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Air Fryer Sticky Salmon Bowls

  • Author: Molly
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


These Air Fryer Sticky Salmon Bowls are a quick and easy way to prepare salmon at home. Savory-sweet salmon is cooked in an air fryer until crisp on the outside and juicy on the inside, served over sushi rice, and topped with a creamy spicy sauce. This meal is both nourishing and packed with flavor!



For the Salmon:

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce (or tamari / coconut aminos)
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon grated garlic
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup (or honey)
  • 1.5 lbs salmon filets, skin removed, and cut into 1-inch cubes

For the Spicy Sauce:

  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons mayo
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha hot sauce (or more, to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon hot honey (or regular honey)
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • Salt, to taste
  • Water, to thin

For Serving:

  • 3 cups cooked sushi rice (or rice of choice)
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced cucumber
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 3 scallions, chopped
  • Toasted sesame seeds


Recipe Hint:

Before I start the rest of the recipe, I get my sushi rice cooking in my rice cooker so that it is warm and ready for me when it’s time to serve.

For the Salmon:

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, and maple syrup.
  2. Add the salmon cubes to the marinade and toss gently to combine. Let sit for about 10 minutes.
  3. Preheat an airfryer to 400°F. Spray or brush the basket with oil and then add roughly half the salmon cubes (it will depend on the size of your air-fryer basket. Do a single layer of salmon without overcrowding. For me, I can get it done in two batches).
  4. Air fry for 6 minutes. Remove the salmon cubes from the basket and set aside. Repeat with the remaining half of the salmon cubes.

For the Spicy Sauce:

  1. While the salmon is marinating/cooking, make the spicy sauce by whisking together all the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Thin with a little water until it reaches a drizzly consistency. Season, to taste, with salt.
  3. This can be made ahead and stored in the fridge until you are ready to serve.

To Serve:

  1. Spoon the rice into bowls and top with the salmon.
  2. Top with cucumber, avocado, scallions, and toasted sesame seeds. Drizzle over the spicy sauce.
  3. Enjoy while the rice and salmon are warm.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: seafood

Keywords: air fryer sticky salmon bowls, air fryer sticky salmon, salmon rice bowls