air fryer lemon pepper salmon filets on a cutting board.

Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Salmon

Yield: 2 servings 1x
Prep: 10 minutesCook: 10 minutesTotal: 20 minutes

This Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Salmon is a bright and flavorful main dish seafood recipe that takes only 10 minutes to cook in your air fryer! Simple to make and perfect for quick weeknight dinners!



  • 1 lemon, zested then sliced into wedges
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse flaky sea salt or 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 2 (4-6 ounce) wild salmon fillets, skin-on, room temperature


  1. Make the seasoning: In a small bowl, combine the lemon zest and sea salt. Use the back of a spoon to lightly grind and mix together for 10-15 seconds. Add remaining spices to the bowl including the fresh ground black pepper and garlic powder, and mix to combine.
  2. Prepare the salmon: Place room temperature salmon fillets out on a plate or cutting board. Use a paper towel to pat dry both sides. Next, coat all sides of the filets liberally with oil using a pastry brush or your fingers. Place the salmon skin side down and divide the seasoning evenly over each salmon fillet. Use your fingers to coat the salmon on the top and sides with the lemon pepper seasoning mix.
  3. Cook the salmon: Place the salmon skin side down in the air fryer, taking care not to let the portions overlap or touch. Air fry the salmon at 350F for 8-12 minutes. Cook until the salmon easily flakes with a fork or until the internal temperature reaches 145F when measured with a meat thermometer.
  4. Serve and store: Let the salmon cool on a cutting board for a couple minutes, then peel off the skin and serve with lemon wedges. Watch for bones, depending on the quality of the cut. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Enjoy cold from the fridge or reheat in the air fryer at 350F for 4-5 minutes.


If you have a larger air fryer, feel free to double this recipe and cook four fillets at a time. Air fryer cook times and settings will vary depending on the brand and model. Start with minimum cook time and adjust from there. Nutrition information estimated with My Fitness Pal.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: 1 filet
  • Calories: 160
  • Fat: 7g
  • Carbohydrates: 1g
  • Protein: 24g
© Author: Danielle
Cuisine: American Method: Air Fry