Air Fryer Salmon Marinade with Orange Juice

My air fryer salmon marinade is the best way to marinade and cook salmon at home. If you’re looking for a way to add some exciting new flavours to your air fryer salmon, then you’re in luck. This top marinade recipe will take your salmon to a whole new level. An orange, honey and soy sauce marinade with a zesty, sweet, and savoury flavour.

Air Fryer Salmon Marinade

If you’re a seafood lover, you know that salmon is one of the healthiest and most delicious fishes out there. And if you’re looking for a new way to cook it at home, you’re in for a treat. Introducing the Air Fryer Salmon Marinade with Orange Juice – a recipe that will take your taste buds on a zesty, sweet, and savory journey.

Top Questions

How long to cook salmon in air fryer?
How do you cook salmon in an air fryer without it sticking?
Should salmon be air fried skin side up or down?
What is the best air fryer temp for salmon?
How long to marinate salmon?

Why you’ll love this Air Fryer Salmon recipe

Easy air fryer salmon is easy to make. You’ll be surprised at how easy and quick it is to prepare thismarinade for salmon fillet recipe without compromising on taste and nutrition.

Salmon is super healthy. Salmon is packed with omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and other essential nutrients that are good for your heart, brain, and overall well-being. By cooking it in an air fryer, you reduce the amount of oil, making it the best air fryer salmon marinade that you can enjoy any day of the week.

Salmon is so versatile. The beauty of this air fryer salmon recipe is that you can customise it to your liking. If you prefer a spicier flavour, you can add some chilli flakes or cayenne pepper to the marinated salmon. If you’re not a fan of orange juice, you can swap it with lemon juice or even lime juice if you want to add a sharp flavour.

The possibilities are endless!

Air Fryer Salmon Marinade served with new potatoes and salad

Air Fryer Salmon Marinade Ingredients

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Salmon is a highly nutritious fish that is packed with protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and essential vitamins and minerals. This makes it an excellent choice for anyone looking to maintain a healthy and balanced diet.

Cooking this air fryer salmon with skin is so easy. The skin helps keeps the salmon together and I think boosts the flavour too.

Whether you’re looking for a quick and easy dinner option or are planning a fancy meal for guests, the air fryer salmon marinade with orange juice is a must-try recipe.

So why settle for boring salmon when you can enjoy a delicious and healthy meal that your taste buds will love? Give the orange salmon in the air fryer a try and take your salmon game to the next level.


Oranges are the star ingredient in thiseasy air fryer salmon. Their bright, acidic flavour pairs perfectly with the richness of the salmon. Not only do oranges add delicious flavour to this dish, but they are also packed with vitamins and antioxidants.

To extract the orange juice for the marinade, simply cut the oranges in half and squeeze the juice into a bowl. Don’t forget to zest the oranges before juicing – the fragrant oil in the zest adds another layer of flavour to the marinade.

Runny Honey

This versatile ingredient is perfect for the air fryer salmon marinade, as its sticky consistency ensures a nice caramelized flavour forms on the fish. Using runny honey will make it easier to mix with the other ingredients compared to thicker honey varieties.

To incorporate runny honey into the marinade, simply stir it together with the orange juice and zest until it’s well combined.

Soy Sauce

The combination of sweet and salty is a classic pairing in many cuisines, and it works particularly well in this orange salmon marinade. Soy sauce is also a rich source of umami, the fifth taste that enhances the flavour of a dish.

To add soy sauce to the marinade, simply mix it together with the orange juice, honey, and zest until everything is well combined. A whisk or spoon should do the trick, ensuring that the ingredients blend together seamlessly. Be sure to use low-salt soy sauce if you’re watching your salt intake.


Dill brings a burst of freshness that takes this dish to a whole new level. It is packed with flavour, but its delicate leaves work well with fish, adding a slightly tangy and earthy taste.

To use dill in the marinade, chop a handful of fresh dill leaves and mix them in with the other ingredients. You can add as little or as much as you like, depending on your taste preferences.

How to make salmon for the air fryer – step by step

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Air Fryer Salmon Marinade

Start making your air fryer salmon by laying your salmon fillet on greaseproof paper making a little basket to hold the salmon and marinade. Then slice and start layering up your herbs and spring onions.

salmon steak topped with orange zest, dill and spring onions

To make your marinade you’ll want to mix together the juice of an orange, some runny honey and soy sauce. I also recommend adding some seasoning at this stage. A little salt and pepper works wonders for taste.

Zest an orange over your salmon fillets and then pour over your marinade.

the finished Air Fryer Salmon wrapped in baking parchment

Wrap your salmon fillets in the greaseproof paper (this helps to keep the salmon moist). Then cook your salmon in the airy fryer for about 15 minutes. It should be falling off the skin and beautifully crumbly.

Top Tips

Be mindful of the thickness of your salmon fillet. Thicker fillets will require more time to cook, so adjust the cooking time accordingly.

Making salmon in the air fryer with greaseproof paper is simple but you will need to be extra careful when you lift your salmon fillet out. It will likely be hot and you’ll need somewhere safe to put it down.

It is also worth making sure the greaseproof paper/baking parchment is wrapped down over the fish to stop it from catching on the heating element.

Finally, when the easy air fryer salmon is cooked, let it rest for a minute before serving. Make sure you drizzle over the marinade that is left on the greaseproof paper.

