Air Fryer Honey Mustard Salmon Recipe

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Air fryer salmon with honey mustard glaze

How to Make Honey Mustard Salmon in the Air Fryer

The air fryer is my favorite way to cook salmon! It cooks up wonderfully and only takes about 10 mins of hands-off, foolproof cooking!

And, I always love a good honey mustard flavor. Sweet with just a little tang from the mustard.

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Salmon fillets seasoned with salt and pepper

Step 1. Season the Salmon

Pat the salmon dry first with a paper towel and then season with salt and pepper. Easy peasy.

Honey dijon salmon glaze ingredients

Step 2. Mix the Honey Mustard Glaze

This honey mustard glaze only has two ingredients – honey and Dijon mustard! It is super fast to make and there’s a good chance you have both ingredients on hand now.

I tried other recipes with more ingredients and they just didn’t have the same great flavor! Surprisingly, this incredibly simple honey dijon glaze always came out on top with the best flavor and results.

Glazed honey mustard salmon

Step 3. Glaze those Fillets!

Once you’ve mixed your honey mustard glaze, set aside one tablespoon for later and drizzle the rest onto your salmon fillets. Make sure to cover them evenly and completely!

Salmon in air fryer with foil sling

Step 4. Air Frying the Salmon

Before air frying salmon, make a foil sling. The foil sling helps prevent the fillets from sticking or coming apart when removing them from the air fryer basket.

Note that if the extra foil on each end is too long, the circulating air may push it down over the top of the fish. To prevent this, keep the extra foil on each end to about 2 inches so you have something to grab onto, and make sure you have enough salmon on the foil to hold it in place.

Once your sling is ready, lay it widthwise across your air fryer basket, pressing it into and up the sides. Then spray the foil and the basket with cooking spray.

Now you’re ready to arrange your salmon fillets in the basket! Make sure to place them with space between each fillet, and if you’re cooking skin-on fillets, place the skin down.

Honey mustard air fryer salmon

How Many Fillets Fit In One Air Fryer Basket?

The number of fillets you can fit in your air fryer at one time depends on the width of the fillets and the size of your air fryer.

I can usually fit 3 fillets in my Phillips XXL air fryer, while still leaving space between them, so that’s what works well for me. If I want to cook 4 fillets total, then I would cook 2 at a time though.

How Long to Cook Salmon in an Air Fryer

Salmon is done cooking when it begins to flake easily and the center of the thickest part still has a little bit of a translucent look, but does not look raw.

The internal temperature should register at about 125°, if you want to get technical. And for wild salmon, cook to 120°.

Air fryer salmon

Final Thoughts + Serving Tips

This air fryer honey mustard salmon is amazing. The direct heat from the top of the air fryer caramelizes the glaze and browns the edges, while the circulated air cooks the fish from all sides. So yummy!

Once your salmon fillets are done cooking, serve with fresh parsley if desired, and drizzle the remaining honey mustard glaze over top. Enjoy!

For side dish ideas, try roasted asparagusroasted potatoesbrussels sprouts with bacon and maple syrup, or even these amazing air fryer baked potatoes.

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Air Fryer Honey Mustard Salmon Recipe

5 / 5 (1 review)
Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cook Time: 10 minutes
Yield: 3 | Serves: 3

Ingredients

  • 3 salmon fillets, 1 ½ inches thick
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

Instructions

  1. Make a foil sling for the air fryer basket, about 4 inches tall and a few inches longer than the width of the basket. Lay foil widthwise across basket, pressing it into and up the sides. Lightly spray foil and basket with cooking spray.
  2. Pat salmon dry with paper towels. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together honey and Dijon, until well combined. Reserve 1 tablespoon of glaze. Drizzle remaining glaze evenly over salmon fillets, tops and sides.
  4. Arrange fillets skin side down on sling in the basket, with space between them. (The number of fillets you can fit in your air fryer at one time depends on the size of the fillets and the size of your air fryer.)
  5. Cook at 400° for 10-14 minutes, until salmon flakes easily and registers at 125°.
  6. Using sling, carefully lift salmon from air fryer. Loosen the skin with a fish spatula or utensil, then transfer fillets to plate, leaving skin behind.
  7. Drizzle reserved sauce over fillets. Garnish with fresh parsley, if desired. Serve warm.

Notes

Works with skin-on fillets and fillets without skin.

Recipe Adapted From: Air Fryer Perfection by America’s Test Kitchen

Ingredients: Dijon Mustard, Honey, Pepper, Salmon, Salt
Meal Type: 30-Minute Meals, Main Dish, #StayHome, Egg Free
Categories: Seafood, Air Fryer

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