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My Air Fryer Salmon Bites are so easy to make, coated in seasoned panko breadcrumbs, and air-fried to perfection! They’re crispy on the outside tender in the center, and cooked in less than 10 minutes.

Top view salmon bites on a plate with a small bowl of sauce.
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My kids love salmon and no matter how I make it they will eat it. I kept seeing other foodies on social make salmon bites and I was inspired to make these for my family using the air fryer. Making these Air Fryer Salmon Bites is so quick and simple and it always comes to the rescue when I don’t have much time on hand! The salmon filet is cut into 1-inch cubes, tossed with salt, pepper and oil, then dipped in seasoned breadcrumbs. I then air fry them for about 8 minutes. While it cooks, you can make a flavorful sweet and spicy sauce to use as a dip or use any of your favourite dip.

Serve in a rice bowl, in a salad, or with a few sides like spicy honey-baked cauliflower or crispy sweet potato fries.

Recipe Summary

  • Quick and easy: This salmon bites recipe is simple and straightforward. There’s no marinating time needed, and they’re cooked in just about 8 minutes!
  • Nutritious: Salmon is a great source of protein, and healthy fats and includes many good-for-you vitamins and minerals according to WebMD.
  • Incredibly flavorful: The salmon is breaded with a seasoned panko bread crumb mixture, which ensures these bites cook up crispy with a tender, juicy center.
  • So many ways to serve them: Salmon bites are great as an appetizer with sweet and spicy sauce. In addition, they’re delicious as the main course paired with a variety of sides.
Salmon bites with one bitten into.

Ingredients Needed

Made with simple ingredients, most of which are pantry staples. It comes together for a delicious, high-protein snack, lunch or dinner! Here’s everything you’ll need:

  • Salmon: Use Atlantic, king or sockeye salmon that is cut into 1-inch pieces.
  • Salt and pepper: Brings out all of the delicious flavors.
  • Olive oil: This will help all of the seasonings adhere to the salmon and get a nice crisp exterior.
  • Panko breadcrumbs: Any breadcrumbs will work but panko breadcrumbs are recommended for extra crispiness.
  • Seasonings: A simple mix of Italian seasoning, garlic powder and onion powder will add wonderful savory flavor.
  • For the sauce: Stir together honey, hot sauce and low-sodium soy sauce for a sweet, slightly spicy dipping sauce.
Raw salmon in a bowl with sauces and seasonings nearby.

How to Make It

This air fryer salmon recipe is so easy and turns out so delicious that they will become your new favorite weeknight meal. Here’s how to make them:

  1. Season: In a large bowl, sprinkle the salmon cubes with salt, pepper and oil, stir well to combine and coat each piece.
  2. Make breading: On a shallow plate combine the breadcrumbs with Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper.
  3. Bread: Dip the salmon in the panko mixture then place on a sheet pan.
  4. Cook: Preheat the air fryer to 375ºF. Place the breaded salmon into the air fryer, arranging the pieces in a single layer without overlapping. Air fry for 8 minutes, shaking the basket halfway.
  5. Make the sauce: Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine the honey, hot sauce and soy sauce. Drizzle cooked salmon with the sauce and shake.

My Pro Tips

Recipe Tips

  • Skinless salmon: Purchase skinless salmon from the seafood counter, or trim the skin off before cutting it into cubes.
  • Same size cubes: The salmon pieces will cook more evenly and at the same rate if they’re all about the same size, 1-inch cubes work great.
  • Thaw frozen salmon: You can use fresh or frozen salmon for these bites. If frozen, you’ll need to thaw before seasoning.
  • Shake the basket: After the salmon has cooked for about 4 minutes, give the basket a good shake. This will ensures it gets browned on all sides and cooks evenly.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long to cook salmon in the air fryer?

Salmon bites are small, so they cook in a flash. At 375ºF, they will need to cook for approximately 8 minutes.

How to know when salmon bites are fully cooked?

The easiest way to test these for doneness is to press down on the top of the salmon with the fork, if it flakes, then it’s done.

Do salmon bites need to be flipped in the air fryer?

For the most even cooking, it is best to shake the basket after the bites have cooked for about 4 minutes.

side shot of salmon bites on a dish next to dipping sauce

Serving Suggestions

Salmon bites are super versatile and great served in a variety of ways from grain bowls to salads. Here are some delicious sides we love to pair them with:

Storing Leftovers

Refrigerate any leftover salmon bites in an airtight container for up to about 3 days. Reheat the leftovers in the air fryer at 350°F for about 3 minutes, shaking halfway.

Air fryer salmon bites stacked on a white plate.

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Air Fryer Salmon Bites

By: Rena
Servings: 4 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 8 minutes
Total: 23 minutes
top view salmon bites on a plate with a small bowl of sauce
Easy Air Fryer Salmon Bites are coated in seasoned panko breadcrumbs and air fried to perfection! They're crispy on the outside and tender in the center, cooked in less than 10 minutes. Serve with our simple homemade sweet and spicy sauce for a delicious appetizer or main course!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lb salmon filet, skin removed and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp fine ground pepper
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tbsp hot sauce
  • 1 tbsp low sodium soy sauce

Instructions

  • In a large bowl sprinkle the salmon cubes with salt, pepper and oil, stir well to combine and coat each piece.
  • In a shallow plate combine the breadcrumbs with Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper.
  • Dip the salmon in the panko mixture then place it on a sheet pan.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 375ºF.
  • Place the breaded salmon into the air fryer, arranging the pieces in a single layer without overlapping. Air fry for 8 minutes, shaking the basket halfway.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine the honey, hot sauce and soy sauce. Once the salmon is done cooking, drizzle with the sauce and shake.

Notes

Refrigerate any leftover salmon bites in an airtight container for up to about 3 days. Reheat the leftovers in the air fryer at 350°F for about 3 minutes, shaking halfway.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 422kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 36gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 1056mgPotassium: 917mgFiber: 1gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 96IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 63mgIron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
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About Rena Awada

Hi, I’m Rena! I am here to help you prepare delicious, light, fresh meals that your whole family will love!

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