Air Fryer Salmon Nuggets


  • ⅓ 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
  • Directions

  • Step 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.


  • Step 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.

  • Step 3

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

  • Step 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.

  • Step 5

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

  • Step 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.

  • Tips

    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.

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