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A plate of air fryer salmon fillets garnished with lemon and herbs.

Air Fryer Salmon

This air fryer salmon is fresh fish fillets topped with a homemade spice rub, then cooked to golden brown perfection. A quick and easy dinner option that is on the table in just 15 minutes!
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 271kcal
Author Sara Welch


  • 1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/4 pounds salmon fillets similar sized pieces
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped
  • lemon wedges for garnish optional


  • Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F.
  • Place the brown sugar, sweet paprika, smoked paprika, black pepper, salt, garlic powder, onion powder and mustard powder in a small bowl. Stir to combine.
  • Brush the olive oil over all the sides of the salmon fillets, then rub the spice mixture into the salmon.
  • Place the fillets in a single layer in the air fryer. You may need to work in batches depending on the size of your air fryer.
  • Cook for 8-10 minutes or until salmon is opaque and flakes easily with a fork. Sprinkle with parsley, then serve, with lemon wedges if desired.



Calories: 271kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 647mg | Potassium: 737mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 573IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 2mg