Put a spin on traditional nuggets with these ultra nutritious (and tasty) air fryer salmon bites! This recipe is low in carbs and high in flavor with sugar-free honey, umami soy sauce, and a fool-proof seasoning combo.
Why you'll love this air fryer salmon bites recipe
Salmon is the ultimate health food.
Low in carbohydrates, rich in protein, and filled with essential omega-3 fatty acids, salmon is a nutritious addition to any meal plan – keto diets included!
And today, I'm showing you how to enjoy this tasty fish in style with my air fryer salmon nuggets.
These crispy salmon bites are super easy to make, coming together in under 20 minutes for a quick snack or the base of a healthy meal.
And for more easy meals, check out all of my quick low-carb recipes, ready in 30 minutes or less!
Here's everything that goes into these tasty seasoned salmon bites.
The base of this recipe is skinless salmon fillets chopped up into bite-sized salmon cubes.
A salmon fillet is a wonderful keto protein because it's carb-free and a great source of omega-3 fatty acids.
Olive oil gives these salmon bites marinade great flavor and fat content. It also helps get the bites extra crispy and brown!
For a bit of sweetness, I like to use sugar-free honey in my marinade. This keto honey is made with monk fruit and allulose for a naturally sweet, low-carb ingredient.
Soy sauce is an awesome pantry staple because it's low-carb and full of umami flavor!
A bit of soy sauce makes these air-fried salmon bites salty and delightful.
To amp up the flavor profile, I add simple seasonings, including paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, and salt and pepper, to my marinade.
This spice combination works in so many recipes, and these salmon bites are no exception!
Air fryer tips
To get the best results for this salmon bites air fryer recipe, follow these quick cooking tips:
- Make sure to preheat your air fryer before adding your salmon for perfectly crispy bites!
- Grease your air fryer basket to prevent sticking.
- Marinate your salmon for super flavor!
How to make air fryer salmon bites
Ready to get cooking? Follow these steps for delicious air fryer salmon bites in under 20 minutes.
Prep your air fryer
Start by preheating your air fryer to 400 degrees. This high heat is important to get your salmon bites nice and crispy.
Also, take a moment to grease your air fryer basket to prevent sticking.
Mix your marinade
Next, add your marinade ingredients to a mixing bowl, including olive oil, honey, soy sauce, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, and salt and pepper to taste. Whisk your ingredients until combined.
Then, add your salmon chunks and toss, coating them in the tasty marinade. Let them marinate until the air fryer is done preheating.
Air fry salmon bites
Now, it's as simple as letting the air fryer do its magic!
Add the coated salmon bites to the air fryer basket and fry for 6-8 minutes. The salmon should be crispy on the outside and cooked through on the inside.
Garnish and serve!
Finally, garnish the air fryer salmon bites with a bit of chopped parsley for color and brightness.
And voila – you're ready to dig in!
How to serve air fried salmon bites
These salmon bites make a super tasty snack (or meal!) all on their own. I recommend serving them with some celery sticks and a fresh and creamy dipping sauce like my Chuy's jalapeño ranch dip, keto ranch dressing, or tzatziki sauce.
For a more robust meal, this recipe is practically BEGGING to be made into a salmon bites bowl! To make your own, serve your bites over a simple cauliflower rice or a bed of greens.
The best part about simple recipes like these salmon air fryer bites is that they're super customizable! Feel free to get creative and try any of these variations:
- Sub out your marinade for my keto teriyaki sauce recipe.
- Add fresh ginger and garlic to your marinade for a burst of flavor!
- Try fun toppings like scallions, crispy onions, and red pepper flakes.
These are a few common questions I get about my air fryer salmon bites recipe. If you don't see your question answered, please leave it for me in the comments down below.
I recommend you cook your salmon bites for 6-8 minutes in the air fryer. This will depend on your temperature setting and specific air fryer; they all cook a little differently.
The first time you try this recipe, err on the side of caution and check the nuggets at the 6-minute mark. Crispy and cooked-through salmon means it's time to eat!
In the air fryer, I find that 400 degrees Fahrenheit is the sweet spot for salmon.
Any lower and your salmon won't get that beautiful, crispy outer layer. Any higher, and you're at risk of charring before the salmon can cook through!
When cooking salmon in the air fryer, always place the skin side down. Bonus – you won't have to flip your salmon halfway through! Make sure to grease your pan well to avoid sticking.
If you like this keto salmon recipe, try these!
If you liked this air fryer salmon bites recipe, I have tons more low-carb air fryer recipes where that came from! Start with these:
- Air Fryer Quesadillas Recipe is made with six ingredients for an easy and kid-approved meal.
- Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers are stuffed with a rich creamy filling that makes them super addicting!
- Air Fryer Pork Tenderloin is well-seasoned and full of healthy fats.
- Keto Chicken Nuggets are made with low-carb breading ingredients like pork rinds, almond flour, and parmesan cheese.
- Air Fryer Whole Chicken is quick and easy, serving the masses in just an hour!
Air Fryer Salmon Bites
- 4 Salmon fillets cut into cubes
- 1 tbsp. Olive oil
- 1 tbsp. Sugar free honey
- 1 tbsp. Soy sauce
- ½ tsp. Paprika
- ½ tsp. Onion powder
- ½ tsp. Garlic powder
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat the air fryer to 400°F.
- Add the olive oil, honey, soy sauce, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder and salt and pepper to taste, to a mixing bowl with the salmon pieces. Toss to coat well.
- Marinate the salmon until the air fryer comes to temperature.
- Place the salmon bites into a well greased tray or pan, and air fry for 6-8 minutes per batch, or until crispy on the outside and cooked through.
- Garnish with chopped parsley before serving if desired.
Array ( [calories] => 282 [carbohydrates] => 1 [protein] => 34 [fat] => 15 [saturated_fat] => 2 [polyunsaturated_fat] => 5 [monounsaturated_fat] => 6 [cholesterol] => 94 [sodium] => 292 [potassium] => 868 [fiber] => 0.4 [sugar] => 0.2 [vitamin_a] => 371 [vitamin_c] => 0.2 [calcium] => 25 [iron] => 2 )
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