Air Fryer Salmon Bites

A white plate filled with teriyaki glazed air fryer salmon bites garnished with white and black sesame seeds and green onions.

Try this fool proof method for cooking perfectly succulent salmon every time. Teriyaki glazed Air Fryer Salmon Bites stay juicy and tender on the inside as they cook in the air fryer. Coated in a tasty teriyaki glaze, they make a great snack, appetizer, or easy weeknight dinner that’s ready in under ten minutes.

Here in our house, we try to cook fish or seafood at least once a week. Sometimes I’ll bake salmon in the oven with a little dill and lemon, but we prefer to make Simple Cast Iron Salmon, it’s so moist and delicious.

Smoked Salmon is so delicious and versatile, especially in Smoked Salmon and Caper Arancini. These tasty appetizers are one of my favourite salmon recipes to make for the holidays, special celebrations, and dinner parties.

Teriyaki glazed air fryer salmon bites garnished with sesame seeds and green onions.

Air Fryer Salmon Bites

Welcome to the first recipe post of 2023, dear readers! I hope this year will be full of joy, good health, and great food for you all. I’m especially excited to help you make that last part come true. While I don’t believe in resolutions, or ‘new year, new you’ mantras, I do believe in great food.

This Air Fryer Salmon Bites recipe is a great way to kick off a new year of great eating. It checks off so many boxes on my list of what makes a great meal. Firstly, these crispy salmon bites are delicious. The teriyaki glaze contains honey which caramelizes on the outside of the salmon as it cooks. The magical combination of caramelized honey, ginger, and garlic accents the salmon perfectly.

A white plate filled with teriyaki glazed air fryer salmon bites garnished with white and black sesame seeds and green onions.

Secondly…if you want moist (yeah, I said it) MOIST salmon, cook it in an air fryer! Salmon is so easy to overcook (as my husband likes to point out) but somehow after 5 minutes in an air fryer, it melts in your mouth. It’s pure magic.

Lastly, like most air fryer recipes, these easy salmon nuggets take almost no time to prepare and cook. If you have a jar of Honey Teriyaki Sauce in the fridge, it takes even less time. At 400 F, the salmon bites take 5 minutes to cook. You can eat them on their own, as an appetizer or high protein snack or serve them with rice and veggies for a quick meal.

Ingredients required to make air fryer salmon bites with teriyaki glaze.

Ingredients for Air Fryer Salmon Bites

The main seasoning in this recipe comes from Teriyaki sauce. While there are many brands of this popular Japanese condiment available at most grocery stores, I prefer to make my own.

  • Salmon Fillet
  • Olive Oil
  • Soy Sauce
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • Teriyaki Sauce
  • Honey
  • Garlic Powder
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Green Onions
Two rows of skinned and cubed salmon on a red cutting board.

Besides the teriyaki sauce, the salmon marinade/glaze contains olive oil and freshly ground black pepper. If you use store bought teriyaki sauce, I recommend adding soy sauce, honey, and garlic powder. However, if you use my recipe for teriyaki sauce, it already contains, soy sauce, honey, and real garlic and ginger.

Black and white sesame seeds and sliced green onions are meant to be used as a garnish. They complete the dish but add no real flavour to it. You can make this recipe without them if you prefer.

How to Choose Salmon Fillets

You can use either skin on or skinless salmon fillets for this air fryer recipe. Steelhead trout is also a great option. You will need a sharp flexible knife, such as a filleting knife, to remove the skin before cutting the salmon into uniform pieces.

Process images showing how to cut, marinate, and cook air fryer salmon bites.

To choose the freshest salmon fillets, you’re going to get up close and personal with the fish. Firstly, give the fish a sniff. Go on, follow your nose. The fish should smell only faintly fishy or salty sweet like the ocean, and nothing more. If it is overly fishy, leave it at the store.

Next, give the fillet a poke, if people aren’t already staring at you for fish sniffing. Press the fillet with your finger; if the flesh springs back, then it’s fresh. If your fingerprint stays, put it back.

