Quick & Easy 30-Minute Bang Bang Salmon Recipe (Oven-Baked)

Dinnertime chaos got you down? We’ve all been there! This recipe for Bang Bang Salmon is taking TikTok by storm, and for good reason. It’s crazy-easy to make in 30 minutes and its sweet, tangy flavor will have the whole family asking for seconds.  Serve it with basmati rice and a smashed cucumber salad for a delicious and satisfying meal. Let’s do it!

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A whole salmon filet baked with bang bang sauce, looking deliciously golden.

I have a confession to make: I am obsessed with Bang Bang sauce! I made bang bang shrimp pasta last week and bang bang salmon tonight, and I’m already dreaming of bang bang chicken and bang bang salmon bites. But in all seriousness, this easy recipe is a lifesaver on busy weeknights. You’ll only need a couple of simple ingredients to whip up this flavor explosion. My kids ask for this almost every week, and I bet yours will too!

Baked bang bang salmon filet on a baking tray.

What you will need

Here are ingredients you will need for this delicious easy dinner:

  • Salmon: One whole salmon fillet, skin on. I used fresh Atlantic salmon.
  • Mayonnaise: Choose a good-quality mayo with real eggs and sunflower or olive oil.
  • Thai sweet chili sauce: The foundation of that delicious bang bang flavor.
  • Your favorite spicy sauce (such as sriracha sauce): Adjust the amount of hot sauce for your preferred spice level. Skip it entirely for a kid-friendly version.
  • Garlic powder: A hint of garlic adds savory depth.
  • Salt and black pepper: For seasoning the fish.
  • Fresh limes to serve
Ingredients needed to make bang bang salmon.

Note: While some recipes call for Kewpie mayo, I find regular mayonnaise works just as well (and avoids the added MSG found in Kewpie).

See the full list of ingredients in the recipe card below 👇 

How to make it

  1. Preheat your oven to 360°F (180°C).
  2. Make the Bang Bang Sauce: In a bowl, whisk together the sauce ingredients and set aside. Feel free to use your homemade bang bang sauce recipe or a store-bought version for convenience.
  3. Season the Salmon: Place the salmon fillet skin-side down on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle with garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  4. Use a pastry brush to generously coat the salmon with the Bang Bang sauce – don’t be shy!
  5. Bake it: Bake the salmon filet for 25-30 minutes or until the salmon flakes easily with a fork, and the top of the salmon is golden brown.
  6. Extra Flavor Boost: Brush the cooked salmon with some more of this yum yum sauce and squeeze some fresh lime juice over the cooked salmon just before serving.
  7. Serve and Enjoy! This tasty salmon pairs perfectly with rice and your favorite sides.

Important Note: Cooking time will always vary slightly depending on the thickness of your salmon and your individual oven. Be sure to check for doneness using the flaking method and/or an instant-read meat thermometer (145°F/63°C internally) for the most accurate results.

How to Store

  • STORE FOR LATER: Once the salmon has cooled to room temperature, transfer it to an airtight container and refrigerate for 2-3 days.
  • FREEZE ME: The bang bang salmon can be frozen in a freezer-safe container or a Ziploc bag for up to 3 months.
  • REHEAT: Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Place salmon on a baking sheet and reheat for 10-15 minutes, or until heated through. Cover lightly with foil to prevent drying out.

How to Serve

This Bang Bang Salmon is the star of a quick and flavorful weeknight dinner! Here are a few delicious ideas:

  • Low-Carb: Pair it with cauliflower rice for a lighter meal that still packs in the flavor.
  • Crispy Salmon Bowl: Serve it over a bed of rice with a sweet Japanese spinach salad (goma-ae), some steamed green vegetables, a drizzle of extra bang bang sauce, and a squeeze of fresh lime juice.

More delicious salmon recipes for you to try

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flaky salmon filet, bakes with bang bang sauce.

Quick & Easy 30-Minute Bang Bang Salmon Recipe (Oven-Baked)

Elena Elliott
This delicious Bang Bang Salmon is bursting with sweet and tangy flavor. It's the perfect, easy weeknight dinner. Serve it with some basmati rice and some veggies and enjoy!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 whole salmon fillet, skin on
  • 1/2 cup cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup Thai sweet chili sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder for the bang bang sauce
  • 1-2 teaspoons Sriracha (or your favorite hot sauce)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder to season the fish
  • salt and black pepper to season the fish
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges, for serving

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 360°F (180°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Whisk mayonnaise, sweet chili sauce, Sriracha, and garlic powder in a medium-sized bowl.
  • Place salmon fillet skin-side down on the baking sheet. Season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Brush salmon generously with Bang Bang sauce.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until salmon flakes easily with a fork, is lightly golden, and reaches an internal temperature of 145°F (63°C).
  • For extra flavor, brush cooked salmon with additional sauce and a squeeze of fresh lime juice.
  • Serve immediately with your favorite sides.

Notes

Important Note: Cooking time may vary depending on the thickness of your salmon fillet and your oven. Check for doneness using the flaking method and/or a thermometer.
STORE FOR LATER: Once the salmon has cooled to room temperature, transfer it to an airtight container and refrigerate for 2-3 days.
FREEZE ME: The bang bang salmon can be frozen in a freezer-safe container or a Ziploc bag for up to 3 months.
Reheat: Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Place salmon on a baking sheet and reheat for 10-15 minutes, or until heated through. Cover lightly with foil to prevent drying out.
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