These air fryer marinated salmon bites are so effortless and flavorful. We marinated chunks of salmon in a soy marinade for about an hour, then air fried them to juicy, caramelized perfection. They're so full of flavor and perfect for busy weeknights.
This air fryer soy-marinated salmon bite recipe is the best for busy weeknights. It involves almost no clean up, is super fast and easy, and goes with everything. It tastes a lot like teriyaki salmon, so it's great with rice and vegetables or mashed potatoes.
We love serving this with our cauliflower fried rice, mashed cauliflower (pro tip: add some horseradish), or air fryer BBQ brussels sprouts.
Looking for other salmon recipes? Try our grilled salmon bites, air fryer salmon bites, salmon in a creamy dijon sauce, and creamy pesto salmon.
Key Ingredients and Substitutions
For the salmon bites:
- Salmon- We prefer the taste (and health and environmental benefits) of wild-caught salmon. Use whatever you prefer. If you use frozen salmon, make sure it's completely defrosted before cooking.
- Frank's RedHot Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce- You can substitute your own favorite hot sauce or buffalo sauce, but I'm pretty much obsessed with Frank's.
- Maple syrup- 100% pure maple syrup is best. Honey works too if you don't have any maple syrup on hand.
- Soy sauce (coconut aminos for gluten free and Paleo)
See recipe card for amounts.
Step 1: Place cubes of salmon in a ziplock baggie with hot sauce, maple syrup, soy sauce, and garlic. Shake to combine everything, then refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 4 hours.
Step 2: Place the salmon in the basket of your air fryer and air fry at 400°F for 6-8 minutes, or until the salmon is cooked through and browned slightly on the outside. Stop the air fryer around the 3 minute mark to shake the basket and redistribute the salmon.
Step 3: Serve! We love this salmon with rice or mashed potatoes (try our cauliflower fried rice or mashed cauliflower for healthy alternatives) and vegetables. We also love serving it on skewers.
Frequently asked questions
We line our air fryer basket with disposable paper liners, but it still gets a little bit dirty. You can also try silicone liners or aluminum foil (if your air fryer allows it). Just keep in mind that covering the bottom of your air fryer may affect the way your salmon cooks.
If your salmon isn't browning or doesn't seem done in the allotted cook time, then try cooking it longer or spacing your salmon out more in the basket. If you have a small air fryer basket, you may have to cook your salmon in batches. The salmon bites cook the best when they aren't crowded and touching each either.
Store the salmon in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, pop it in the air fryer at 400°F for 2-3 minutes.
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