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Cubes of golden cooked salmon in an air fryer.

Teriyaki Air Fryer Salmon Bites

  • Author: Amy Estes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


These 10-Minute air fryer salmon bites make the perfect easy weeknight meal. The salmon is cubed and marinated in a tasty teriyaki sauce then air fried until perfectly golden and succulent. It makes a great easy protein to add to rice bowls or tacos. 


  • 1/2 cup soy sauce – you can also use tamari or coconut aminos
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup or honey
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic paste or 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste or 2 teaspoons minced ginger
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 4 (4 oz) salmon filets – skin removed
  • Sesame seeds and scallions – optional for serving


  • Make the teriyaki sauce (you can also use a store-bought teriyaki sauce and skip this step): Add the soy sauce, maple syrup, sesame oil, rice vinegar, garlic, ginger, and cornstarch into a medium size saucepan and stir it all together. Bring it to a boil on the stovetop, reduce the heat to simmer, and let it simmer for 2-3 minutes, whisking it so it thickens. Then remove it from the heat and let it cool. 
  • Prepare the salmon: Use a sharp kitchen knife and cutting board to cut the salmon filets into even size 1-inch pieces. Then place the cut salmon into a medium size bowl, pour 1/2 cup of the teriyaki sauce over the salmon, toss it in the sauce to coat it all really well, then cover the bowl and let it marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. 
  • Air-fry: Once the salmon is ready, remove it from the fridge, preheat the air fryer to 390 degrees F, and spray the air fryer basket with non-aerosol cooking spray to prevent it from sticking. Place the salmon bites in the air fryer basket in an even layer and cook them for 6-8 minutes, or until golden and tender, flipping them in the basket halfway through the cooking time. Note: If you prefer them to be crispier with a nice succulent inside then you can cook them for 4-7 minutes at 400 degrees F. 
  • Serve: Once the salmon bites are done cooking, serve them immediately with a sprinkle of lemon, sesame seeds, and scallions. 


  • Use good quality salmon with the skin removed. 
  • Cut the salmon into even size 1-inch pieces. 
  • Marinate the salmon for at least 30 minutes, covered in the refrigerator. 
  • Flip the salmon bites into the air fryer basket halfway through the cooking time. 
  • Store any leftovers in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat in the air fryer at 375 degrees F until warmed through.
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Main dishes
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: Asian

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