This Soy Ginger Glazed Salmon fillet recipe is fast, easy, and oh-so-yummy! With 8 ingredients and ready in under 30 minutes, the salmon fillets are perfectly moist on the inside and little crisp on the outside. Air fryer, pan sear, paleo, whole30, or low carb. This is a winner when it comes to weeknight dinners!

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I’m a fan of healthy lean proteins. In my household, I always have a bag of frozen salmon fillets for emergency meals. I also like to incorporate at least one seafood dish in our weekly meals to keep the nutrition balanced.

My readers love the air fryer or baked Chinese cod recipe with ginger scallion sauce so I want to share another seafood dish that’s quite popular in Taiwan – crispy salmon fillets with ginger, garlic, and “soy” glaze. I use coconut aminos so the salmon glaze is soy and gluten-free.

This dish is ready in about 20-30 minutes and you can make it in an air fryer or a stovetop.

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Ingredients for the Asian Ginger Garlic Glazed Salmon Fillet Recipe

This easy soy ginger glazed salmon recipe has 8 ingredients only!

  • Salmon fillets (skin-on and boneless)
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Scallions
  • Red chili (fresno or serrano)
  • Coconut aminos
  • Chicken or vegetable stock
  • Tapioca or arrowroot starch, or xanthan gum
Ingredients needed to make this dish

How To Cook Salmon In a Pan (Pan Seared Salmon Fillets)

The following cook time is based on skin-on and boneless salmon fillets that are about 1.5-inch (3.8cm) at the thickest.

  1. Pat dry the salmon fillets and lightly season with salt.
  2. Preheat a nonstick 12-inch (30cm) skillet over medium-high heat until it feels quite warm. Add the oil.
  3. Place the salmon flesh side down in the pan, then immediately reduce the heat to medium.
  4. Cook, undisturbed, until golden brown, 4 to 6 minutes. The exact cook time will depend on the thickness of the fillet.
  5. Using a wide metal spatula, carefully flip the fillets, then cover the pan and remove from the heat.
  6. Let stand until the thickest part of the fillets reach 120°F (49°C) or are nearly opaque when cut into, about another 5 minutes for 1-inch-thick fillets (2.5 cm) or about 8 minutes if 1.5 inches (3.8 cm) thick

How To Cook Salmon In An Air Fryer (Air Fryer Salmon Fillets)

  1. Paty dry the salmon fillets.
  2. Lightly season with coarse sea salt and a small amount of avocado oil (the oil keeps the fish moist in an air fryer).
  3. Air fryer skin side down (meaty side up) at 400°F | 204°C for 7-9 minutes.
  4. The exact time will depend on the thickness of the fish and the air fryer. 7 minutes for medium-rare and 8 minute for medium.

What kind of salmon to cook in an air fryer?

I recommend using Atlantic salmon because the fish is meatier and has more fat content so that the fish is less likely to be dry from cooking in a fryer.

Air fry or pan sear the salmon and pour the sauce over…that’s it!

Salmon glaze – “Soy” Ginger Glaze

This Asian-flavored glaze for salmon is SO GOOD! It’s a little sweet (with no added sugar), gingery, and garlicky, and you can make it spicy with chili peppers or without. You can easily scale up the sauce quantity if you want to make it extra saucy.

I use Big Tree Farms’ coconut aminos (product link in the recipe card) that has a thicker consistency than most coconut aminos. It makes a terrific “soy” flavored glaze to any savory proteins.

