Air Fryer Miso Salmon with vegetables is an easy meal and full salmon dinner in about 20 minutes. The delicious miso glaze makes this salmon recipe a favorite for a quick meal and busy weeknights.
If you are a fan of Japanese cuisine this easy miso salmon recipe is one is the best way to whip up easy dinners. No marinating is required, and less than 15 minutes cook time.
What makes this skinny?
Salmon is low in saturated fat, a great source of protein, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin B12. Cooking in the air fryer removes the need for extra fat in cooking (oils or butter).
Miso marinade often includes sweeteners (brown sugar, maple syrup, etc). We've left that out and didn't miss it since miso has a mildly sweet flavor itself.
Recipe Ingredients Notes
White miso paste. Miso paste is a traditional Japanese seasoning made from fermented soybeans. It comes in a tub in the refrigerated section of the grocery store.
There are three types of miso paste: white, yellow and red (in the ingredient photo). White is the most mellow tasting with mild flavor and what we used for this recipe. If you are a miso lover you can use any type you enjoy.
Soy sauce. Regular soy sauce or gluten-free tamari can be used.
Mirin. This is a Japanese rice wine used for cooking. It's available at most grocery stores in the international section or with the condiments. Sake can also be substituted.
Garlic. Grate fresh garlic cloves to make 1 teaspoon.
Ginger. Grate the fresh ginger (it will better blend with the sauce). Using the fine holes of a regular grater or a microplane works great.
Snow peas or sugar snap peas. We've made this with both and they are each delicious. Sugar snap peas will still be crisp and crunchy after cooking.
Garnish ideas. Sliced green onions or sesame seeds.
Salmon. You'll need two salmon fillets each 6 ounces in weight (choose similar thickness; different thicknesses will cook in different times).
- Fresh salmon or previously frozen salmon that is thawed can be used.
- Salmon filets are usually available either in rectangular shape with the skin on one side (see the photos) or a flatter rectangular shape. Either will work however the cooking time will vary slightly.
- If possible choose wild salmon over farm raised salmon which is lower in fat and higher in key minerals.
- The fillets in this recipe are 1-inch thick, 2-inches wide and 6-inches long as reference.
How to make Air Fryer Miso Salmon - Step-by-Step
Detailed printable recipe card at the end of the post.
STEP 1. Make the miso sauce
In a small bowl whisk together the miso paste, soy sauce, mirin, garlic and ginger. Whisk until fully combined and smooth.
STEP 2. Prepare
Brush the miso mixture on top of the fish and lightly salt and pepper. Place salmon skin side down in the air fryer basket. Toss the carrots in the remaining marinade miso sauce and add to the air fryer basket.
Lightly spritz with olive oil spray or avocado oil spray.
STEP 3. Cook
Cook at 400 degrees F for 8 minutes. Add the snow peas or sugar snap peas and cook 2-3 minutes longer until the fish flakes and the vegetables are done to your preference.
The salmon should reach 145 degrees F internally (check with a food thermometer in the thickest part of the salmon; instant read thermometers are great for this). Test the vegetables for doneness. If you'd like them softer remove the salmon and cook the vegetables 1-2 minutes longer.
Air Fryer Cooking Note
All air fryer brands and types cook slightly differently. This recipe was cooked in a Cosori 5.8 quart air fryer which is a 1700 watt air fryer (a more powerful air fryer). Adjust the timing for your air fryer by checking the internal temperature of the salmon and checking the texture of the vegetables (taste test).
How to Store
Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2 days. Reheat in the microwave.