If you are looking for a delicious, kid-friendly salmon dinner recipe, this easy air fryer salmon is a winner! From the first bite, you will taste the tangy honey garlic marinade flavors. Even your picky eaters will love it.

Every time I use my air fryer, I am reminded how easy and quickly it can cook a meal! This air fryer salmon recipe is no exception! This fish turns out moist and delicious with slightly crisp edges!

Even my picky one loved this recipe. The honey, garlic, and tamari flavors blended together perfectly, making this recipe both gluten free and dairy-free!

If you love seafood, you will also want to check out these 50 popular Gluten Free Seafood Recipes.

I include easy directions to cook this salmon with honey and garlic in the air fryer, cook on the grill, and bake in the oven. This way, those without an air fryer can also enjoy this flavorful recipe.

If you are trying to decide on what air fryer to get, I have a great list of the best air fryers for gluten free. I include a great pros and cons list for each model.

Why This Recipe is Great:

My favorite thing about this new recipe is not only the flavor, but it cooks in only 10 minutes! This tender salmon with honey and garlic is speedy and perfect for those busy weeknights!

Cooking salmon in your air fryer is so easy with my step-by-step directions! I am here anytime you have questions. leave a comment or send me a message via the Contact Me page. If you really enjoy making salmon, my Grilled Coho Salmon recipe is also great!

Had these last night and they are amazing!! My hubby couldn’t stop gushing. Said it was better than the salmon he had at a fancy restaurant recently. A++☺️

Janine L.

Ingredient Notes:

Photos of the salmon garlic honey ingredients.
  • Salmon – You can use any cut of salmon you like (a filet, pieces, or a whole fish split open. I prefer using wild salmon to farmed.
  • Tamari – You can use tamari, coconut aminos, or gluten free soy sauce. They all have pretty much the same flavor, though the coconut aminos have a little more natural sweetness. Any you choose will be delicious in this honey and garlic salmon recipe.
  • Honey – There is no need to use fancy, expensive honey. Just make sure it is 100% honey and has no corn syrup added.
  • Garlic – Minced, chopped, or smushed is fine.
  • Light oil – You want to use a light oil or coconut oil. I do NOT recommend olive oil as it doesn’t tolerate cooking heat very well.

I absolutely love using my air fryer. I have a Ninja Foodi 8 qt and a Corsori (it is a small 3.4 qt size, so you may need to cook in two rounds with this smaller air fryer). I cooked 4 salmon filets, and they all fit in the Nina Foodi. If you haven’t tried an air fryer, I highly recommend it for this Ninja Foodi Salmon recipe!

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This Ninja Foodi is one of my favorites. You can set different cooking temperatures and times for each side so that you can cook a whole meal easily. Clean-up is effortless too!

Pros:
  • 1. This model has two separate fans and is the only air fryer that I recommend for a household where all members are not gluten free.
  • 2. Easy clean-up.
  • 3. It cooks food evenly.
Cons:
  • 1. You must clean it very well after cooking meat to avoid any smell when you use it at a later date.
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Recipe Step-By-Step Directions:

This air fryer salmon recipe is best when you marinate it in my honey garlic marinade. This honey garlic sauce makes this salmon taste incredible.

Step 1: Add your marinade ingredients to a bowl. Whisk to blend.

Pouring marinade over raw salmon.

Step 2: Lay your salmon out in a dish. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator. Pour the marinade over the salmon. Let your salmon marinate for a minimum of 30 minutes.

Marinating salmon in a ziplock bag.

If you are planning to marinate the salmon with the honey garlic marinade overnight, use a ziplock-style bag so the salmon doesn’t dry out. Add your salmon pieces and pour in the marinade. Seal the bag and place it in the refrigerator.

Air fryer salmon photos of steps 2 and 3.

Step 3: Spray oil on the bottom of the air fryer. Place your marinated salmon in the air fryer. Spray oil over the salmon and close the air fryer.

Step 4: Air fry your salmon for 10 minutes at 365º F.

photos of steps 4 and 5

Step 5: Carefully remove the salmon with a plastic spatula. (Don’t use metal because you can scratch the non-stick surface.

