Air Fryers are all the rage at the moment and none come better than the multi-faceted Ninja Foodi Grill. This recipe for Air Fryer Salmon Nuggets and Chips uses both the bake and air fry functions of the Foodi Grill.
There are two main components to this recipe – the fish and the chips. There are many options for sides, from steamed veggies to a salad. I’ll leave it up to you to decide how to complete the meal.
Panko Salmon Nuggets
Salmon is a staple in our house. Both kids (and parents) love it, and it is such a versatile fish. This method produces a wonderfully crispy and tasty crust with a tender, melt-in-your-mouth flesh. Delicious!
If you are making the salmon nuggets with chips, peel, cut and soak and par-boil the potato before starting on the salmon (more details in the Excellent Air Fryer Chips recipe below).
- 500g fresh salmon
- 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 egg
- Olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon mustard powder
- Black pepper
- Place panko breadcrumbs in a shallow bowl. Add the spices. These spices aren’t set in stone. They work for my tastes, but feel free to change it up and experiment a bit.
- (optional) add a drizzle of olive oil. This does make the panko clump together a little, but it helps with achieving a crisp, golden-brown crust.
- Place egg in a second shallow bowl and add a little olive oil, about half a tablespoon should be good. Whisk together with a fork until combined
- Place flour in a third shallow bowl.
- Cut salmon into small chunks – about 3-4cm. They don’t have to all be the same, I kept mine quite rustic.
- Dredge salmon peices in flour. Be sure to make sure they are fully coated.
- Shake off any excess flour and coat in egg mixture.
- Coat thoroughly in panko breadcrumbs mixture.
- Set the Ninja Foodi Grill to bake and the temperature to 190 C. Set the time to 20 minutes. If you don’t have a Foodi Grill, this could be done in the oven.
- Check on nuggets every five minutes and turn if necessary. Mine took slightly less time to cook, about 17 minutes. You will need to check on them regularly towards the end of the cooking time. Watch for the beautiful, golden-brown colour. Remove from Ninja Foodi Grill. I kept mine warm in the oven while I air-fried the chips.
Excellent Air Fryer Chips
If you are short of time, prepared chips from the freezer section of the supermarket cook up nicely in the Ninja Foodi Grill. Don’t let anyone guilt you into thinking this isn’t a perfectly reasonable option.
If you want the satisfaction of serving delicious hand-made chips from scratch, there are a few tricks to know. You also need to be prepared to try a few times. Cooking the perfect chip is an art that can be learnt, but like all good skills learning takes some effort. The rewards are worth it.
- Use the right potato
- Soak chips to remove starch
- Par-boil for a soft and fluffy inside
- Make sure chips are dry before adding oil
- Coat chips in good quality, high smoke-point vegetable oil
- Shake chips while cooking
- Lots of potatoes
- Some more potatoes
- Good quality vegetable oil
- Wash and peel potatoes. Use as many as you think your family will eat, then add a few more.
- Use a sharp knife to cut chips to desired width. Whether aiming for thick-cut or shoestring fries, the aim is to be consistent. I made shoestring fries for this recipe, but the same procedure works just as well with a thicker cut.
- Soak cut chips in water. This will remove some of the starch and result in a lighter, fluffier chip. You can do this earlier in the day and leave the chips to soak. Give it at least ten minutes and change the water a couple of times.
- Par-boil the potato chips. Place in a large saucepan with cold water and bring to the boil. Boil for 2-3 minutes, then drain and set aside. Most of the excess moisture will evaporate, but it is a good idea to shake the chips a few times to allow any trapped moisture to escape. There is no set time for this step. I usually let mine sit for about 20 minutes while I cook the salmon.
- Set the Ninja Foodi Grill to air fry at 200 C for 24 minutes and preheat. ALWAYS PREHEAT.
- Coat the chips in a good quality, high smoke-point vegetable oil. This is important if you want a golden, crunchy chip. Air fryers drastically reduce the amount of oil needed, but it is still important for achieving the desired result.
- Add the chips to the preheated Foodi Grill. Cook for ten minutes, then open the air fryer and give everything a good shake.
- Repeat every couple of minutes, in order to achieve uniform golden-goodness. Keep a close eye on the colour of the chips. You may need to shorten or lengthen the cooking time, to achieve the desired level of crunch.
- Plate everything up and enjoy!