This air fryer salmon recipe is a simple dish that can be prepared and cooked in just minutes. It is the perfect meal to make during busy days at home. If you haven't tried cooking your salmon this way, today is the day to start!
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FRESH VS FROZEN SALMON
Salmon that is both fresh and frozen has advantages and things to keep in mind. Here is a look at each of the two:
Compared to frozen salmon, fresh salmon typically has a somewhat greater texture and flavor. This is particularly obvious if the fish was just caught and handled properly. Fresh salmon is an ideal option if you intend to use it right away or within a few days.
Depending on how well it is stored, fresh salmon normally has a short shelf life of only a few days. To prevent spoilage, it must be used right away or cooked. Fresh salmon might not always be available, depending on the time of year and where you live.
On the other hand, frozen salmon is readily available all year long and can be kept for a long time, you can eat it regardless of whether it is in season or not. Since it is frequently frozen soon after being caught, the nutrients and freshness are preserved.
Even though salmon that has been frozen still tastes great, some people may find a small change in texture or flavor. It's critical to thaw correctly frozen salmon to preserve its quality. It needs to be defrosted in the fridge, which could take several hours or even overnight.
HOW DO I KNOW WHEN SALMON IS COOKED?
As the salmon cooks, the color of the flesh shifts. Salmon is translucent when raw, and as it cooks, its color intensifies. The flesh should change from being translucently pink or orange to being opaquely pale pink or coral. Examine the salmon carefully with a fork or knife. The flesh of cooked salmon should effortlessly separate into moist layers.
TIPS FOR MAKING SALMON IN THE AIR FRYER
Cooking salmon in the air fryer is easy and can be really convenient. A couple of tips for making crispy air fryer salmon:
1. PREHEAT AIR FRYER
Preheating the air fryer for a few minutes can lessen the salmon from sticking and ensure even cooking.
2. PREPARE THE SALMON
Be sure to pat dry the salmon fillets in order to get a nice crust when cooked.
3. COOKING TIME AND TEMPERATURE
Set the appropriate temperature and cooking time for a perfect cook.
4. AVOID OVERCROWDING
Don't overcrowd the air fryer basket for proper air circulation.
5. REST BEFORE SERVING
Allow air-fried salmon to rest for a couple of minutes before serving for best results.
WHAT TO SERVE WITH FRIED SALMON?
A wide range of sides can be served with fried salmon to enhance its flavors and create a well-rounded meal. Here's a couple of ideas for you to try:
- Weight Watchers Cheesy Cauliflower Rice
- Air Fryer Roasted Vegetables
- Tex-Mex Pasta
- Southwest Couscous Salad
- Zucchini Fries
To make this recipe, you are going to need:
- Salmon Fillet
- Black Pepper
- Garlic Powder
- Dijon Mustard
- Olive Oil
- Lemon Juice
- Maple Syrup
- Green Onions
- Maple Syrup
- Brown Sugar
HOW TO MAKE AIR FRYER SALMON RECIPE
Now that you have gathered all of your ingredients, it is time to make this yummy recipe. Follow the instructions below for the best results!
STEP ONE: PREPARE MAPLE SYRUP MIXTURE
Grab a small bowl and combine maple syrup, sugar, and salt. Mix until fully blended together.
STEP TWO: COOK BACON
Once the mixture is ready, fry the bacon until it is golden brown. Then, pour in the maple syrup and mix to coat the bacon.
STEP THREE: SEASON THE SALMON
In a different bowl, place the mustard, oil, lemon juice, and syrup. Add salt and pepper to taste if needed. After that's all mixed, coat the salmon evenly with the seasoning.
STEP FOUR: COOK
Set the air fryer temperature to 400°F and cook for 13 to 15 minutes.
STEP FOUR: SERVE
When done cooking, crush the bacon and sprinkle the bits on top of air fried salmon. Serve and enjoy!
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- 3-4 strips Bacon
- 2 1/2 tbsp Maple Syrup
- 1 1/2 tbsp Brown Sugar
Fry the bacon in a skillet until crispy. Combine maple syrup, sugar, salt in a small bowl.
When the bacon is done cooking, crumble it and add to the syrup mixture. Set aside.
In another small bowl, stir mustard, oil, lemon juice, syrup, and if you need salt and pepper.
Preheat the air fryer to 400°F.
Coat the salmon with the marinade.
Place a parchment liner in the preheated air fryer. Place the coated salmon fillets in the air fryer, allowing a little room between each fillet. Cook in batches if needed. Air fry for 13-15 minutes.
Crush the bacon and add over salmon. Add diced green onion to the top of the salmon.
Please note that on the calories it is calculated with the entire amount of oil. Obviously, most of the marinade isn't actually consumed, thus lowering the true calorie count tremendously. It is very hard to calculate when a marinade is used. 🙂
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