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Air Fryer Salmon with Parmesan dill crust is done in 10 minutes in the Ninja Foodi!

So delicious, with a Parmesan topping that browns up with NO breading needed, you won’t find an easier way to cook your salmon.  

Flaky salmon crust with parmesan dill mayo crust being eaten with a fork for dinner

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Salmon in Air Fryer 

Living in the south, seafood and salmon, is a big thing.

A quick meal, light, fresh, keto friendly, low carb, and FULL of protein, perfect pink salmon fillets are the best way to have dinner ready in 10 minutes flat.

And how to do it? THE AIR FRYER.

And truthfully, once you learn how to cook salmon in the air fryer with this perfect Parmesan crust topping, there is no going back.

In fact, this air fryer salmon recipe is on its way to being your newest lunch (or dinner) craving. Plus, salmon pairs perfectly with so many varying vegetables on the side!

A few of my favorites – Try delicious cheesy creamy asparagus, green beans almondine, or even a fresh broccoli slaw salad.

Remember – you do not have to sacrifice flavor if you want a quick and easy meal!

Let’s get cooking air frying! 

Parmesan crusted salmon

If you do not have a local place to pick up seafood, our Publix has a fantastic seafood counter and great prices.

This gorgeous hunk of salmon was only $8 and enough to feed 2-3 people in my house. This recipe is based on fresh and defrosted, not frozen, salmon.

Additionally, as you can see, my salmon fillet is not a huge thick piece- but rather a nice fillet. Some salmons are 2-3 inches high, and that could easily adjust your cooking times.

The great thing about using the Foodi, is you can lift and look under the lid at the 10 minute mark and add time if you need to. 

  • Fresh Salmon (approximately 1 pound fillet fits in a 6.5 quart Ninja Foodie Air Crisp basket) 
seafood salmon with salt and pepper fresh from the store

Parmesan Dill Topping

A perfect blend of my custom Parmesan topping crisps the top of your salmon in the foodi and without the heaviness of actual panko or bread crumbs.

The blend of mayo, shredded parm, and spices, once put in the air fryer, make a perfect topping that browns right on the top.

You won’t even miss a typical fried crust. In fact, I am sure once you make this simple salmon, you will be craving it constantly.

Coincidentally, this Parmesan crust recipe can be added to baked chicken as well! 

Scroll to the bottom for a printable version of this post, including all measurements and instructions, so you can follow along in your kitchen without being on your phone. 

Here is what ingredients you need to gather to get started: 

  • Hellmann’s Mayo
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Dried Dill
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese
  • lemon juice

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir until well incorporated. 

Parmesan crust made from mayo, dill, dijon mustard and lemon mixed up

Air Fryer Salmon (Ninja Foodi)

How to cook salmon in the air fryer:

Season your salmon with sea salt and fresh cracked pepper.

Feel free to be generous with your seasonings! 

Place salmon, skin side down, into the Ninja Foodi air fryer basket. 

*note: Ninja Foodi calls this the AIR CRISPER basket* 

lay salmon in the air crisp basket of the air fryer

Using a basting brush, spread the Parmesan mayo mixture onto your fillet, end to end, until fully covered.

Do not spread too thick.

Close the air fryer lid. 

Simple parmesan mayo crust on the entire salmon fillet

How long to cook Salmon in the Air Fryer? 

Turn on Air Fryer to 400 degrees for 10 minutes. 

Add extra 2 minutes if you would like your salmon flakier. 

Remove salmon (I use a spatula) carefully and serve. 

low carb salmon cooked in the air fryer

And although I don’t do a ton of seafood here on my site, and trying to change that, I do have some killer seafood salads that are worth making- try this Mediterranean shrimp salad with avocado and my seafood pasta salad.

If you love cooking with seafood, both of those are great. 


Do not have a Ninja Foodi yet? I LOVE mine. I bought an all in one steamer, air fryer, pressure cooker and slow cooker in one – eliminating my need for multiple kitchen items.

I have found that this machine products the best results in an instant and having tested the Instant Pot, Vortex, and the Ninja Foodi, I ADORE this machine.

Check out the specs and see if its a fit for you: 


Make sure you check out my video and ask any questions below. I love to try new takes on my recipes, so please make sure to leave me a comment and tell me how you altered my recipe in your at home kitchen.

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More Air Fryer Recipes

I have started cooking more and more with my Ninja Foodi- I have found it saves me SO much time in the kitchen and i have been a lot more adventurous knowing I can have meats, seafood, and chickens done in no time at all.

This week I also shared a great recipe on how to make Ninja Foodi Chicken Wings in around 20 minutes as well as an entire package of bacon at once (see it here at Ninja Foodi Bacon)!

  Make sure you follow me on Pinterest so you can grab the newest and most delicious ways to enjoy your pressure cooker, air fryer, and oven every day. 

fork up a fresh piece of salmon
4.75 from 89 votes

Air Fryer Salmon (Ninja Foodi)

Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Parmesan crusted air fryer salmon is a perfect low carb, keto friendly 10 minute fresh salmon recipe. Perfect for lunch or dinner, this air fryer salmon is totally delicious and guilt free.


