Air Fryer Teriyaki Salmon

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This easy and delicious Air Fryer Teriyaki Salmon recipe comes out perfectly tender with a delicious caramelized crust.

air fryer teriyaki salmon in bowls

Have you ever made salmon in the air fryer? It’s become one of my favorite ways to make it, especially when I’m looking for a fast and easy healthy weeknight dinner.

This is a great recipe any time of the year. If you need something even faster, you can also substitute my homemade teriyaki sauce for a store bought one!

You can use either skin-on or skin-off salmon with this recipe, but for best results I recommend using thick-cut salmon fillets. Keep in mind that salmon fillets come in all sizes, so thinner pieces will cook faster.

Don’t skip the marinade step! Letting your salmon soak up the teriyaki sauce for 15-20 minutes before air frying really makes a difference. Be sure to place the fillet skin side up, so that the flesh side can soak up the delicious marinade flavor.

two bowls of salmon teriyaki

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Ingredients Needed for Air Fryer Teriyaki Salmon

ingredients needed for air fryer salmon with teriyaki sauce

To make this easy meal, you’ll need a few simple ingredients you can find at your local grocery store. You can also scroll to the end of this post for the full printable recipe card with all of the measurements you need.

  • Salmon fillets
  • Soy sauce
  • Minced garlic
  • Grated ginger
  • Honey
  • Brown sugar
  • Cornstarch
  • Water
  • Optional for garnish: sesame seeds and scallions or green onions
bowls of air fryer salmon with teriyaki sauce

You’ll also need:

  • An air fryer liner or parchment paper to line the air fryer basket for easy clean-up (it’s ok if you don’t have this! It just makes clean up easier)
  • Pastry brush and cooking tongs.

How to Make Air Fryer Teriyaki Salmon

First, start by preparing the teriyaki sauce. In a small saucepan, combine the soy sauce, ¾ cup of the water, minced garlic, grated ginger, honey, and brown sugar.

Place the saucepan over medium heat and whisk the mixture until the sugar has dissolved and starts to thicken.

prepared teriyaki sauce

In a separate bowl, mix the cornstarch with the remaining cold water to create a paste or slurry.

Add the cornstarch slurry to the saucepan and continue to whisk the mixture until it thickens to a glossy consistency. This should take about 2-3 minutes.

Remove the teriyaki sauce from heat and set it aside to cool.

In a small, shallow dish that’s just big enough to fit the salmon pieces, pour 1/2 cup of the teriyaki sauce and marinate the fish skin side up for at least 15 minutes.

teriyaki salmon in air fryer basket before cooking

Remove the marinated salmon from the refrigerator and place it in skin-side down in the basket, leaving space between the fillets.

Air fry the salmon for about 12 minutes, or until it reaches your desired level of doneness. The salmon should be flaky and cooked through.

cooked teriyaki salmon with sauce glaze

If you like your salmon with a caramelized glaze, brush the reserved teriyaki sauce over the salmon fillets during the last 2-3 minutes of cooking.

Once the salmon is done, carefully remove it from the air fryer. Sprinkle sesame seeds and thinly sliced scallions or green onions on top of the salmon, and server hot over a bed of steamed rice of with your favorite vegetables.

cooked air fryer teriyaki salmon over rice

Store leftover air fryer teriyaki salmon in the fridge for up to 3 days. Cold salmon actually tastes great added to a salad! You can also warm it in the microwave for 45 seconds if you prefer.

forkful of teriyaki salmon
air fryer teriyaki salmon with asparagus and rice

Air Fryer Teriyaki Salmon

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes

This easy and delicious Air Fryer Teriyaki Salmon recipe comes out perfectly tender with a delicious caramelized crust.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb (4 pieces) salmon fillets
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-inch piece of ginger, grated
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • Optional for garnish: sesame seeds, thinly sliced scallions or green onions

Instructions

  1. First, start by preparing the teriyaki sauce. In a small saucepan, combine the soy sauce, ¾ cup of the water, minced garlic, grated ginger, honey, and brown sugar.
  2. Place the saucepan over medium heat and whisk the mixture until the sugar has dissolved and starts to thicken.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the cornstarch with the remaining cold water to create a paste or slurry.
  4. Add the cornstarch slurry to the saucepan and continue to whisk the mixture until it thickens to a glossy consistency. This should take about 2-3 minutes.
  5. Remove the teriyaki sauce from heat and set it aside to cool.
  6. In a small, shallow dish that’s just big enough to fit the salmon pieces, pour 1/2 cup of the teriyaki sauce and marinate the fish skin side up for at least 15 minutes.
  7. Remove the marinated salmon from the refrigerator and place it in skin-side down in the basket, leaving space between the fillets.
  8. Air fry the salmon for about 12 minutes, or until it reaches your desired level of doneness. The salmon should be flaky and cooked through.
  9. If you like your salmon with a caramelized glaze, brush the reserved teriyaki sauce over the salmon fillets during the last 2-3 minutes of cooking.
  10. Once the salmon is done, carefully remove it from the air fryer. Sprinkle sesame seeds and thinly sliced scallions or green onions on top of the salmon, and server hot over a bed of steamed rice of with your favorite vegetables.

Notes

Store leftover air fryer teriyaki salmon in the fridge for up to 3 days. Cold salmon actually tastes great added to a salad! You can also warm it in the microwave for 45 seconds if you prefer.

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