Bang Bang salmon with homemade Bang Bang sauce is both dairy free and gluten free. It takes about 10 minutes to cook and uses only a few easy ingredients. Made in the oven on a sheet pan, its a breeze for cleanup and makes for an easy win for meal prep or dinner anytime.
Why This Recipe Works
- Simple: From requiring just a handful of easy staple ingredients to the simplicity of the process to make it, this bang bang salmon recipe with homemade sauce take almost no effort.
- Fast: This recipe takes only 10 minutes from start to finish including prep which is pretty amazing when you want a salmon dinner in a pinch.
- Good for everyone: This recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo and low carb, and can be easily made Whole30, so no matter who’s eating it, everyone can enjoy!
- Great meal prep: Bang Bang salmon is a perfect option for meal prepping. Make some salmon fillets and add it to your meal prep containers with rice or on its own and it reheats great for a quick lunch or meal whenever.
- Easy cleanup: By my count you only dirty two dishes and a basting brush to make this bang bang salmon. There are nearly no dishes to clean and you can’t argue with that little bonus.
Ingredients to Make Bang Bang Salmon
Making this recipe require very few ingredients. Just a few simple seasonings for the salmon fillets and a total of six easy ingredients for your homemade bang bang sauce.
Ingredients to Prepare the Salmon Fillets
First off, for the salmon, you will need 2-4 salmon fillets. Try to have them all a similar size so they all cook at the same rate. You will also need olive oil or avocado oil, paprika, garlic powder, and salt.
Bang Bang Salmon Ingredients
For the salmon you will need 2 to 4 salmon fillets and olive oil, along with a few spices including salt, garlic powder and paprika. Making the bang bang sauce requires a third cup of mayo, a fourth cup of buffalo sauce (or hot sauce such as Frank’s if you prefer), and two teaspoons of coconut aminos (or soy sauce if you like). You will also need garlic powder and paprika.
How to Make Bang Bang Salmon in the Oven
This recipe has two quick and easy steps to go from nothing to a delicious bang bang salmon meal, which are making your sauce and coating the salmon, and then the oven does the rest.
Make Homemade Bang Bang Sauce
To make the sauce for your salmon, you add all of the sauce ingredients to a small bowl. With a small whisk or fork, mix them together until they are well combined and there aren’t any clumps remaining and the seasonings are distributed throughout.
Place the sauce in the refrigerator for now to let it set while you prepare the salmon fillets. I tend to make the sauce about 30 minutes to an hour ahead of time to let the sauce settle well but both ways work.
How to Prepare the Salmon Fillets
For the salmon fillets in this recipe you will first want to pat your salmon dry with a paper towel. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Lightly coat a baking sheet with cooking oil and place the salmon fillets onto it skin side down.
Brush or spray oil on the top of the salmon in a light coat so the seasoning will stick to it.
Mix the seasonings together in a small bowl and then portion it out onto the fillets and gently rub it into the salmon with your fingers.
Using a silicone basting brush, brush the salmon with your bang bang sauce. Reserve some of the bang bang sauce to add after cooking.
Place the baking sheet into the oven and bake at 400 degrees F for 6-8 minutes. This will depend on the thickness of the salmon fillets; larger cuts will take more time.
Once the baking is done, remover the salmon from the oven and, using your basting brush, add another coat of bang bang sauce to the fillets.
Set the oven to broil high and broil for 2 minutes to heat the bang bang sauce and finish off your bang bang salmon.
Bang bang salmon is one of those versatile dishes that can be served in a number of ways. Serve it on a bed of rice or cauliflower rice with a little extra bang band sauce or use it as a topper to a fresh salad and add in a few fresh veggies. You can even make it into a bang bang salmon taco if that’s your sort of thing.
I love serving this recipe with a side of roasted veggies and a simple baked potato side. Try roasted broccoli, butternut squash, or even corn on the cob. Air fryer sweet potatoes are probably my favorite potato side for this dish but there are endless options.
To store bang bang salmon, let it cool to room temperature and place it in an airtight container and refrigerate. It will keep well for about 5 days refrigerated. I like to keep any extra bang bang sauce separately in a dressing container for storage so you can add it as needed before reheating the salmon.
Meal prep containers are the perfect option for this recipe. Add some rice and a salmon fillet to a meal prep container and refrigerate. When you’re ready to reheat, add some bang bang sauce and its good to go for a quick lunch.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Bang Bang sauce the same as Yum Yum?
Bang bang sauce is not the same as Yum Yum sauce. The Bang Bang sauce typically has a sweetener in the recipe giving it more of a sweet and spicy dynamic where the Yum Yum sauce is a more mild flavor with tomato notes.
Is it better to bake or pan fry salmon?
Roasting your salmon fillets will give you a crisp skin and great flavor with less of the constant attention of pan frying. Though there are situations to utilize both methods.
Do I need to rinse salmon before cooking?
No, the cooking process should kill any harmful bacteria and rinsing could spread bacteria via the raw juices to other things and food items in the vicinity.
Are you supposed to eat the skin of salmon?
Yes, you can definitely eat the salmon skin. It adds a crispy salty note to the salmon, but it is also easily removed. The easiest way to remove salmon skin is after baking, as it will peel right off and not require a knife like it would if you cut it off prior to baking.
Should salmon be room temperature before baking?
The goal should be to have the salmon arrive at room temperature right before you use it to cook. Salmon thaws and warms quickly and leaving it out to long is not a great idea for food safety.
Other Salmon Recipes You’ll Love:
- Easy Greek Salmon
- Spicy Salmon Bowl
- Air Fryer Salmon Bites
- Orange Glazed Cedar Plank Salmon
- Cajun Salmon Pasta
- Shrimp Stuffed Salmon
- Air Fryer Salmon Patties
- 2–4 salmon filets
- Olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Bang Bang Sauce Ingredients
- 1/3 cup mayo
- 1/4 cup buffalo sauce (or hot sauce, such as Franks)
- 2 teaspoons coconut aminos (or low sodium soy sauce)
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- Optional: 1 to 2 tablespoons of water to thin if desired
- Optional: Additional buffalo sauce or red pepper chili flakes for more spice, if desired, squeeze of lime juice
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
- In a small bowl, mix the Bang Bang sauce ingredients thoroughly and place into the refrigerator
- Pat the salmon fillets dry and lightly coat the salmon with oil on a baking sheet
- Mix the salmon seasonings in a small bowl and coat the fillets
- Place salmon onto a baking sheet and brush the sauce onto the salmon, reserving some for after cooking
- Bake 6-8 minutes at 400 degrees F
- Brush the rest of the Bang Bang sauce onto the salmon and broil for 2 minutes
- The cook time may vary slightly based on the thickness of your salmon fillets
- Omit honey for Whole30
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- Serving Size: 1 salmon fillet
- Calories: 375
- Sugar: 4 g
- Sodium: 390 mg
- Fat: 26 g
- Carbohydrates: 7 g
- Fiber: 1 g
- Protein: 24 g
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