If you’re looking for the best recipe for making salmon in a Ninja Foodi air fryer, you have come to the right place! This easy Ninja Foodi salmon recipe is made in your Ninja Foodi in just 10 minutes.

Complete with a savory, well-balanced seasoning blend and a spritz of fresh lemon juice, this Ninja Foodi Salmon recipe is the best around.

Cooked salmon filets with parsley on top of a plate of rice pilaf.

My new favorite dinner to make in the Ninja Foodi is Salmon Filets.

Use this Ninja Foodi method to cook salmon filets, or save money by buying a whole side of salmon and slicing it into pieces yourself.

What You’ll Need

Ingredients needed to make salmon in ninja foodi, including raw salmon filets, lemon, and seasonings
  • Salmon Filets – You can use frozen salmon that you’ve thawed or fresh salmon. The spice mixture in this recipe is enough to season 4 large pieces of salmon.
  • Olive Oil – Coating the salmon with oil before cooking it in the air fryer helps to keep it moist. Plus it allows all the seasonings to stick on well.
  • Paprika – I love the warmth that paprika adds, as well as its ability to add color.
  • Garlic Powder – A bit of this savory seasoning is so delicious with fish.
  • Coarse Salt – Kosher salt or coarse sea salt will melt into the salmon as it cooks in the Ninja Foodi for great flavor.
  • Rosemary – Fresh, chopped rosemary is the first of three fresh herbs in this salmon rub.
  • Basil – Chop the basil to about the same size as the other herbs so that the texture is similar.
  • Parsley – The third green herb finishes up our herb and spice rub perfectly.

How to Make It

photo collage showing four easy steps for making salmon in ninja foodi air fryer
  1. In a small bowl, mix together paprika, rosemary, basil, parsley, garlic powder, and salt. Prepare salmon filets, checking for any bones you can feel. If you’re using a whole salmon filet, cut it into serving-sized pieces. 
  2. Preheat the Ninja Foodi on the Air Fry setting to 390°F/198°C for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, add ¼ teaspoon of olive oil to the top of each salmon piece, then rub in ¼ of the seasoning mixture to each.
  3. Place seasoned salmon in the Ninja Foodi basket, skin side down. You will need to cook this recipe in batches. 1 large filet or two large ones can be cooked at a time.
  4. Cook at 390°F/198°C for 8 to 10 minutes. Garnish with fresh lemon and fresh parsley if desired.
a plate topped with rice pilaf and a piece of salmon on the counter in front of a bowl of rice and a pile of lemons

Tips and Tricks

  • The fish filets shown here are larger ones, but you can cook smaller filets using the same process. Check them at the 8-minute mark so that they don’t overcook.
  • With large pieces of salmon, I only cook one at a time. Avoid crowding the air fryer basket so that the salmon will cook evenly.
  • Preheating is important in this recipe. You want the air fryer to be nice and hot when you add the salmon.
  • Leave the skin on the salmon. It protects the delicate fish from sticking or overcooking on the bottom of the Ninja Foodi basket.
  • You don’t need to flip the fish over when cooking it in the Ninja Foodi air fryer.
  • Try using simple Cajun seasoning, or Italian seasoning. Lemon pepper seasoning is always good with fish as well.

How to Serve

How to Know When It’s Done?

The age-old question…

If you take a fork and lightly pull from the center (or the thickest part) of the salmon filet, the fish should flake apart easily. If you prefer to go by temperature, ensure that your salmon is 145°F/63°C.

Visually, you can tell that salmon is done when the color has changed from translucent red or pink to opaque pink.

A cooked salmon filet in an air fryer basket

Types of Salmon Cuts

Three main salmon cuts that you may find are:

  • Salmon steaks: They’ll be cut as a slice that includes both sides of the salmon.
  • Side of salmon: A large fillet, that is one whole side of the fish, usually trimmed, but not super well.
  • Filets: These Will be pieces cut from the side. These will come with or without skin.

For this recipe, the best choice is salmon filets, with the skin on.

a salmon fillet topped with herbs and a lemon slice, held up with a spatula.

