This Air Fryer Teriyaki Salmon is marinated in a simple homemade teriyaki sauce and then air fried until it's perfectly cooked. It's quick, healthy, and bursting with flavor - perfect for a weeknight meal served with rice or your favorite side dishes!
You're going to love this quick, easy, and flavorful Air Fryer Teriyaki Salmon!
Cooking with the air fryer is a great way to get healthy food on the table fast. You can cook different meats, vegetables, and even fish!
Salmon is a great protein to cook in the air fryer because it cooks quickly and evenly. The dry circulating heat gives it a light crust on the outside while the fish remains tender on the inside.
It's even better when it's flavored with a homemade teriyaki sauce!
The sauce is made with simple ingredients and gives the salmon a rich umami salty-sweet flavor that complements the salmon. The result is a flavorful protein that pairs well with any side made in just 10 minutes or less!
If you're ready to learn how to make the best teriyaki salmon in the air fryer, let's do it!
Why Make This Recipe
- The air fryer cooks fish quickly and evenly with its dry circulating heat.
- No need to turn on the oven or use up additional electricity.
- Your air fryer teriyaki salmon is perfectly cooked in just 7 minutes!
- The teriyaki sauce is easy to make and can be used in other recipes.
- Salmon Filets - You'll need one pound of salmon filets to make this recipe. You can find salmon at your local grocery store, fish shop, or in the frozen seafood section.
For the teriyaki sauce
- Water - Used to help thin out the homemade sauce to give it the desired consistency.
- Soy Sauce - Adds a salty soy sauce flavor, a classic ingredient in any teriyaki sauce.
- Brown Sugar & Honey - These two ingredients help sweeten up the sauce to help balance the salty flavors.
- Dried Seasonings - A mix of dried ground ginger and garlic powder help enhance the flavor of the teriyaki marinade.
- Cornstarch Slurry - Mix water with cornstarch to help naturally thicken the sauce to make it sweet and sticky.
- Garnish - Add a sprinkling of toasted sesame seeds on top and chopped parsley or cilantro for a pop of green color and fresh taste.
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Assemble the teriyaki sauce: stir the water, soy sauce, brown sugar, honey, ginger, garlic, and honey in a saucepan over medium heat and cook for 2 minutes.
Thicken the teriyaki sauce: Stir the cornstarch and water together to create a thick ‘slurry’.
Add it into the saucepan and reduce the heat slightly. You'll need to stir for about 5 minutes or until the sauce is thickened.
Prepare the salmon filets: Using a paper towel, pat the salmon filets dry. You can leave the skin on or remove it with a sharp knife according to your preference. Brush the salmon with some teriyaki sauce, then place them into the air fryer basket in a single layer.
Air fry the salmon: Air Fry at 350F / 175C for 5 minutes, then brush with more of the teriyaki sauce and cook for two additional minutes.
Garnish and serve: Remove the salmon from the air fryer with tongs. Serve topped with sesame seeds and parsley. Serve over rice, noodles or vegetables.
When choosing salmon, look for filets around the same thickness, so they cook evenly in the air fryer.
Thaw frozen salmon before using. I like to leave it in the refrigerator overnight to thaw slowly.
For best results, the salmon must be pat dry completely with paper towels. This will ensure that the sauce sticks to the salmon and doesn't slip through the basket.
Air fry the salmon fillets in a single layer. Putting them too close together will result in steamed salmon. If you have more than one pound of salmon, cook it in batches.
You can make the teriyaki sauce up to a week in advance and store it in a sealed container in the refrigerator until ready to use.
Brighten the flavor by squeezing fresh lemon or lime over the salmon before serving.
Add a bit of spice by sprinkling on some crushed red pepper flakes before air frying.
Add some sesame seeds, chopped peanuts, or cashews on top of the salmon for an extra crunch.
This salmon can be served in various ways, including over rice, noodles, stir fry, or steamed vegetables.
You can add it to the top of a green salad for protein or use it cold in a wrap for lunch.
For a low-carb dish, serve this salmon over riced cauliflower or spiralized zucchini noodles.
Storage & Freezing
Storing: Leftover salmon must be cooled to room temperature, then covered and stored in the refrigerator for up to two days.
Freezing: This salmon can be frozen after cooking. Let it cool completely, then tightly wrap the salmon fillets in plastic wrap or place them in a freezer bag. Freeze for up to three months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.
Reheating: The best way to reheat this salmon is by warming it in the air fryer. Preheat the air fryer to 350F / 175C, then cook for a few minutes until warm. You can also reheat it in the oven at 350F / 175C for about 12 minutes.
Yes, you can bake the teriyaki salmon in the oven. Preheat your oven to 350F / 175C and bake for 12-14 minutes or until cooked through.
This recipe would also work well with other types of fish like tilapia, cod, or halibut.
This depends on the thickness of your salmon filets. For this recipe, we cook the salmon for seven minutes, flipping and brushing with sauce halfway through. More or less time may be needed.
The best way to tell if your salmon is cooked is to use a digital cooking thermometer. The internal temperature of the salmon should be 145F / 63C. You can also cut into the salmon to ensure it is cooked and no longer pink in the center.
Air Fryer Teriyaki Salmon
- Air Fryer
- 1 pound salmon 450 g
For the teriyaki sauce
- ⅔ cup water
- 3 tablespoon soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon honey
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons cold water
- 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
- Chopped parsley
- Make the teriyaki sauce: stir the water, soy sauce, brown sugar, honey, ginger, garlic, and honey together in a saucepan over a medium heat and cook for 2 minutes.
- Stir the cornstarch and water together to create a thick ‘slurry’. Stir the cornstarch mixture into the saucepan and reduce the heat slightly.
- Cook, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes or until thick.
- Pat the salmon dry with paper towels (the skin doesn’t need to be removed).
- Brush the salmon with some of the teriyaki sauce, then place them into the basket of the air fryer.
- Cook at 350F / 175C for 5 minutes, then brush with more of the teriyaki sauce and cook for a further 2 minutes.
- Serve topped with the sesame seeds and parsley.
- Try it with rice, noodles or vegetables.
The nutritional information provided is approximate and can vary depending on several factors, so is not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietician for special diet advice.