Best Ever Moist & Crispy Air-Fryer Salmon Recipe Melts in Your Mouth by 30Seconds Food

Best Ever Moist & Crispy Air-Fryer Salmon Recipe Melts in Your Mouth

"There is absolutely NOTHING that compares to salmon that’s been cooked in an air fryer! I love salmon prepared many different ways, but the air fryer method beats them all (by far) in my opinion," says Rachel Maser, mom of four and founder/creator of the clean eating blog, Clean Food Crush®.

"We get that ultra-flavorful crunchy and crispy coating on the outside with a super tender, juicy and flaky melt-in-your-mouth inside. It’s truly the best  salmon recipe I’ve ever had!"

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes plus 30 minutes for fish to sit at room temp
Cook Time: 8 to 10 minutes
Total Time: 13 to 15 minutes plus 30 minutes for fish to sit at room temp
Servings: 4


  • 4 5-ounce wild-caught salmon fillets, about 1 1/2-inches thick
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil or olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  • fresh chopped parsley or cilantro, for garnish
  • fresh lemon or lime wedges, for serving

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Remove the salmon fillets from the fridge 30 minutes prior to cooking. They will cook more evenly If they are not straight out of the fridge cold. Blot the salmon lightly with a paper towel to remove excess moisture.
  2. Place the salmon in a shallow dish and rub evenly with all of the seasonings and oil. Be sure to rub all sides of the fish to get them coated well.
  3. Preheat the air fryer to 390 degrees F. Air fry the salmon for 8 to 10 minutes or just until golden and flaky throughout.
  4. Season with fresh herbs and serve with lemon or lime wedges.

Note: If using frozen salmon fillets, allow them to thaw completely in the fridge before preparing this recipe.

Recipe and photo courtesy of Clean Food Crush®.

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Air Fryers $50 & Up
Smoked Paprika $3 & Up
Garlic Powder $3 & Up
Onion Powder $3 & Up
Dried Oregano $2 & Up
Avocado Oil $5 & Up
Olive Oil $4 & Up

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Donna John
Yum! This looks amazing!!! I had salmon tonight. Definitely trying it this way next time.
Elisa Schmitz
Wow, how perfect is that. We eat salmon often as we can, and I can't wait try this fresh approach!
Ann Marie Patitucci
I made this last night and it was DELICIOUS! We'd never done salmon (or any fish) in the air fryer before. Highly recommend!
Elisa Schmitz
Awesome! So great to know you enjoyed this easy way to prepare salmon, Ann Marie Patitucci ! #yum

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