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Air Fryer Salmon Bites: A Quick and Delicious Treat

Are you looking for a quick, healthy, and delicious air fryer snack or appetiser?

Look no further! These air fryer salmon bites are ready really quickly, making them perfect for any occasion.

Air Fryer Salmon Bites

How to Make Air Fryer Salmon Bites

For concise instructions or to print out this recipe, please head to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

To make these air fryer salmon bites, you must first decide how to season them. They can be air-fried with just a little salt and pepper, or you can add your favourite marinade. I used some garlic powder and paprika for this recipe, but you could use an alternative (see below for suggestions).

What You Need

air fryer salmon bites ingredients
  • Salmon: I used 2 fresh salmon fillets. You can use more or less according to how many people you are serving.
  • Olive Oil: Adds moisture and helps with the crisping process. You can also use avocado oil as an alternative.
  • Garlic Powder: Adds that wonderful hint of garlic. Feel free to use fresh, minced garlic if you prefer.
  • Paprika: Provides a smoky, sweet element to the salmon. You can go for smoked paprika if you want a deeper smoky flavour.
  • Salt and Pepper: Basic but essential for seasoning. Adjust according to your taste.

Salmon Seasoning Alternatives

You’re not limited to these seasonings. Feel free to explore other marinades like garlic and herbs, honey and mustard, garlic and lemon, or even sweet chilli. The sky’s the limit!

Making It

Prepping the Salmon

patting a salmon fillet dry for air fryer

Start by patting your salmon dry with a kitchen towel. This will help the oil and seasonings adhere better.

oiling a salmon fillet

Grab a brush and lightly coat each piece with olive oil.

marinated salmon fillets for air fryer

Now sprinkle on the garlic powder, paprika, salt, and pepper. Rub it in if you want; we’re aiming for flavour-packed bites here!

raw salmon bites in air fryer

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Now, cut the salmon into 1-inch cubes. Make sure they’re roughly the same size so they cook evenly.

Preheat the air fryer to 180°C/350°F. Place your salmon cubes in the basket and cook for 8 minutes, but don’t forget to give them a quick turn halfway through.

cooked salmon bites in an air fryer

Open the air fryer and gently flake one of the pieces. If it flakes easily, they’re done!

How to Serve Air Fryer Salmon Bites

These bites are incredibly versatile. Serve them over a salad, as an appetiser with dipping sauces like aioli or tartar sauce, or just snack on them as is. They’re perfect for social gatherings or a simple family dinner.

air fryer salmon bites

FAQ About Air Frying Salmon

Can You Air Fry Frozen Salmon?

Yes, you can follow my air fryer frozen salmon recipe here.

How Do I Store Leftovers?

Store in an airtight container and consume within two days.

Can I Make These In Advance?

Certainly, you can prepare and season the salmon, then store it in the fridge until you’re ready to air fry.

More Air Fryer Fish Recipes

Are you looking for more air fryer fish recipes? Check out some of these for inspiration!

air fryer salmon bites

Air Fryer Salmon Bites

Yield: 2 Servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Air fryer salmon bites are quick, easy to prepare, and ready in less than 10 minutes - enjoy!


  • 2 fresh salmon fillets
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper


    1. Pat the salmon dry with a piece of kitchen towel.
    2. Brush with oil and season with garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper.
    3. Cut the salmon into equal sized cubes of around 1 inch.
    4. Cook at 180°C/350°F for 8 minutes, turning half way.
    5. Check the salmon for doneness; you will know it is ready when it flakes off easily.


You can just use salt and pepper to marinade the salmon, or, you can try your favourite marinades such as garlic and herbs, honey and mustard, garlic and lemon, sweet chilli and more.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 537Total Fat: 35gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 26gCholesterol: 143mgSodium: 722mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 51g

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Monday 28th of August 2023

skin on or off?

Liana Green

Tuesday 29th of August 2023

I left it on - but you can take it off if you prefer!

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