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A plate of salmon nuggets with a serving bowl of basil ranch dipping sauce.

Baked Salmon Bites

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  • Author: Mollie
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x


We serve these baked salmon bites with the most delicious basil ranch sauce. These nuggets bake in less than 15 minutes, use ingredients you probably already have, and will please even the pickiest of eaters.



For the salmon:

1 pound salmon, skin removed and cut into rectangular bite-sized chunks

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 teaspoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne (omit if you don't like spicy food)

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon mustard powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

For the basil ranch:

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/2 cup plain greek yogurt or sour cream

1/2 cup fresh basil

Juice of 1 lime

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F. 
  2. Place salmon in a large mixing bowl. Add olive oil, brown sugar, paprika, salt, black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, mustard powder, and ground cayenne, and mix to combine. Then place the salmon bites on a sheet pan, leaving space in between each one.
  3. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the salmon is cooked to your preferred temperature (we like ours at about 125°F). It should flake easily when prodded with a fork. 
  4. To make the basil ranch sauce, add the ingredients to a food processor and process until smooth.  


Get thick salmon fillets if you can—thick fillets are easier to cut into bite-sized nuggets and you'll get a more even cook.

These salmon bites are also great in the air fryer. Air fry them at 400°F for 7-9 minutes. 

Make sure you use fresh basil. Dried basil isn't a good substitute in this recipe.

Nutritional information is for the salmon only and is only an estimate. 

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1/2 pound
  • Calories: 404
  • Sugar: 9 g
  • Sodium: 763 mg
  • Fat: 18 g
  • Carbohydrates: 11.1 g
  • Protein: 51.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 115.9 mg