Air Fryer Salmon Nuggets

Crispy on the outside, moist and tender on the inside, these salmon nuggets are finished off with a sweet chipotle-maple drizzle. These make a great appetizer and are also tasty served over greens. Try and find center-cut salmon filets that are at least 1-inch thick. I usually buy extra salmon, and trim off the thinner outer edges, saving for another use. I like to use a Misto® sprayer with my own oil, but feel free to use regular cooking spray.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
4 servings


  • cup maple syrup

  • ¼ teaspoon ground dried chipotle pepper

  • 1 pinch sea salt

  • 1 ½ cups butter- and garlic-flavored croutons

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 (1 pound) skinless, center-cut salmon fillet, cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks

  • cooking spray


  1. Combine maple syrup, chipotle powder, and salt in saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce heat to low to keep warm.

  2. Place croutons in the bowl of a mini food processor; pulse until crushed into fine crumbs. Transfer to a shallow bowl. Whisk egg in a separate bowl.

  3. Preheat the air fryer to 390 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  4. Sprinkle salmon lightly with sea salt. Lightly dip salmon into egg mixture, letting excess drip off. Coat salmon in crouton breading and shake off extra. Set on a plate and mist lightly with cooking spray.

  5. Spray basket of the air fryer with cooking spray. Place salmon nuggets inside, working in batches to avoid overcrowding, if necessary.

  6. Cook in the preheated air fryer for 3 minutes. Gently turn salmon pieces, spray lightly with oil, and cook until salmon is cooked throughout, 3 to 4 more minutes. Place on a serving platter and drizzle with warm chipotle-maple syrup. Serve immediately.


Cook's Notes:

Keep nuggets warm in an oven on the lowest setting while air frying remaining nuggets.

You can also serve the chipotle-maple syrup on the side as a dipping sauce.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

364 Calories
16g Fat
27g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 364
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 115mg 38%
Sodium 353mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 26g
Vitamin C 4mg 22%
Calcium 52mg 4%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 509mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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