When you think of the word zesty what comes to mind? Is it spicy, and pleasing to the palate? Well, this Air Fryer Zesty Marinated Salmon is all of that! Don’t feel too turned off if you don’t like spice. This salmon has a little kick to it. It especially has kick and spice due to the cayenne pepper that this recipe calls for.
Now, don’t worry too much about it being too spicy. You have total control over how much you can add. This recipe gives the salmon a medium spice. If you want less, then add less! As with every meal that you make, you are in charge! If you are looking for a way to change how you typically make your salmon, then try out this Air Fryer Zesty Marinated Salmon!
To make this recipe, you will need a 1 pound salmon filet. Be sure to slice it into 3 or 4 equal portions. Slicing the salmon this way makes serving and meal prep easier. You will also need 1 teaspoon of olive oil, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper, ½ teaspoon of Italian seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder, salt, and black pepper, to taste.
1/4 of a teaspoon of cayenne pepper might seem like only a little bit. It is. However, cayenne pepper is STRONG! If you have never used it before, it can also be quite a shock just how powerful it is. So, adhere to the 1/4 of a teaspoon measurement and if you feel the need to add more, then do so. Or, if you feel that you added too much, then add a drop more of oil and lemon juice to balance everything out. The wonderful thing about this recipe is that it is easy to adjust if you mess up slightly.
Also, the rest of these ingredient measurements might not sound like much. However, they are what make up the marinade for the salmon filet. Since it is a marinade, it will have plenty of time to adequately soak into the salmon fillets.
To make this Air Fryer Zesty Marinated Salmon recipe. First, in a small bowl, mix olive oil, lemon juice, cayenne pepper, Italian seasoning, garlic powder salt, and black pepper. Then, place the salmon fillets in a baking dish and pour over the freshly made zesty marinade. Use a basting brush to spread it out. Cover the baking dish and refrigerate it for 30 minutes to marinate. Air fry the fillets at 400° for 7 to 8 minutes. Finally, remove them from the air fryer and allow them to rest for 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
It’s that simple! When you take your first bite of this salmon, can you taste just how zesty it is? Is it too overpowering, or is it just right? Hopefully, it is just right! Enjoy this Air Fryer Zesty Marinated Salmon with a nice side of spinach or a big salad. This salmon also goes well with a heaping pile of creamy mashed potatoes and a side of broccoli. However, you choose to serve and eat this Air Fryer Zesty Marinated Salmon is entirely up to you! Hopefully, you enjoy this recipe and keep it in your meal rotation!