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Buffalo Salmon

You’ve had buffalo chicken before, but have you ever had buffalo salmon? This easy salmon recipe has only 4 ingredients! With just the right amount of spice and a light, crispy topping this is sure to be a favorite!

Buffalo Salmon on dinner plate with green beans

Buffalo Salmon Recipe

This recipe is fire! 🔥🔥🔥 So easy and so GOOD.

You are going to love this baked buffalo salmon!

So much better than the ol’ salmon in lemon butter which gets old after a while.

I’ve been making this since I was in the dorms at college – that’s how easy it is!

Buffalo Salmon on baking sheet fresh from oven

There’s just something so addicting about the spice of buffalo sauce.

We love buffalo-flavored food around here like the ultimate buffalo chicken dip for parties and buffalo chicken roll-ups for a snack or lunch.

I also like to do fun stuff with it like this healthy buffalo chicken quinoa salad. Makes it easy to eat your veggies!

For someone who loves hot sauce, this buffalo salmon is not that spicy, but you could dip it in extra sauce for some more heat.

My husband likes to dip it in ranch or blue cheese dressing and I prefer it just as it is.

Buffalo Salmon being dipped in ranch

How to Make Buffalo Salmon

There are just 4 ingredients in this recipe (plus salt and pepper).


I like thicker, wild-caught salmon fillets for this recipe with the skin on. I used four 6-ounce pieces.

You could also use smaller portions or a whole side of salmon.

Buffalo Salmon with crispy panko topping

Hot sauce

Use Franks Hot Sauce. It’s the best for buffalo sauce.

Or use your favorite and change up the flavor!


Melted butter is needed for both the buffalo sauce and the buttered breadcrumbs.

Buffalo Salmon on dinner plate

Panko breadcrumbs

These are Japanese style breadcrumbs that are light and crunchy.

You can use regular plain breadcrumbs if it’s all you have.

Or leave them off for a low-carb, gluten-free version.

This recipe can easily be doubled or even tripled.

Leftovers taste great the next day, but the topping will no longer crisp. I still eat it anyway!

Serve this buffalo salmon with a green vegetable and you’ve got yourself a fine meal in just 20 minutes!

If you’re looking for more fish recipes beyond salmon, be sure to check out this delicious potato crusted cod or these quick sardines in tomato sauce.

Buffalo Salmon with a bite missing
Buffalo Salmon on dinner plate with green beans

Buffalo Salmon

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Salmon with spicy buffalo sauce and a crisp topping. Easy dinner ready in just 20 minutes. Serve with a green vegetable.


  • 4 salmon fillets (about 6 oz each)
  • 2 tablespoons Franks Red hot sauce
  • 1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter, divided
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Ranch or blue cheese dressing (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Line baking sheet with foil and lightly spray with nonstick oil.
  2. Place the salmon fillets on the baking sheet, skin side down (if they have skin). Season with salt and pepper.
  3. In a small bowl, mix the bread crumbs with 1 tablespoon of the melted butter until well distributed.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the remaining melted butter and hot sauce. Brush the buffalo sauce on the salmon.
  5. Sprinkle each piece of salmon with a heaping tablespoon of buttered breadcrumbs in an even layer.
  6. Bake at 425°F for 15 minutes, or until salmon is just cooked.
  7. Serve with ranch or blue cheese dressing for dipping, if desired.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 250Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 53mgSodium: 513mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 11g

Nutritional information provided is an estimate only. Please consult the labels of ingredients you use for more accurate results.

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