Bang Bang Salmon Air Fryer Recipe: Dinner in 15 Minutes!

A couple of years back, I had a bang bang shrimp appetizer at a restaurant, and it’s safe to say I’ve been hooked ever since! So, I thought, why not take that flavor and give it a twist with a different type of seafood? Thus, my Bang Bang Salmon Air Fryer recipe was created!

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

I love making bang bang salmon in the air fryer! It comes out quickly, generally only needing 10-15 minutes of cooking time depending on the size of your fish portions, and the air fryer keeps your fish really moist and flaky.

This recipe is easy enough for a weeknight dinner, and delicious enough that you’ll want to add it to your regular rotation! But, it’s equally good for Lent, or your feast of the seven fishes celebration.

You can adapt this recipe to use different cuts of salmon. I’m using approximately 3-ounce portions here, but I’ve also made this recipe with bites and it’s great too! Check out my Air Fryer Salmon Bites recipe for more tips on cooking that size.

closeup of a piece of bang bang salmon on a fork

Top your fish up with zesty bang bang sauce for the perfect finish. I’m including a recipe for homemade, which allows you to adjust ingredients based on preference for heat level. However, you can definitely use pre-made, which is available in most major grocery stores!

Ingredients List

ingredients to make bang bang salmon in the air fryer
  • 1 pound salmon (fresh or defrosted if frozen)
  • ½ tsp salt (or to taste) 
  • ½ tsp black pepper (or to taste)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder (or to taste)

For the Bang Bang Sauce

  • ⅓ cup mayonnaise
  • 1-2 Tbsp sriracha (depending on spice preference)
  • 2 Tbsp sweet chili sauce
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar

Ingredient Notes and Tips

  • I’m using approximately 3-ounce salmon filet portions. You can use other size pieces, but the cooking time will vary. I prefer skinless, but you can also use skin on
  • If you need to use your fish directly from frozen, cook for 1-2 minutes to defrost before seasoning to prevent it from sliding off. Alternatively, see my guide on how to quickly Defrost Fish in the Microwave if that’s more convenient!
  • For a sweeter sauce, feel free to add up to 1 Tbsp of maple syrup or honey to your mix! For more heat, add more sriracha or a spicy seasoning like Cajun!
  • Garnish options include some chopped fresh parsley, sliced green onions, and lemon wedges

Step By Step Instructions

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 400°F
  2. Trim your salmon into equal-sized pieces, remove any skin if desired (optional), and season both sides with salt, pepper, and garlic powder
season your salmon with salt, pepper, and garlic powder
  1. Place the salmon into the preheated air fryer basket or rack (skin side facing down if you’re using skin-on), and cook for 5 minutes at 400°F on the air fry setting
place seasoned salmon strips in air fryer basket
  1. While the salmon is cooking, in a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, sriracha, sweet chili sauce, and vinegar, and mix well to combine
mix up bang bang sauce in a separate bowl
  1. After the first 5 minutes have passed, reserve about ⅔ of your sauce for serving and spread the remaining ⅓ over the tops of the salmon filets (use a basting brush, spatula, or the back of a spoon)
brush the tops of salmon filets with bang bang sauce while in air fryer basket
  1. Cook for an additional 5-7 minutes at 400°F until the fish flakes easily with a fork (or the internal temperature is 145°F)
  2. Drizzle the remaining sauce over the fish (or serve on the side for dipping) and serve with your favorite sides!
overhead view of strips of air fryer bang bang salmon on a plate with rice

What to Serve With Bang Bang Salmon

  • Rice
  • Cauliflower rice
  • Fried rice
  • Coconut rice
  • Risotto
  • Quinoa
  • Noodles
  • Zoodles
  • Broccoli
  • Asparagus
  • Edamame
  • Green salad
  • Caesar salad
  • Grilled pineapple
  • Coleslaw
  • Crab rangoon
  • Garlic bread
  • Red or white wine
  • Gin or vodka cocktails

Try my air fryer bang bang salmon with my Frozen Edamame in the Air Fryer, Frozen Crab Rangoon in the Air Fryer, Coconut Mango Sticky Rice, Lime Vodka Sour, Hibiscus Vodka Cocktail, or my Lake Water Drink Recipe.

Recipe FAQs

What Is Bang Bang Sauce Made Of?

Bang Bang sauce typically includes mayonnaise, sweet chili sauce, Sriracha or hot sauce, rice vinegar, garlic, and sometimes sugar.

It’s a creamy, sweet, and spicy blend. Of course, there are other variations and optional additions you can use to make it your own.

Can I Use Frozen Salmon for This Recipe?

Yes, you can use frozen salmon, but for best results, defrost it overnight in the refrigerator prior to cooking. Pat dry to remove excess moisture for better flavor absorption.

You can cook directly from frozen, but you’ll want to make sure to cook it for a few minutes to defrost it before adding seasonings, or else they will wash off.

Can I Use Different Sauces for This Dish?

Using a different sauce will no longer be bang bang salmon, but that said, there are a variety of other sauces that are delicious with salmon.

Asian style sauces in particular, such as teriyaki, or sweet, spicy, vibrant sauces with garlic, citrus, and other similar flavors are a great choice.

What Temperature Is Ideal for Air Frying Salmon?

Generally, salmon can be air fried anywhere between 360-400°F (180-200°C) depending on your recipe and air fryer’s available settings.

Cook the salmon for approximately 10-15 minutes (depending on the size of your portion) until it reaches an internal temperature of 145°F (63°C), which is the USDA guideline for food safety.

