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Easy Crumbed Salmon in Air Fryer

Crumbed salmon is one of my favorite ways to make salmon. The kids love the crispy outer layers with the supple flaky center and it’s easy for them to eat.

Salmon is one of those wholesome ingredients that is rich in nutrients and high in good saturated fats that is healthy for everyone. It has an aromatic flavor that can be complemented with little condiments. Therefore, salmon is a great protein ingredient used in many simple meals.

I found that salmon done in the air fryer is evenly cooked and has the crispiness and the tenderness that would give me that melting in the mouth texture. In addition, the temperature control is more accurate than the oven or the frying pan which helps to cook it to perfection.

Best air fried crumbed salmon

Things to note:

Salmon: You can use either wild or farm salmon for this recipe.  I prefer to use wild salmon because it contains higher levels of natural minerals due to its diet. As with any type of seafood, it is best to use fresh salmon so that the fishy taste is not overbearing. However, there are different types of salmon that has different levels if fishy taste intensity. Generally, the lighter the color of the meat the less intensity of the fish taste.

If you feel that the taste is too fishy for you then you can try soaking the salmon in milk for 20 minutes before cooking or squeezing some lemon juice on the cooked salmon.

Texture: The breadcrumbs in this recipe makes the outer layer really crispy however if you are short for time, you can use ready-made breadcrumbs from the supermarket.

Cooking Temperature: Salmon can be easily overcooked therefore getting the temperature and time right is essential to a successful meal.

On the other hand, using a lower temperature would result in a salmon with reduced crispiness. I got a perfect result when I cooked it at 175 degrees Celsius (347 degrees Fahrenheit). However, it may require some experimentation as air fryers may differ slightly with the various models.

Lastly, I prefer my salmon to be medium done. If this is not your preference then adjust the time slightly up or down to cater for your preference.

Air Fryer: When cooking the crumbed salmon in an air fryer, do not place in too many salmon fillets, so it does not get overcrowded. Ensuring space between the fillets helps to achieve better crispiness. Hence, if you’re preparing the dish for a big family, it is strongly advisable that you put them in batches unless your air fryer is big enough. I had to cut my salmon fillets in half for this recipe so that it could fit spaciously in the air fryer basket.

Serving Suggestions:

  1. Air fried crumbed brussels sprouts.
  2. Steamed broccolini with some garlic and salt.
  3. Air fried zesty mushrooms and zucchini.
  4. Sweet crispy butternut pumpkin air fried.
  5. Air Fried asparagus with parmesan cheese.
  6. Your favorite salads. My favorite light salad is leafy greens with cherry tomatoes drizzled with balsamic vinegar and olive oil.
  7. Stir fried green beans with garlic and salt. Squeeze a few drops of lemon juice once cooked to add a refreshing zingy taste.
Delicious air fried salmon recipe

Air Fried Crumbed Salmon

Claire Baker
This simple salmon recipe is ideal for those busy weekdays when you haven’t prepared anything beforehand and want a healthy meal without having to spend time preparing or marinating the ingredients.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2 people


  • Air Fryer
  • Tongs
  • Deep plate
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Parchment paper (optional)


  • 2 fillets Salmon around 450 grams in total
  • 3 slices Bread
  • 1 teaspoon Italian herbs (dried)
  • Pepper
  • Salt


  • Place bread slices into an air fryer. Set to 200 degrees Celsius (392degrees Fahrenheit) and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Grate the toasted bread slices into fine crumbs.
  • Add Italian herbs and pepper to grated bread and mix in a deep plate.
  • Clean, debone, and take off the skin of the salmon fillets.
  • Sprinkle some salt and pepper over the salmon fillets.
  • Roll the salmon fillets in the bread crumb mixture.
  • Spray air fryer basket with oil or use parchment paper.
  • Place salmon fillets in the air fryer basket in a single layer and allow for some space between the fillets so that the sides can be crispy from the grilling.
  • Set temperature at 175 degrees Celsius (347 degrees Fahrenheit) and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Take the air fryer basket out and flip the crumbed salmon fillets with tongs.
  • Please the salmon fillets back in the air fryer and set the temperature to 175 degrees Celsius (347 degrees Fahrenheit) again for 5 minutes.
  • The cooking is done take the salmon fillets out with tongs and serve with your favorite sides. Refer to our serving suggestions above for ideas.
Keyword air fried, easy, flavoursome, quick, soft

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