  • 1/4 cup Hellmann's Mayo
  • 1/2 tablespoon Dijon Mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon Dried Dill
  • 1/4 cup Shredded Parmesan cheese
  • small squeeze of lemon juice
  • 1 salmon fillet approx 1 pound


  • How to make Parmesan Mayo Crust
  • Combine all ingredients into a bowl and stir until well incorporated. Set aside for next step.

How to cook salmon in the air fryer:

  • Season your salmon with sea salt and fresh cracked pepper. Feel free to be generous with your seasonings! 
  • Place salmon, skin side down, into the Ninja Foodi air fryer basket. 
  • Using a basting brush, spread Parmesan Mayo mixture onto your fillet, end to end, until fully covered. Do not spread too thick.
  • Close air fryer lid. 
  • Turn on Air Fryer to 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Add extra 2 minutes if you would like your salmon flakier OR have a thicker piece of salmon*but I suggest you check at 10 minutes because its usually perfect*
  • Remove Parmesan Crusted Salmon (I use a spatula) carefully from the Air Fryer and serve. 



Serve with a side of vegetables


Serving: 1 | Calories: 363kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 15g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 458mg | Potassium: 443mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 160IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 165mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. Carol Ryan says:

    I have just made this and it’s amazing and that is coming from someone who is not a fish lover. I love your site, sometimes it takes me a little while to convert measurements but I am getting used to using usa ones lol. My family thought it was so good they have asked for it again so that’s good. Love your site btw x

    1. Hi Carol! First, thank you for your kind words. Second, I know how you feel because I found a recipe today that was not in US measurements and I had to convert it back to try it LOL!! It took me two times to get it completely right. Its so funny to me how we use different conversions. 🙂


  2. Jeasica L. says:

    This was so easy and delicious!!!! Went above my expectations for sure. Will definitely be making again. Thank you!!!

    1. Thank you! This is my go to recipe for salmon 🙂 I am glad you enjoyed it!


  3. I just made this tonight. I had smaller cuts of Salmon so I air fried four in my new Ninja Foodi I got on Sunday. Came out perfect. I only needed to cook them for five minutes at 400 degrees. We are going to have them again.
    Thank you for posting this great recipe.

    1. Thanks so much Pat. Glad this recipe worked well for your Salmon!

  4. Christine says:

    Hi! My smaller salmon steaks are frozen, I’m new to the air fryer. Anyone know what temp / time adjustments I would make?
    Thank you

    1. Christine, its been my experience that you typically add 1 extra minute when your fillet is frozen.

    2. Carol Ryan says:

      Well made this again for dinner and can honestly say it’s the best way I have ever had. I upped the mustard only because I like it lol. Fresh dill really does wonders for the salmon tho. Make it and enjoy xxx

    3. Thanks Carol, this comment warms my heart today (and trust me, we need some warming around here with this weather!).

  5. Hi! Just wondering if I make this ahead of time-how would I warm it up to serve for supper later? We’re a shift working family and trying to make food for everyone is a bit of a hassle 😋

  6. Kenneth Waite says:

    Just bought the Ninja 6XL smart grill & made this salmon last night. It was delicious! Used the extra 3 minutes, & it was perfectly cooked. Even the skin was crispy—fish bacon! I’m looking forward to making more recipes from Salty Side Dish!

  7. Just made this recipe … DELISH! Husband loves it too. I kinda freaked because I didn’t have Dijon- and used regular yellow mustard instead. Still sooooo good ! I also only had shaved parm, didn’t seem to make a difference. Will always make my salmon this way- thanks for sharing !

  8. Thomas Ruiz says:

    Excited to make i have beautiful salmon but no dill, any substitute you recommend it. Lemon pepper or few diced green hatch chilies.

    1. Hi Thomas! There really is no true substitute for dill itself, as its a very specific herb. That being said, a complimentary herb with the other ingredients might be thyme or even some rosemary.

  9. Recommendations for a subsitute for the mayo?

    1. Maybe Greek yogurt?

  10. Love this recipe!! So easy to make and is delicious! I did make some modifications for my personal tastes. Instead of Dijon, I used a 1/4 tsp of brown mustard and then added 1/2 tsp of mustard seed to round out the mustard flavor. I’m also a huge fan of ginger in combo with dill and fish. So, I added 2 dashes of ground ginger to the mix as well. I searched many different sites trying to figure out which recipe to try. I’m thrilled I chose yours! Thank you.

