About This Healthy Salmon Bites Recipe
Apart from being delicious, salmon is a highly nutritious fish that is rich in proteins, omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Including fish like salmon in our diets is known to offer many health benefits, such as improving heart health, promoting brain health, reducing joint inflammation, and repairing skin, bones, muscles, and blood tissues.
Salmon is also a very versatile fish. You can bake it, steam it, grill it, smoke it, or even eat it raw! Given the wide range of preparations you can opt for, it is incredibly convenient to make salmon a part of our regular diets.
One of my favorite healthy ways of eating salmon is by baking it. This way, I can make it super delicious, and at the same time, I can retain its rich nutrient content.
This recipe for crispy baked salmon bites is super easy to make and incredibly tasty. The recipe involves cutting the salmon into small bites, which helps to cook it faster than a whole filet, and with just a few ingredients, I get the maximum flavor from the fish.
Besides this, the recipe is also completely customizable as you can easily add your favorite seasonings or herbs, giving it a totally different taste.
This is a super easy, no-mess recipe. You’ll only need 5 minutes to prepare the salmon and around 15 to 20 minutes to bake it. While you wait for the salmon to bake, steam some veggies, cook some rice if you wish, and you’ll have a complete meal ready in less than 30 minutes.
Baking these bites makes the Panko layer super crunchy while keeping the salmon tender. It’s an excellent method to cook fish and enjoy a healthy meal!
What You Need for This Easy Salmon Bites Recipe
- Salmon: I like to use skinless salmon filet for this recipe.
- Panko: These Japanese-style breadcrumbs are made by lightly baking coarse breadcrumbs to make them crunchier. While typically used as a coating when deep-frying foods, they also work perfectly for this recipe and make the bites crispier.
- Flour: I like to first dust the pieces of salmon with flour because it acts as a primer and helps all other ingredients cling to it.
- Egg: The beaten egg helps the Panko stick to the salmon.
- Seasonings: I like to use garlic powder and dried thyme, giving the crunchy layer a lovely aromatic flavor. I like to use dried seasonings because I want to keep the coating as dry as possible.
- Panko: I like to use Panko because it makes the layer crunchier, but it may also be substituted with normal plain breadcrumbs.
- Thyme: I like the flavor that thyme gives to the fish, but you may also use dried parsley, oregano, or a mix of dried herbs.
- Flour: You can substitute it with cornstarch.
Can I store these crispy baked salmon bites?
If you have any leftovers, you may store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. You can even freeze them for up to one month. When ready to eat, place them again in the oven until they are heated through and crispy.
Can I fry these salmon bites?
Yes, you can. You may fry them the same as you would do with chicken bites. Or you can even air fry them if you have an air fryer.
Crispy Baked Salmon Bites
Make these super easy and quick and tasty bite-size salmon filets in less than 30 minutes — they're deliciously crispy on the outside and tender inside!
Yield: 16-18 pieces, depending on the size of the bites
How To Make Crispy Baked Salmon Bites Step By Step
Preheat the oven to 200℃ (400℉) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Combine the Panko, garlic powder, dried thyme, and extra virgin olive oil in a frying pan and toast over medium heat until golden brown. Transfer the mixture to a shallow dish and allow it to cool.
Cut the salmon filet into bite-size pieces, and season with salt and pepper on both sides.
Place the flour in a shallow dish and whisk the egg in another one. Roll each salmon piece in the flour to coat it completely, dust off the excess flour, dip it into the beaten egg, and finally coat it with the toasted Panko, pressing the mixture to make sure it adheres to the salmon.
Place the salmon bites on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes, then turn them and bake for another 5 minutes until the salmon is cooked through.
Serve with tartar sauce or squeeze some lemon juice on top. Enjoy!
- You can serve these crispy bites with tartar sauce or ketchup for dipping, or keep it light and just squeeze a little bit of lemon juice over them. They are also perfect for a complete meal with some steamed veggies and rice or potatoes.
- You can use either frozen or fresh salmon fillets for this recipe.