Honey Sriracha Air Fryer Salmon

This salmon recipe is addicting! It checks all the boxes for delicious, quick, and healthy. This recipe is low in fat and gluten free.  The good news you can have the dish served in twenty minutes. Fresh or frozen we’ve got you covered. 

If you’ve been searching for a way to spice up your dinners, here’s how to make this delicious dish. All you need is a few staple ingredients!

Prep Time:  10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

What You’ll Need

  • 1.5 lbs Salmon (4 salmon filets – 6 oz each)
  • 1 Lemon
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 1t Liquid Aminos or (Soy Sauce) 
  • 1t Sriracha 
  • 2T Honey
  • 1t Salt
  • ½ t pepper
  • Spray oil

Ingredient Notes

Salmon

Just about any type of salmon will do. I used a fresh Sockeye wild salmon filet for this recipe and leave the skin on. I prefer how the ingredients can absorb the seasoning and sauce. I find when the Salmon is frozen it has a barrier that doesn’t absorb the sauce as well from the beginning. 

You risk sacrificing that slight browning from the sauce and time. Sometimes we forget to pull that salmon from the freezer and need frozen to fork. We have included a table below for that.

I do suggest buying fresh salmon or thawing the night before in the refrigerator. Salmon contains healthy omegas beneficial for our health and low in fat content.

Honey

When it comes to honey, I prefer local to take advantage of the benefits that support fighting seasonal allergies.  A higher quality honey will help improve the taste.

Honey adds sweetness and thickness to the sauce. You can substitute maple syrup as well. If your honey is stiff, try adding it alone in the microwave for a few seconds. 

Sriracha

This beloved pantry staple makes a great addition to this recipe. If you love the heat, feel encouraged to double the amount in the recipe.

If you dislike spice, you can omit the sriracha and use paprika instead. Just make sure to whisk into the sauce well. We find our recipe to be family friendly. Enough kick for the adults and not to spicy for the kids. 

Liquid Aminos

I choose to use liquid aminos in this recipe because they are soy and gluten free. They are a great flavor substitute and hard to tell the difference from soy sauce. Either one will work fine.

Garlic

Garlic provides a great depth of flavor to this dish. I used a micro plane grater to grate the garlic into the sauce. I find that it almost melts in, and I don’t have to use as much.

Another reason is that you get a smooth sauce without pieces of garlic. You can use chopped garlic if you don’t have a micro plane. 

Lemon

Lemon is a nice acidic addition to the sauce. I use ½ of the lemon juice squeezed in the sauce and the remaining as slices for plating.

I like to offer lemon with the salmon not only for the visual appearance, but to be squeezed for extra flavor. Lemon is substitutable in this recipe. You can opt for limes or oranges. 

Spray Oil

I chose to use Primal Kitchens Avocado Oil Spray. Avocado oil makes for the best spray for an air fryer. It can reach a cooking temperature of 500° F.  and is a much healthier option.

Avocado oil has a mild flavor that won’t transfer like other stronger flavored oils such as coconut or sesame. You simply add the spray to your food or the basket.

You don’t need to cover the basket with oil as air fryers don’t require oil when cooking. We spray the salmon with the avocado oil so the salt and pepper will stick. 

How Top Make It

Step 1: Get Your Ingredients Ready

Start by getting out your ingredients and portioning out the exact amounts you’ll need.

You can save time and dishes by skipping this step. If your salmon isn’t cut into filets, you’ll want to do this now. 

Step 2: Combine the Ingredients

Add the honey, liquid aminos, Sriracha, Juice of half a lemon and garlic to a bowl. Whisk well to incorporate all the ingredients. 

Step 3: Spray the oil and Season

Add the spray to your salmon and generously season with salt and pepper.

Step 4: Baste the Salmon

Use a basting brush to apply the sauce to the salmon. 

Step 5:  Add the Salmon to the Air Fryer

Add the basted salmon skin side down to the air fryer.  Pour any extra sauce over the salmon. Heat the air fryer to 400°F for 10 minutes. 

Step 6: Plating and Serving

Remove the salmon from the air fryer and make sure the internal temperature is at least 145°F.

Add the salmon to a platter or plate.

Alternative Ingredients or Substitutions

How To Make It Keto Friendly 

They make keto friendly honey you can purchase. It is a sugar-free honey substitute. 