Next, choose salmon fillets that are a bright pink coral, or deep red colour with nice marbling (depending on the variety). The fillets should also look nice and moist, and not dried out or sticky.

A white plate filled with teriyaki glazed air fryer salmon bites garnished with white and black sesame seeds and green onions.

Finally, look for any obvious signs of trauma. These may or may not include brown spots on the belly flesh or skin. Inspect the fillet for obvious ‘gaping’; the issue that occurs when the cut edges of the fish begin to separate from each other.

How to Make Air Fryer Salmon Bites

If you are using skin on salmon fillets, start by removing the skin with a sharp flexible knife. Next, slice the salmon into uniform one-inch cubes and set them aside on a plate.

If using store-bought teriyaki sauce, mix the olive oil, soy sauce, freshly ground black pepper, honey, and half teaspoon garlic powder with the teriyaki sauce in a small bowl. If you are using my Honey Teriyaki Sauce recipe, simply mix it with the olive oil and half teaspoon black pepper.

PRO TIP: Double the sauce to use as a dip or drizzle sauce.

A white plate filled with teriyaki glazed air fryer salmon bites garnished with white and black sesame seeds and green onions.

Pour the teriyaki mixture over salmon and use a silicone brush to completely coat the salmon cubes with the teriyaki mixture.

Preheat air fryer to 400 F then spray the basket with cooking spray BEFORE arranging the salmon cubes in the fryer basket. Preheat air fryer to 400 F then spray the basket with cooking spray BEFORE arranging the salmon cubes in the fryer basket. Ensure that there’s plenty of space around each piece to cook salmon evenly.

Air fry salmon for 5-7 mins, or until the salmon reaches your preferred doneness, flipping the salmon pieces halfway through the cook time. Remove from air fryer basket and serve warm.

A white plate filled with teriyaki glazed air fryer salmon bites garnished with white and black sesame seeds and green onions.

What is the Right Temperature for Cooked Salmon?

Cooking time will depend on how you prefer your salmon to be cooked. It also depends upon the model and style of your air fryer. This recipe was tested with a Cosori 5.8-quart basket style air fryer.

If you like rare air fried salmon, the internal temperature should range between 110 °F to 125 °F. Medium rare will have an internal temperature 125 °F – 130 °F while 140 °F is well-done. Anything over 140 °F is over done. At that temperature the salmon is dry and chalky.

A white plate filled with teriyaki glazed air fryer salmon bites garnished with white and black sesame seeds and green onions.

Serving Storage and Reheating Instructions.

To serve the air fryer salmon nuggets, garnish them with white and black sesame seeds and chopped green onions. Drizzle more teriyaki sauce over the salmon, if desired. For a complete meal, serve with vegetables over rice or alongside creamy garlic butter mashed potatoes. 

Store the salmon in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two days. Reheat in the air fryer for a few minutes, watching closely so the salmon doesn’t overcook.

Pinterest image of teriyaki glazed air fryer salmon bites in a plate and in an air fryer.

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Yield: 4 servings

Air Fryer Salmon Bites

Teriyaki glazed air fryer salmon bites garnished with sesame seeds and green onions.

Try this fool proof method for cooking perfectly succulent salmon every time. Teriyaki glazed Air Fryer Salmon Bites stay juicy and tender on the inside as they cook in the air fryer. Coated in a tasty teriyaki glaze, they make a great snack, appetizer, or easy weeknight dinner that's ready in under ten minutes.

PRO TIP: Double the sauce to use as a dip or drizzle sauce.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Salmon Filet
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground Pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons Teriyaki Sauce (store bought)
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • sesame seeds as garnish (optional)
  • 3 Tablespoons chopped green onion as garnish (optional)

TO USE HOMEMADE HONEY TERIYAKI SAUCE

  • 1/2 cup homemade Honey Teriyaki Sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

