Air Fryer Salmon and Brussels Sprouts

updated Jun 21, 2021
Air Fryer Salmon and Brussels Sprouts

Thanks to the air fryer, you can leave the oven off and dig into tender, flaky salmon and super-crispy brussels sprouts in a fraction of the time.


Prep5 minutes

Cook11 minutes

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When the air fryer first made its way onto the scene, I wrongly assumed it was only used to make healthier versions of classic fried foods. And while it does make great french fries and fried chicken, I recently learned it can churn out perfect chocolate chip cookies and even a simple salmon dinner. Who knew!

And let me tell you — cooking dinner in an air fryer is fast. This whole dish, from the fish to the sprouts, cooks in just 10 minutes. It yields salmon with crisp skin and buttery flesh, and, by adjusting the cook time, you can easily cook your salmon to your liking, whether that’s medium-rare or well done. The Brussels sprouts come out charred and crunchy, exactly how I love them in my oven after roasting.

I used the Instant Vortex Plus 7-in-1 Air Fryer Oven for this recipe, which comes with two racks. This allowed me to cook my salmon on the bottom rack and my Brussels sprouts on the top rack, and because the salmon cooks more quickly, I pulled it out before the sprouts. But if your air fryer just has one basket, you can cook the salmon and brussels sprouts separately.

If you’re still skeptical, hear me out — I actually had my boyfriend try this meal and surprised him at the end by revealing it was all cooked in the air fryer. He was blown away! He would’ve never guessed I had made either of these “oven-based” recipes in a countertop cooking appliance. Needless to say, the air fryer has definitely changed our weeknight cooking for the better.

Air Fryer Salmon and Brussels Sprouts

Thanks to the air fryer, you can leave the oven off and dig into tender, flaky salmon and super-crispy brussels sprouts in a fraction of the time.

Prep time 5 minutes

Cook time 11 minutes

Serves 4

Nutritional Info


  • 4 cloves


  • 1 teaspoon

    chopped fresh thyme leaves

  • 1

    medium lemon

  • 2 tablespoons

    olive oil, divided

  • 2 teaspoons

    kosher salt, divided

  • 1 teaspoon

    freshly ground black pepper, divided

  • 4

    (7 to 8-ounce) salmon fillets

  • Cooking spray

  • 1 pound

    Brussels sprouts

  • 1 tablespoon

    balsamic vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon



  1. Mince 4 garlic cloves. Place half in a large bowl and reserve for the Brussels sprouts. Place the remaining garlic in a small bowl. Chop 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, and juice 1 lemon, and add to the small bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, 1 teaspoon of the kosher salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of the black pepper, and whisk to combine. Brush all over the salmon fillets.

  2. Preheat an Instant Vortex Plus 7-in-1 Air Fryer Oven to 400ºF and set for 10 minutes. Grease the air fryer racks with cooking spray. Place the salmon fillets skin-side down in the bottom rack of the air fryer, leaving space between the fillets.

  3. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, and 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper to the large bowl with garlic, and stir to combine. Trim and halve 1 pound Brussels sprouts, add to the bowl, and toss to combine. Place in the top rack of the air fryer above the salmon. Air fry until the salmon is cooked to desired doneness, 6 to 8 minutes.

  4. Remove the tray of salmon. Continue air frying the Brussels sprouts until golden brown and crispy, 1 to 3 minutes more. Meanwhile, whisk 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar and 1 tablespoon honey together until combined.

  5. Drizzle the honey vinegar over the finished Brussels sprouts before serving.

Recipe Notes

Storage: Leftovers can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

This recipe was tested in the Instant Vortex Plus 7-in-1 Air Fryer Oven. It will work with any air fryer, but timing may differ slightly.