Miso Air Fryer Salmon Bites are covered in a sweet and tangy glaze and made with less than 10 ingredients. With just a little bit of olive oil, you’ll have perfectly crisp and tender salmon bites in only a few minutes!
Air Fryer Miso Salmon Recipe
If you love salmon as much as I do, you’ll want to give these Salmon Rice Bowls a try for an easy meal prep dish or quick meal throughout the week.
This nutrient-dense dish is full of omega-3s which keep me going throughout the day. You can pair your salmon with green beans, rice, and avocado for a delicious lunch or dinner.
Easy Air Fryer Salmon Bites Ingredients
Salmon: for this recipe, you will need a fresh filet of salmon. I prefer to use fresh, never frozen wild-caught salmon because I think it has the best flavor. I also prefer using skinless salmon fillets because I don’t usually eat the salmon skin.
However, if you can only find salmon in the freezer section at your local grocery store, that is ok! Wait for it to thaw out completely before prepping.
Butter: melted butter is one of the main ingredients in the miso glaze mixture. Be sure to pick up unsalted butter, or your glaze will be way too salty.
White miso paste: white miso paste is made from rice, barley, and soybeans. This fermented paste has an umami flavor that is nutty and sweet and has one of the mildest flavors of other miso.
Rice wine vinegar: rice vinegar is made from fermented rice and is very common in Asian dishes. It has a mildly sweet flavor that is frequently used when pickling vegetables, making sushi rice, and salad dressings, or in this case, glazes.
Maple syrup: maple syrup is added to this recipe to bring together the tangy umami and savory salmon. You can also use honey in replacement for the maple syrup.
Mirin: this is made of rice yeast and alcohol. It has a very bold umami flavor that is perfect for marinades, like this miso sauce for fryer bites.
Fresh ginger: grated ginger is added to the miso mixture to add a unique and invigorating spice. You can also use ginger paste that is typically found in the produce section of grocery stores.
You will also need a little olive oil or cooking spray to keep your salmon from sticking to the air fryer basket.
Note: you can add soy sauce for an additional layer of savory, umami flavor to the miso glaze.
*For a detailed list of ingredients and measurements, please reference the recipe card down below.
How to make Salmon Bites
- Prepare the salmon. Remove the skin from the salmon and slice it into 2-inch cubes.
- Air fry the salmon bites. Preheat the air fryer and toss the salmon nuggets in olive oil and black pepper. Spritz the air fryer basket with olive oil and place the salmon pieces in the basket in a single layer. Cook for 6-8 minutes, or until they begin to brown on the edges and have reached an internal temperature of 120° F. You can use a meat thermometer to check the temperature of the salmon.
- Prepare the miso glaze. While the fish is cooking, melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. When the butter has melted, add the miso paste, rice wine vinegar, maple syrup, mirin, and grated ginger. Stir until fully combined, bring to a light boil, and remove the pan from the heat immediately.
- Add the miso glaze. When the salmon is ready, use a silicone pastry brush to gently brush the glaze over the top and sides of the crispy salmon bites. Continue cooking for 2-3 more minutes or until the glaze caramelizes. Finish with sliced green onions and/or sesame seeds.
Note: the cooking time may vary depending on how big you cut your salmon cubes.
1. Cook the salmon. Preheat the oven to 425° F and line a baking sheet with foil lightly sprayed with olive oil. Bake for 20-25 minutes, depending on the thickness of your fish. The internal temperature should be 135° F when the fish is cooked through.
2. Add the miso glaze. Remove the fish from the oven and preheat the broiler to high. Brush the miso glaze over the fish (top and sides) and place it back in the oven on the top rack.
Note: If your rack is too close to the broiler, move it down a bit; you don’t want the fish to touch it!
Cook the fish for 1-2 minutes under the broiler until it begins to caramelize and has crispy edges. Keep a close eye on it because it happens quickly! Finish with sliced green onions and/or sesame seeds.
How do you cut salmon cubes?
Cutting salmon cubes is easier than it sounds! Just place your salmon filet on a cutting board and then use a sharp knife, (I prefer a serrated knife) to cut one or two-inch cubes.
Make sure that you’re cutting against the grain. If you get salmon with the skin still attached, place a knife in between the skin and the flesh and slide the knife so that they’re separated.