  1. Use a sharp flexible knife to remove the skin from the salmon filet. Slice the salmon into one inch cubes and set aside.
  2. If using store-bought Teriyaki Sauce, mix the olive oil, soy sauce, ground black pepper, honey, and garlic powder with the teriyaki sauce in a small bowl. If using my Honey Teriyaki Sauce, simply mix 1/2 cup of the sauce with the olive oil and half teaspoon black pepper. PRO TIP: Double the sauce to use as a dip or drizzle sauce.
  3. Use a brush to completely coat the salmon cubes with the teriyaki mixture.
  4. Preheat air fry to 400 F then arrange the salmon cubes in the basket, ensuring they do not touch.
  5. Air fry for 5-7 minutes until the salmon reaches your preferred doneness, flipping the salmon pieces halfway through the cook time. For rare salmon, the internal temperature should range between 110 °F to 125 °F. Medium rare will have an internal temperature 125 °F – 130 °F while 140 °F is well-done.
  6. Serve warm garnished with sesame seeds.




Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 284Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 71mgSodium: 634mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 0gSugar: 3gProtein: 26g

Nutritional calculation was provided by Nutritionix and is an estimation only. For special diets or medical issues please use your preferred calculator.

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22 comments

  1. Jenny

    This is the most decadent salmon! I love how it looks, and it is perfect for guests. We had a big family get-together and this loaded salmon was the star of the evening. Thanks for the idea!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Hi Jenny! Thank you for trying out this salmon recipe. I’m so glad your family loved it!

  2. Veronika

    Love easy and delicious recipe like this one! So easy to prep and perfect for a weeknight meal 😉

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Yes! You are 100% right. We could all use another easy weeknight meal go-to!

  3. Natalia

    These salmon bites look absolutely delicious! I’ve just bought an air fryer and will make this for my sister and her son. They both love salmon. Thank you so much for the recipe!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      You’re such a great auntie and sister. They’re going to love this easy way to prepare tasty teriyaki salmon.

  4. Loreto and Nicoletta

    Okay Bernice, these salmon bites are the bomb! Love the teriyaki, and that caramelization on the surface is mouth watering. I can only imagine how juicy they are inside! Can’t wait to try. We have a new air fryer so we have to baptize it! Lol.
    Thanjs for the great salmon idea!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Congratulations on the new air fryer. You have many delicious adventures ahead of you.

  5. Linda

    Besides grilling, air frying salmon fillets is my favorite way to cook it. When I saw these flavorful little bites I just had to give them a try. Am I glad I did! They were moist, tasty, perfectly seasoned and the family had fun eating them with chopsticks.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      I’m so glad you liked these salmon bites Linda. They are kind of fun to eat with chopsticks…I love them in a rice bowl with veggies.

  6. Elaine

    Ah, I can see so many of my friends go nuts about these bites haha. Definitely a show-stopper if you as me. Yum!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Thanks for stopping by Elaine. Happy cooking!

  7. Lauren Michael Harris

    What an easy and delicious way to enjoy salmon! Even my kids ate it – a winning recipe for sure!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      That is definitely a win! Thanks for trying my salmon recipe Lauren.

  8. Kathryn Donangelo

    These are so delicious and love how easy they are! The teriyaki flavor was just what I was craving and hit the spot. We ate these so fast so I need to make them again!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Same! I’m already thinking about another salmon bites bowl for dinner this week. Thanks for trying this recipe Kathryn.

  9. Marta

    These air fryer salmon bites were the perfect appetizer for our small get together with friends this weekend. We all loved how juicy they came out. I loved how easy they were to make.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Thank you so much Marta, I’m so glad your friends loved this dish!

  10. Pam

    I have a hard time deciding which recipe I love more, this or your simple Cast Iron Salmon! They are both so good! Perfectly cooked salmon every time!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      I guess it depends on the time available and what flavours you are craving! Thank you for trying them both Pam, I’m so glad you liked them.

  11. Joni Mallabone

    A wonderful recipe. I made it and loved it. I just need to figure out how to get the teriyaki sauce to caramelize more. Your teriyaki recipe is great. Will use it often. So easy to make and yummy!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Yes, it’s a fine balance…the outside should be nice and caramelized without drying the inside of the fish. It’s different for every air fryer!

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