One of my favorite things to cook for dinner is fish, and it’s always so juicy and delicious when done in the air fryer. But, if you’re like me and made too much, you’ve probably got some leftovers. Well, I’m here to help with how to reheat salmon in the air fryer so you’ll be able to enjoy your fish as a leftover the second time around.
Sometimes I purposefully make extra so that I can reheat my salmon the next day. It makes a great lunch option, and I’m grateful to not have to do much prep or cooking!
If you’re in the mood for a new fish recipe, cook Mahi Mahi in the air fryer, and make my spicy, crunchy panko breaded fish tacos!
Why You Should Reheat Salmon in the Air Fryer
- Faster than an oven
- Delivers lessy rubbery or soggy fish than a microwave
- Doesn’t dry your salmon out too much
Of course, there are multiple ways you could reheat your salmon. However, I find that the air fryer offers the best of both worlds in terms of speed and the consistency of the fish versus other methods.
How Many Times Can You Reheat Salmon?
Salmon should only be reheated once. After that, it becomes very dry, and the consistency isn’t desirable.
Only take out as much as you’ll want to eat in a single sitting, and leave the rest in your fridge. As it is, leftover salmon should generally be consumed in 3-4 days, as it tends to not keep as long as other meats.
How to Reheat Salmon in the Air Fryer
- Preheat your air fryer to 375 degrees, following your manufacturer’s instructions
- Take out as much leftover salmon as you’d like to reheat
- Place cold salmon in the preheated air fryer basket
- Cook at 375 degrees for 5 minutes
- Check the temperature of the fish, which should be at least 165 degrees
- Return and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes if temperature isn’t high enough
- Transfer to a plate and enjoy!
Check out the full list of ingredients and instructions in the handy recipe card below!
When it comes to checking the temperature of the fish, I recommend a long-stemmed meat thermometer so you don’t accidentally burn your hand on the side of the air fryer basket. I’ve had a Hamilton Beach model forever, but this Taylor meat thermometer is pretty similar if you need one. I love mine!
An air fryer is one of the best ways to reheat cooked salmon. It’s fast, easy, and gives you tasty fish that doesn’t dry out too much and is still safe to eat.
If you’ve got a great salmon recipe that you want to reheat for lunch the next day, go ahead and cook an extra piece or two. You’ll be able to reheat and still enjoy that tasty fish!
Speaking of lunch ideas, I love cooking these teriyaki salmon bites in the air fryer and adding them on top of a rice bowl!
Still searching for a good recipe to start? See why this salmon made our list of the 5 best Chefman air fryer recipes to try!
Reheat Salmon in the Air Fryer
- 6 oz leftover cooked salmon portion
- Preheat air fryer to 375°F (190°C)
- Place cold, pre-cooked salmon in air fryer basket6 oz leftover cooked salmon portion
- Reheat for 5 minutes or until salmon reaches 165°F
- Carefully remove from basket with spatula
- If you have multiple pieces of fish, leave space between them in the air fryer for even cooking
- For breaded fish, add a spritz of oil before cooking for a crispier reheat
- Unbreaded fish does not require oil, but feel free to add additional seasoning, if desired
- This method generally doesn’t require flipping during cooking. However, if you have a very thick piece of fish or a breaded coating, flipping halfway through cooking will help it cook more evenly
- Do not reheat your salmon more than once
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