Air Fryer Honey Gochujang Salmon Bites
Dear Husband and I are trying to eat healthier. That means eating more good-for-you proteins and fats. Salmon is a frequent addition to our menues – especially on Dear Husband’s Tuesday dinner prep night. Usually he makes super outstanding (and easy 😉 ) Lemon Pepper broiled salmon, but when Dear Social Media Guy sent me a link to Salmon Bites from @Lirim Gula on Tiktok, I knew that I had to make Air Fryer Honey Gochujang Salmon Bites.
Gochujang is my friend
I’ve used gochujang before when I made Gluten Free Gochujang Caramel Cookies, Quinoa Almond Crusted Turkey Tenders and Gochujang Caramel Hamentaschen with it. I keep it in the fridge for gochujang emergencies. Just to refresh your memories:
To make this simple, Wikipedia defines Gochujang as:
“Gochujang or red chili paste is a savory, sweet, and spicy fermented condiment popular in Korean cooking. It is made from gochu-garu, glutinous rice, meju powder, yeotgireum, and salt. The sweetness comes from the starch of cooked glutinous rice, cultured with saccharifying enzymes during the fermentation process.”
It’s a little sweet and spicy and adds great flavor to most anything.
How I made Air Fryer Honey Gochujang Salmon Bites
When I made the original recipe, I substituted miso for the soybean paste, used garlic oil instead of garlic and kind of doubled the amount of ingredients – for around a pound and a half of salmon.
Dear Husband and I absolutely loved the taste of this salmon. It was sweet, spicy and a little crispy on the exterior. The only thing we absolutely didn’t like was that it made a huge mess in the air fryer.
I think there were several reasons for this.
Making Air Fryer Honey Gochujang Salmon Bites without making a Huge Mess
I think that part of my issue was that I needed to line the bottom catch with foil or something. The recipe was very drippy the way I made it. I made a second batch with less sauce and it was way better. I also adjusted the racks so the sauce didn’t get everywhere. Just better overall.
When you’re really busy make things that are easy
I think this should be intuitively obvious to the casual observer, but sometimes it’s not.
The first time I made the Air Fryer Honey Gochujang Salmon Bites I actually pulled out my super sharp boning knife and deskinned the salmon that I defrosted from my freezer.
I’m not really sure what I was thinking.
It was more effort than I wanted to spend and the salmon bites weren’t equal in size. They were also a little smaller than I really wanted them to be.
The second time I made them, I worked smarter not harder and had Dear Husband pick up ready cut salmon bites from our local Jewel-Osco Kosher fish department. Forrest, the Dear Fish Guy, really takes good care of us. The fish cubes were pretty evenly cut and were a little bigger in size for the perfect bites.
Oh.. And I’m really busy because… THANK G-D…
Mazel Tov!!! Our Dear Daughter is engaged to our new future Dear Son-In-Law!!! We’re SO thankful and grateful for this wonderful simcha!!!
Suffice it to say, Thank G-d, we’re crazy thrilled, and things are a little crazier around here than they usually are.
Make sure to follow my story on Instagram @koshereveryday. I’m going to be pulling out the baking gear and it’s going to be epic!
So… I’m going to wrap this up…with a bow.
Here’s the recipe for Air Fryer Honey Gochujang Salmon Bites
I use a nutrition caluclator called Nutrifox. I enter the ingredients and it spits out the nutrition information that I use at the bottom of each recipe. Imagine my surprise when I found that there was a whopping 40g of protein per serving. I shouldn’t have been so surprised… I mean it is protein filled salmon after all, I just didn’t expect 40g! My nutritionist is going to be SO happy!!!
While I haven’t personally tried it, if you don’t have an air fryer you can probably convection bake the salmon with similar results. I would make sure to toss the salmon halfway through so it’s evenly browned. Air fryers are basically mini convection ovens. It should theoretically work well.
And if you don’t have a convection oven, just bake them and call it a day.
Air Fryer Honey Gochujang Salmon Bites is an unique fusion of flavors erupting in your mouth! The heat from the gochujang dances with the sweetness of honey, creating a harmonious balance that pleases even the most discerning palates. The crispy exterior provided a delightful contrast to the tender salmon, making each bite an unforgettable experience.
- 1 1/2 pounds skinless salmon, cut into cubes
- 1 tablespoon miso paste
- 1 tablespoon gochujang paste
- 1 tablespoon garlic oil or 1 tablespoon avocado oil + 1 minced garlic clove
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
- 2 green onions, thinly sliced
- Cooked brown rice, optional
- In a small bowl whisk together the miso, gochujang, garlic oil, honey, soy sauce, sesame oil and black pepper.
- Place the salmon cubes in a large bowl. Pour the marinade over the salmon and stir to coat completely.
- Cover and refrigerate for one hour.
- Spray an air fryer insert pan with nonstick spray. Place the marinated salmon in a single layer in the pan (if possible).
- Air fry for 12-13 minutes at 400°F.
- Transfer the salmon bites to a serving plate, then sprinkle with the sesame seeds and green onion.
- Serve with cooked brown rice.
- Serving Size:
- Calories: 279
- Sugar: 5.7 g
- Sodium: 555.1 mg
- Fat: 9.5 g
- Saturated Fat: 1.6 g
- Carbohydrates: 9.4 g
- Fiber: 0.6 g
- Protein: 40 g
- Cholesterol: 86.9 mg
Keywords: Air Fried Salmon, Air Fryer Salmon, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Meat Free, Nine Days, Shavuot, Gochujang, Miso Paste, Gochujang Salmon
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