This Air Fryer Teriyaki Salmon makes for an ideal weeknight dinner and comes together in only 10 minutes. Serve glazed salmon in a rice bowl with broccoli and white or brown rice.
During a busy work week, we all need a quick and easy dinner recipe. Salmon fillets offer healthy omega 3's, making it a healthy option.
The homemade teriyaki sauce is packed with flavor and is quick and easy to make. We use half of the sauce for the salmon marinade and the other half the sauce for glazing the salmon.
The teriyaki sauce is made with soy sauce, but feel free to swap it out for coconut aminos or tamari for a gluten-free option.
Cooking teriyaki salmon in the air fryer is a great way to enjoy flaky salmon every time!
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⭐️ Why You'll Love This Recipe
- Cooking salmon teriyaki in the air fryer is quick, convenient, and ready in only 10 minutes.
- Crispy salmon exterior with a moist and flaky interior cooked to perfection!
- Meal prep this salmon bowl for a delicious weekday lunch.
📝 Ingredient Notes
Here is a visual overview of the ingredients in this recipe. Scroll to the recipe at the bottom for quantities.
- Salmon - Make sure fillets are around the same size (5 ounces) so they cook evenly. We leave the skin on to protect the flesh of this fish, making it moist and tender.
- Teriyaki Sauce - Combine soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, and cornstarch.
- Green Onions - Slice green onion and set aside for a garnish.
- Sesame Seeds - Sesame seeds are used for the teriyaki sauce and for garnish.
See recipe card for quantities.
🥘 Substitution and Variations
- Salmon: Make a salmon bites recipe by cutting salmon into cubes. Also, fillets, steaks, and salmon skewers are great too. Just make sure to adjust cooking times accordingly.
- Keto: You can make a delicious keto salmon teriyaki by swapping out a few ingredients. Replace brown sugar with stevia or a monkfruit sweetener. Instead of cornstarch, use xanthum gum.
- Teriyaki Sauce: Our homemade teriyaki sauce is great, but you can use a store-bought teriyaki sauce to save time.
- Gluten-Free: Use a gluten-free soy sauce, tamari, or coconut aminos to make the teriyaki sauce.
- Cornstarch: Tapioca starch and arrowroot powder act like cornstarch but are gluten-free.
If you have questions about how to cook teriyaki salmon in the air fryer, don’t forget to check out our FAQ section at the bottom of this post.
Step 1: In a small saucepan, combine the teriyaki sauce ingredients together. Bring to a boil, and let simmer for 5 minutes or until thick.
Step 2: Cut salmon into 5-ounce fillets and marinate in a casserole dish flesh-side down for 10 minutes.
Step 3: Preheat the air fryer to 400°F. Lay a piece of parchment paper inside the air fryer basket and lay marinated salmon on top, skin side down.
Step 4: Cook salmon for 10 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 140°F. Glaze salmon with more teriyaki sauce and garnish with sesame seeds and green onions.
Tip - You can portion salmon yourself or buy salmon fillets from the seafood counter.
👨🏻🍳 Chef Tips
- Line your air fryer basket with parchment paper for easy cleanup.
- Let the teriyaki sauce cool down to room temperature before marinating the salmon.
- Use an instant-read thermometer to check the doneness. Salmon will carry over cook, so remove it at 140°F.
- To chill down teriyaki sauce quickly, set your saucepan over an ice bath.
- If you are portioning out salmon fillets, use a kitchen scale and aim for 5-ounce pieces.
- Reheat salmon in the air fryer at a low temperature until heated throughout.
Cooking times can vary depending on the thickness of the salmon fillets. Typically, it will take around 10 minutes to cook a salmon. Remove salmon from air fryer when the internal temperature reaches 140°-145°F.
Absolutely! Frozen salmon fillets can be used to prepare teriyaki salmon in an air fryer. Frozen salmon will take 15-20 minutes to cook in the air fryer. Bast the salmon every 5 minutes with teriyaki sauce.
Place marinated salmon fillets on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake in the 375°F preheated oven for about 15-20 minutes, depending on the thickness of your fillets. Baste the salmon with the reserved marinade every 5-7 minutes during baking to keep it moist and flavorful.
Cooked salmon can last in the refrigerator between 3-4 days. Cool salmon down to room temperature and transfer to an airtight container. Store salmon in a single layer to prevent them from sticking.
When air frying salmon, place the fillets with the skin side facing downward. This promotes crispy skin while protecting the flesh from direct heat, resulting in a perfectly cooked salmon.
🍽 Related Air Fryer Recipes
Looking for other recipes like this? Try these:
Air Fryer Salmon Teryaki
- 4 salmon fillets 5oz each
- ½ cup soy sauce
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon ginger grated
- 1 teaspoon garlic grated
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
- 1 teasspoon sesame seeds
- ¼ cup water mixed with 3 tablespoons of corn starch
- Portion salmon into 5oz fillets.
- In a small saucepot, combine all of the Teriyaki Sauce ingredients together with a whisk. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 4 minutes. Set aside to cool.
- Spread ½ of the marinade on a casserole dish and place salmon on top. Coat the salmon on all sides and let marinate flesh side down for 10 minutes.
- Preheat the air fryer to 400°F. Line the air fryer basket with parchment paper and place salmon skin-side down. Cook for 10 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 140°F
- Remove the salmon from the airy fryer. Top with more teriyaki sauce, sesame seeds, and sliced green onions.