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5 from 3 votes

Perfect Air Fryer Salmon

Air fryer salmon cooks quickly and has a slight crust on the outside, but is tender on the inside. With a delicious rub, this salmon recipe can be on your table in 15 minutes!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time7 mins
Total Time17 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 309kcal



  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon paprika (optional; for color)


  • 24 oz salmon cut into 5-6 oz fillets
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil


  • Heat air fryer to 390°F or 200°C.
  • Stir together the rub in a small bowl.
  • Brush salmon with olive oil, then sprinkle with the rub. Using your hands, rub the spices all over the salmon, pressing it on gently.
  • Cut a strip of foil 1 inch thick and long enough to cross the air fryer and come up the sides slightly (you don't want long overhangs on the side).
  • Using tongs, place the foil into the air fryer basket. Spray with oil, then place the salmon on the foil.
  • Cook for between 5-7 minutes, and check salmon with an instant read thermometer.
    110-125°F- medium- rare * recommended temperature.
    125-140°F- medium- well
    140+ – well done
  • Remove salmon from the air fryer and place on a clean plate. Cover with a baking dish and rest for 5 minutes.



Leftover salmon may be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days, though it tastes best within the first 48 hours of cooking.


Serving: 6oz | Calories: 309kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 367mg | Potassium: 833mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 191IU | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 2mg