If you have leftover fresh salmon, go ahead and place it in a freezer-safe bag and toss it in the freezer for up to about six months.
Air Fryer Salmon Bites Recipe Variations
Blackened Salmon Bites: blackened seasoning (cajun seasoning) is great for when you want something a little more cajun-like. The strong flavors come from the spices that are in the seasoning, like cayenne pepper, garlic powder, paprika, thyme, oregano, and salt and pepper.
Bang Bang Salmon Bites: Bang Bang Sauce can be put on many different proteins and veggies for extra flavor. All you need are four simple ingredients that you probably already have on hand! Toss your salmon bites in the creamy sauce both before and after they’re cooked for the best flavor.
Note: reserve some of the bang bang sauce to use on the cooked salmon before tossing it with the raw salmon.
Honey Garlic Salmon Bites: honey garlic salmon bites are super easy to make and have an incredible flavor. Add honey and garlic together and either drizzle it over your salmon cubes before cooking or you can toss your cubes in a small bowl and stir. If you don’t have honey for this variation, maple syrup works just as well.
What pairs best with salmon?
Air Fryer Miso Salmon can pair with a variety of dishes, depending on the meal that you’re creating. Salmon is known for being put into “salmon bowls,” which are full of rice, veggies, and avocado.
My favorite side dish to pair with this Asian-inspired salmon recipe is Sesame Garlic Baby Bok Choy. It’s so easy to make, beautiful on the dish, and delicious.
What is the best way to cook salmon?
Air frying or broiling salmon in the oven are two of the best ways to cook salmon. Pan-frying is another great way. All options are quick, easy, and give the fish that perfect crispy skin while remaining tender on the inside.
Air fryer salmon is the best secret to a flavorful and healthy weeknight dinner in 15 minutes or less.
How to Store Salmon Bites
Miso Salmon Bites are great to eat right out of the air fryer or to make as meal prep for the week. To store your leftover salmon chunks place them in an airtight container for up to four days.
There are a few ways to reheat leftover salmon bites. You can either toss it back into the air fryer, put it in the oven, or place it in the microwave.
To reheat in the air fryer, place tender salmon bites in a single layer at 350 degrees F for around five minutes, turning halfway through.
To reheat your bites in the oven, place them on a baking sheet covered in foil at 275 F for about 10 minutes. Lastly, if you’re warming up your meal prep for the week in the microwave, place a wet paper towel over your miso salmon bites and heat at 30-second intervals until warm.
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Miso Air Fryer Salmon Bites
- Remove the skin from the salmon and slice it into 2 inch cubes.
- Preheat the air fryer to 375° F. Toss the salmon bites in 1 tbsp of olive oil and fresh cracked pepper. Spritz the air fryer basket with olive oil and place the salmon cubes in the basket in a single layer. Cook for 6-8 minutes*, until they begin to brown on the edges and have reached an internal temperature of 120° F.
- While the fish is cooking, melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. When the butter has melted, add the miso paste, rice wine vinegar, maple syrup, mirin, and grated ginger. Stir until fully combined, bring to a light boil, and remove the pan from the heat immediately.
- When the salmon is ready, use a silicone pastry brush to gently brush the glaze over the top and sides of the salmon bites. Continue cooking for 2-3 more minutes, or until the glaze caramelizes. Finish with sliced green onions and/or sesame seeds.
- Preheat the oven to 425° F and line a baking sheet with foil lightly sprayed with olive oil. Bake for 20-25 minutes, depending on the thickness of your fish. The internal temperature should be 135° F when the fish is cooked through.
- Remove the fish from the oven and preheat the broiler to high. Brush the miso glaze over the fish (top and sides) and place it back in the oven on the top rack. *If your rack is too close to the broiler, move it down a bit, you don’t want the fish to touch it!* Cook the fish for 1-2 minutes under the broiler, until it begins to caramelize. Keep a close eye on it because it happens quickly! Finish with sliced green onions and/or sesame seeds.
- You might need to adjust your cook time based on the size cubes you cut the salmon into. If they are on the larger side, try 8-10 minutes before adding the glaze. They should be golden brown on the edges before adding the glaze.