Delightful and packed with flavor, this air fryer salmon bites with mango salsa recipe is a must-try! Quickly marinated salmon bites are air fried then topped with a sweet, zesty and easy fresh mango salsa. The combination of the two is incredible resulting in a satisfying and absolutely delicious fish dish.
Why You'll Love this recipe
- It's such a delicious flavor combination. Salmon and mango salsa is seriously a perfect marriage. The sweetness of the zesty mango salsa complements the richness of the fish beautifully. The salmon is cooked perfectly, flaky with crispy edges and simply irresistible! The dish is packed with layers of flavor and different textures, serve it over rice, quinoa, any other grain, a green salad or veggies.
- This air fryer salmon bites recipe is as gorgeous as it is delicious. Colorful and vibrant, it's such an excellent choice and a visually impressive meal to make for any dinner party with friends and family. After all, we eat with our eyes first!
- This recipe is super nutritious. Salmon is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and other nutrients, it's high in protein and a great healthy fish choice. The mango salsa is filled with fresh fruit, veggies and herbs, making it a great nutrient-dense and low-calorie choice.
- It's quick and easy to make! Salmon bites cook quickly in the air fryer, under 10 minutes to be exact. The mango salsa is simple and so is the salmon marinade. While you'll need to do a little chopping, the cooking part is fairly minimal.
How To Make Air Fryer Salmon Bites With Mango Salsa
- First, make sure the salmon is skinless with bones removed. You can buy salmon already skinless (if you're based in the US, Trader Joe's sells some skinless, boneless), or ask the butcher to cut the skin off to make it easier. Or you can cut the skin off yourself with a sharp knife. Then you'll slice the salmon filets into about 1-inch slices, and then into bites. It doesn't have to be perfect, just close in size so the salmon cooks evenly in the air fryer.
- Put the marinade together, then add the salmon bites, stirring to make sure every piece is well coated. Let sit for 10 to 15 minutes and up to 2 hours, refrigerate the bowl if you marinade the fish for more than 15 minutes.
- Dice all the ingredients for the fresh mango salsa and stir together. If you want a little shortcut, I love this vegetable chopper.
- Preheat the air fryer to 380° Fahrenheit before adding the salmon bites. Using tongs, shake off excess marinade and arrange salmon into one layer without overcrowding the basket. Repeat this step in batches if needed, it the air fryer is too full, you might not get those delicious crispy bits on the salmon bites. Depending on the type and thickness of the salmon, this step will take 6 to 9 minutes.
- Once salmon is cooked thru, plate over rice, any other grains or side of choice, and top with mango salsa. Enjoy!
Chop skinless, boneless salmon into 1-inch bites.
Whisk together all marinade ingredients.
Combine salmon and marinade and let sit for 10 to 15 minutes.
Put together mango salsa, then place aside.
Cook salmon in preheated air fryer to 380°F for 6 to 9 minutes.
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Tips and Frequently Asked Questions
- Always make sure the air fryer is preheated before adding food in.
- If you want the mango salsa to be a little spicy, keep some of seeds in the jalapeño, the more the spicier.
- Same with the salmon bites, you can add more cayenne pepper, or a little sriracha or even red pepper flakes to the marinade to kick up the heat.
- Use any variety of salmon you prefer. I try to buy sustainable seafood, and while there's a lot of opinions about farm-raised versus wild-caught, it's a personal choice, so choose what you enjoy more, and works for you and your family. Keep in mind though that sockeye salmon is thinner and lower in fat, which will cook faster and could get a little dry if overcooked.
- To check the doneness of the salmon, poke a piece with the tines of a fork after about 6 minutes of cooking, if it flakes off easily it's ready.
- While the salmon bites and the mango salsa are best eaten right after cooking, you can store leftovers refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
Air Fryer Salmon Bites with Mango Salsa
- 1.5 pounds salmon skinless, boneless
For the Marinade
For the Mango Salsa
- 1 mango diced, about ½ cup
- ½ small red onion finely diced, about ¼ cup
- 1 small jalapeño very finely chopped, seeds and membranes removed, about 1 tablespoon
- 1 roma tomato finely chopped, about ¼ cup
- ¼ cup chopped cilantro more or less to taste
- 1 lime juiced, about 1 tablespoon
- 1 pinch salt more or less to taste
- 1 pinch black pepper more or less to taste
- Sliced boneless and skinless salmon into 1-inch cubes with sharp knife.
- In medium bowl, whisk together soy sauce, oil, Dijon mustard, honey, garlic, pepper and cayenne until well incorporated.
- Combine chopped salmon and marinade together in medium bowl, stirring to make sure every piece is coated. Place aside and let marinade for 10 to 15 minutes.
- While salmon bites are marinating, put together mango salsa in bowl by gently stirring together chopped mango, red onion, jalapeño, roma tomato, cilantro, lime juice, salt and pepper.
- Preheat air fryer to 380° Fahrenheit.
- Once air fryer is preheated, place salmon into basket with tongs, shaking off excess marinade, into one single layer and cook for 6 to 9 minutes, shaking it halfway. Cooking time will vary per thickness of salmon. Depending on size of air fryer basket, cooking might need to be done in tow batches to not overcrowd the basket.
- Remove salmon from air fryer, then serve on top of rice if desired, and top with mango salsa.
- Salmon: you can use any type of salmon that you prefer, keep in mind that sockeye salmon is thinner and lower in fat and will cook faster than Atlantic or farm-raised salmon filets.
- Soy sauce can be replaced with lite tamari or coconut aminos.