Easy, quick and loaded with Asian-inspired flavour, this Air Fryer Salmon in Coconut Milk with Lentils is highly nutritious, ready in 20 minutes and is naturally dairy-free!

Craving a delicious, comforting and nutritious meal that comes together quick and easily? Look no further, this air fryer salmon in coconut milk with lentils and veggies has it all.

Loaded with flavour, highly nutritious, and super quick to make, it’s the perfect meal for a quick lunch or dinner option! 

*This post is sponsored by Tefal. All opinions are my own.*

Asian-inspired Air Fryer Salmon Ingredients

This air fryer salmon in coconut milk brings together some popular Asian ingredients, for a nutritious Asian-inspired dish with a modern twist.

This dish is also naturally dairy-free and can be easily made gluten-free by substituting soy sauce with tamari sauce.

Air Fryer Salmon in Coconut Milk with Lentils, avocado, cucumber and 2 slices of lemon o a wood plate with a fork. Another plate of the same recipe in the background

It’s incredibly easy to make and requires just 9 ingredients:

  • salmon fillets
  • green lentils
  • coconut milk
  • avocado
  • cucumber
  • soy sauce (or tamari sauce)
  • lemon 
  • ginger
  • fresh herbs

wood board branded with the Spin class by tefal actifry writing, on top of it a salmon fillet, small blue pot with coconut milk, small wood pot with green lentils, small glass pot with soy sauce, ginger root, cubed cucumber, coriander leaves, half avocado and half lemon.

The beauty of this recipe is that is incredibly easy to customize to your taste.

Not a fan of cucumber and avocado? Substitute with other veggies! Love a nice spicy note? Add some chilli flakes! 

I deliberately decided to keep this recipe as simple as possible.

I topped my salmon with optional toasted sesame seeds and chopped coriander, but you can totally add different spices and herbs to give them a little kick.

Here are some of my favourite add-ons:

Fresh herbs: Thai basil, parsley, chervil, chives.

Spices: chilli flakes, sumac, harissa.

How To Make Air Fryer Salmon in Coconut Milk

The first time I tried this recipe I was totally amazed, and I still continue to be, many salmons later.

I never thought of poaching salmon in coconut milk, let alone in an air fryer!

I made this air fryer salmon in my new  Tefal ActiFry Genius XL. I’ve always wanted to get one, so I was super excited when Tefal contacted me asking to recreate one of their recipes.

I was challenged to take part in the ActiFry Genius spin class and swap pedals for paddles to eat healthy.

on the top left orange napkin with half cucumber, half avocado, halved lemon and ginger root on top. On the down left side, the same salmon, lentils and veggie dish on a wood plate, on the down right a wood plate with air fryer salmon, cucumber, avocado, lentils and 2 slices of lemon with a fork next to it. On the right down side the tefal spin class gear.

I spun the ‘Gear of goodness’ to help me decide which recipe to create based on the levels of ‘wow factor’. Mine landed on number 1, which is ‘healthy but hearty well-known dishes”.

The result? Unbelievably good, and shockingly quick!

The salmon cooks in the Tefal ActiFry for just 7 minutes, and comes out perfectly done, with bright pink meat and tender, flaky texture.

on the top left orange napkin with half cucumber, half avocado, halved lemon and ginger root on top. On the down left side, the same salmon, lentils and veggie dish on a wood plate

The coconut milk gives a sweet delicate note, and it allows you to skip adding oil completely.

Adding soy sauce, lemon juice and ginger gives you an aromatic concoction bursting with flavour.

For extra flavour, save up the broth you cooked the salmon in, and drizzle it all over your salmon, lentils and veggies. I promise, you’ll love this dish even more!

Tefal ActiFry Genius XL

Tefal actifry genius xl on a grey background

There are lots of good reasons to fall in love with the new Tefal ActiFry genius XL:

One-Pot-Perfect – Simply add all your ingredients in at the same time, and let the ‘1-meal-in-1-go’ settings do the work for you.

9 Automatic Cooking Settings – The Actifry adjusts automatically the stirring, cooking and temperature control settings, helping you achieve perfectly even, delicious meals. From fries to stir-fries, curries and even desserts!

Healthy Cooking – Cook your favourite fried food with 99% less added fat.*

Family Friendly – A capacity of up to 1.7kg* feeds up to 8 people! No more meals for one, there’s enough for all the family!

ActiFry & ActiProgramme App

One of the features I love the most about my ActiFry is the cool app you can download for your smartphone.

hand holding phone with recipe for the air fryer salmon, in the background the dish prepared in two wood plates

Tefal has recently launched a new feature called ActiProgramme, which is designed to help everyone stay fit and active and eat well.

Check out the video below for more info!


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Air Fryer Salmon in Coconut Milk with Lentils (Dairy-free)

Easy, quick and loaded with Asian-inspired flavour, this Air Fryer Salmon in Coconut Milk with Lentils is highly nutritious, ready in 20 minutes and is naturally dairy-free!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: avocado, coconut milk, cucumber, dairy-free, lentils, quick, salmon
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 641kcal
Author: The Petite Cook


  • 300 gr green lentils
  • 6 salmon fillets cut into large cubes
  • 350 ml light coconut milk
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce or tamari sauce
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 slice fresh ginger
  • 3 avocados
  • 1 cucumber
  • 4 tbsp fresh herbs of choice (coriander, chives, chervil) finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds optional
  • sea salt and black pepper to taste


  • Place the green lentils in a pot of boiling water and cook for 15 minutes, then drain, season to taste and set aside.
  • In the meantime, place the salmon, coconut milk, soy sauce, lemon juice and ginger into the container of the ActiFry. Close the lid, and set the ActiFry to mode: 8 - world food, for 7 minutes.
  • Whilst the salmon cooks, cut the flesh of the avocados into cubes, and cut the cucumber into cubes.
  • Divide the lentils, avocado and cucumber equally among 6 bowls or shallow plates. Add the salmon, sprinkle with fresh herbs and optional sesame seeds. Season to taste and serve.



Recipe courtesy of Tefal AcitFry app.
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Calories: 641kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 50g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 637mg | Potassium: 1893mg | Fiber: 22g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 270IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 6mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.