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Ninja Foodi Salmon

This Ninja Foodi salmon recipe is bursting with flavor and can be ready in almost no time. Get ready for tender juicy salmon filets infused with aromatic herbs, zesty garlic and bright lemon.

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fork cutting salmon

If you are searching for an easy weeknight dinner, today’s recipe is one you don’t want to miss.

We’ll be using the pressure cooker setting on your Ninja Foodi to make a simple yet satisfying salmon recipe that the whole family will love. 

This Ninja Foodi salmon recipe calls for fresh rosemary sprigs, but you can feel free to switch it up with other herbs like thyme, parsley, or oregano.

If you can’t get your hands on any fresh herbs, that’s okay. It’s perfectly acceptable to use dried herbs. Even a few sprinkles of Italian seasoning mix would do the trick! 

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If you don’t have a Ninja Foodi, you can use another pressure cooker like an Instant Pot to achieve the same results.

If you are looking for salmon recipes to cook using your air fryer, I’ve included some helpful recipe links at the bottom of this post. 

Here’s what I’m going to teach you in this post: 

  • Quick and easy instructions for making salmon in Ninja Foodi. 
  • Helpful tips to perfect Ninja Foodi salmon every time. 
  • Serving suggestions and links to delicious side dish recipes to serve alongside your salmon. 

You only need a few simple ingredients and 5 minutes of prep time to make this dynamite salmon recipe. Break out that pressure cooker, and let’s do this!

I used the Ninja Foodi 8QT Pressure Cooker and Air Fryer for this recipe. I find this to be a great size for my family of four!

ingredients to make ninja foodi salmon

How to Make Ninja Foodi Salmon

A full printable version of this recipe with ingredient measurements is available at the bottom of this post.

STEP ONE: Pat your salmon filets dry before sprinkling them with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. 

STEP TWO: Add the water to the inner pot of the Ninja Foodi and place the metal trivet inside. 

STEP THREE: Line the trivet with lemon slices, being sure to reserve two for the top of the filets. 

STEP FOUR: Transfer the seasoned filets to the foodi, placing them on top of the lemon slice. Add the two remaining lemon slices and the rosemary sprigs to the top of the salmon.

salmon in a ninja foodi

STEP FIVE: Set your Foodi to cook at high pressure for 4 minutes, followed by a quick pressure release. 

ninja foodi salmon

STEP SIX: Serve right away and enjoy!

Can You Cook Frozen Salmon in Ninja Foodi?

Yes. If you are in a time crunch and don’t have time to thaw your salmon, don’t despair. It’s perfectly okay to use frozen filets.

However, you’ll want to add an additional minute to the timer to compensate. 

overhead shot of salmon in ninja foodi

How Long Does it Take to Cook Salmon in Ninja Foodi?

How long to cook salmon in Ninja Foodi depends on the thickness of your filets and whether or not they are frozen.

It also depends on the feature you are using. In this recipe, remember that we are using and discussing the pressure cooker feature. 

This recipe provides a decent metric of about 4 minutes on high pressure for a one-pound thawed filet. Increase that time to 5 minutes if your filet is frozen or much larger. 

It will take the Ninja Foodi a short while to come up to pressure, so you should figure that into your meal plans.

It really only adds about 5-7 extra minutes so you’ll still have your fork-tender fish quickly. 

plates with ninja foodi salmon

Do You Need to Flip the Salmon?

No. You do not need to flip the filet when cooking salmon in Ninja Foodi. 

The pressure cooker option that we use in this recipe is fantastic for evenly cooking both sides at once. 

What Do You Serve With Ninja Foodi Salmon?

This Ninja Foodi salmon recipe pairs well with a variety of different side dishes. The light, lemony-herb flavor honestly tastes delicious with just about everything. The possibilities are endless! 

Serve it with your favorite pasta, rice, or veggie side dishes. I also recommend tossing a filet on top of a caesar salad for an easy way to spruce up lunch. 

To help you narrow it down, here are a few ideas for inspiration:

white plate with salmon, broccoli, and lemon slices

How Do You Know When Salmon is Done?

The most surefire way to see if your salmon is done cooking is to gently press on the top of the filets with a fork.

When the fish is done, the flesh will flake apart very easily.

You’ll also notice that salmon turns from darker red to a lighter pink color during the cooking process. 

More Easy Salmon Recipes You’ll Love:

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Ninja Foodi Salmon

Samantha Erb
This lemon herb Ninja Foodi salmon recipe is quick, easy, and delivers perfectly cooked, moist salmon filets every single time.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 4 minutes
Course Ninja Foodi Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 2 servings
Calories 487 kcal


  • ¾-1 pound salmon filet with skin
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 lemon sliced (plus more for serving)
  • 2 sprigs rosemary


  • Pat salmon dry, then sprinkle with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. 
  • Pour water into the inner pot of the ninja foodi, then place the trivet inside.
  • Put the lemon slices on the trivet, reserving two for the top of the salmon.
  • Place the seasoned salmon on the lemon slices, and top with remaining lemon slices and rosemary.
  • Cook at high pressure for four minutes, with a quick pressure release.
  • Serve immediately.


Serving: 1gCalories: 487kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 51gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 143mgSodium: 674mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1g
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