A delicious and very easy salmon dinner to make in the air fryer and topped with fresh pineapple salsa. A special meal any day of the week.
Air Fryer Baked Salmon Recipe with Pineapple Salsa
Baked Salmon is very easy to make. Salmon cooks quickly and for some reason I think of it as tropical. Alaskan wild salmon is a cold water fish, tropical it’s not. Though I like pairing pineapple with salmon. It’s just a thing. There’s a tropical vibe you get with this air fryer baked salmon recipe pineapple salsa dinner.
What is terrific about baking or grilling salmon in the winter is that it cooks so great in the air fryer. It doesn’t take long to cook. You can put together the pineapple salsa in the time that it takes to cook the salmon.
If I know fish is on our menu I always pick up at least one lime, lemon, and orange to go along with the pineapple. I always buy the fresh cubed pineapple in the farmers market. This makes the prep so much easier. Most often I have lemons and oranges, but just in case I have a senior moment I buy one of each.
When I make air fryer baked salmon recipe with pineapple salsa I always like to add a marinade to the salmon before I bake it. Using lemon and lime juice with the pineapple gives it that tropical flavor I enjoy.
The simple basic 3 ingredient pineapple salsa has chopped tomato, chopped orange slices, lime juice and mint or whatever your favorite herb may be. A little salt and pepper and this is sooooooo good with the salmon.
Air Fryer Baked Salmon Recipe and Fresh Pineapple Salsa
Air Fryer Baked Salmon with Fresh Pineapple Salsa is a quick and easy dinner. The fresh pineapple salsa topped salmon is a dinner that might take you to the tropics any day of the week.
- Prep Time: 10-15 min.
- Cook Time: 10-20 min.
- Total Time: 25-35 min.
- Yield: 2 servings
- Category: Dinner
- Cuisine: American
- 2 large tomatoes, chopped (approx. 1 cup)
- 1 cup fresh chopped pineapple
- 1/4-1/2 cup red onion chopped
- 1 small fresh orange, juiced from half & and slice/chop half
- 1 fresh lime, juiced
- 1 tsp. red pepper flakes (optional)
- 2 tbls. chopped mint (or parsley, cilantro)
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2-3 lbs. salmon steak or fillet
- 1/2 tsp. chopped garlic
- 1 tbls. chopped mint (or use cilantro or parsley)
- 2 tbls. fresh squeezed lemon and/or lime juice
- 1/2-1 tbls. of avocado oil (or your preferred oil)
- salt and pepper to taste
Add the chopped ingredients to a small bowl, then stir in all the remaining ingredients.
Taste for flavor and add in more of whatever suits your palate. Set aside in the fridge until ready to serve.
Check the salmon steak for any bones, and remove what you can.
Mix the remaining ingredients in a small bowl. Pour the mixture into a plastic refrigerator bag and add in the salmon.
Mix it with your hands so the salmon is coated with the marinade. You can do this up to an hour in advance and keep it refrigerated.
When ready to bake, preheat your air fryer according to manufacturers directions for fish. I cooked my fish at 330 degrees for 10-20 minutes – Check at 7 minute intervals for doneness. Time will depend on the size of the salmon.
Remove to plate and top with the pineapple salsa.
The cooking time for the salmon in the air fryer will be determined by the thickness of the salmon and how many pounds it is.
Make the marinade about 20-30 minutes before you are ready to cook. Add it to a baggie with the salmon and keep it in the fridge. When the air fryer is preheated, take out the salmon, pat it dry with a paper towel then place it in the basket.