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Bowl of brown rice with sliced green onions and cooked air fryer salmon bites.

Air Fryer Salmon Bites

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  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 minutes
  • Total Time: 21 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Fish
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: American


Air Fryer Salmon Bites – an easy and simple air fryer salmon bites recipe that is perfect for salmon rice bowls, tacos and more!



Marinade/Sauce (optional)*:

  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil (or olive oil)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce (tamari for gluten-free)
  • 1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • pinch of ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili garlic sauce
  • pinch of kosher salt


  • 1 lb fresh salmon, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • olive oil cooking spray


  1. Prep Marinade: Combine the Marinade in a mason jar. Cover tightly with lid and shake until combined. 
  2. Prep Salmon: Place salmon cubes in a shallow bowl. Pour approx. 1/2 marinade over the top of the salmon and toss to coat. 
  3. Marinade (optional): You can cook the salmon after a brief 5 minute marinade OR you can cover and let it marinade in the refrigerator for 30 minutes, depending upon how much time you have. 
  4. Prep Air Fryer: Ensure the air fryer basket is sprayed with your favorite non-stick cooking spray (we used an extra light olive oil). Preheat air fryer for 5-10 minutes at 400 degrees F. 
  5. Cook: Place salmon bites inside the prepared air fryer basket, trying to keep the salmon from touching each other (cook in batches if necessary). Place air fryer basket in the air fryer and let cook 5-7 minutes or until salmon is fully cooked (internal temp of 135 degrees F). Remove and transfer to a plate.  
  6. Serve: serve salmon bites over rice and pour the remaining marinade/sauce over top. Garnish with sliced green onions. 


  • *Marinade: the marinade is totally optional! Feel free to use a store-bought marinade or just toss in a little olive oil and season with kosher salt and ground black pepper. The 30 minute marinade time is also optional so it is not included in the prep time.
  • Serving: we also love using these in our Soy Ginger Salmon Rice Bowls and these Blackened Salmon Bowls
  • Storage: store leftover salmon bites in an airtight container in the refrigerator and use within 2-3 days.


  • Serving Size: 4oz
  • Calories: 232
  • Sugar: 1.2 g
  • Sodium: 642.5 mg
  • Fat: 12.7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 3.4 g
  • Protein: 26.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 57.9 mg