Fresh vs. Frozen Fillets

It can be cost-effective to purchase frozen salmon filets. Before air frying, be sure that you thaw the fish overnight in the refrigerator. Fresh salmon can be more expensive, but I think it’s generally tastier.

Wild vs. Game Caught Salmon

Wild-caught fish is more nutritious. Farmed salmon is generally lighter in color and has more fat, while wild-caught salmon will be a redder, darker color.

Images of salmon cooked in the air fryer

Ninja Foodi Salmon

Complete with a savory, well-balanced seasoning blend and a spritz of fresh lemon juice, this Ninja Foodi Salmon recipe is the best around, ready in 10 minutes.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 274kcal
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Equipment

  • Ninja Foodi

Ingredients

  • 4 salmon filets 4-6 ounces each
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon rosemary fresh, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon basil fresh, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon parsley fresh, chopped. Plus extra for garnish
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon coarse salt
  • teaspoon ground black pepper or to taste
  • Fresh lemon slices for garnish

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, mix together paprika, rosemary, basil, parsley, garlic powder, and salt.
  • Prepare salmon filets, checking for any bones you can feel. If you’re using a whole salmon filet, cut it into serving sized pieces.
  • Preheat the Ninja Foodi on the Air Fry setting to 390°F/198°C for 5 minutes.
  • Add ¼ teaspoon of olive oil to the top of each salmon piece, then rub in ¼ of the seasoning mixture to each.
  • Place seasoned salmon in the air fryer basket, skin side down. You will need to cook this recipe in batches. 1 large filet or two large ones can be cooked at a time.
  • Close the crisper lid, and cook Salmon in the Ninja Foodi using the Air Fry setting at 390°F/198°C for 8 to 10 minutes.
  • When salmon is done, remove from the air fryer. Garnish with fresh lemon and fresh parsley if desired.
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Notes

  • You can cook one or two pieces of salmon at a time in the Ninja Foodi. Don’t try to do more than that, or they won’t cook evenly. You want plenty of space around each fish fillet.
  • Use this recipe with any type of firm fish that you like. 
  • Check your salmon at the 8 minute mark for doneness. If needed, cook for an additional two minutes. Add additional time if needed, in two minute intervals. 
  • Cook the salmon with the skin on. The skin may stick to the air fryer basket a bit, but the fish will remove easily. 
  • Pro Tip: This recipe can be made in the air fryer unit with a basket or the air fryer oven. If you are using the air fryer oven, use the middle rack and select the “Air Fry” function.
  • Pro Tip: Check your food as it cooks. Each air fryer runs a bit differently. Sometimes airfrying is a trial and error process. Check your food as it cooks to learn your air fryer better! When cooking a new recipe or food items be sure to check your food often to help avoid over/under cooking.
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Nutrition

Calories: 274kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 366mg | Potassium: 844mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 194IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg
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Air Fryers can vary greatly. Please take the time to learn your specific air fryer. You may need to adjust times and temperatures based upon your air fryer. All though this website attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, the information should only be considered an estimate. Varying factors such as different product types, different brands, etc. can change nutritional information. It is your responsibility as a consumer to read all labels to make sure the ingredients fit your dietary needs as well as calculate your own nutritional information as a double check.
What if my salmon isn’t done after 10 minutes?

Thicker salmon filets may take a few more minutes to fully cook. Just put it back in and check in two minutes.

How do I know when it’s done?

What kind of salmon is best for air frying?

My suggestion is to purchase fresh salmon filets, either farm-raised or wild-caught for both convenience and the best flavor.

Can I make other fish in the Ninja Foodie?

Of course! Try it with other firm-fleshed fish such as pollack, hake, halibut, and cod.
Thinner or softer types of fish, such as tilapia, will also cook in the Ninja Foodi the same way that salmon does but will need less time.

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3 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This is amazing! I’m always looking for salmon recipes that aren’t sweet, and this one is really nice! I’m loving being able to cook so many things in the Ninja foodi air fryer too.

  2. Thanks for pointing out that the ninja basket might be hotter. And the need to preheat for 5 min. Going to try this tomorrow. My last attempt wasn’t great.

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