Can you prepare delicious air fryer teriyaki salmon? Absolutely! This easy recipe only requires two ingredients. Discover how to cook teriyaki salmon in an air fryer, the ideal temperature for cooking salmon, and more! Whether you’re using a Ninja Foodi or your favorite brand of air fryer, you’ll love this mouthwatering dish, perfect for those busy nights.
How to Cook Teriyaki Salmon in Air Fryer
Here’s a step-by-step guide on creating the best teriyaki salmon in your air fryer:
Begin by removing any pin bones from your salmon. Place the salmon in a large Pyrex container and cover it with ½ cup of teriyaki sauce marinade. Allow the salmon to marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes.
Carefully lift the fish from the marinade and place it skin-side up in your air fryer basket or tray. To prevent any thin edges from drying out, fold them under. It’s important for the salmon fillets to be in a single layer to ensure proper air circulation.
Set your air fryer to 390 degrees Fahrenheit (200C) and air fry the salmon for 7 minutes. There’s no need to preheat the air fryer. While the salmon cooks, whisk 2 tablespoons of marinade (if thin) with ⅛ teaspoon of xanthan gum. Discard the remainder of the marinade.
Flip the salmon, brush the flesh with the thickened marinade, and continue air frying for an additional 3-7 minutes at 390F (200C).
The minimum safe internal temperature for fish is 145F (63C). Use a meat thermometer to check the salmon’s temperature, adding more cooking time if necessary. Once the air-fried teriyaki salmon is done, you can drizzle it with fresh teriyaki sauce and serve. Enjoy!
Please note: I prefer to slightly undercook the salmon as it becomes too dry at 145F (63C). Make sure not to exceed this temperature to avoid overcooking the fish.
Salmon Air Fryer Time
Wondering how long you should cook salmon in the air fryer? The recommended cooking time for this teriyaki salmon recipe is 10-14 minutes at 390F (200C).
Do You Need to Flip the Salmon in the Air Fryer?
Yes, I recommend flipping the salmon in the air fryer for even cooking. Flipping also helps achieve a crispy skin and prevents the salmon from drying out.
Air Fryer Teriyaki Salmon Ingredients
To prepare this easy teriyaki salmon in the air fryer, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- 1 lb. Skin-on, boneless salmon (454 grams, 3 fillets, ½-inch thick)
- ½ cup teriyaki sauce marinade, plus extra for drizzling
- ⅛ teaspoon xanthan gum (optional thickener)
For a printable recipe card, please refer to the link provided below.
You can use either a store-bought or homemade teriyaki sauce for this recipe. I suggest using the gluten-free Thrive Market no soy teriyaki sauce, which has a coconut aminos sauce base and gives the air-fried salmon a delightful brown sugar soy sauce flavor. Alternatively, you can follow my sugar-free teriyaki sauce recipe instructions. If you prefer a sweetened version, replace the sugar with honey to create air fryer honey teriyaki salmon.
I tested this recipe using a Kalorik Air Fryer Oven and also made Ninja air fryer teriyaki salmon. You can prepare baked salmon with teriyaki glaze in various air fryer brands, such as Philips, Nuwave, Pampered Chef, Actifry, Instant Pot Vortex, Cosori, Breville, and more. However, cooking times may vary depending on the specific air fryer model and the thickness of the fillets. When trying a new air fryer recipe, always check the food early on. Keep in mind that small air fryer baskets tend to cook faster compared to larger air fryer ovens.
For this recipe, you may find the following tools helpful:
- Pastry brush
- Meat thermometer
There’s no need for parchment paper, foil, or any other air fryer liner in this recipe. Using these may hinder proper air circulation, affecting the cooking process of the salmon.
What Seasonings Pair Well with Salmon in the Air Fryer?
Wondering how to season your air fryer salmon? Here are some delicious options:
- Salt and pepper
- Lemon pepper
- Onion or garlic powder
- Cajun spice
- Italian seasoning
- Fresh parsley and other herbs
- Lemon juice
- Chili powder
- Fresh ginger
- Green onions
- Rice vinegar
- Low-sodium soy sauce
- Garlic cloves
How to Store Leftover Salmon
According to the USDA, teriyaki salmon fillets can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. To play it safe, try to consume them within 1-2 days. Use a covered container to prevent the fishy aroma from transferring to other foods in the fridge.
You can reheat the salmon in the microwave (in a microwave-safe bowl) on high for 1-2 minutes. Another option is to gently reheat the salmon in a skillet on the stovetop over medium heat.
How to Freeze Salmon Teriyaki
While you can freeze air fryer salmon teriyaki, the texture may not be as good once thawed. To freeze, store the salmon in an airtight container or freezer bag, removing as much air as possible. Thaw the salmon by placing it in the refrigerator for 24 hours.
Air Fryer Teriyaki Salmon Side Dishes
Serve your air fryer teriyaki salmon fillets with delicious side dishes like broccoli and white rice. Here are some additional fiber-rich options:
- How to Microwave Vegetables
- Air Fryer Frozen Vegetables
- Costco Cauliflower Rice
- Canned Asparagus Recipe
For a unique twist, you can cut the fish into bite-sized pieces, creating an air fryer teriyaki salmon bowl. Use this teriyaki salmon as a substitute in my smoked salmon sushi bowl recipe. It’s absolutely delightful!
How many calories does air fryer teriyaki salmon have?
Each serving of air fryer teriyaki salmon contains 254 calories, 9.3 grams of net carbohydrates, and 29.3 grams of protein. Please note that the nutritional information may vary depending on the specific brand of teriyaki sauce you use. If you follow a low-carb, keto, or gluten-free diet, choose a teriyaki sauce suitable for your dietary needs.
Expert Tips from a Dietitian
This recipe falls under level 1, meaning it may support fat loss. Salmon is a heart-healthy fatty fish that offers essential omega-3 fatty acids like DHA and EPA. Leaving the skin on the fish enhances its moisture, flavor, and preserves the healthy fats. Salmon is also one of the few natural food sources of vitamin D.
If you’re looking to incorporate nutritious protein into your meals, salmon is an excellent choice. The Dietary Guidelines recommend consuming at least 8 ounces of seafood per week for adults. Unfortunately, most Americans fall short of this recommendation. Salmon is a low-mercury fish, and there are several sustainable salmon options available. For sustainable seafood choices, refer to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch List.
Other Air Fryer Salmon Recipes
Here are a few more air fryer salmon recipes you might enjoy:
- Air Fryer Salmon Patties
- Frozen Salmon in Air Fryer
- Costco Stuffed Salmon
Don’t forget to check out our collection of popular Air Fryer Recipes for more delightful dinner ideas.
Please note that all recipes on this website may not be suitable for everyone. Consider your medical needs and personal preferences. If you need assistance in determining the dietary pattern that works best for you, consult with a registered dietitian or your physician.
The nutrition information provided is an estimate and should be viewed as a courtesy. The actual values may differ depending on the specific brands and ingredients you use. Calorie information on food labels can often be inaccurate. So let’s not stress too much about the numbers.
For more information on how the three recipe levels can support your weight management goals, refer to my overnight oats no sugar post. Now, let’s get cooking!