Easy Sweet Spicy Air Fryer Salmon

Chili and honey intertwine deliciously in this crispy, Easy Sweet Spicy Air Fryer Salmon recipe. With just 6 ingredients, you can have this salmon on the table in less than 15 minutes.

“This is my third time making this! It is so easy and delicious. I used to not like salmon, but I now love it. It’s great with a baked potato and a lettuce salad.”

Easy Sweet And Spicy Air Fryer Salmon

What are the ingredients to make this Easy Sweet Spicy Air Fryer Salmon?

The 6 ingredients I used are:

  1. Salmon fillets (I used salmon fillets with the skin on, but you can use skinless as well – only reduce the time to 10 minutes when air frying),
  2. Coriander,
  3. Turmeric,
  4. Chili powder,
  5. Chili flakes,
  6. Honey,

And don’t forget the salt and pepper to taste as well.
Scroll down to check out the detailed recipe.

Last Christmas I received a fantastic gift of an Air Fryer from The Feed Feed. It is one of those kitchen gadgets I thought I never needed but now cannot seem to live without. I mean, I air fry everything from this salmon, chicken, veggies, even bread for toast! Speaking of things I didn’t think I needed but cannot live without, the best gadgets on this list make me want to test that theory even more!

Earlier this month, I received another air fryer to host a giveaway with.That’s 1 too many air fryers taking up valuable real estate on my countertops!

Well, being surrounded by air fryers meant only one thing for my daughter and I – and that was to use them! Right?!

We had just moved to our new home and instead of waiting for the oven to preheat and then take 30+ minutes to bake whatever was on the agenda for dinner, I opted to use the air fryer.

Ingredients To Make Easy Sweet Spicy Air Fryer Salmon

Fish and Chips that normally took 40-45 minutes to make, were ready in less than 20 minutes!

Crispy chicken tenders were ready in 15 minutes!

Cake… err… I dunno, I haven’t tried using my air fryer for desserts… at least… not yet!

Smothered Scattered Covered Salmon before Placing it in the air fryer.

What I have tried often has been several versions of salmon.

Breaded salmon, blackened spicy salmon, turmeric salmon, and, today, this Easy Sweet Spicy Air Fryer Salmon.  

Air Fryer Settings that worked for me:

I’ve experimented with different temperature settings as well as varied times while using my air fryer, and, what seems to work best for me is a temperature setting of 400 degrees Fahrenheit with the salmon being cooked for 10-11 minutes.

At this temp and time, the salmon is beautifully crispy on the top, and well done on the inside, yet tender.

Now, at these settings, a slightly thick salmon steak works best – and by that I mean a raw salmon steak that is at least ¾ inch to 1 inch thick.

A raw salmon steak that is thinner than that will turn out a lot dryer at these settings – yup, I found that out the hard way!

If you are using a thinner salmon fillet, then cooking it at 390 degrees for 8-9 minutes should give you a deliciously cooked salmon fillet.

What if the salmon is frozen?

While you can easily air fry frozen salmon using the settings above, I choose to thaw out the frozen salmon (like I did in this recipe) and use it. That way the spices adhere to the salmon a lot better than when air frying frozen salmon.

Easy, Quick, Spicy & Sweet Air Fryer Salmon

For this Easy Sweet Spicy Air Fryer Salmon, I used a mix of warmed honey, inflammation-reducing turmeric, chili powder, coriander and chili flakes.

The chili powder and chili flakes added a nice little kick to the salmon while the honey added in a tinge of sweetness to tone the spicy down a tad.

What to pair this air fryer salmon with?

This Easy Sweet Spicy Air Fryer Salmon is delicious along with some
Coconut Pumpkin Pasta, or
Sautéed Asparagus Egg Salad, or this
Ginger Cardamom Spiced Carrots, or even this
Charred Zucchini And Caramelized Onion Salad.

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Easy, Quick, Spicy & Sweet Air Fryer Salmon

Easy Sweet Spicy Air Fryer Salmon

4.47 from 130 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Servings: 3 servings
Author: Shashi
Chili and honey intertwine deliciously in this crispy, Easy Sweet Spicy Air Fryer Salmon recipe. With just 6 ingredients, you can have this salmon on the table in less than 15 minutes.


  • 3 1- inch thick salmon fillets
  • 1 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp chili flakes
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/8 tsp each salt and pepper


  • Place honey in a microwave-safe dish and heat for 10 seconds until slightly warm.
  • Add in the turmeric, coriander, chili powder, salt, pepper, and chili flakes into the warmed honey and mix very well until all are incorporated.
  • Wash and pat dry the salmon fillets. When salmon fillets are dry, spoon on the honey-chili mixture onto each, making sure to coat the sides as well (this is messy and you will have to wash your air-fryer pan).
  • Then, place the salmon fillets in an air fryer, set temperature to 400 degrees and time to 10-11 minutes. When time is up, remove salmon fillets and enjoy with your favorite sides.


Serving: 1salmon fillet | Calories: 325kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1.6g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 84mg | Sugar: 23g
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Chili and honey intertwine deliciously in this crispy, Easy Sweet Spicy Air Fryer Salmon recipe

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  1. This looks delicious!! I love salmon dishes and this one is right up my alley. It looks like an easy recipe which is full of flavour, thanks for sharing.

  2. Jeremy and I were literally talking about air fryers the other day! We had one years and years ago, but it was one of those ones where the inside spins, so you couldn’t really cook anything delicate or breaded in it, and of course it ended up breaking after about 4 months. I think it’s fabulous they are making a huge splash again, and I obviously love that they are SO much better designed now! 😉 Anyways, this recipe is just brilliant! Not to mention delicious!!! Gimme all the sweet and spicy salmon! I’m drooling!!!! Cheers!

  3. An air fryer is something that has been on my Christmas list for a couple of Christmasses now Shashi. Ha ha! Trouble is that Lynne has said I would need to throw something out in order to get one (as we’ve no more space in our kitchen) and I can’t decide what! If (and when) I do get an air fryer this delicious salmon recipe would be first on the list.

  4. I keep eyeing up those air fryers, but I just haven’t pulled the trigger yet. And you keep giving me more and more reasons to finally go get one! I love this salmon. The herb crust on this looks incredible, Shashi! This would be an excellent dinner as is, but I’d probably make extra to put over salad for the next day’s lunch. My mouth is watering…also, my drone is on the way down! 🙂

  5. This recipe was spot on!! Tasted amazing (and I’m not a huge fan of salmon either), super fast to throw together and healthy too! I made extra and some chicken covered in the sauce too. Thank you!

    1. Thank you Nick. In this recipe I left the skin on the salmon fillets – usually they just peel off and keep the fillets moist. I have made this recipe with skinless salmon fillets as well but I remove them from the air fryer in about 9-10 minutes.

  6. I love salmon and was a bit leery of making it in my air fryer. It was fantastic. My husband said it was a keeper! So easy and quick to make. It is spicy. If you don’t like a lot of heat, I would recommend cutting down on the chili flakes.

  7. Holy cow, this salmon looks fantastic (and easy!), Shashi! I still have yet to get an air fryer as I can’t justify the counter (or cabinet) space. But this recipe is really making me rethink that one. Talk about a great weeknight dinner!

  8. This is my third time making this! It is so easy and delicious. I used to not like salmon but I now love it. It’s great with a baked potato and a lettuce salad.

  9. Great food with less effort…just how cooking should be! Absolutely loved this recipe and will definitely be making again! Also really loved the aluminum foil tip.

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