Should I thaw frozen salmon to cook in the air fryer?

No, you do not need to thaw frozen salmon to cook in the air fryer. But, if your recipe has a marinade, then it is better to thaw the salmon so that it can absorb the flavors in the marinade more effectively.

Should I cook salmon with its skin?

Yes. It is better to cook salmon with its skin because the skin will help salmon retain its nutrients during the cooking process.

Can I eat salmon with its skin?

Yes. Salmon skin is safe to eat even though many people prefer not doing so. In fact, the skin has the highest concentration of omega-3 fatty acids in the salmon’s body. The scales on the skin are also safe to eat but not eaten.

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maple glazed salmon air fryer recipe

Emine Aslan January 24, 2024
Maple Glazed Salmon Air Fryer Recipe

Summary: Learn how to make maple glazed salmon in the air fryer. It has never been easier to make such a delicious fish dish for dinner!

Tags: Air fryer salmon

Category:Main dish
Cook Time:8 minutes
Prep Time:10+30 minutes
Author:Emine Aslan
Calories: 344

Salmon is one of the easiest types of fish to cook because of its high fat content. When fish has only little fat, you need to follow oily recipes such as deep frying to make fish tasty. However, if you are to make salmon, you just need to put it directly in or on a heat source. You do not even need to marinade it. Fat in salmon will help salmon release all its flavor and make its meat flaky.

The marinade in the recipe below, made with maple, soy sauce, and garlic maple, will enhance the salmon’s already wonderful flavor. It will also give salmon an appetizingly glazing look. Let’s move on to the recipe and see all these come true!


  • 1 cup maple syrup

  • ¼ cup soy sauce

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

  • 8 salmon fillets

  • Olive oil spray

  • Sesame seeds for garnish


  1. Combine maple syrup, soy sauce, garlic powder, and black pepper in a large zipper bag.

  2. Add salmon filets to the zipper bag and gently massage the bag to make the marinade cover all salmon filets.

  3. Zip the bag and place it in the refrigerator and let the salmon marinate for 30 minutes.

  4. After marinating, preheat the air fryer by selecting the “Fish” function and adjusting the timer to 3 minutes. Once you press the “Start/Pause” button, it will start warming up. If your air fryer does not have a fish function, adjust the temperature to 400°F (205°C).

  5. Grease the basket (or mesh rack depending on your air fryer type) with olive oil spray or line it with parchment paper.

  6. Remove the salmon filets from the zipper bag and arrange them in the basket or on the mesh rack as the skin side is down.

  7. Set the timer to 8 minutes. Once you press the “Start/Pause” button, it will start cooking.

  8. Halfway through cooking, brush salmon filets with some more marinade and continue cooking.

  9. Cook the salmon filets until it is flaky.

  10. Once cooked, open the air fryer and transfer the salmon to a serving plate.

  11. Garnish with sesame seeds.

  12. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 salmon filet
% Daily Value
Calories per serving
27.5 grams
11.1 grams
35.1 grams
78 milligrams
531 milligrams
0.2 grams

    You can store leftover salmon filets inside an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

    If you do not have an air fryer, then you can also make this recipe in your kitchen oven. Heat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, follow the directions and bake the salmon filets in the oven for about 20-25 minutes depending on the thickness of the salmon.


    You can serve air fryer maple glazed salmon best with green salad, for example, the one made with baby spinach leaves, raw broccoli and cauliflower florets broken into small pieces, and chopped paprika, and seasoned with olive oil, lemon juice and some salt. This salad will perfectly match maple glazed salmon and increase the limited fiber content in your menu.