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Air Fryer Salmon Bites

Air fryer salmon bites are easy to make and so delicious. This diced salmon recipe is for people who what to eat more fish but don’t love the taste. It’s so good, this is sure to become your new favorite way to make salmon. Even better, air fried salmon bites are ready in about 10 minutes and are great for a quick lunch or dinner.

If you love quick and easy air fryer recipes, you should try these easy chicken bites or 10 minute frozen shrimp.

Air fryer basket filled with salmon nuggets.
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Why you will love this recipe

  • Perfectly cooked salmon every time
  • Easy to make
  • 10 minutes
  • Customizable
  • High protein
  • Gluten free
  • Dairy free
  • Whole30
  • Low carb
Ingredients to make air fried salmon bites on marble countertop.

Ingredients

  • Skinless salmon – buy salmon without the skin or remove the skin before cutting the salmon into cubes. This recipe works well with any cut of salmon since you cut it up into bite size pieces before cooking. 
  • Olive oil – olive oil is used to coat the fish and helps the spices stick while it’s cooking. You can also use avocado oil, melted coconut oil or melted ghee or butter.
  • Spices: smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt, oregano, crushed red pepper flakes – this combination of spices is so versatile. Smoked paprika gives it a slightly smoky flavor. Garlic powder adds flavor and umami to the dish. Salt helps to elevate all the flavors. Oregano deepens the flavor the crushed red pepper flakes add some heat. You can omit the red pepper flakes if you don’t like spicy food.

How to make air fryer salmon bites

Start by cutting the salmon into 1-2 inch cubes. Try to cut all the cubes the same size.

Salmon cubes in glass container.

Add the salmon to a bowl and add the olive oil and spices. Stir well.

Spices on salmon cubes in glass container.

Add the salmon chunks to the air fryer basket (I like to add a silicone liner or parchment paper) and make sure it’s all in one layer in the air fryer basket.

Raw salmon bites with spices in air fryer basket.

Cook at 400F for 6 minutes. No need to shake the basket or flip the salmon.

Salmon bites in air fryer after cooking.

Top tips

  • For this recipe, it’s best to use skinless salmon. If you love having skin on your salmon cook the salmon with the skin side up so the skin gets a chance to get crispy and doesn’t stick to the air fryer basket when cooking.
  • This method is espeically great if you notice that your salmon varies in thickness. This way all the salmon cooks at the same time no matter how thick or thin it is.
  • Cut the salmon into similar sized pieces with sharp kitchen shears or a sharp knife and a plastic cutting board.
  • I like to put down the silicone liner for the air fryer when making salmon as I find that it helps ensure nothing sticks. If you don’t have a silicone liner, you can put down parchment paper that you cut to the size of your air fryer basket. Be sure to cut a few small holes in the paper to allow air flow. I have also made this without the liner, and it works well, but a few pieces of the salmon did stick a little.
  • Use silicone tipped tongs or a silicone spatula to avoid scratching the coating on your air fryer basket.
  • To double the recipe, cook the salmon in 2 batches. This helps ensure that the air fryer basket isn’t overcrowded so everything cooks quickly and evenly. The second batch may be done in 5 minutes since the air fryer will be preheated.
Air fryer salmon nuggets on a fork.

Other flavors to try

You can change up the flavor based on what you are serving along side of them.

  • Herbs de Provence or Italian seasoning – omit the paprika and crushed red pepper flakes. Add about 1 tablespoon of herbs de provence or italian seasoning to the garlic powder, oregano and salt.
  • Cajun – add about ½ tablespoon of your favorite cajun seasoning along with the other spices in the recipe.
  • Ranch – omit the paprika, oregano and crushed red pepper flakes. Add ½ tablespoon dried chives, 1 teaspoon dried parsley and ½ teaspoon dried dill to the garlic powder and salt.
  • Taco – add about ½ tablespoon of your favorite taco seasoning to the recipe along with the other spices.
  • Smoky – add ½ teaspoon cumin to increase the smokiness of the recipe.
  • Squeeze of lemon or lime – add a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime at the end to brighten the flavors, regardless of the spices used.

Ways to serve air fried salmon bites

Air fryer salmon nuggets on salad with ranch dressing.

Common questions

Can you make salmon bites without an air fryer?

Yes! You can make these salmon bites in the oven under the broiler if you don’ have an air fryer.

