Cajun Bang Bang Salmon Bowls

March 22, 2023
3 Ratings
Photo by Anna Chwistek | Serving Dumplings
  • Prep time 5 minutes
  • Cook time 15 minutes
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

Cajun bang bang salmon bowls. Spicy, hearty, comforting and all the good things. These Cajun salmon bites are addictive! They’re coated in a spicy seasoning, seared and served bowl-style with a creamy chili sauce for a delicious crowd-pleasing dinner. So quick, yet a super tasty dinner you can make in less than 20 minutes.

Anna Chwistek | Serving Dumplings

What You'll Need
  • 1 cup uncooked white rice
  • 4 salmon fillets
  • 1 teaspoon each: garlic powder, salt, black pepper
  • 3 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons chopped chives, for serving
  • Bang Bang Sauce
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sweet chili sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sriracha sauce, less or more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  1. Cook rice in salted water according the package directions.
  2. In the meantime, pat the salmon fillets dry. Cut lengthwise in half, then into 1 inch/2.5 cm cubes. In a bowl, combine the salmon cubes with salt, pepper, garlic powder and Cajun seasoning. Toss well to coat the salmon evenly. Set aside.
  3. Make the bang bang sauce by adding the ingredients to a bowl or jar. Whisk well to combine.
  4. Chop the chives.
  5. Heat oil and butter over medium high in a nonstick skillet. Add salmon cubes and place in a single layer. Sear for 1 minute, turn and sear for 1 minute more.
  6. Serve immediately over rice. Drizzle with prepared sauce and garnish with chives. Pair with a cucumber salad. Enjoy!

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4 Reviews

Julie B. February 8, 2024
This is one of my favorite salmon recipes. Healthy, easy, great flavor. I add avocado.
Carrie July 3, 2023
Looking forward to trying it! The salmon we get in the PNW is so delicate and delicious on its own I plan to make this with shrimp. I will report back!
lmeyers June 1, 2023
This was a hit in our house! We have mad it numerous times since discovering the recipe and I keep getting requests from my 10 year old and husband.
chop May 29, 2023
Easy! Delicious!! May convert a non-salmon (or even non-fish) eater :-) We used wild caught sockeye (sometimes a bit 'fishy' for me), and it was great. Will repeat. Thanks for this one Anna Chwistek! Definitely recommend.