How Do I Prevent the Salmon from Becoming Too Dry in the Air Fryer?

The best way to prevent dryness is to avoid overcooking. Ensure the salmon is not too thin, pat it dry before seasoning, and monitor the cooking time closely to maintain moisture.

If it isn’t done after the cooking time passes, add time in small increments to prevent overdoing it.

Recipe Pro Tips

  • If you don’t want to preheat your air fryer (we’ve all been guilty of that), plan to add 2-3 minutes to cooking time to account for the colder starting temperature. If you use skin-on salmon, I highly recommend you preheat so that it gets crispier
  • You do not need to flip the salmon during cooking. It’s a bit delicate and I find it breaks apart and really isn’t worth the trouble
  • This recipe was made in my Ninja Dual Zone air fryer and my salmon was perfectly cooked (verified via thermometer) after 10 minutes. Note that your time may vary with a different air fryer, and with different thicknesses of salmon pieces – keep your pieces as similarly sized as possible for best results
air fryer bang bang salmon filet strips laying on a bed of rice

Storage and Reheating Tips

  • Store any leftover bang bang salmon in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 2-3 days. Store extra sauce separately if possible for best results when reheating
  • To reheat, air fry at 375°F for about 5 minutes, until heated through. Check out my guide on how to Reheat Salmon in the Air Fryer for all the tips and tricks!

More Air Fryer Salmon Recipes to Try

Final Thoughts

This bang bang salmon in the air fryer is one of my favorite dinners! It’s easy to make, and comes together in only about 15 minutes for the perfect weeknight option.

Of course, it’s equally good for Lent, the feast of the seven fishes, or any other fish-forward celebration! This recipe is also naturally low carb, so it fits with several different dietary needs!

I love the combination of creamy and spicy sauce on flaky, moist salmon. Serve it alongside some rice and vegetables for a complete meal, or make it into a rice bowl. It even reheats well the next day for an easy lunch option, so feel free to make extra!

If you don’t like salmon, make sure to check out my Air Fryer Bang Bang Chicken recipe for a similar option featuring a different protein.

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Bang Bang Salmon Air Fryer Recipe

This delicious bang bang salmon in the air fryer takes only about 15 minutes, making it easy for weeknights. The creamy, zesty sauce really brings the dish together!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Seafood
Servings 4
Calories 328 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Pound salmon (fresh or defrosted if frozen)
  • ½ Tsp salt (or to taste)
  • ½ Tsp black pepper (or to taste)
  • 1 Tsp garlic powder (or to taste)

For the Bang Bang Sauce

  • Cup mayonnaise
  • 1-2 Tbsp sriracha (depending on heat preference)
  • 2 Tbsp sweet chili sauce
  • 1 Tsp rice vinegar

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your air fryer to 400°F
  • Trim your salmon into equal-sized pieces, remove any skin if desired (optional), and season both sides with salt, pepper, and garlic powder
    1 Pound salmon, ½ Tsp salt, ½ Tsp black pepper, 1 Tsp garlic powder
  • Place the salmon into the preheated air fryer basket or rack (skin side facing down if you’re using skin-on), and cook for 5 minutes at 400°F on the air fry setting
  • While the salmon is cooking, in a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, sriracha, sweet chili sauce, and vinegar, and mix well to combine
    ⅓ Cup mayonnaise, 1-2 Tbsp sriracha, 2 Tbsp sweet chili sauce, 1 Tsp rice vinegar
  • After the first 5 minutes have passed, reserve about ⅔ of your sauce for serving and spread the remaining ⅓ over the tops of the salmon filets (use a basting brush, spatula, or the back of a spoon)
  • Cook for an additional 5-7 minutes at 400°F until the fish is opaque and flakes easily with a fork (or the internal temperature is 145°F)
  • Drizzle the remaining sauce over the fish (or serve on the side for dipping) and serve with your favorite sides!

Notes

  • I’m using approximately 3-ounce salmon filet portions. You can use other size pieces, but the cooking time will vary. I prefer skinless, but you can also use skin on
  • If you have to use your fish directly from frozen, cook for 1-2 minutes to defrost before seasoning to prevent it from sliding off
  • For a sweeter sauce, feel free to add up to 1 Tbsp of maple syrup or honey to your mix!
  • Garnish options include some chopped fresh parsley, sliced green onions, and lemon wedges
  • If you don’t want to preheat your air fryer (we’ve all been guilty of that), plan to add 2-3 minutes to cooking time to account for the colder starting temperature. If you use skin-on salmon, I highly recommend you preheat so that it gets crispier
  • You do not need to flip the salmon during cooking. It’s a bit delicate and I find it breaks apart and really isn’t worth the trouble (also be gentle when removing it!)
  • This recipe was made in my Ninja Dual Zone air fryer and my salmon was perfectly cooked (verified via thermometer) after 10 minutes. Note that your time may vary with a different air fryer, and with different thicknesses of salmon pieces – keep your pieces as similarly sized as possible for best results
  • Store any leftover bang bang salmon in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 2-3 days. Store extra sauce separately if possible for best results when reheating
  • To reheat, air fry at 375°F for about 5 minutes, until heated through
  • Exact nutritional values will vary based on brand of ingredients, any garnishes or sides added, size of pieces, and actual quantity consumed, so please consider this a guideline only

Nutrition

Serving: 149gCalories: 328kcalCarbohydrates: 5.2gProtein: 23gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 4.5gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 640mgPotassium: 446mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 4.3gVitamin A: 245IUVitamin C: 6.3mgCalcium: 23mgIron: 0.7mg
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