Air fryer salmon with five-spice vegetables

  • Prep Time10 mins
  • Total Time25 mins
  • Makes4 servings
Air fryer salmon with five-spice vegetables

Photo: Erik Putz

This fresh and simple salmon comes together in just under 30 minutes for a healthy weeknight meal.


  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

  • 4 tsp soy sauce

  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard

  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

  • 4 skinless salmon fillets, about 200g each

  • 1 tsp black or toasted sesame seeds, optional

  • 1 454-g package mini bell peppers, halved and seeded

  • 1 340-g package cauliflower florets

  • 2 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 tsp five-spice powder

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro, optional


  • Preheat air fryer to 390F.

  • Stir maple syrup with soy sauce, Dijon and garlic powder in a small saucepan set over medium heat. Simmer, stirring constantly, until slightly thickened into a glaze-like consistency, 2 to 4 min. Brush hot glaze over salmon fillets. Set aside.

  • Toss bell peppers and cauliflower with oil, five-spice powder and salt in a large bowl. Add to air-fryer basket. Air-fry until golden brown but still tender-crisp, 7 to 10 min. Transfer to a platter. Sprinkle with cilantro, if desired.

  • Arrange salmon in air-fryer basket. Air-fry until a knife tip inserted into the thickest part of the salmon comes out warm, 7 to 8 min. Transfer to the platter with vegetables. Sprinkle salmon with sesame seeds and serve with rice or quinoa, if desired.

Nutrition (per serving)

Protein 43g, Carbohydrates 25g, Fat 20g, Fibre 4g, Sodium 780mg.

Originally published in the Today’s Parent Summer 2021 issue. Photo by Erik Putz.

This article was originally published on Jul 22, 2021