Air Fryer Teriyaki Salmon

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This quick Air Fryer Teriyaki Salmon is a simple way to cook fish with minimal cleanup. Using fresh salmon and a easy homemade teriyaki sauce, this fish pairs well with just about any side dish.
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Plate of teriyaki salmon.

Salmon is my favorite fish to make. It tastes delicious, is filled with protein and there’s so much you can do with it. Try my baked salmon foil pack, Cajun salmon pasta or air fryer blackened salmon for more ways to cook and enjoy this versatile fish.

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • This air fryer teriyaki salmon recipe is quick, easy and ready in minutes. 
  • Minimal ingredients and clean up using the air fryer. 
  • No baking necessary.
  • Pair with your favorite sides for a perfectly well rounded meal.

Can you roast the fish in the oven instead?

Absolutely! Using the same ingredients and instructions as provided for the air fryer teriyaki salmon, place the salmon on a foil lined baking sheet and place in a pre heated oven at 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake for 10-20 minutes until the fish flakes easily with a fork or reads 145 degrees Fahrenheit with a meat thermometer. 

Homemade teriyaki sauce vs. store bought

Whisk in a bowl of teriyaki sauce.

You can absolutely use your favorite store bought teriyaki sauce for this air fryer teriyaki salmon recipe but making this sauce at home really couldn’t get any easier than this recipe and it’s also sugar free which most store bought sauces are not. 

What to look for when buying store bought salmon

Salmon filets on aluminum foil.

We never buy salmon as it is readily available every summer for us here in Alaska to catch ourselves. We go out ever year with the goal to stock the freezer for the upcoming year. Some things to note when you’re buying salmon in the store for this air fryer teriyaki salmon recipe: “look for salmon that appears moist rather than dried out, avoid salmon with any browned spots on the belly, around the edges of the fillet, or instances where the skin has started browning and curling up.” Here is a great article with more information: “How to Buy Salmon at the Grocery Store Like a Pro.

What air fryer do you use?

I have the COSORI Air Fryer Oven Combo 5.8QT Max XL Large Cooker, linked here. I do find it is pretty loud in the kitchen but it gets the job done and makes perfect air fryer teriyaki salmon. We have had it for years without any issues.

We use our air fryer all the time for recipes like Air Fryer Blackened Chicken and Cinnamon Cream Cheese Roll Ups

Ingredients and Substitutes:

These are the main ingredients and substitutions. See recipe card below for full ingredients list and instructions for Air Fryer Teriyaki Salmon.

Salmon: you can substitute the salmon with a white fish or any other protein of choice. Keep the sauce the same. Remove the salmon skin (optional) prior to serving once it has been cooked.

Coconut Aminos: you can substitute coconut aminos with soy sauce or tamari. 

Syrup: you can substitute with honey or maple syrup. 

Sesame Oil: you can use regular or toasted. I prefer toasted. 

Arrowroot Powder: you can substitute with cornstarch or your preferred thickener. 

Salmon teriyaki on a white plate.

How to make air fryer teriyaki salmon:

Step 1

Preheat your air fryer.

Step 2

While the air fryer heats, prep your salmon filets by patting dry and cutting into serving sizes as desired. For this recipe I am cutting into 4 – 4 oz. filets. Place the filets skin side up, flesh side down, in a dish to marinate. 

Salmon filet on a parchment paper-lined cutting board.
Salmon filet with a bowl of teriyaki sauce.

Step 3

Whisk all the teriyaki sauce ingredients, except the arrowroot powder, in a bowl. Pour half the sauce on top of the salmon and marinate in the refrigerator for 10 minutes. Line the air fryer pan with foil, drizzle with olive oil or non stick spray so they fish does not stick to the bottom. 

Salmon filet cut into four pieces.
Cut salmon in a glass container with teriyaki sauce.

Step 4

Air fry the filets at 380 degrees Fahrenheit for 8-10 minutes. When the salmon easily flakes with a fork or the internal temperature reads 145 degrees Fahrenheit with a meat thermometer the salmon is done. The time will vary depending on your air fryer and thickness of filets. 

Step 5

While the fish is cooking in the air fryer pour the remaining sauce to a sauce pan and heat. Add 1/2 tsp. of arrowroot powder and stir well to thicken. Add additional 1/2 tsp. as needed to thicken into a sticky teriyaki sauce.

Step 6

Remove the fish from the air fryer, top with sauce, chopped green onions and toasted sesame seeds and enjoy your easy air fryer teriyaki salmon.

Teriyaki salmon on a white serving dish.
Salmon topped with thickened teriyaki sauce.
Teriyaki salmon topped with sesame seeds and sliced green onions.

What to serve with this recipe?

You can serve this air fryer teriyaki salmon with cauliflower rice, Greek Yogurt Mashed Potatoes, sauteed vegetables, rice or even make fish tacos, burgers and sandwiches. This salmon is great with and on pretty much anything! I would even make this into a salmon bowl with rice, cucumbers, edamame and more. 

Teriyaki salmon on a white plate.

If you like this recipe be sure to check out some of our other easy air fryer recipes!

Plate of teriyaki salmon.

Air Fryer Teriyaki Salmon

Danielle Lima
This quick Air Fryer Teriyaki Salmon is a simple way to cook fish with minimal cleanup. Using fresh salmon and a easy homemade teriyaki sauce, this fish pairs well with just about any side dish.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 344 kcal

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Equipment

  • Air Fryer

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lbs fresh Salmon filets, thawed

Teriyaki Sauce

  • 2/3 cup Coconut Aminos
  • 1/4 cup Light Pancake Syrup (62ml)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tbsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 tsp Toasted Sesame Oil
  • 1/2-1 tsp arrowroot powder (at the end)

Instructions
 

  • Pre heat the air fryer.
  • While the air fryer heats, prep your salmon filets by patting dry and cutting into serving sizes as desired. For this recipe I am cutting into 4 – 4 oz. filets. Place the filets skin side up, flesh side down, in a dish to marinate.
  • Whisk all the teriyaki sauce ingredients, except the arrowroot powder, in a bowl. Pour half the sauce on top of the salmon and marinate in the refrigerator for 10 minutes.
  • Line the air fryer pan with foil, drizzle with olive oil or non stick spray so they fish does not stick to the bottom.
  • Air fry the filets at 380 degrees Fahrenheit for 8-10 minutes. When the salmon easily flakes with a fork or the internal temperature reads 145 degrees Fahrenheit with a meat thermometer the salmon is done. The time will vary depending on your air fryer and thickness of filets.
  • While the fish is cooking in the air fryer pour the remaining sauce to a sauce pan and heat. Add 1/2 tsp. of arrowroot powder and stir well to thicken. Add additional 1/2 tsp. as needed to thicken into a sticky teriyaki sauce.
    Remove the fish from the air fryer, top with sauce, chopped green onions and toasted sesame seeds and enjoy your easy air fryer teriyaki salmon.

Notes

  • Always try to find fresh salmon as opposed to farm.
  • Fresh salmon should be light pink. Never choose salmon that is grey, dull or brown. 
  • You can remove the skin but don’t have to. I like to leave the skin on and remove it once cooked. 
  • Salmon is ready when it’s no longer milky inside and flakes easily with a fork. 

Nutrition

Serving: 4ozCalories: 344kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 24gFat: 18gSodium: 805mgFiber: 0.3g
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7 Comments

  1. Looks great! Can ground ginger be use in place of the fresh, minced ginger? And if so, would it also be 1/2 tbs? Thank you :]

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