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Fried or Air Fryer Salmon Bites

How to cook salmon bites in air fryer, or fried in a skillet is here! Bite size air fryer fish nuggets lightly breaded and fork tender with tons of flavor. If you love seafood as much as we do you and your kids are going to love these for dinner.

Salmon Bites

You can tell your kids these are salmon nuggets since most love anything with that last term right? 😉 Little will they know though that these aren’t processed at all, homemade with breadcrumbs and super healthy for them too. Get ready for another easy air fryer recipe friends. (post may contain affiliate links)

Air Fryer Salmon Bites

Below in the recipe card we will explain how to make salmon in air fryer cut into smaller chunks like this here. You will need to make sure it is defrosted or a fresh fillet or else the coating on the outside will not stick well. I mean plain with just seasoning is wonderful too but this way it will stay together better to be picked up like a finger food if you want.

We have made frozen salmon air fryer style before too but breaded isn’t an option for that. A great option when you forget to thaw it ahead of time but you’d need to follow the recipe above if it is still solid. Our family just cannot get enough fish for dinner. It is likely my fault. I grew up in Hawaii and that was usually a part of each meal. I know, lucky girl.

Fried Salmon Bites

I’m super grateful my girls have acquired a taste for it too and even will say that their favorite meal would be salmon sushi. Seriously, raw or cooked they are all about this pink fish. In the past I always made baked salmon with dry rub, which I may say is AMAZING.

Fried Salmon Bites

If you didn’t wanted low carbs you could just coat with or salmon dry rub. Like I said above though it won’t be easy to pick up so you’d need a fork to eat those babies. Honestly we love both but we are going to explain the other in more detail here.

  • 1 lb salmon cut into cubes
  • 1/4 tsp salt and garlic powder
  • A pinch of coriander
  • Olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 6 tbsp breadcrumbs – you could use gluten free Panko breadcrumbs if you’d rather

That is what we used for this batch. Now if you just wanted to fry these you totally could. I would recommend using a deep pan or cast iron skillet with just 1″ of hot oil inside before you add them just to crisp the outsides. It doesn’t need long, please do NOT overcook seafood, that is tragic.

Recipe for Salmon Bites

Salmon Nuggets

I would not submerge and deep fry them as the breading will sluff off a bit easier that way, but is another option. Personally I don’t fry anything in oil anymore because you can get the same crispy texture using a Ninja Foodi or Cosori.

  • Rinse salmon filet with water, dry excess moisture on outside with paper towels well.
  • Remove the skin with a sharp knife if it has some, then cut into cubes about 1×1 inch thick.
  • Place the salmon fillet pieces in a bowl.
  • Add spices, olive oil, lemon juice, and salt on top and toss together gently.
  • Leave for 15 minutes to marinate in the bowl, or you can immediately proceed to the next step.
  • Add your breadcrumbs into a deep bowl
  • Roll salmon cubes one at a time in breadcrumbs so that the crumbs completely cover it.
  • Spray basket with some olive oil or another type of non stick spray.
  • Transfer coated pieces to the air fryer basket, that has been preheated to 360 F for 6 minutes on one side.
  • Turn over and bake for another two minutes until lightly golden brown.
  • It is very important not dry them out by cooking too long, better a bit underdone than grey.
  • Serve the immediately while the breadcrumbs are still warm and crispy with dipping sauce or as is.

Recipe for Salmon Bites

It is important that the basket when you’re making Ninja Foodi salmon bites is coated well or else the breading will stick and pull off when you remove them. So sad. You don’t necessarily need anything to dip them in but no matter what comes out of the sea that I make, my kids want tartar sauce so there’s that……

Air Fryer Salmon Bites
What is the healthiest way to cook salmon?

I mean baked with just a drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper in the oven would be best. Adding bread crumbs does add some carbs and calories but just a dusting can give it a nice texture without adding any fat.

What are salmon bites made of?

We have a homemade from scratch salmon bites recipe here, that is the healthiest. All you need is fish, breadcrumbs, a bit of olive oil and seasonings. Frozen store bought will have added preservatives in it and may have a fish mixture instead of an actual fillet.

Salmon Bites Bowl

Beyond just serving them on a plate you could make them into salmon kabobs with roasted vegetables or make a salmon bowl out of it too!! OMG this is so good, our favorite creation. Picture a poke bowl of sorts except the protein is cooked. So make a bed of arborio rice to serve it on and then the other sides are many, your choice. A few favorites would be;

  1. Kimchi was always a favorite of my dads
  2. Any type of vegetable cooked to tender is what I like to pile, simple ingredients is where it’s at
  3. Mini marinated corn are fun for the kids
  4. I love cabbage of some kind whether it is raw like coleslaw or cooked down
  5. It is nice to have something cool sometimes like sriracha mayo drizzled over everything

Honey Salmon Bites

Want to add some sweetness to your savory meal? Drizzle a bit of this on top and guaranteed your kids will go crazy over them. We have many other variations to this like teriyaki salmon recipes, with a mustard sauce, smoked etc… You can use the search feature up top to find and try them all.

Honey Salmon Bites

How to Save Leftover Cooked Fish

Since these are breaded the texture on the outside, when you reheat them the outside will be soft. Best way to crisp it back up is in this same countertop machine for a minute or two. When you save in the fridge lay them in a piece of foil in a single layer for up to 48 hours, then you’ll want to enjoy them again.

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Salmon Bites

How to cook salmon bites in air fryer, or fried in a skillet is here! Bite size fish nuggets lightly breaded and tender as ever you'll love.
Course Appetizer, Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer, bites, breaded, crispy, fish, fried, ninja foodi, salmon
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 92kcal
Author The Typical Mom

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Instructions

  • Rinse salmon filet, dry excess moisture on outside with napkins. Remove the skin, then cut into cubes about 1×1 inch thick. Place the salmon pieces in a bowl. Next, add spices, olive oil, lemon juice, and salt on top and toss together.
  • Leave for 15 minutes to marinate in the bowl, or you can immediately proceed to the next step.
  • Pour breadcrumbs into a deep bowl, roll each piece of salmon in breadcrumbs so that the crumbs completely cover it.
  • Spray basket with non stick spray. Transfer coated pieces to the air fryer basket, that has been preheated to 360 F for 6 minutes on one side. Then turn over and bake for another two minutes.
  • It is very important not to make the fish too dry. Serve the salmon pieces immediately while the breadcrumbs remain crispy.

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Nutrition Facts
Salmon Bites
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 92 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Sodium 255mg11%
Potassium 36mg1%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 1IU0%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 28mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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