This quick and easy Air fryer Teriyaki Salmon is the perfect dish for busy weeknights. It's ready in less than 10 minutes. The flaky salmon is savory, sweet and so flavorful.
Cooking Teriyaki salmon in the Air fryer is so easy it will be a regular dish on your dinner menu. Marinate the salmon for 10 to 15 minutes for extra flavor and cook in less than 10 minutes! Paired with white rice and vegetables, it makes a delicious, hearty meal in under 30 minutes. Who doesn't love that? I mean I have three kids and the shorter it takes to put a hearty and delicious dinner on the table, the easier for me to take my "me time" earlier.
I love how easy and fast it is to cook salmon in the Air fryer. Check my Best Air Fryer Salmon Recipe, if you're looking for a flavorful, well seasoned, spicy salmon. For more easy Air fryer dinner ideas, check my Air Fryer Recipe Collection.
With a homemade teriyaki sauce, you get restaurant-quality salmon done at the convenience of your home! Tender, flakey and moist with nice crispy skin, this is one of my favorite air fryer salmon recipes to make at home.
Salmon is a highly nutritious and versatile fish. With high-quality protein and heart-healthy Omega 3 fatty acids, it's well worth adding to your meals at least once or twice a week.
- Why we love Teriyaki Salmon in Air Fryer:
- Ingredients and Notes
- How To Cook Teriyaki Salmon In The Air Fryer
- Expert Tips
- What Air Fryer to Use?
- Side Dishes For Teriyaki Salmon
- How to Store And Reheat
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Can I use bottled teriyaki sauce?
- Can I use frozen salmon fillets?
- How to cook teriyaki salmon in the oven?
- How to prevent the Air fryer from smelling after cooking fish?
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Why we love Teriyaki Salmon in Air Fryer:
- Ready in 10 minutes
- Moist, flakey perfectly cooked salmon
- Homemade teriyaki sauce made to your liking
- Crispy skin
- Easy weekday meal
Ingredients and Notes
- Salmon fillets (about 5 to 6 oz each) - fresh salmon fillets with pin bones removed. You can get already cut and packaged salmon fillets or get your fishmonger to remove the bones and cut them into fillets. If using frozen salmon, thaw first.
- For the Teriyaki Sauce
- Soy sauce - use low-sodium soy sauce
- Rice vinegar - or use rice wine vinegar
- Brown sugar
- Garlic cloves
- Ginger minced
- Black pepper
- Cornflour / corn starch
How To Cook Teriyaki Salmon In The Air Fryer
Scroll below for the printable recipe card and ingredient measurements.
Wipe the salmon fillets dry with paper towels. In a small bowl, whisk together, soy sauce, rice vinegar, brown sugar, minced garlic, minced ginger, black pepper and cornflour. Whisk until the sugar is dissolved. Pour about ½ cup teriyaki marinade into a shallow dish and place the salmon skin-side up. Rub the marinade all over the salmon fillets. Marinate for 10 to 15 minutes.
Preheat Air fryer to 400F. I use parchment paper on the Air fryer basket for easy cleanup. Place the salmon skin side up on the parchment paper and air fry for 6 to 7 minutes until the skin is crispy.
Meanwhile, heat the remaining teriyaki marinade on medium heat on the stove until thick and saucy. Turn the salmon fillet, skin side down, and brush the teriyaki glaze over the salmon. Air fry salmon for another 2 to 3 minutes or until the internal temperature is 140F to 145F.
Remove the salmon from the Air fryer. You can glaze the air-fried salmon with more teriyaki sauce if you prefer. Garnish with sesame seeds and sliced green onions.
- Make the homemade teriyaki sauce for the best flavor and adjust it to your liking. If you have a favorite bottled teriyaki sauce you can use that too.
- Preheat Air fryer.
- Line the Air fryer basket with parchment paper for easy cleanup.
- Air Fry the skin-side up for crispy salmon skin.
