Bang Bang Salmon – a mouthwatering dish that takes salmon to new heights with a sweet and spicy sauce that will have you coming back for more! And if you’re a fan of the air fryer, we’ve got a crispy variation for you too! Ready to elevate your salmon game? If you’re a seafood enthusiast, don’t miss out on our Shrimp Nachos!

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Salmon: Packed with Omega-3 fatty acids, this protein-rich fish is a nutritional powerhouse.
  • Mayonnaise: For that creamy texture, make your own mayonnaise, or go with your favorite store-bought version.
  • Thai Sweet Chili Sauce: Infused with sweetness and a hint of heat, this sauce elevates every bite.
  • Sriracha: Tailor the spice level to your liking; we recommend starting with a teaspoon.

Skin On or Off?

Unless you’re poaching, keep the skin on! It acts as a protective barrier, preventing the delicate flesh from overcooking. Whether you eat the skin is entirely up to you.

Slices of bang bang salmon on a sheet pan with extra bang bang sauce.

Air Fryer Bang Bang Salmon

For a crispier and flakier texture, try the Air Fryer method. Follow the oven instructions, then air fry at 400°F for 5-6 minutes. And of course, don’t forget to drizzle that irresistible bang bang sauce on top!

How to Store Leftovers

If you have leftovers, refrigerate your salmon for up to 2 days. When reheating, opt for the oven over the microwave, or enjoy it cold on a salad.

Bang Bang Salmon served over rice on a wooden plate.

Bang Bang Salmon

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Bang Bang Salmon – a mouthwatering dish that takes salmon to new heights with a sweet and spicy sauce that will have you coming back for more!


  • 4 salmon filets about 1½ pounds, skins on
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ cup mayonnaise, homemade or store-bought
  • ¼ cup Thai sweet chili sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha or more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • chives chopped for garnish


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Add salmon filets to the pan skin side down, leaving space between each filet. Drizzle with olive oil. Gently rub the oil all over the salmon pieces to coat it.
  • Sprinkle paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper evenly over the salmon filets.
  • In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, Thai sweet chili sauce, Sriracha, and honey. Mix well.
  • Divide the sauce in half and brush one half over the salmon filets. Reserve the other half.
  • Bake the salmon for 8-10 minutes, or until cooked through. (Start checking the salmon after 6 minutes.) The internal temperature of fully cooked salmon is 145°F. For a crispier filet, broil for 1-2 minutes.
  • Transfer the salmon to a plate and drizzle with the remaining sauce. Garnish with chives.
  • Serve warm with rice.

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