Air Fryer Honey Mustard Crusted Salmon is a great and easy dinner or lunch to make with the air fryer’s help; if you love salmon, you will absolutely love this dish: light, buttery, and crisp, delicious.
Salmon is one of my favorite dinners in the air fryer; I love a great piece at the end of a hard day. It’s very healthy and filled with omega vitamins and healthy fats. I love the crust on the salmon because it cooks up really crispy and gives a great salmon flavor.
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How to Make Air Fryer Honey Mustard Crusted Salmon
This is a great and easy recipe if you love a great honey mustard sauce on your salmon. I love honey mustard. It gives the right flavor, both sweet and tangy from the sauce. Here is your guide on how to make it perfect in the air fryer.
Start by seasoning your salmon with salt and pepper. Mix the honey, mustard, and garlic in a small mixing bowl. Then in another bowl, mix the Panko and lemon zest. Use a pastry brush, brush the salmon with the honey mustard sauce, and then coat your salmon, pressing down on the bread crumbs to really coat the salmon.
Spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray, and then place your salmon into the basket. Spray the top with cooking spray. Set the temperature to 350 degrees F for 8-10 minutes, or until it flakes easily.
Check the internal temperature to ensure it’s 125 degrees F before removing the salmon from the air fryer basket.
Pro Tips For Cooking Crusted Salmon In Air Fryer
Making crusted salmon in an air fryer is a quick and delicious method. Here are some pro tips to ensure your salmon comes out perfectly every time:
- Preheat the Air Fryer: Always preheat your air fryer before adding the salmon. This ensures even cooking right from the start.
- Dry the Salmon: Before adding the crust or seasoning, pat the salmon dry with paper towels. This will help the crust adhere better and make the skin crispier if you’re leaving it on.
- Thickness Matters: Try to use fillets that are of even thickness, so they cook uniformly. If you have a particularly thick center and thinner edges, you can fold the thin part under to even it out.
- Oil it Up: Lightly brush or spray the salmon with oil. This will help the crust become golden and crispy in the air fryer. An oil mister or sprayer is a great tool for this.
- Don’t Overcrowd: Place the salmon fillets in a single layer, ensuring there’s space around each piece. This allows for better air circulation and even cooking.
- Check for Doneness: Use an instant-read thermometer to check the salmon’s internal temperature. The FDA recommends a safe minimum internal temperature of 145°F (62.8°C). However, some prefer it a bit less done, around 125°F (51.6°C) for medium-rare.
- Let it Rest: After removing the salmon from the air fryer, let it sit for a few minutes. This allows the juices to be redistributed, ensuring a moist and flavorful bite.
- Versatility with Crusts: Experiment with different crusts – from breadcrumbs to crushed nuts, herbs, and parmesan cheese. Just ensure they’re finely crushed to get a consistent crust.
- Quick Cleanup: If you’re concerned about cleanup, you can line the bottom of the air fryer with foil or parchment paper, making sure not to cover any air vents.
- Stay Close: Salmon cooks quickly in the air fryer. Stay close by to avoid overcooking, especially if you’re working with thinner fillets.
These tips should give you deliciously crusted salmon with a moist interior and a crispy, flavorful crust. Enjoy your meal.
Do I need to flip the salmon halfway through cooking?
Generally, there’s no need to flip salmon in an air fryer as it cooks evenly from all sides. However, for extra crispy crusts, you may want to give it a quick flip.
Can I use frozen salmon fillets?
Yes, you can cook frozen salmon directly in the air fryer. Just adjust the cooking time, adding a few more minutes. It’s best to check for doneness with a thermometer.
How do I prevent the crust from falling off?
Press the crust firmly onto the salmon and ensure the salmon is dry before applying any crust. Also, be gentle when flipping or checking the fish.
What other crusts can I use for salmon in the air fryer?
The possibilities are endless! Some popular choices are panko breadcrumbs, crushed nuts (like almonds or pistachios), or even crushed potato chips.
Why is my salmon dry?
It might be overcooked. Salmon cooks quickly, especially in the air fryer. Ensure you don’t overcook it, and always check its internal temperature.
Can I cook other types of fish with a crust in the air fryer?
Absolutely! Many fish varieties, like cod, tilapia, or trout, can be crusted and cooked in the air fryer using similar methods.
Do I need to use oil for crusted salmon?
A light brushing or spraying of oil can help achieve a crispier and golden-brown crust. However, salmon is a naturally oily fish, so you can reduce the amount.
Can I make a gluten-free crust for salmon in the air fryer?
Yes, you can use gluten-free breadcrumbs, almond meal, or crushed nuts for a gluten-free crust option.
How do I serve air-fried crusted salmon?
You can serve it with a drizzle of lemon juice, your favorite sauce, or a side of vegetables and grains.
Is air-fried crusted salmon healthier than pan-fried?
Air frying typically uses less oil than pan-frying, so it can be a lower-fat and calorie option while still achieving a crispy crust.
What to Serve With Air Fryer Salmon
- Steamed or roasted vegetables
- Green Salad
- Rice or Pilaf
- Cucumber and Onions or Pasta Salad
- Pair your salmon with all your favorite side dish recipes. Or go very simple and reach for a prepared salad or something that is no fuss.
DO NOT FORGET TO PIN,
Air Fryer Honey Mustard Crusted Salmon
- 4 6 ounces salmon fillets
- 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 cup Panko Bread crumbs
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Cooking spray
- Start by seasoning your salmon with salt and pepper.
- In a small mixing bowl, mix the honey, mustard, and garlic. Then in another bowl, mix the Panko and lemon zest.
- Use a pastry brush, brush the salmon with the honey mustard sauce, and then coat your salmon, using your hands to press down on the bread crumbs to really coat the salmon.
- Spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray, and then place your salmon into the basket.
- Spray the top with cooking spray. Set the temperature to 350 degrees F for 8-10 minutes, or until it flakes easily.
- Check the internal temperature to makes sure it’s 125 degrees F before removing the salmon from the air fryer basket.
- Plate, serve, and enjoy!
- Air Fryer
- Cooking Spray
- Parchment Paper, optional