This bang bang salmon recipe is a sweet & spicy salmon dish, loaded with a creamy sauce and served over steamed rice with veggies and green onions. It’s an easy weeknight meal you can make with simple ingredients.
This sweet & spicy bang bang sauce is delicious, especially paired with tender and flaky salmon. I love serving this with a carrot ginger salad on the side for a complete meal!
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Start by quickly cooking the salmon in a skillet or baking it in the oven, mixing the bang bang sauce together (takes just 5 minutes!), and tossing everything together over rice. These bang bang salmon bites are a little sweet, a little spicy, and a fantastic recipe to make for company or to enjoy on a busy weeknight.
This Bang Bang Salmon Recipe Is
- Easy to Make
- Ready in Less Than 30 Minutes
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Ingredients for Bang Bang Salmon
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- Salmon Fillets – you can use fresh or frozen. I prefer coho or sockeye salmon filets when I can find it. Before cooking, check each piece of salmon for bones, and remove any if found. It’s high in Omega-3 fatty acids making it a great source of protein.
- Classic Mayonnaise: I like to use this classic mayo for a delicious and creamy sauce. If you don’t normally like mayo, you can use plain Greek yogurt or my dairy-free ‘mayo’ instead!
- Lime Juice, fresh
- Rice vinegar: I love this sweet & tangy rice vinegar, I always keep this vinegar stocked in my pantry for dressings and salads.
- Honey – a little honey goes a long way! You can also substitute agave nectar or maple syrup too.
- Smoked Paprika: give an additional depth of flavor to this dish.
- Sriracha Sauce – for a little heat! It’s great on soups, curries, and noodle salads. If you can’t find sriracha, your favorite hot sauce will do or a bit of cayenne pepper.
- Black Pepper
- Sesame seeds and green onion for garnish.
I also like to use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of all meats before eating. Always measure temperature in the thickest part of the fillet.
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How To Make Salmon with Bang Bang Sauce
- In a cast iron skillet or non-stick pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Once the oil begins to shimmer, place your salmon fillets skin side down in the oil. Top each piece with lime juice, salt and pepper. Cook for 6 minutes until the skin begins to crisp. Flip each piece over, and cook the fish skin-side up for 2-3 more minutes until a golden brown crust appears on the top of the salmon. Salmon will be done when it reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Once salmon is cooked, remove the salmon skin (easier to remove after cooking) and discard. I cut my salmon into bite-sized pieces, but you can choose to leave the filets whole if desired.
- Make the sauce: in a medium or small bowl, add all the sauce ingredients together and mix well to combine. Toss cooked salmon with half the sauce (save other half for serving).
- Serve salmon over white rice, and top with sesame flakes and green onions if desired. Add a spoonful more of extra sauce if desired.
- Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
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Bang Bang Salmon
- Skillet or Pan
- Mixing Bowl
For the Salmon
- 4 6-ounce salmon filets bones removed, skin on
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 lime juiced, about 1 tablespoon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- White rice for serving
- Sesame Seeds & Green Onion to garnish
For the Bang Bang Sauce
- 1.5 cups mayonnaise substitute Greek yogurt
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 lime juiced
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 1 tablespoon sriracha or your favorite hot sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- In a cast iron skillet or non-stick pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Once the oil begins to shimmer, place your salmon fillets skin side down in the oil. Top each piece with lime juice, salt and pepper. Cook for 6 minutes until the skin begins to crisp. Flip each piece over, and cook the fish skin-side up for 2-3 more minutes. Salmon will be done when it reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Once salmon is cooked, remove the skin and discard. I cut my salmon into bite-sized pieces, but you can choose to leave the filets whole if desired.
- Make the sauce: in a medium mixing bowl, add all the sauce ingredients together in a bowl and mix well to combine. Toss half of the bang bang sauce with the cooked salmon. Save the other half of the sauce for drizzling.
- Serve salmon over white rice, and top with sesame flakes and green onions if desired. Top with a spoonful of leftover sauce to garnish.
- Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 2 days.