  • Coat the salmon in oil and spices and place on a baking sheet that can withstand the boiler (or you can use a large skillet or cast iron skillet.
  • Add the salmon to the pan and cook under the broiler for 4 minutes. Take out of the oven, flip the salmon bites and cook again under the boiler for about 3 minutes.

Do you have to preheat the air fryer?

This recipe is written using a Ninja air fryer, and I did not preheat the air fryer.

If you are using a larger air fryer that indicates that preheating is necessary, you may want to start checking on the salmon bites around the 5 minute mark.

Can you air fry canned salmon?

If you only have canned salmon, I recommend making my canned salmon bites and cooking them in the air fryer.

How to remove the skin from salmon

Typically I buy skinless salmon when I know I will be making a recipe like this. However if you only have salmon with the skin on, you can remove yourself.

Place the salmon flesh side down on a cutting board. Start in a corner and try to pinch the skin to get a knife under it. Once you start, use small strokes with the knife as you pull back on the skin slowly removing it from the salmon. You may want to hold onto the skin with a paper towel in your hands to help keep it tight (as it can be a little slippery).

Storing leftovers

  • Fridge: Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • Reheat in the air fryer at 375 for 3-4 minutes or serve cold or at room temperature.
  • Freezer: Although you can freeze cooked salmon, I think this recipe is best if you enjoy it fresh.
Air fried salmon bites in air fryer basket.

If you love salmon recipes, you should try

Air Fryer Asian Salmon

Salmon with Pesto and Veggies

Mustard Pecan Salmon

Lemon Tahini Salmon

Honey Chipotle Salmon

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Salmon bites in air fryer basket with green napkin on the side.

Air Fryer Salmon Bites

Air Fryer Salmon Bites are a quick, tasty and healthy lunch or dinner option that can be served over salad, wraps, in burrito bowls, grain bowls or with rice or quinoa. They only take 6 minutes to make in the air fryer.
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Course: dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fried salmon bites, air fryer salmon bites, salmon bites air fryer
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 9 minutes
Servings: 2

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Cut the salmon into 1-2 inch cubes. You can use sharp kitchen shears or a knife and cutting board.
  • Add the salmon chunks into a bowl. Add the oil and spices to the salmon then stir well.
  • Transfer the salmon cubes to the air fryer. I like to put down a silicone liner or parchment paper liner into basket first. Be sure that the salmon is in a single layer in the air fryer basket.
  • Cook at 400F for 6 minutes.

Equipment

Notes

Top tips
  • For this recipe, it’s best to use skinless salmon. 
  • Be sure to cut the fish into similar sized pieces with sharp kitchen shears or a sharp knife and a plastic cutting board.
  • I recommend using a silicone liner or parchment paper to line the air fryer to help ensure nothing sticks. 
  • Use silicone tipped tongs or a silicone spatula to avoid scratching the coating on your air fryer basket.
  • To double the recipe, cook in 2 batches. This helps ensure that the air fryer basket isn’t overcrowded so everything cooks quickly and evenly. The second batch may be done in 5 minutes since the air fryer will be preheated.
Other flavors
You can change up the flavor of these air fryer salmon nuggets based on what you are serving along side of them.
  • Herbs de Provence or Italian seasoning – omit the paprika and crushed red pepper flakes. Add about 1 tablespoon of herbs de provence or italian seasoning to the garlic powder, oregano and salt.
  • Cajun – add about ½ tablespoon of your favorite cajun seasoning along with the other spices in the recipe.
  • Ranch – omit the paprika, oregano and crushed red pepper flakes. Add ½ tablespoon dried chives, 1 teaspoon dried parsley and ½ teaspoon dried dill to the garlic powder and salt.
  • Taco – add about ½ tablespoon of your favorite taco seasoning to the recipe along with the other spices.
  • Smoky – add ½ teaspoon cumin to increase the smokiness of the recipe.
  • Squeeze of lemon or lime – add a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime at the end to brighten the flavors, regardless of the spices used.
Storing leftovers
  • Fridge: Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • Reheat in the air fryer at 375 for 3-4 minutes or serve cold or at room temperature.
  • Freezer: Although you can freeze cooked salmon, I think this recipe is best if you enjoy it fresh. 
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Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts
Amount per Serving
Calories
391
Fat
 
22
g
Carbohydrates
 
1
g
Fiber
 
1
g
Sugar
 
0.1
g
Protein
 
45
g
Where does nutrition info come from? Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy, sourced from the USDA Food Database.
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