Basil-Parmesan Crusted Salmon (Air Fryer or Oven)

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I’m obsessed with this Basil-Parmesan Crusted Salmon recipe! I make this in the Air fryer, it’s quick and easy, and the fish comes out so juicy inside.

I'm obsessed with this Basil-Parmesan Crusted Salmon recipe! I make this in the air fryer, it's quick and easy, and the fish comes out so juicy inside.
Air Fryer Parmesan Crusted Salmon

Air fryer salmon is my favorite thing to make! So simple combining a little mayonnaise, basil and Parmesan which creates a delicious crust even the kids can’t resist! Of course, if you don’t have an Air fryer you can also make this in the oven. If you love this salmon recipe you might like this Air Fryer Salmon with Maple Soy Glaze or this Sweet and Spicy Glazed Salmon in the air fryer.

I'm obsessed with this Air Fryer Basil-Parmesan Salmon recipe! Making salmon in the air fryer is quick and easy, and the fish comes out so juicy inside.

The Skinnytaste by Vremi Air Fryer pictured above is finally available for pre-order on Amazon (US only). This is the air fryer I used to create all my air fryer recipes!

Is Salmon Good In The Air Fryer?

Salmon is one of my favorite things to make in the air fryer, it comes out so juicy and cooks so quick!  Although you may have to cook this in batches depending on the size of your air fryer, in the time it takes to pre-heat a regular oven, both batches will be done. I make this at least once a week and switch it up with different herbs, but what makes this fish extra special is the Parmesan crust, I promise you will love it!

How Long Do I Cook Salmon In The Air Fryer?

How long to cook salmon in the air fryer will depend on the thickness of the fish. I like to cook salmon at 400F and cook it anywhere from 6 minutes to 10 minutes.

Air Fryer Tip:

Spraying the food rather than the basket is usually advised, but for some foods that may stick, spraying the basket is fine. Avoid cooking sprays, instead you can purchase an oil mister and use your favorite oil, or buy a propellant-free olive oil spray with no additives, such as Bertolli 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil Spray.

I'm obsessed with this Air Fryer Basil-Parmesan Salmon recipe! Making salmon in the air fryer is quick and easy, and the fish comes out so juicy inside.I'm obsessed with this Air Fryer Basil-Parmesan Salmon recipe! Making salmon in the air fryer is quick and easy, and the fish comes out so juicy inside.

I'm obsessed with this Air Fryer Basil-Parmesan Salmon recipe! Making salmon in the air fryer is quick and easy, and the fish comes out so juicy inside.

I'm obsessed with this Air Fryer Basil-Parmesan Salmon recipe! Making salmon in the air fryer is quick and easy, and the fish comes out so juicy inside.
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Air Fryer Basil-Parmesan Salmon

289 Cals 30 Protein 1.5 Carbs 18.5 Fats
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Yield: 4 servings
COURSE: Dinner
CUISINE: American
I'm obsessed with this Air Fryer Basil-Parmesan Salmon recipe! Making salmon in the air fryer is quick and easy, and the fish comes out so juicy inside.

Ingredients

  • olive oil spray
  • 4 salmon fillets, skin removed, about 5 ounce each
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise, I like Sir Kensington
  • 6 fresh basil leaves, minced, plus more for garnish
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan or Romano cheese

Instructions

Air Fryer directions:

  • Preheat air fryer to 400F.  Spritz the basket with olive oil.
  • Season the salmon with lemon juice, salt and pepper.
  • Mix the mayonnaise with basil and 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese in a small bowl.
  • Spread completely over the top of salmon. Sprinkle remaining Parmesan cheese on top.
  • In batches, air fry 7 minutes, or longer depending on thickness of the salmon.

Oven directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 425F.  Spritz a sheet pan with olive oil.
  • Season the salmon with lemon juice, salt and pepper.
  • Mix the mayonnaise with basil and 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese in a small bowl.
  • Spread completely over the top of salmon. Sprinkle remaining Parmesan cheese on top.
  • Bake 10 to 12 minutes, depending on thickness of the salmon.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1piece, Calories: 289kcal, Carbohydrates: 1.5g, Protein: 30g, Fat: 18.5g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 92.5mg, Sodium: 265.5mg, Fiber: 0.5g
WW Points Plus: 8
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305 comments

  1. This was delicious. The salmon was flavorful, moist and looked fancy. My hubby said it was his new favorite salmon recipe. Thanks!

  2. This is one of our favorite skinny taste recipes! Both my husband and I love it. I actually crave this dish and make it frequently!

  3. This was very very good. I know a lot of people don’t agree with changing Gina’s recipe in any way but I disagree. For me it’s all about using what you’ve got. Used a 1.5 pound salmon filet, leftover spinach dip made with sour cream and Mayo and only had the Parmesan in the “green can”. Did have fresh basil…will definitely make again. Two 👍 👍 thumbs up!

  4. Never knew there were oil misters 😂 game changer 

  5. Wow Gina, this is phenomenal. I am so glad we tried this. We have been incorporating salmon 1x a week and I am trying one of your recipes each time. Thanks for this one, we loved it!!

  6. This has been one of my fav salmon recipes for years now!

  7. I was just wondering if you think this would freeze well after making? I would like to meal prep for my Mom and I think she would like this. Thank you, Kelly

  8. This is now my favorite was to prepare salmon. I’ve been prepping lunches with this salmon and it’s so tasty. I’m curious if there would be any ways to tweak this to work for other types of fish to mix it up?

  9. could I please get the oven temps and time for this recipe no air fryer

  10. This was outstanding! I had to come back to post a review. When I pulled them out of the air fryer, it looked like maybe some of the toppings blew off. And looking into the bottom, it seems a little had. But that didn’t affect the deliciousness of the salmon. Who would have ever expected that a little mayo (I used Duke’s) would incorporate that much flavor and richness? One thing I will change next time is to more coarsely grate the cheese so it doesn’t fly away in the air circulation. This is yet another keeper recipe that will be made many times over. Thanks, Gina!

  11. My favorite salmon recipe!

  12. Best salmon recipe I’ve ever had. My husband isn’t really a salmon fan but woke up the next day still talking about how good this was.

    Using the airfyer it took 10 mins from start to finish to get on the table.

  13. My husband does not like mayonnaise. Has anyone tried Greek yogurt instead of Mayo? Thanks for your response. 

  14. My I hate fish son liked this, however, I added 2 cloves of garlic chopped to this. Soooo good!

  15. This salmon recipe was out of this world delicious! I made it exactly as your recipe stated. I would not change it in anyway. Thank you Gina!

  16. Fabulous! I try to eat salmon once a week but I was getting tired of my usual recipe. Love this salmon recipe so much this is my second time making it this week.