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Recipe for air best damn air fryer salmon

Best Damn Air Fryer Salmon

  • Author: RecipeTeacher
  • Total Time: 15 min
  • Yield: 2 servings


Seasoned to simple perfection, these air fryer salmon filets are buttery, flakey, and absolutely delicious. The perfect meal for your air fryer.


  • 2 salmon filets (6oz each, skin or no skin is fine)
  • 1 tbs butter (melted)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika (regular or smoked)
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt (or any coarse salt)
  • Lemon slices, fresh dill or parsley for garnish


  1. Brush tops of salmon filets with melted butter.
  2. Mix together paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Generously sprinkle the mixture over the top of the filets.
  3. Add foil to bottom of air fryer basket (or tray if using a tray style air fryer) and spritz with a little cooking spray . Preheat at 390°(F) for 5 minutes.
  4. Place salmon, skin side down on foil. Set air fryer to “air fry” setting at 390° (F) for 10 minutes.
  5. Check for doneness. Internal temp should be 145 degrees (F) and fish will easily flake with a fork.
  6. Serve and enjoy with fresh lemon!


Substitute butter with extra virgin olive oil if desired

  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Category: Seafood
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: air fryer salmon