- For perfectly cooked salmon, don't overcrowd the Air fryer basket. Cook in batches if needed.
- Check for doneness using an instant-read meat thermometer. The salmon should be done when the internal temperature is 140F to 145F.
- Double the amount of teriyaki sauce to use with rice and vegetables.
What Air Fryer to Use?
I use a Cosori 5.8 quart basket type and is perfect for our family of 5. Clean up is easy too!
- Soy sauce - use tamari or coconut aminos instead.
- Rice vinegar - use rice wine vinegar or white vinegar in a pinch. I'd stay away from apple cider vinegar as it changes the flavor profile completely.
- Brown sugar - white castor sugar, coconut sugar or any brown sugar sweeteners can be used.
- Cornstarch - Use tapioca flour instead.
Side Dishes For Teriyaki Salmon
Serve salmon teriyaki with these delicious side dishes.
How to Store And Reheat
Store the cooked salmon in the fridge in an airtight container for 3 days.
Reheat in the Air fryer on a low setting or on the skillet until it's warm.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use bottled teriyaki sauce?
Yes, you can use bottled teriyaki sauce for a convenient and quick meal. If it's thick, add one to two tablespoons of water to dilute and marinate the salmon.
Can I use frozen salmon fillets?
I often stock up on frozen salmon fillets when they go on sale or for days when I forget to buy the protein. Thaw the salmon overnight in the fridge if you can. Wipe the salmon dry with paper towels before proceeding with the recipe.
How to cook teriyaki salmon in the oven?
You can cook salmon teriyaki in the oven too if you don't have an air fryer yet. Preheat the oven to 375F and cook the salmon for around 12 minutes skin side down. Remove the salmon from the oven and brush the teriyaki glaze and bake for a few more minutes.
How to prevent the Air fryer from smelling after cooking fish?
I have had a lot of readers asking what they can do to prevent the Air fryer from smelling after cooking fish. Here are a few things that have worked for me.
- Dry the fish thoroughly with paper towels. Sometimes, it's the water that seeps from the fish that contributes to the smell.
- Line your basket or tray with parchment paper so that fish is not in contact with the surfaces.
- As soon as your Air fryer is cooled after cooking, wash it. I spray the Air fryer basket with Dawn power wash. Then I fill it with warm water and let it soak until I wash it or put it in the dishwasher. This should hopefully remove the smell.
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Air Fryer Teriyaki Salmon
- 4 salmon fillets 5 to 6oz each
Homemade Teriyaki Sauce
- ½ cup low sodium soy sauce
- 2 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 3 tablespoon brown sugar
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon minced ginger
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ¾ tablespoon cornflour/ cornstarch
- Wipe the salmon fillets dry with paper towels.
- In a small bowl, whisk together, soy sauce, rice vinegar, brown sugar, minced garlic, minced ginger, black pepper and cornflour. Whisk until the sugar is dissolved.
- Pour about ½ cup teriyaki marinade into a wide bowl and place the salmon skin-side up. Rub the marinade all over the salmon fillets. Marinate for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Preheat Air fryer to 400F. Place the salmon skin side up on a parchment paper in the air fryer basket and air fry for 6 to 7 minutes until the skin is crispy.
- Meanwhile, heat the remaining teriyaki marinade on medium heat on the stove until thick and saucy.
- Turn the salmon filets, skin side down, and brush the teriyaki glaze over the salmon. Air fry the salmon for another 2 to 3 minutes or until the internal temperature is 140F to 145F.
- Remove the salmon from the Air fryer. You can glaze the salmon with more teriyaki sauce if you prefer. Garnish with sesame seeds and sliced green onions.
- Bottled teriyaki sauce - for convenience or for quick meals. Dilute with one to two tablespoons of water for the marinade if it's thick.
- Frozen salmon fillets - thaw and dry thoroughly before proceeding with the recipe.
- Store- leftover salmon in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 days.
- Reheat - in the Air fryer at 350F for a few minutes until warm or on a skillet on medium heat.