Easy Air Fryer Maple Salmon

What about Salmon candy bites to help the kids discover this great fish? Air Fryer Maple Salmon is a kind of candy! So simple! Plus, grown-ups will enjoy it with extra black sesame and scallions.

This is what I had in mind doing this new food blog of mine! Recipes that are winning the little ones’ hearts and Papa and Mama! Kids are all about texture! They love the tenderness and a bit of crunch and sweetness; this salmon is a great way to make your kids fall in love with fish. If fish is not a problem? Well, it will be a new favourite at the table with this Air Fryer Maple Salmon bite! Cutting the salmon into such small cubes makes it safer not to forget one of those delicate bones and caramelize more sides, making it yummier!

Maple Syrup or Honey?

Air Fryer Maple Salmon

As a Canadian, please don’t ask me to choose; I will always go first with maple syrup. Although in a neutral world, both are great for this recipe. Health-wise, the honey is a bit less complex mineral-wise but has some extra vitamins Maple syrup doesn’t contain. The glycemic index for Maple syrup is lower, so it won’t kick your kid’s blood sugar to heights. Also, being a recipe suitable for babies, honey is not recommended for little ones under one year old, which could cause infant botulism. So the clear winner here: you choose!

Air Fryer Rules!

Air Fryer Maple Salmon

Don’t we love our air fryers? Since I’m a mother, it’s the machine I use the most! For this recipe, you’ll see it’s a portion for two persons, but it’s three because the kiddos don’t eat entire portions. Also, always preheat your air fryer for 2-3 minutes before using it! It makes a difference! On another note, try that the salmon doesn’t touch the basket for this recipe so it can correctly crisp up on all sides. We don’t want a floppy salmon; we want it crispy on the outside and right on the inside!

Possible to Do in the Oven?

Yes, of course, but it won’t give as much crunch as with the Air fryer. The oven should be at full strength! And again, make sure the bits of salmon don’t touch to make them this lovely crunchy layer on each side!

Serve with

Air Fryer Maple Salmon

I love to serve fish on coconut rice; the kids love it, too! It’s cooking rice with half water and half coconut milk. A little veggie on the side, and the kids will have no problem attacking this plate!

The Adult Version

This is where the fun began: the grown-ups can tune up this dish so easily! Start by adding a tad of extra glaze and salt to the salmon, a few black sesame seeds and scallions on top to make it adult-friendly! I mean, usually, kids like simple… I know at least my boy would be turned off immediately by black sesame seeds! But if your kid is adventurous, go for it!

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Air Fryer Maple Salmon

Air Fryer Maple Salmon

What about Salmon candy bites to help the kids discover this great fish? Air Fryer Maple Salmon is simply glazing the salmon bits with maple syrup, some salt and up in the Air fryer! So simple!
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Canadian
Keyword: air fryer, candy, kid-friendly, maple, salmon, syrup
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 402kcal
Author: Marie Breton


  • 400 g salmon fillet thick part
  • 30 ml maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • salt


  • scallions
  • black sesame seeds


  • Cut the skin off and debone the salmon into 2-3 cm cubes.
  • Mix the maple syrup, olive oil, salt, and salmon pieces in a small bowl.
  • Cook in the Air fryer at 200°C (400F°) for 10 minutes.
  • Add the toppings and extra salt for the grown-ups.


Serve on coconut rice (half water-half coconut milk) and some veggies!


Calories: 402kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 110mg | Sodium: 90mg | Potassium: 1026mg | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 80IU | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 2mg
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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3.25 from 15 Reviews


  • nancy

    5 stars
    these bite sized maple salmon is really tasty. I makes for a quick meal! i can’t believe the air fryer keeps it so juicy!

  • Shelby

    5 stars
    The maple syrup on the salmon gives it such an indulgent, sticky flavor! Delicious on top of any bowl!

  • Bernice

    5 stars
    Okay. Salmon is one thing I have not tried cooking in my AF but wow, your salmon bites look perfect! I bet they are a huge hit with the kids too. I wonder if my niece will try them…

    • Marie Breton

      They are a huge hit with kids and grown ups too! Salmon in the Air fryer works wonders because it’s a fatty fish, not gonna dry out.

  • Vanessa

    5 stars
    Even my son who is not a huge salmon fan loved these! A family dinner win!

  • Colleen

    5 stars
    Maybe this is the way we can convince our grandkids to eat fish. I love that the salmon is bite sized for kids and of course, the air fryer is awesome for quick meals. Thank you!

  • kristen

    5 stars
    This salmon is so delicious and the recipe is so simple, thank you so much. Luckily our kids love salmon, so we will be adding this to our regular rotation. Everyone in our house enjoyed it so much!

  • Sean

    5 stars
    I’ve been using my air fryer a LOT lately, but I need more meals like this to diversify my options! Plus you’ve made me realize how long it’s been since I had coconut rice. Hah. Fantastic combination, thanks for sharing it!

  • Marie

    5 stars
    I’m with you on the maple syrup thing, and I’ve always loved maple syrup glazed salmon.

    I hadn’t considered air frying it before your recipe, and now it’s definitely going into regular rotation. Thanks!

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