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Air Fryer Cajun Salmon: A Spicy Twist on a Seafood Favorite

by Mylyn May Ramos 19 May 2023

If you're a fan of bold flavors and succulent seafood, get ready to be delighted by the Air Fryer Cajun Salmon recipe. This dish takes the natural richness of salmon and elevates it with a tantalizing blend of Cajun spices. The air fryer ensures a perfectly crispy exterior while keeping the salmon moist and tender on the inside. Whether you're a seafood lover or a spice enthusiast, this recipe is sure to satisfy your cravings for a zesty and flavorful meal.

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  • 2 salmon fillets (approximately 6 ounces each)
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Fresh lemon wedges, for serving
  • Fresh parsley, for garnish (optional)


Step 1: Preheat the Air Fryer

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (200°C) for 5 minutes, allowing it to reach the desired cooking temperature.

Step 2: Prepare the Cajun Spice Rub

  1. In a small bowl, combine the Cajun seasoning, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and black pepper.
  2. Mix well to ensure the spices are evenly incorporated.

Step 3: Season and Coat the Salmon

  1. Brush the salmon fillets with olive oil on all sides.
  2. Sprinkle the Cajun spice rub evenly over the salmon, coating it generously.
  3. Gently press the spices into the salmon to help them adhere.

Step 4: Air Fry the Cajun Salmon

  1. Place the seasoned salmon fillets in the air fryer basket, skin-side down.
  2. Cook the salmon in the air fryer at 400°F (200°C) for approximately 10-12 minutes, or until the salmon is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork.

Step 5: Serve and Garnish

  1. Carefully remove the cooked Cajun salmon from the air fryer and transfer it to a serving platter.
  2. Squeeze fresh lemon juice over the salmon to add a refreshing tang.
  3. Garnish with fresh parsley, if desired, for an extra touch of color and freshness.

Conclusion: Experience the fiery flavors of Air Fryer Cajun Salmon, where tender salmon fillets are coated in a zesty Cajun spice rub and cooked to perfection in the air fryer. The result is a dish that boasts a delightful contrast of crispy exterior and succulent, flaky interior. With its spicy kick and mouthwatering aroma, this Cajun salmon recipe is a fantastic way to elevate your seafood dinner. So, grab your air fryer, gather the spices, and get ready to savor a dish that brings the heat and the flavor to your table.

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