Air Fryer Bacon Salmon (guilt free eating + easy clean up)

air fryer bacon salmon

Cooking Bacon Salmon in the Air Fryer is a great way to make a quick weeknight meal. It’s perfect for high-protein diets! In just 15 minutes of time, you’ll have a flavorful salmon meal that the whole family will love.

Air fryer bacon-wrapped salmon is a delicious and flavorful dish that combines the smoky and savory taste of bacon with the delicate and tender texture of salmon. There are a few reasons why someone might choose to make this dish using an air fryer:

  1. Healthier Option: By using an air fryer, you can achieve a crispy and delicious bacon crust on the salmon without the need for excessive oil or deep frying. Air fryers use hot air circulation to cook food, requiring very little oil or fat. This makes it a healthier alternative to traditional frying methods.
  2. Time Efficiency: Air fryers are known for their quick cooking times. Cooking bacon-wrapped salmon in an air fryer allows you to achieve a crispy bacon exterior and perfectly cooked salmon in a relatively short amount of time. The hot air circulation ensures even cooking, reducing the risk of overcooking or drying out the salmon.
  3. Easy Cleanup: Air fryers are typically non-stick, which makes cleaning up after cooking much easier. By using an air fryer, you can minimize the mess and avoid dealing with splattering oil that can occur when cooking bacon in a skillet.
  4. Flavor Combination: The combination of bacon and salmon creates a wonderful balance of flavors. The smoky and salty taste of the bacon complements the rich and buttery flavor of the salmon. Cooking them together in an air fryer allows the flavors to meld together, resulting in a delicious and satisfying meal.

If you’ve always wanted to learn how to cook salmon perfectly, now is your chance! Not only does this recipe give you perfect step-by-step directions, but it also gives you the perfect combination of spices to add to the taste.

Healthy Air Fryer Salmon ready in minutes

Using your air fryer makes this recipe a breeze to make – and a breeze to clean up as well!

Can I use bacon that isn’t sweet for this recipe?

Of course. If you don’t want to add the sweet bacon, you don’t have to. I prefer the sweetness because it pairs well with the savory salmon, but the sweetness is optional.

The main thing is that you don’t forget to add the bacon – because that’s a key part of the flavor.

Ingredients needed to cook salmon in the air fryer:

Air Fryer Salmon recipe

All you need to make this simple recipe can be found below.

  • 1 pound salmon
  • 1/3 tsp salt
  • 1/3 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1-2 green onions

Bacon Ingredients:

  • 3-4 strips of bacon
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp brown sugar

How to Air Fryer Salmon with Bacon

How to make Air Fryer Bacon Salmon

  • Let’s start by cooking the bacon. Combine maple syrup, sugar, and salt in a small bowl.
  • Fry the bacon until golden brown and pour over the sugar mixture. Mix.
  • In another small bowl, stir mustard, oil, lemon juice, syrup, and, if you need, salt and pepper.
  • Add it to the salmon and bake in Air Fryer. Cook at 400F for 13-15 minutes.
  • Crush the bacon and add over the salmon.

How to Serve

Once you get the salmon cooked, you can literally plate it and serve it. If you want to pair it with side dishes, side salads, or even cauliflower rice makes for a great pairing.

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How to Store you Air Fryer Bacon Salmon

Leftovers are a great way to enjoy this flavor again! Be sure to let the salmon cool all the way and then store them in an airtight container.

To eat, reheat the leftovers until they are warmed all the way through. To do this, you can use the microwave or the air fryer.

Overall, making air fryer bacon-wrapped salmon offers a convenient, healthier, and flavorful cooking option that many people enjoy.

About the author

Malika Bowling

Malika is the author of several books including Culinary Atlanta: Guide to the Best Restaurants, Markets, Breweries and More! and the founder of Roamilicious. She is also a Digital Marketing and Social Media Consultant. Follow us @Roamilicious on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest for the content not shared on the blog. And don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter (subscribe box below) and never miss a contest, giveaway or the latest must visit restaurant!