Air Fryer Salmon Marinade in the air fryer ready to be cooked

Serving Suggestions

When it comes to serving your air fryer salmon, there are plenty of serving options to choose from.

My preferred way is to serve thiseasy air fryer salmon with orange marinade with a crisp green salad and new potatoes. Keeping it a fresh and healthy meal. Perfect for summer!

One classic choice is to serve thismarinade for salmon fillet alongside a bed of mixed greens or your favourite grain for a well-balanced meal, fluffy basmati rice is the perfect combo to this air fryer salmon with skin.

Alternatively, you could try pairing theorange salmon in the air fryer with roasted vegetables or a light and fluffy quinoa salad.

For a bit of added texture and flavour, consider topping your marinated salmon with sliced almonds or a sprinkle of fresh herbs like parsley or more dill. A squeeze of lemon juice can also enhance the citrusy flavours in the marinade.

As for beverages, a crisp white wine or refreshing iced tea would complement this dish nicely.


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Air Fryer – I use the Cosori 4.7L Air fryer. It is perfect for cooking this recipe for 2 large salmon fillets. I think you could easily fit 4 smaller fillets in easily.

Air Fryer Salmon Marinade – Substitutions and variations

Change the citrus

When it comes to the marinade, don’t be afraid to experiment with different citrus fruits. Grapefruit, lemon or lime juice can all be used in place of orange juice to create a unique flavour profile. If you don’t have fresh herbs on hand, dried herbs can be used as a substitute.

Make a spicy salmon marinade

Go bold with a spicy kick by adding in some chilli flakes or hot sauce. I’ve used freshly chopped chillis too, adding some heat to the marinade is a great way to take this orange salmon in the air fryer to the next level.

Change the fish

Want to make thiseasy air fryer salmon dish even more hearty? Swap the salmon for a meatier fish like swordfish or tuna.

Try different herbs and spices

You can also play around with different spices and herbs like garlic, thyme, or cumin to givemarinade for the salmon fillet a unique flavour.

Storing / Making ahead of time options

Now that you’ve mastered the art of whipping up a delicious salmon dish in an air fryer, it’s time to take things up a notch and pre-prepare the marinade. Not only does this save you time in the kitchen, but it also allows the flavours to meld together even more before cooking.

To make the marinade ahead of time, mix together all the ingredients and store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two days. As the marinade doesn’t need long to marinade you can make it 2 days or 2 minutes in advance.

When you’re ready to cook the salmon, take the marinade out of the fridge and pour it over your salmon fillets. If you want you can bring it out in advance to warm up but it’s not hugely important. It mostly depends on the honey as in the fridge it might start to set a little too much to pour over.

By planning ahead and prepping the marinade in advance, you’ll have a quick and easy meal ready in minutes. And with the addition of fresh orange juice, your air fryer salmon will be bursting with bright and bold flavours.

the cooked Air Fryer Salmon Marinade topped with spring onions, orange and dill


How long to cook salmon in air fryer?

Salmon needs about 20 minutes to cook in the air fryer at 180 degrees Celsius. This will help you have a nicely cooked fillet of salmon with a crispy skin.

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

In order to stop your salon from sticking to the air fryer, I recommend wrapping your salmon in tin foil. This will help keep all those wonderful juices in and makes washing up quicker too!

Should salmon be air fried skin side up or down?

Salmon should always be fried skin side up, this will help it stay crispy and will ensure it doesn’t stick.

What is the best air fryer temp for salmon?

The best temp to air fry salmon is 180 degrees Celsius. This will cook your salmon fillet through but will stop it from going dry and overly flaky.

How long to marinate salmon?

The longer you marinate your salmon, the more flavour your salmon fillet will have. I usually suggest marinating your salmon for at least 30 minutes. But you could allow it to sit in the marinade over night.

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Air Fryer Salmon Marinade Recipe

Air Fryer Salmon Marinade

Sisley White
My air fryer salmon marinade is the best way to marinade and cook salmon at home. If you're looking for a way to add some exciting new flavours to your air fryer salmon, then you're in luck. This top marinade recipe will take your salmon to a whole new level. An orange, honey and soy sauce marinade with a zesty, sweet, and savoury flavour.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine English, International
Servings 4
Calories 151 kcal


  • 2 (2) salmon steaks
  • 1 (1) oranges (zest and juice)
  • 2 teaspoons (2 teaspoons) runny honey
  • 2 teaspoons (2 teaspoons) light soya sauce
  • 2 tablespoon (2 tablespoon) chopped dill
  • 2 (2) spring onions


  • Place each salmon steak in a large square of greaseproof paper. Place them in the air fryer basket.
  • Sprinkle each with the chopped dill and spring onions.
  • Zest the orange and add them to the salmon pieces.
  • Squeeze the orange juice into a small bowl.
  • Stir in the runny honey and soy sauce.
  • Drizzle the marinade over the salmon pieces.
  • Fold the greaseproof paper around the salmon to make a parcel. This will help the salmon stay moist. (As a bonus, it will also help when cleaning out the air fryer later.)
  • Bake at 160ºC / 320ºF for 14-16 minutes. Larger salmon steaks will need longer.
  • The salmon should be cooked beautifully and flake/come away from the skin easily.


•The spiced salmon can be made in advance and left in the fridge until ready to cook.
•Serve with salad, new potatoes or even roast potatoes!


Calories: 151kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 18gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 206mgPotassium: 502mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 183IUVitamin C: 19mgCalcium: 29mgIron: 1mg

Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only.

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