This tutorial will show you how to cook old bay salmon and how long to cook frozen salmon in an air fryer. It comes out moist and flaky just as it should. No defrosting is needed and you can have a healthy dinner from your air fryer to your table in 20 minutes.
Can you air fry frozen salmon
Can you air fry frozen salmon? the simple answer is yes, cooking frozen salmon, especially in the air fryer is such a breeze. The process is simple and fast, and the result is a delicious, flaky, tender, and nutritious meal. The air fryer cooks the fish evenly and quickly, with no need to defrost the fish beforehand. Plus, it’s a healthy way to cook salmon, as you can use little or no oil.
This is a perfect recipe for those who are looking for a quick and easy way to get a healthy fish meal on the table. The cooking method is foolproof and you only require a handful of ingredients.
I seasoned the frozen salmon with old bay seasoning as it instantly boost the flavor of the fish. You can also use any other seasoning of your choice like lemon pepper, garlic powder, dill, or even a simple salt and paprika and black pepper mix. If you prefer to make your own seasoning blend then be sure to try my homemade fish seasoning recipe.
What you will need
Frozen salmon (obviously) or any other frozen fish you prefer. If using another type of fish then adjust cooking time accordingly as the cooking time will largely depend on the thickness and size of the fish.
Old Bay Seasoning or any other seasoning of your choice
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
How to cook frozen salmon in air fryer
Preheat your air fryer to 375F/190C for 2-3 minutes. Spray the air fryer basket with cooking oil
Remove the frozen fish from its packing (fillets or side) and place it skin side in the air fryer basket.
Brush or spray the fresh part of the fish with cooking oil and season the salt and black pepper
Air fry the frozen salmon for 3 minutes (just enough to melt some of the ice), remove the air fryer basket from the air fryer, and sprinkle old bay seasoning on the salmon.
Continue to cook for another 5 minutes and check the thickest part of the fish with a meat thermometer. The temperature should register at least 145F/62C. Continue to cook for an additional 3-5 minutes or until the fish is fully cooked and flaky with a fork. If cooking salmon side then it is important to flip it once during the cooking time for even cooking.
Serve and enjoy!
How to store and reheat
Cooked salmon can be stored in an airtight container and refrigerated for up to 3 days. It can also be frozen for up to 2 months. When ready to eat, reheat in the air fryer or oven until warmed through.
Air Fryer Frozen Salmon (Old Bay Salmon)
- 1 pound frozen salmon fillet or side
- 2 teaspoons old Bay Seasoning or any other seasoning of your choice
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- Fresh lemon juice to serve
- Preheat your air fryer to 375F/190C for 2-3 minutes. Spray the air fryer basket with cooking oil
- Remove the frozen fish from its packing (fillet or side) and place it (skin side) in the air fryer basket.
- Brush or spray the fresh part of the fish with cooking oil and season the salt and black pepper
- Air fry the frozen salmon for 5 minutes, remove the air fryer basket from the air fryer, and sprinkle old bay seasoning on the salmon.
- Continue to cook for another 5 minutes then check the thickest part of the fish with a meat thermometer. The temperature should register at least 145F/62C if fully cooked. Continue to cook for an additional 3-5 minutes or until the fish is fully cooked and flaky with a fork.
- Note: If cooking salmon side then it is important to flip it once during the cooking time for even cooking. Serve and enjoy!
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Is old bay good on salmon
Yes, Old bay is a great seasoning for salmon or any other type of seafood. It's a mixture of celery salt, paprika, mustard, and other spices that give the salmon a great flavor. Also, a little goes a long way, you can use about 1-2 teaspoons of old bay seasoning for a pound of salmon.
How long to cook frozen salmon in air fryer
This will depend on the thickness and size of the salmon and how well you like it cooked. For a 1-pound frozen salmon, I recommend cooking it for about 12-15 minutes. this will give you perfectly cooked and flaky salmon.
Can I substitute old bay for cajun seasoning
Yes, you can substitute cajun seasoning for old bay seasoning. However, both are different types of seasonings and Cajun seasoning is a bit spicier than old bay so you may want to use less of it.
If you are looking for a similar recipe to old bay seasoning then try this fish seasoning recipe.
How long to cook salmon in air fryer at 375
Fresh salmon will take about 8-10 minutes to cook at 375 degrees Fahrenheit and a bit longer for frozen fish. Add an estimated time of 5 minutes for frozen fish, that said, the thickness and size of the fish will determine how long to cook for provided it is cooked to the correct temperature. The FDA recommends an internal temperature of 145F/62C for fish.
Do I need to thaw frozen salmon before cooking
No, you don't need to thaw the frozen salmon before cooking it in the air fryer. You can cook it straight from frozen. This is one of the great things about air fryers, they can cook food quickly and evenly without the need to thaw it first.
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