer Frozen Salmon

I’m sure you’ve done this before…. You buy a bag at the grocery store from the freezer section and intend on making it the next day. Then 4:00 rolls around and you remember “OH NO” I never put it into the fridge!

NO worries now my friends. Even if it is rock hard this magical machine can essentially thaw it out quickly and have it fork tender for you in no time at all.

To add flavor a marinade of sorts was made. We love our salmon dry rub but one with a bit of liquid is better to keep it moist though. If you had your own mixture that you love you could use that instead.

salmon marinade

How to cook frozen salmon in air fryer?

Well that is what we’re here to help you with folks. 😉 Once you brush on this garlicy mixture on top you’ll want to spray your basket so it doesn’t stick. Then cook for about 10 minutes until flaky in the middle.

There is a range to the air fryer cook times though of course. The thickness of your fillet will vary obviously. Try to put the same size pieces in at a time. If some are thin and others aren’t then a few will be overcooked, yuck.

The worst to me is gray fish. I would rather have it slightly underdone than dry and tasteless so I check frequently at the end until it is just right. One extra minute will make it go from good to cooked too much so stay close.

salmon frozen in air fryer

Ninja Foodi Frozen Salmon

It doesn’t matter what brand of machine you use, they all work basically the same way. If you want to use the easy butter smear you see here, this is what you’re going to need to have handy….

  1. Frozen salmon fillets or of course you could just cook one at a time if need be.
  2. Butter should be melted but not completely liquified if you know what I mean.
  3. Brown sugar will give this a bit of sweetness. I tell you, savory and sweet is killer y’all.
  4. Garlic you can either chop really finely yourself or just do what I do and buy it in a jar. I buy this stuff in huge containers my friends, use it on everything.
  5. Parsley
  6. Lemon
  7. Salt and pepper

You’ll add the last one to taste of course. I like to add a tad and then re-season after it is cooked because you can’t take off too much right?

frozen salmon air fryer

Air Fryer Frozen Salmon Fillet

I wouldn’t flip it over or else it will start to break all apart. The holes on the bottom will heat it all the way around each piece perfectly.

Does salmon need to be thawed before air frying?

Nope! You can cook it just as well as white fillets of air fryer frozen fish in just a few minutes. You probably won’t even know the difference. Just about 10 minutes does the trick.

Is frozen salmon still good for you?

It doesn’t make a difference, so that is great to know right? The vitamins, minerals and Omega 3s stay in tact whether it is rock solid or defrosted when cooked. It’s one of the healthiest foods you could ever eat really.

air fryer salmon recipe

What is a good side dish with salmon?

I think out go to is a bed of pressure cooker rice with some air fryer cauliflower if I have it on hand. Parmesan broccoli is my daughters’ favorite too! A few other options would be;

Did you remember to thaw your fresh salmon out?? We have instructions for that too with a dry rub. Follow our air fryer salmon recipe here for those steps. See which one you like best, or even if you sense a difference between the two.

Frozen Salmon in Air Fryer

Here are brief instructions but more detailed and amount of ingredients is below in printable recipe card:

Time needed: 10 minutes.

Air Fryer Frozen Salmon

  1. Prepare

    Spray inside of air fryer basket with non stick spray. Put frozen fillets inside basket without overlapping your pieces.

    In a small bowl mix melted butter (you could use olive oil instead), brown sugar, garlic, salt and pepper and parsley together.

    Brush this mixture on top of each piece, then squeeze fresh lemon juice on top of each.

  2. Cook

    Close basket and air fry at 360 F for 10 to 12 minutes. Cooked fish should easily flake apart with a fork in the thickest part when done.

Like I said before, cooking the salmon will have slight variations in time depending on how thick it is. Test the biggest piece before removing from the basket and serving.

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Frozen Salmon in Air Fryer

Frozen salmon in air fryer is so easy! From rock hard to flaky and tender in no time you should try fish in a Ninja Foodi or other brand.
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer, frozen, ninja foodi, salmon
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 221kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Spray inside of air fryer basket with non stick spray. Put frozen fillets inside basket without overlapping them.
  • In a small bowl mix melted butter, brown sugar, garlic, salt, pepper and parsley together.
  • Brush this mixture on top of each piece, then squeeze fresh lemon juice on top of each.
  • Close basket and air fry at 360 degrees F for 10-12 minutes or until fish easily flakes apart with a fork in the center, thickest part. * Timing will vary slightly depending on how thick your pieces are. Try to put the same thicknesses in at a time.

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Nutrition Facts
Frozen Salmon in Air Fryer
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 221 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 74mg25%
Sodium 389mg17%
Potassium 566mg16%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 226IU5%
Vitamin C 14mg17%
Calcium 25mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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