These air fryer salmon bites are tender and juicy bite-sized dinners or appetizers you can make quickly. All you need is 4 simple ingredients and 10 minutes of your time. They are perfect for a quick and healthy dinner, snack, or appetizer! It is just perfect for entertaining.
Air fryer Salmon bites recipe
This air fryer salmon bite is unbelievably effortless to make, anyone can do it! Furthermore, it's fail-proof and can be ready for your dinner table quickly. One of the key steps in making this recipe is removing the skin of the salmon. However, this extra chore can be avoided if you buy a skinless one.
I seasoned the fish bites with spices and herbs that complement the salmon deliciously (smoked paprika, dill, and thyme). But feel free to use whichever blend or individual ingredients your taste buds crave! Try my fish seasoning or Peri peri seasoning.
After air-frying these little fish pieces to perfection, I tossed in my homemade lemon butter caper sauce. It was good that it was not too overwhelming but just enough to enhance the salmon flavor. The whole dish tasted like something you would get in a fancy restaurant.
What you will need
You will need the following handful of ingredients for this recipe
Salmon fillets or sides: I used fresh salmon, but you can also use a frozen one. Just make sure it is completely thawed before cooking for a better result.
Smoked paprika: sub with sweet paprika
Garlic granules: Sub with garlic powder
Salt and black pepper to taste
How to remove salmon skin
Here is a quick overview of how to remove the skin on salmon. Start by placing the salmon fillet on a flat cutting board, flesh side up. Run your knife at an angle slightly down along the top of the skin to detach it from the flesh.
Then, slowly but firmly run the knife through the skin, avoiding the flesh (you should only scrape through the fish and not cut into it). While doing this, ensure you are gripping the skin by its edge and pulling away in one steady motion.
How to cook salmon bites in air fryer
Preheat the air fryer to 400F/200C for 3 minutes.
In a bowl add, salmon cubes, olive oil, dillweed, thyme, smoked paprika salt, and black pepper and mix to combine.
Transfer the seasoned salmon to the preheated air fryer basket and spread it in a single layer.
Air fry the salmon bites for 5-7 minutes, shaking the air fryer basket halfway through so that it cooks evenly and cooks through.
Transfer the fish to a serving bowl, toss your favorite sauce, and enjoy!
How long to cook salmon bites in air fryer
This will depend on the size of the salmon cubes and the temperature it is cooked. If cooked at a high temperature, it will cook faster than when cooked at a low temperature. Generally, air fry the salmon bites for 5-7 minutes at 400F/200C or until thoroughly cooked. The internal temperature should be checked with an instant-read thermometer. It should register at least 125F/50C.
What to eat with salmon bites
You can serve these deliciously home-cooked salmon bites as a main dish or side. Serve it with garlic butter rice, jollof rice, olive oil pasta, and many more. Swap shredded chicken for salmon and make salmon tacos on any day of the week you want.
They pair wonderfully well with cooked or raw veggie sides such as sauteed broccoli or broccolini, carrots, and salad. And, of course, don't forget to serve a sauce on the side, such as creamy dill sauce, lemon butter sauce, or lemon butter caper sauce. It will add an extra burst of flavor!
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How to store
These air fryer salmon bites can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
It can also be frozen and enjoyed later. If you are freezing them, make sure they are completely cooled. Lay them out on a parchment-lined baking sheet and flash freeze until solid, then transfer them to a ziplock bag and store them in the freezer for up to three months.
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Air Fryer Salmon Bites
- 1 lb salmon fillets or sides skin removed and cut into similar bite sizes
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- ½ teaspoon dried dillweed
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon garlic granules
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- Preheat the air fryer to 200C/400F for 3 minutes
- In a bowl add, cubed salmon, olive oil, dillweed, thyme, smoked paprika, salt, and black pepper and mix to combine.
- Transfer the seasoned salmon to the preheated air fryer basket and spread it out in a single layer.
- Air fry the salmon bites for 5-7 minutes shaking the air fryer basket halfway through so that it cooks evenly and cooked through
- Transfer the fish to a serving bowl, toss in your favorite sauce and enjoy!
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