Can I Substitute The Seasonings?

Although these ingredients are perfect you can omit the sriracha for paprika to tone down the spice.

Fresh garlic can be substituted for garlic powder if necessary. Brown Sugar can be substituted for honey.  Dijon Mustard can be a great addition or substitution as well. 

Can You Make This Ahead of Time?

This recipe is great for meal prep. The chicken can be stored separately in the refrigerator for up to three days in an airtight container. The sauce as well can be prepared in advanced and stored for four days in an airtight container.

This recipe freezes up to two months in the freezer. I like to wrap in either parchment paper or foil then put in a plastic freezer bag.

I don’t recommend freezing as fresh is better and you should never freeze twice if you’re using frozen salmon.

In this case fresh is best. Try to remove as much air as possible. You can make this recipe ahead of time to add to salad, rice, and vegetables.

Garnish Ideas:

Chives, Sesame Seeds, Parsley, Limes, Oranges and Cilantro

What To Serve with This Dish

  • Rice
  • Broccoli
  • Asparagus
  • Salad
  • Green Beans

Tips and Tricks:

  • Try to use similar size salmon filets for even cooking. Ask the butcher to cut your salmon into similar size filets or cut yourself at home when buying fresh.
  • Do not overcrowd your air fryer. It’s alright for the salmon to touch just make sure they are not overlapping. I find the above recipe fits prefect. 
  • Do not add the sauce to frozen salmon as it will just run off and end up in the bottom of your air fryer. Instead add the sauce the last 5 minutes of cooking. 
  • I like to leave the skin on my salmon. It makes a nice barrier keeping the salmon intact. You can easily remove once the salmon is cooked if preferred. 
  •  Use a micro plane grater to incorporate the garlic into the sauce.
  • If you are putting frozen salmon into the air fryer add an additional 7 minutes. Add the sauce the last 5 minutes of cooking. The best way to make sure the salmon is done is to use a thermometer and 145°F is reached.
  • If necessary, de bone your filets with tweezers.

Cooking Times By Air Fryer Model

ModelCooking Time (fresh)Cooking Time (Frozen)      Temperature
Ninja Foodi1017400°F
Phillips Airfryer XXL (HD9630)815375°F
Nuwave Bravo XL Grill916375°F
Power XL 2&3 Qt Vortex1017380°F
Cuisinart815380°F
Cosori916380°F
Breville Smart Oven1017375°F

You may have to increase or decrease your cooking time depending on the size of your filets. This recipe 6 oz portioned filets were used.

That is a larger size filet. To allow the sauce to caramelize more and create a crispy shell add a couple minutes to your cooking time.

Using a thermometer to ensure your salmon has reached 145°F is best. The rest is based on personal preference. 

The salmon reheats great in the air fryer. 360°F for 3-5 minutes depending on the size of your salmon.

Honey Sriracha Air Fryer Salmon

Honey Sriracha Salmon in Air Fryer

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This salmon recipe is addicting! It checks all the boxes for delicious, quick, and healthy. This recipe is low in fat and gluten-free.  The good news is you can have the dish served in twenty minutes. Fresh or frozen we’ve got you covered. 

If you’ve been searching for a way to spice up your dinners, here’s how to make this delicious dish. All you need is a few staple ingredients!

Ingredients

  • 4 Salmon Filets (1.5 lbs)
  • 1 Lemon (1/2 lemon juiced) utilize the rest for garnish 
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 1t Liquid Aminos
  • 1t Sriracha 
  • 2T Honey
  • 1t Salt
  • 1/2t Pepper

Instructions

    1. Gather your ingredients and measure your dry spices. 
    2. Combine your ingredients for the sauce.
    3. Spray your salmon with the avocado oil and add salt & pepper.
    4. Generously baste the salmon with the sauce.
    5. Add the salmon to the air fryer at 400°F for 10 minutes.
    6. Check that the salmon has reached 145°F. Remove from the air fryer and serve.

    Notes

    This healthy recipe is ready in twenty minutes and tastes like candied salmon. The air fryer creates the prefect combination of succulent and caramelized. This recipe is sure to spice up your dinner rotation.

    Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 506Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 143mgSodium: 539mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 0gSugar: 9gProtein: 51g
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