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Air Fryer Teriyaki Salmon

Air fryer teriyaki salmon is a quick and easy weeknight dinner that can be made gluten free, dairy free and paleo, and is done in under 20 minutes. It’s a versatile recipe thanks to a simple homemade teriyaki sauce that pairs well with almost anything. Salmon is a go-to protein with it’s fast cook time and this recipe is sure to go on your regular family-friendly recipe rotation!

  • Author: Bailey
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4
  • Category: Salmon
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: American (Asian Inspired)
  • Diet: Gluten Free
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Ingredients

  • 4 salmon filets, skins removed if desired
  • ½ cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch or flour (gluten free 1:1, arrowroot or tapioca flour)
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Optional: sesame seeds and green onion to garnish

Instructions

  1. Whisk together all of the ingredients for the teriyaki sauce and add about 1/3 cup of the sauce into a shallow container or sealable bag. Set the rest aside for now
  2. Pat the salmon fillets dry and remove the skin if desired, and then place them skin side up into the bag or container with the sauce. Let marinate for about 15-20 minutes
  3. If your air fryer requires preheating, preheat it to 400 degrees F. while the salmon is marinating. Then place the salmon skin side down into the air fryer basket or tray and cook for 8 minutes on 400 degrees F. Cook time will vary on the thickness of your salmon. Check it at the 8 minute mark, and add 2 minutes if needed. A salmon fillet that is 1-inch thick will take about 10 minutes to cook.
  4. While the salmon is cooking in the air fryer, add the remaining teriyaki sauce to a small saucepan over medium heat
  5. Make a slurry with the cornstarch or flour by adding it into a small dish with the water and stirring until it’s dissolved
  6. Whisk the slurry into the teriyaki sauce and continue to stir the sauce until it’s a thick sauce-like consistency. Remove it the heat to prevent it from burning. The process of thickening the sauce only takes a few minutes so keep an eye on it
  7. Once the timer is up on the air fryer use tongs to carefully flip the salmon to skin side down and spoon or brush the teriyaki sauce onto the fish. Air fry for 1 to 2 more minutes to caramelize the sauce
  8. Serve over rice or with vegetables such as broccoli or stir fry vegetables and any extra sauce if you’d like. Garnish with white sesame seeds and green onions if desired

Notes

To Make Paleo: use coconut aminos in place of low sodium soy sauce, coconut sugar in place of brown sugar and opt for arrowroot flour or tapioca flour for the thickener

Gluten Free: make sure to use a gluten free soy sauce, coconut aminos or tamari soy sauce, and a gluten-free flour thickener

Nutrition Facts:

  • Serving Size: 1 fillet
  • Calories: 302
  • Sugar: 3 g
  • Sodium: 450 mg
  • Fat: 16 g
  • Carbohydrates: 6 g
  • Protein: 30 g