  11. Trisha,
    This recipe was really good and I will be making this time and again for sure. Just wanted to mention that you should stop promoting Publix. They funneled money through Alex Jones to help pay for the January 6th traitorous Trump rally that incited the Capitol Riot resulting in the deaths of six people. I will not even look at another blog, recipe, website, etc that promotes the Publix store brand/chain. Thanks for caring about democracy, and just plain “right and wrong”…

    1. I am glad you enjoyed the recipe! Also, I do not “promote” Publix. In fact, this blog is free from ANY sponsored material at all and they did not sponsor or have any affiliation with this post. I live in a small town and its one place we can get fresh seafood. We have two choices – Walmart or Publix and our Walmart does not have any fresh seafood at all, its all frozen. I am quite honestly not going to remove my mention as this is a food blog and I need to help provide my readers with knowing where to get salmon (in case they also live in small place like mine). Thank you for visiting,


    2. Mary Ellen says:

      I know you don’t know what you’re talking about. You are totally wrong and shouldn’t be spreading this kind of incorrect information.

    3. Ew. Say thank you for the recipe and move on. Not everyone makes their whole personality about politics.

      This is the best salmon recipe I’ve ever tasted. Thanks for sharing!

  12. I just made this dish and it is fabulous! I left out the dill because I didn’t have any….and neither did Aldi (very limited spice selection there). I used sockeye salmon, and it turned out so well. The “dash” of lemon was just enough and the flavor was really smooth and pleasant. And, this was the perfect amount of time to cook the salmon. Thank you for a quick, flavorful option to plain salmon. This will go into my salmon rotation, especially when I have guests!

  13. Amanda Miller says:

    THANK YOU! This recipe exceeded all our expectations! I don’t cook fish very often because I’ve been really bad at cooking it! I found out that my brother-in-law was coming to town for a visit and bringing my pescatarian nephew! As a meat lover, I didn’t want to go the full vegetarian route, so I decided to once again try my hand at fish. I just got my Ninja Foodi for Christmas and recently had great success with roasting a whole chicken and pressure cooking beef tongue (yes, beef tongue… it’s delicious when cooked properly!) So a Google search brought me here! I bought extra salmon to to a test run the night before because my husband was extremely skeptical. The test run went really well, except the skin stuck to my Foodi basket, so it ended up being a skinless filet, but the taste, texture, and doneness were perfect with these exact seasonings and cook time. The next night, I had to feed 7 people so I did 3 separate runs in the Foodi and put the ones that were done in my oven on the “keep warm” feature until everything was ready. I sprayed the ninja basket with a bit of avocado oil and the skin stayed on the fish. The dish was a hit! My pescatarian nephew said it was delicious and since he eats so much fish, I think he knows what he’s talking about. All the adults at the table loved it and the 10-year-old and 5-year-old were convinced to take a few bites, too. Overall a great dish that I will be cooking again! Thank you!

  14. Good morning! When you say, “Air Fry/Fryer does that pertain to the Air Crisp mode? Because that’s the only option I have on my Ninja Foodi. Thank you.

    1. Hi France! Yes – its hard to write these some times because air crisp and air fryer are interchangeable (and you can use in more than one type of air fryer) so I get conflicted on how to write it so people understand. Thanks for your question!

  15. This is literally the best salmon I’ve ever made. This recipe is a keeper!

    1. Thank you so much! I am very happy you enjoyed this salmon and the Air Fryer makes it so easy too!


  16. Barbara Huft says:

    We love this recipe! I’ll probably be making this at least once a week…maybe more!!!

  17. Delicious recipe. My mother does not like salmon but my dad does. Is there another fish that you would recommend for this recipe? One with a similar cook time if possible?
    Thanks for any help.

  18. Barbara Huft says:

    I love this recipe! I’ve been making it about once a week since I found it, for months! I double the sauce and add the extra sauce to orzo. Delish!

  19. Yummy. Even my non fish lover boyfriend loved it. Thanks.

  20. My air fryer isn’t big enough to make this for family dinner, could I make this in the oven? Maybe on convection setting to make it crispy? Thank you!

    1. Trisha Haas says:

      Natasha, I always hesitate giving full instructions in the comments because this isnt something I have personally tested for every nuance that could happen and Id like to warm you.

      However, salmon can be cooked in the oven = typically at 450 degrees, skin side down, for about 12-14 minutes. The topping mixture can be added right to it. I have done it with chicken with no issues. The only thing I dont know and this is because chicken takes longer, is if that quick of time will get that golden brown on it on the mayo/parm mixture since its only about 14 minutes in the oven. As long as it warms, it wont affect the taste, but you MAY have to do like a broiler for a minute? I just think you have to be careful not to overcook the fish.

  21. Madison Bowen says:

    I loved this!!! Next time may a small amount of breadcrumbs in mayo mixture.
    I like salmon crispy on outside , flakey on inside . Plus don’t have a Ninja just convection oven . It is hard to find a restaurant to cook salmon the way I like it cooked AND a dill sauce on THE SIDEI. (Mayo, dill, horseradish, and a touch of salt and NO GARLIC!)
    I WILL definitely cook this again and again.

    1. Trisha Haas says:

      Thank you for trying and the lovely comment, Madison. I love your suggestion on the breadcrumbs (or panko!).


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