Pairing Suggestions

I recommend pairing the “soy” ginger glazed salmon with mild or citrus flavored dishes to keep the meal light and refreshing. Here are some of my recommendations:

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Two pieces of salmon fillets glazed in ginger sauce on a white plate
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“Soy” Ginger Glazed Salmon Fillets

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Servings: 2 servings
Author: ChihYu
Pan seared or air fry Soy Ginger Glazed Salmon fillet recipe with 8 ingredients and ready in under 30 minutes. Easy, healthy, and so yummy!
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Ingredients 

  • 14 oz salmon fillets, skin on boneless, 1.5-inch at thickest, divided into 2 pieces
  • 2-3 pinches coarse sea salt
  • 1-2 tbsp avocado oil

For the soy ginger glaze:

  • 1.5 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 2.5 tbsp chicken stock, or vegetable stock
  • ½ tsp tapioca starch, or arrowroot, ⅛ tsp xanthan gum
  • 0.5 oz garlic, sliced, 2 large cloves
  • 0.3 oz ginger, julienned or finely chopped
  • 2 bulb scallion, chopped and separate white and green parts
  • 0.3 oz fresno or serrano red pepper, seeded and sliced, 1 small pepper, optional

Instructions 

To pan seared the salmon:

  • Pat dry the salmon fillets and lightly season with salt.
  • Preheat a nonstick 12-inch (30cm) skillet over medium-high heat until it feels quite warm to your palm when placing it near the surface. Add 1 tbsp oil. You should see the oil start shimmering.
  • Place the salmon flesh side down in the pan, then immediately reduce the heat to medium. Cook, undisturbed, until golden brown, 4 to 6 minutes. The exact cook time will depend on the thickness of the fillet.
  • Using a wide metal spatula or a spatula with a firm tip, carefully flip the fillets, then cover the pan and remove from the heat.
  • Let stand until the thickest part of the fillets reach 120°F (49°C) or are nearly opaque when cut into, about another 5 minutes for 1-inch-thick fillets (2.5 cm) or about 8 minutes if 1.5 inches (3.8 cm) thick. Don’t lift that lid until it’s been at least 5 minutes!
    Photo shows pan seared salmon fillets on a white plate

To air fry the salmon:

  • Paty dry the salmon fillets. Lightly season with coarse sea salt and a small amount of avocado oil (the oil keeps the fish moist in an air fryer).
  • Air fryer skin side down (meaty side up) at 400°F (204°C) for 7-9 minutes. The exact time will depend on the thickness of the fish and the air fryer. In general, 7 minutes for medium-rare and 8 minute for medium.
    Photo shows two pieces of salmon in an air fryer basket with skin side down
  • Transfer the salmon to a serving platter.

To make the ginger soy sauce:

  • In a small bowl, combine the coconut aminos, stock, and starch.
  • Preheat a skillet over medium heat until it feels warm to your palm. Add 1 tbsp oil. Add garlic, ginger, white scallion parts, and chili, if using, with a pinch of salt. Saute over medium heat until fragrant, about 10-15 seconds.
  • Stir the sauce again before adding it to the pan. Keep stirring and the sauce should thicken in about 10 seconds. Turn off the heat.
    Photo shows the ginger soy sauce mixed in a small bowl

To serve:

  • Pour the sauce over the fillets. Serve hot or warm.
    A horizontal image of the dish

Notes

What kind of salmon to cook in an air fryer?
I recommend using Atlantic salmon because the fish is meatier and has more fat content so that the fish is less likely to be dry from cooking in a fryer.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 376kcal, Carbohydrates: 6g, Protein: 40g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g, Monounsaturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 109mg, Sodium: 685mg, Potassium: 1051mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 130IU, Vitamin C: 9mg, Calcium: 40mg, Iron: 2mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Keyword: Asian Glazed Salmon, ginger salmon, glaze for salmon, salmon glaze, soy ginger glazed salmon, soy ginger salmon
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Leftover ideas

Repurpose your leftovers into a delicious meal by adding the salmon to keto shirataki fried rice or homemade bibimbap bowls. The salmon would also pair well with Vietnamese-inspired shirataki noodle salad or Thai peanut sauce cucumber noodles.

Which air fryer do I have?

I currently use a 6 quart Cosori air fryer. I’m also interested to try Philips air fryer next.

Also check out my air fried sesame chicken and air fryer whole chicken!

Soy ginger glazed salmon fillets with cauli rice and cucumbers in a white bowl
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