Perfect Salmon and Asparagus in an Air Fryer

My second Air Fryer meal.

I’ve a substantial backlog, so these ought to be a bit more frequent as I try to catch the blog up.

About 15 minutes.

Season the salmon with a mixture of 1/2 tsp each of smoked paprika, garlic powder, sea salt and 1/4 tsp pepper.

Got that? No oil required.

Got that?

Toss asparagus in olive oil and sea salt. How much EVOO?

Meh, about a 1/2 teaspoon for a lot. Accurate enough?

You cook both together, 400 for 12 minutes in the air fryer. For a thinner salmon filet, I’d probably do 2-3 minutes of asparagus alone, then add in the filet for 8-9 minutes.

Of course, I like my salmon rare.

If you don’t like it rare, then get over being clueless, stupid, and commenting…and just cook for a couple of minutes longer and then shut the fuck up.

…It’s astounding how well this does asparagus. It transforms it into candy, complete with stinky pee.

…Oh, BTW, if you don’t use all of your asparagus, don’t be a compete fucktard, putting it in plastic, in the fridge. Keep it alive.

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  1. tim on February 7, 2018 at 15:47

    Richard, Thanks for the tip on storing asparagus. Sprouts had a great sale on them and I bought two big bunches. I never thought of storing them like that. I learn something new everyday.

    • Richard Nikoley on February 20, 2018 at 15:51

      There you go. When down with my parents we bought two bunches then had other plans so I sliced off about an inch with a very sharp knife and kept them perfectly fresh for two days until they were into the dinner plan.

  2. Vicky on February 7, 2018 at 16:27

    How to layer, who’s on top? Salmon or asparagus?

    • Richard Nikoley on February 20, 2018 at 15:49

      I did this one side-by-side.

    • Kim on June 13, 2019 at 09:09

      Richard- I have a ninja foodi that has a rack. Did you put them directly into the pot with them touching the bottom or did they have a buffer?

    • Richard Nikoley on June 13, 2019 at 09:17

      It’s a basket with holes in it, so not touching the bottom surface.

    • Kim on June 13, 2019 at 09:10

      Also, the fucktard is me. I’m the fucktard that stored asparagus back in the bag. Never occurred to me to put it in water. Duh.

    • Richard Nikoley on June 13, 2019 at 09:17

      Don’t beat yourself up. Just get more asparagus.

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  4. Jayme on April 8, 2019 at 17:51

    This might be my favorite recipe I have ever come across on the internet. Please bring us more!

  5. Kris on January 3, 2021 at 16:02

    Is the oil for the salmon AND the veg? How much for each??

    KIDDING. you may be my favourite food blogger ever. salmon likes it on top.

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