Asian Salmon in the Air Fryer

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Air Fryer Asian Salmon Recipe

Fish is so good for you, and when you can make it in a homemade sauce, it tastes even better! When you make this Asian salmon in the air fryer, you can speed up the cooking process. 

Plus when you use the foil packet method you can get a very moist piece of salmon from trapping the moisture in the salmon while it cooks. The foil also makes this recipe super easy to clean up. Talk about a win-win!

If you aren’t a huge fan of fish, you might still like this quick and healthy tilapia in the air fryer as even the kids love to eat this recipe. 


Ingredients and Supplies Needed to Make Asian Salmon in the Air Fryer:

ingredients to make asian salmon


  • Honey
  • Garlic, minced
  • Soy sauce
  • Seasoned rice vinegar
  • Sesame oil
  • Freshly grated ginger
  • Sriracha, optional
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Salmon
  • Green onions, thinly sliced
  • Sesame seeds


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Will the Air Fryer Over Cook the Salmon?

No, there is definitely no need to worry about overcooking the salmon. It might just help you make it a little faster! To make sure that the salmon is not overcooked, be sure to check the temperature of the fish towards the end of cook time with an Instant read thermometer.


Can I Use a Different Sauce? 

If you do not have everything you need to make the Asian sauce, feel free to use what you have on hand! You most definitely can use a jarred Asian sauce as well. 

salmon in the air fryer text with image of plated salmon and salmon on a fork


Is the Asian Salmon Spicy? 

The flavor of this dish is amazing. It does have that nice spicy sweet pallet of flavors that we all love. Since the homemade Asian sauce does have sriracha in it, it will have that little bit of a kick to it. 

However, if you would prefer to avoid that, simply leave the sriracha out of the sauce or even add a little less.


How to Make Asian Salmon in the Air Fryer:

Step 1: Make the Asian Sauce

asian salmon sauce ingredients mixed together

In a small bowl, combine together the honey, minced garlic, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, grated ginger, sriracha, and black pepper. 

Whisk it together until it is all well combined to create the sauce for the salmon. 


Step 2: Create the Foil Packet

asian salmon in tin foil covered in sauce

Once you have the sauce made, line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. 

Then place the salmon onto the aluminum foil in the center. 

As best you can, fold all four sides of the aluminum foil up to create a bowl or a container around the salmon. 


Step 3: Season the Salmon

After you have the aluminum foil dish created, pour or spoon the Asian sauce over the salmon, doing your best to ensure it is all covered. 

salmon wrapped in tin foil in air fryer basket

Then fold the sides in on top of the salmon doing your best to seal the sides together to create a foil pocket for the salmon.


Step 4: Cook the Salmon in the Air Fryer

When the salmon is done being prepared, place the foil packet into the bottom of the air fryer and cook it at 350F or 175C for 6-8 minutes, or until the thickest part of the salmon almost reaches 145F or 62.8C. 


Step 5: Caramelize the Salmon

unwrapped tin foil asian salmon in air fryer basket

Now, once the salmon is close to the internal temperature of 145F or 62.8C, carefully open up the foil packet and place the air fryer basket back into the air fryer. 

unwrapped tin foil asian salmon in air fryer basket

Turn the air fryer back on to 350F or 175C for another 2-3 minutes or until the top is nice and caramelized or until the internal temperature is 145F or 62.6C or flakes easily. 


Step 6: Garnish the Salmon

plated asian salmon garnished with green onions

After the salmon is done cooking, carefully remove it from the air fryer and place it on a serving dish and top it with the sliced green onions and sesame seeds. 


Healthy Delicious Recipes  

Air-fried food does not have to be unhealthy food! You can make so many delicious and healthy recipes in the air fryer and have a great meal. The air fryer will help speed up the cooking time for some recipes while lowing the fat content than when you cook in an oil fryer. 

Healthy Air Fryer Recipes to Make:

close up asian salmon on fork garnished with green onions

Final Thoughts

While I can’t say that fish is my favorite meal (hello pizza!) but I know it is important to get the healthy omega-3s in salmon and with this Asian salmon recipe, your mind will focus on how delicious the salmon is all while being a healthy option. 

So, if you are looking to branch out in your fish recipes, this Asian salmon air fryer recipe is a great one to start with. It is perfectly seasoned and cooked perfectly in the air fryer.


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Asian Salmon in the Air Fryer

Enjoy a tasty Asian salmon recipe that is cooked to tender perfection in the air fryer with a homemade Asian sauce.
4.80 / 5 ( 5 Reviews )
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 4
Adjust Servings: 4



  • In a small bowl, whisk together honey, garlic, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, ginger, Sriracha, and pepper, to taste.
  • Place salmon onto the air fryer basket lined with foil. Fold up all 4 sides of the foil. Spoon the honey mixture over the salmon. Fold the sides of the foil over the salmon, covering completely and sealing the packet closed.
  • Cook at 380 °F for 8 minutes, or until the salmon is almost at 145 °F (thinner salmon will be ready sooner, thicker salmon will take more time).
  • Open the foil packet and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes to caramelize the top, or until the internal temperature of the salmon reaches 145˚F/62.8˚C or flakes easily.
  • Serve immediately, garnished with green onions and sesame seeds, if desired.


Calories: 380kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 16g | Sodium: 416mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 9g

Recipe Adapted From: Damn Delicious

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Ingredients: Black pepper, Garlic, Ginger, Green Onion, Honey, Salmon, Seasoned rice vinegar, Sesame oil, Sesame Seeds, Soy Sauce, Sriracha
Meal Type: Main Dish, Clean Eating, Meatless
Categories: Seafood, Air Fryer

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