Air Fryer Teriyaki Salmon is one of my favorite air fryer recipes of all time. Quick and easy to make, it's a winner for sure!Jump to Recipe
My absolute favorite way to make salmon is the air fryer. I always used to struggle when baking salmon because I could never really tell when it was "done". The air fryer cooks it perfectly every single time. And my newest obsession is this Air Fryer Teriyaki Salmon.
It only takes a few ingredients to make and it's ready in under 20 minutes.
Other quick and easy recipes you'll love:
- Salmon - My budget doesn't run to wild caught salmon, but if you can afford it, definitely go with that.
- Soy Sauce - Use your favorite soy sauce - I like a local brand called CinSoy
- Pineapple Juice - adds some extra flavor and sweetness to the teriyaki sauce
- Cornstarch - thickens the sauce
- Spices - I used ginger, garlic powder, and crushed red pepper, but you can leave the pepper out if you don't like a spicier sauce.
PRO TIP: I like a teriyaki sauce that's less sweet and a little more spicy - if you prefer a sweeter sauce, double the brown sugar and leave out the crushed red pepper.
Steps to make Teriyaki Salmon
- In a saucepan add the water and soy sauce. Add the brown sugar
- Add your spices and stir
- Add the pineapple juice
- Mix together water and cornstarch then add that to the sauce. Let the mixture come to a slow boil, stirring constantly until it thickens - about 5-7 minutes.
- Once the salmon has cooked, spoon the sauce over the salmon and then serve with rice or your favorite side dish.
Tips and Tricks
- Homemade teriyaki sauce is really easy and you can make it while the salmon cooks. I prefer it to bottled sauce because I can control the ingredients.
- Store any leftover sauce in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks.
- If you don't have pineapple juice, just double the water. Also double the brown sugar to make up for the lost sweetness of the juice.
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Can I use bottled teriyaki sauce?
Absolutely! That would make this an even quicker recipe!
Should I flip the salmon in the air fryer?
I never flip my salmon when cooking it in the air fryer. I know that you CAN, but I don't find it necessary, and my salmon always cooks through perfectly.
Can I use frozen salmon filets?
You can! One of the great things about an air fryer is that it cooks food from frozen really beautifully. If you do the filet from frozen, you'll want to cook it for about 8-9 minutes, then open the air fryer basket and season your fish; then cook it for another 8-9 minutes or until salmon reaches an internal temperature of 125 F.
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Air Fryer Teriyaki Salmon
- 2 Salmon filets
- salt and pepper
- ½ Cup Water
- ½ Cup Pineapple Juice
- ¼ Cup soy sauce
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 2 tablespoon corn starch
- ¼ cup water
- Preheat air fryer to 380, spray the bottom of the basket with non-stick spray. Season salmon filets with salt and pepper. Place salmon in the basket and cook for 8-9 minutes, or until salmon reaches an internal temperature of 125 F.
- In a small saucepan combine ½ cup water, pineapple juice, soy sauce, ginger, garlic powder and crushed red pepper and stir to combine.
- In a separate bowl, stir cornstarch into ¼ cup of water until combined, then add that to the saucepan and stir.
- Let the sauce come to a low boil, and continue to boil for 5-7 minutes or until sauce is thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon.
- Once salmon is cooked, spoon the sauce onto the salmon and serve with rice or your favorite side dish.
- Serve with extra teriyaki sauce.