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Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Salmon

This Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Salmon is a main dish and side dish all-in-one, and it’ll be ready in just 15 minutes! The salmon is tender and flaky, while the Yukon potatoes are cooked to perfection, all coated in a zesty lemon pepper marinade. 

Serve this easy meal at your next dinner party, date night, or for a healthy weeknight dinner!

lemon salmon with black pepper and potatoes made in the air fryer on a plate alongside green beans

Why You’ll Love This Recipe for Lemon Pepper Salmon

This dish, just like my Mediterranean Salmon recipe, is an evergreen recipe! The air fryer makes this such a quick and easy option for a wholesome weeknight meal, or for hosting a dinner party. The marinade covers both the salmon and potatoes, so all you need is maybe another vegetable/side dish – like green beans! – to complete the table. 

The lemon pepper marinade is bursting with fresh flavor, but it’s oh-so-easy to make! This is truly one of those recipes that takes minimal effort but tastes elegant and restaurant-worthy. You could also make a little extra marinade to toss into a simple salad, or drizzle over the cooked salmon for extra flavor. 

You’re going to adore this juicy salmon straight out of the air fryer, but make sure you don’t underestimate those leftovers! Shred it up with your fork to enjoy in a salad for lunch the next day, or add it to a Buddha bowl. Enjoy!

Ingredients

lemons, potatoes, salmon, olive oil, salt, pepper, and oregano

This recipe is comprised of salmon, Yukon potatoes, and a marinade. Luckily, the marinade goes on both the salmon and potatoes to keep this recipe simple and cohesive. 

Start with salmon and some baby gold Yukon potatoes. The remaining ingredients are to make the lemon pepper marinade and to garnish. 

  • Lemons – juiced and zested
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic powder
  • Freshly cracked black pepper
  • Fresh oregano – minced
  • Kosher salt

How To Make This Lemon Pepper Salmon Air Fryer Recipe

Step 1: Prepare Salmon Filets

If needed, cut the salmon into 3-4 filets and check for any bones in the flesh. Set the salmon aside and make the marinade. 

three salmon filets drizzled in marinade

Step 2: Make Marinade

In a medium sized bowl, mix together the lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic powder, black pepper, and oregano. Brush half of this mixture over the salmon filets while you preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F. 

drizzling the marinade over the salmon and potatoes

Step 3: Dress Potatoes

In a large bowl, toss the potatoes with the other half of the marinade until they’re all well coated. 

Step 4: Air Fry Salmon

Add 2-4 salmon filets to the preheated air fryer basket, depending on how large your air fryer can accommodate. Be sure not to overcrowd the basket as you add half (or all) the potatoes surrounding the salmon. 

adding the salmon and potatoes to the air fryer on the left, and the finished product in the air fryer on the right

Step 5: Air Fry

Cook your salmon and potatoes at 400 F for 10 minutes, or until the fish is flaky and golden brown. If the potatoes are not fork tender, you can remove the salmon and then continue to cook them for 2-3 minutes. Garnish your dish with ½ a lemon and extra cracked black pepper. 

salmon made in the air fryer with potatoes and green beans on the side, garnished with lemon wedges

FAQs

How can you tell if your salmon is boneless? 

Run your fingers down the length of your salmon filet. You should be able to easily feel the bones. If you feel one, you’ll likely feel another few in quick succession. Use your fingers (or better yet – tweezers) to carefully pull the bones out of the salmon.

What temperature to cook a salmon filet in an air fryer? 

Air fry your salmon at 400 degrees F. Keep in mind that you need to allow the air fryer to preheat, and check the salmon’s doneness with a fork. Air fryers vary based on brand and the cook time will vary based on how much your air fryer can hold, so it’s always best to check the fish for flakiness with a fork before determining if it needs more time. 

How do you cook salmon in an air fryer without it sticking? 

You can use parchment paper in the air fryer, or lightly coat the air fryer basket with a spray or oil. 

Are you supposed to flip salmon in the air fryer? 

No, there’s no need to flip salmon in the air fryer because it cooks so quickly and the air fryer’s heat surrounds the fish instead of coming from one direction.

How long is this salmon good for? 

Allow your salmon to cool completely and then store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about 3 days. 

Serving Suggestions

This salmon is perfect for a dinner party! You can have your salmon and potatoes marinating a few hours before your guests arrive and while you’re serving them drinks, and then all you have to do is pop everything in the air fryer about 15 minutes before you’re ready to serve it up. Here are some additional serving ideas!

lemon pepper salmon served with yukon gold potatoes and green beans

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lemon pepper salmon served with yukon gold potatoes and green beans

Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Salmon

  • Author: Elizabeth Van Lierde
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 34 servings 1x
  • Category: Weeknight Dinner
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

Description

This Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Salmon is a main dish and side dish all-in-one, and it’ll be ready in just 15 minutes! The salmon is tender and flaky, while the Yukon potatoes are cooked to perfection, all coated in a zesty lemon pepper marinade. Serve this easy meal at your next dinner party, date night, or for a healthy weeknight dinner!


Ingredients

Scale

1 lb salmon, cut into 4 pieces

1 lemon, zested

1 ½ lemons, juiced

3 tbsp olive oil

1 1/2 tsp garlic powder

1 1/2 tsp freshly cracked black pepper

1 tbsp fresh oregano, minced

1/21 lb baby gold yukon potatoes

kosher salt


Instructions

  1. If needed, cut salmon into 3-4 filets and check for any bones in the flesh. Set aside and make the marinade.
  2. In a medium bowl mix together lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic powder, black pepper, and oregano. Brush 1/2 the mixture evenly over the salmon filets. Preheat the air fryer to 400 F.
  3. In a large bowl, toss the potatoes with the other half of the marinade until well coated.
  4. Add 2-4 salmon filets to the preheated air fryer basket, depending on how large your air fryer can accommodate. Add 1/2 or all of the potatoes surrounding the salmon but being mindful not to overcrowd the basket to ensure even browning.
  5. Cook at 400 F for 10 minutes or until the fish is flaky and golden brown. If the potatoes are not fork tender you can continue to cook for 2-3 minutes. Garnish with ½ lemon and extra cracked black pepper.

Notes

Storage: Allow your salmon to cool completely and then store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about 3 days. 

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