Calling all salmon lovers!! Air fryer salmon bites are a delicious and healthy meal option that's quick to prepare, easy to cook, low in calories and big on flavor. They make for a perfect easy weeknight dinner, light snack or appetizer. 0 WW Point recipe!
Easy air fryer salmon bites are a fantastic option for those looking to enjoy a healthy and flavorful meal without the added calories of deep frying. They are crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, and bursting with savory flavors. Plus, they are ready in under 20 minutes, making them a perfect choice for a fast and easy dinner option.
For best results we cook the seasoned salmon bites on a slightly lower temperature to give them a slightly crispy texture on the outside but to keep them tender and moist inside. And they only take 6-8 minutes cook time! They are a delicious meal the whole family loves.
What makes this skinny?
- Air fryer cooking. The convection cooking of circulating hot air to give food a fried-type end result without actually frying in oil is a big calorie win! And it's a fast cooking method too.
- No added oil. We only use olive oil spray to get the seasonings to stick to the salmon. No oil needed to coat the salmon bites.
- Salmon and seasonings are the only ingredients!
Recipe Ingredients Notes
Skinless salmon fillet(s). You'll need one pound of skinless salmon fillet(s) cut into 1-inch bite-sized pieces using a sharp knife. It can be cut from one fillet or multiple salmon filets to equal one pound.
The salmon can be frozen and thawed or fresh salmon. Wild salmon or fresh water salmon can be used. True confession: I've also made it with skin-on salmon fillets and it's equally delicious (salmon skin is edible).
Seasonings. Garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, crushed red pepper flakes, kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper are used to give these salmon bites delicious flavor.
Olive oil spray. This is spritzed on the salmon to create a coating for the seasonings to bind with and to get lightly crispy salmon bites.
Can be served with Skinny Bang Bang Sauce for a spicier flavor!
How to Make it
Printable detailed recipe card at the end of this post.
STEP 1. Prepare the salmon
Pat the cut salmon with paper towels to remove any excess moisture. This allows the seasonings to better adhere.
Place salmon in a large mixing bowl.
STEP 2. Season the salmon
In a small bowl combine the seasonings: garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, crushed red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Stir to combine.
Spritz the salmon with olive oil spray, toss and spritz again to create a light coating of the oil spray.
Sprinkle in the seasoning mix (photo 1); toss to coat the salmon (photo 2).
STEP 3. Air Fry
If your air fryer basket or tray does not have a non-stick finish or it has worn, spray air fryer basket with olive oil cooking spray to prohibit the salmon pieces from sticking. This is not necessary for most air fryers.
Place the salmon cubes in the air fryer basket in a single layer with space in between (photo 3). NOTE: depending on your air fryer type this will need to be done in batches.
Air fry at 380 degrees F for 7-8 minutes until the outside begins to crisp, and the inside is cooked but still moist (internal temperature of 145 degrees F as measured with a meat thermometer)(photo 4).
NOTE: additional batches will not need to cook as long since the air fryer is already hot so monitor during cooking.
STEP 4. Serve
Gently remove the cooked salmon bites with a spatula and allow to cool for 1-2 minutes before serving (just until they are not too hot to eat).
They can be sprinkled with sesame seeds, diced green onions or chives, served with lemon wedges (for squeezing on lemon juice), served with a dipping sauce or served as is.
Air Fryer Cooking
All brand and types of air fryers cook slightly differently. It's important to monitor during cooking for doneness as your air fryer may vary in cooking time. The size of your air fryer will also determine how many 1-inch cubes you can cook at once. We used a Cosori XL 5.8 quart Air Fryer to make this air fryer salmon bites recipe.
Place any leftover salmon in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. They can be rewarmed in the microwave or added cold to salads.