Air fryer salmon with five-spice vegetables



10 min


25 min



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.

Editor's note

This recipe was developed using the Ninja Foodi 8-qt. 2-Basket Air Fryer. Results using different models may vary.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 460,
  • Protein
  • 43 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 25 g,
  • Fat
  • 20 g,
  • Fibre
  • 4 g,
  • Sodium
  • 780 mg.

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