We eat salmon, probably once a week. Last week we ate it twice because I put a spicy sauce on it.
My new go to for salmon is using Trader Joe’s bomba sauce (Crushed Calabrian Chili Peppers) mixed with mayonnaise. It will take your salmon to more than gourmet and leave you fighting over the last bite.
In this post I talk about some of the ingredients I love in this recipe, but this is not a sponsored ad. I like to share with you ingredients I have discovered that help me to cook deliciousness in my own kitchen, and hopefully yours.
The ingredients I’m going to talk about include, Trader Joe’s Bomba Sauce, Whole Foods Salmon Filets, Better Body Mayonnaise. and Pork Panko. You absolutely can make this recipe with different brands of these ingredients.
Together they make the most remarkable combination of flavors and textures for this Spicy Salmon Recipe.
A few salmon basics
We love the salmon from Whole foods that is sold in their freezer in six packs. Each filet is bone free, and shrink wrapped individually. Six filets cost $19.99, so this meal for two is under $7. We eat salmon at least once a week, and I am always looking for different ways to prepare it. I usually start with my basic stove to oven method. Since this salmon is frozen, it takes about 15 minutes to defrost and 9 minutes to make.
If I already know I’m going to make salmon in the morning, I take it from freezer, cut out two portion and stick it in the fridge. I like to take it out about an hour in advance to bring the temperature up a bit. A very cold center salmon filet is hard to cook evenly without overcooking parts of it.
The Stove to Oven Method for Cooking Salmon
There are many kinds of salmon and I usually prepare them the same way. I sear one side on top of the stove, flip it over and place in the oven to finish. My salmon comes out perfectly every time and is not overcooked.
Bomba Spicy Sauce
I’ve used this spicy sauce which is simply a combination of mayonnaise and bomba sauce on salmon, chicken and cauliflower. It wakes up a dish. A half cup mayonnaise mixed to one tablespoon bomba sauce. This is enough to be spicy enough but you can add the amount of crushed chilies to your own preference. My preferred mayonnaise is from Better Body Foods, made with avocado oil (not canola). Once you taste this lemony, healthy mayonnaise, you’ll love it as much as I do. I buy it on Amazon on subscription.
What temperature should I cook salmon?
Salmon is cooked at 145 degrees F. I take it out at 135 degrees. It will continue cooking and if you see that white protein coming out of the salmon, it’s overcooked.
When I want to put this sauce on it, give it a few minutes in the oven and then smear the mayonnaise mixture all over the top of the salmon, and when I have it, I top with some pork panko. It’s amazing.
What is Pork Panko?
Pork panko is simply crushed pork rinds crushed breadcrumb style at zero carbs.
You can buy Pork Panko at Costco now and it’s much more reasonable than you will find online. If you see it there, pick up a couple sets. I purchased a two-pack (each 12 ounces) for $10.50. Pork Panko is a great alternative to bread crumbs if you’re grain free, keto or paleo.
You can also make your own by putting pork rinds in the food processor.
Bomba Sauce for Spicy Mayonnaise Salmon
If you follow me on instagram, you know I love Trader Joe’s Bomba Sauce, which is fermented Calabrian chilies. I put it in everything, even scrambled eggs. You can buy other brands on Amazon like this one if you’re not near a Trader Joe’s.
Yes, I did buy five jars on my last visit to Trader Joe’s.
Baking with this spicy mayonnaise sauce can be a little tricky. I seared the salmon on one side, skin side down first for about 3 minutes then turned over for a minute to get some color on the top of the salmon. Then I turned it over again, brushed it with my spicy mayonnaise, added some pork panko and put into the oven for the last four minutes.
I served this with cauliflower rice.
You could also use this sauce to make roasted cauliflower.
Here are Some More Salmon Dishes from Spinach Tiger
Spicy Mayonnaises Salmon with Bomba Sauce
- 2 pieces of salmon 6 ounces each, approx.
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon Crushed Calabrian Chilies
- Mix mayonnaise and chilies in bowl until incorporated. Taste to make sure it's the heat level of your own preference. Start with a teaspoon add as desired.
- Take salmon out at least 30 minutes up to an hour before cooking. Dry with paper towel. If you don't have time for that, your salmon may take longer to cook.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Heat olive oil in small frying pan on medium heat. Uses a pan that can go in oven.
- Oil is ready when a drop of water sizzles.
- Place salmon in pan skin side down,
- Cook for 4 minutes or until the salmon easily moves in pan.
- Turn over and cook for 1 minutes to put some color on salmon. Turn back over skin side down.
- Spread sauce over salmon. You will probably not use all sauce. Top with Pork Panko.
- Put in oven for about 4 minutes or until salmon reaches an internal temperature of 135 degrees F.
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