Step 6: Serve it up with one of your favorite side dishes. Here are a few of my favorites:

If you love marinated fish, give my delicious Miso Glazed Cod recipe a try!

Oven-Baked Directions:

To oven-bake the honey garlic salmon, follow the marinating directions above. Preheat your oven to 365º F. Line a baking pan with parchment paper or spray it with non-stick cooking spray.

Place the marinated salmon in a shallow baking pan. Bake the salmon for 15 minutes. Serve hot.

A plate full of cooked salmon.

Tips and Recipe FAQ:

Do you flip salmon in the air fryer?

For my recipe, you do not need to flip the salmon. It cooks perfectly on just one side.

Can you air fry frozen salmon?

Technically, you could air fryer frozen salmon, but it will not taste that great. My recipe is so good because the marinade soaks into the salmon. If the fish is frozen, the marinade will not absorb into the fish. The extra water from the frozen salmon will make your salmon a little mushy.

How long does it take to cook salmon?

It depends on how large your salmon filets are and how thick they are. Mine took 10 minutes.

Can you cook the salmon in foil in the air fryer?

You can cook your salmon in foil in the air fryer, but the air will also not be able to circulate around the fish.

How long will cooked salmon keep fresh?

This salmon should be kept fresh for up to 3 days in the refrigerator. Store it in an air-tight container.

We are big seafood lovers here at the Fearless Dining Home. If your family likes seafood too, here are all of my gluten free seafood recipes. You may also love this Sous Vide Frozen Salmon recipe.

A plate of salmon ready to serve.

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a piece of air fried salmon on a plate with salad

Easy Air Fryer Salmon

Sandi Gaertner
You are going to love this quick and easy honey garlic air fryer salmon recipe! It cooks in just 10 minutes!
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4.89 from 9 votes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Marinate Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Gluten Free Dinner Recipes, Meal Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 4 filets
Calories 289 kcal

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Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound salmon filets
  • cup honey * see note
  • ¼ cup tamari or coconut aminos
  • 2 teaspoons crushed garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Optional: mustard seeds

Instructions
 

  • Add your marinade ingredients to a bowl. Whisk to blend.
  • Lay your salmon out in a dish. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator. Pour the marinade over the salmon. Let your salmon marinate a minimum of 30 minutes.
  • If you are planning to marinate the salmon with the honey garlic marinade overnight, use a ziplock-style bag so the salmon doesn't dry out. Add your salmon pieces and pour in the marinade. Seal the bag and place it in the refrigerator.
  • Spray oil on the bottom of the air fryer. Place your marinated salmon in the air fryer. Spray oil over the salmon and close the air fryer.
  • Air fry your salmon for 10 minutes at 365º F.
  • Carefully remove the salmon with a plastic spatula. (Don't use metal because you can scratch the non-stick surface.)

Notes

  1. You can use any cut of salmon, try to get de-boned. I highly recommend using wild salmon. Farmed salmon doesn’t have the same rich flavor.
  2. Use tamari, gluten-free soy sauce, or coconut aminos. They all have roughly the same flavor. Use coconut aminos if you can’t have soy.
  3. This salmon will keep fresh in an air-tight container in the refrigerator up to 4 days.

SPECIAL NOTE

Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.

Nutrition

Serving: 1filetCalories: 289kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 24gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 861mgPotassium: 607mgFiber: 1gSugar: 23gVitamin A: 45IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 21mgIron: 1mg
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8 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Tried these last night and WOW! Absolutely amazing. My GF hubby loves salmon and couldn’t get over Tia recipe. Said it was better than the salmon he had at a fancy restaurant recently. Perfectly cooked and so much flavor.

  2. 4 stars
    I love this recipe. Just wanted to let you know that you show honey up above in the ingredients but label it as GF Brownie Mix. 🙂

    My daughter is in Grad School and recently became dairy intolerant. It’s been challenging finding GOOD recipes for her that are GF and Dairy Free! Thank you for having options.

  3. 5 stars
    ok, I’m loving this salmon recipe. It is so quick and the salmon is tender and moist! Thanks for another great recipe!