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30 Minute Spicy Salmon Bowl

on August 30, 2022
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This Spicy Salmon Bowl is a 30-minute wonder! Hearty, healthful, and the perfect balance of spicy, savory, and sweet!
Overhead shot of Spicy Salmon Bowl with Sauce

Looking for a quick dinner that’s filled with protein and fiber? This 30 Minute Spicy Salmon Bowl comes together quickly and is as delicious as it is nutritious.

The spicy marinaded salmon and vegetables are served atop subtly sweet coconut rice and topped with a sauce so good you could drink, culminating in a quick and delicious salmon dinner recipe that is sure to impress.

Coconut rice topped with spicy salmon, roasted vegetables, green onion, sesame seeds, and sauce

Spicy Salmon Bowl Ingredients



Spicy Salmon Bowl Ingredients

Here’s everything you need:

  • Basmati Rice. For the base of the bowl.
  • Coconut milk and coconut oil. This Spicy Salmon Bowl is especially tasty over coconut rice! Cooking the rice in coconut milk and oil gives it a beautiful flavor and texture.
  • Salmon. Skinless and defrosted if frozen.
  • Soy sauce. Regular or low sodium work here. You can also replace the soy sauce with Tamari.
  • Sriracha. Or another favorite garlicky hot sauce of choice. This recipe uses 3 teaspoons in both the marinade and sauce to give you a moderately spicy dish. Use a little less for a milder spice and add up to 5 teaspoons to bring on the heat.
  • Lemon juice. For a little acidity.
  • Honey. For subtle sweetness to balance out the spiciness.
  • Broccoli. Or any other fibrous vegetable of your choice.
  • Shiitake mushrooms. Or any other type of mushrooms you want to add to your bowl.
  • Olive oil. To roast your vegetables to perfection.
Spicy Salmon Bowl Ingredients - Coconut oil, shiitake mushrooms, Sriracha, soy sauce, lemon, salmon, coconut milk, broccoli, olive oil, honey, Basmati rice

Optional Spicy Sauce

The sauce is optional because this quick fish dinner has plenty of flavor with or without it! That being said, I highly recommend finishing your bowl off with this sauce. It will ramp up the heat, the flavor, and add a rich and creaminess to your bowl.

Here’s what you need:

  • Soy sauce. For salt and umami.
  • Sriracha. For spice. You can use up to 5 teaspoons to make it extra hot.
  • Mayonnaise. For thickening and a creamy texture.
Ingredients for Spicy Salmon Bowl Sauce - Soy sauce, mayonnaise, and Sriracha

Sustainable Seafood

If not done with extreme care, salmon farming can pose risks to our environment, especially because of the antibiotics used by salmon farms that can then leach into the surrounding environment and the depletion of other wild fish harvested to feed the salmon.

On the other hand, wild-caught salmon poses other risks, including overfishing and bycatch. Additionally, there are often issues with availability and access to wild caught salmon.

So how do we source salmon sustainably? We have two great choices: sustainably farmed salmon, or wild-caught Alaskan salmon.

Green tip: Look for Marine Stewardship Council and Friend of the Sea labels on your fish to ensure they were harvested sustainably.

Spicy Salmon Bowl Tips and Tricks



Get Started on Your Rice

In order to get this on the table in 30 minutes, it’s best to preheat your oven to 400°F and get started on your rice right away.

Rinse your rice (I do so simply with a sieve) and add it to a small pot with the full can of coconut milk and a teaspoon of coconut oil. The coconut oil gives it a more obvious coconut flavor and helps the rice to not get too sticky.

That being said, if you don’t have coconut oil on hand, you can omit it and still get similarly delicious results.

Green tip: While rinsing your rice, catch the water in a bowl and use it to water your plants. The starchy water is great for gardening and helps you conserve water.

Make Your Marinade

This salmon bowl recipe uses a simple 4 ingredient quick marinade to give it tons of flavor.

In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, lemon juice, honey, and sriracha with a whisk to form a smooth and spicy marinade.

The recipe calls for 3 teaspoons Sriracha which will give it a moderate spice level. So, if you want more mild spice, use 2 teaspoons. If you really like to bring the heat, you can use up to 5 teaspoons.

Green tip: Try buying raw, locally sourced honey. Generally, smaller-scale honeybee operations harvest honey in the fall, when the bees produce it in excess.

Marinate the Salmon

If there is still skin on your salmon, use a sharp knife to remove it. For detailed instructions, check out this video on how to skin salmon.

Then, you can slice your salmon into small cubes, about 1 cubic inch in size. Drop the bite-sized salmon cubes into the marinade and set it aside while you pre-roast your vegetables.

Marinading Salmon in quick spicy salmon marinade

Use a Large Baking Sheet

You want enough room to fit the vegetables in a single layer. Plus, you’ll be adding the salmon later on, so you have to leave room for that. I recommend an 18 x 26-inch baking sheet for this recipe.

Add your veggies to the baking tray, leaving room for the salmon in the center.

Adding broccoli and mushrooms to large baking sheet

Roast with Olive Oil

Add the olive oil to your vegetables and use clean hands to toss, to ensure the broccoli and mushrooms are evenly coated.

This will help roast the vegetables evenly and get them nice and tender with a little crisp on the outside.

Adding olive oil to vegetables to roast

Give the Vegetables a Head Start

The vegetables need a little more cooking time than the cubed salmon. Additionally, pre-roasting them with just the olive oil before adding the marinade makes for a better texture on both the broccoli and the mushrooms.

Roast the broccoli and mushrooms at 400°F for 8 minutes on the top rack. Then, remove them from the oven and pour the salmon and marinade over top.

Use a large spoon or tongs to toss the broccoli and mushrooms in the marinade, being very careful of the super-hot baking sheet!

Then, put it back in the oven for an additional 7 minutes, until the internal temperature of the salmon reaches 145°F.

Adding salmon and marinade to baking sheet with the roasted vegetables

Make Your Sauce

This is optional, but highly recommended for extra flavor, spice, and rich texture.

It’s as simple as whisking the soy sauce, Sriracha, and mayonnaise together until it’s smooth. Again, the recipe calls for 3 teaspoons Sriracha which will give it a moderate spice level.

If you want more mild spice, use 2 teaspoons, and for extra hot you can use up to 5.

Making optional sauce for finishing Spicy Salmon Bowl

Should You Have Leftovers

If you’ve already assembled your bowl, it’s best to store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator and eat it within two days.

The broccoli, mushrooms, and salmon are all best consumed within a couple of days, but the coconut rice can last up to 5 days and the optional sauce will last up to 4 days. So, if you only have leftover rice and sauce, they’ll last a little bit longer.

To reheat, you will have to separate the salmon from the rice. The rice, broccoli, and mushrooms need 3-4 minutes on high in the microwave, while the salmon only needs about 1 minute on low in the microwave.

Make sure you bring your salmon back up to 145°F.

Green tip: Did you know that of the billions of pounds of food wasted annually, it is estimated that 50% of it happens in our homes? It’s always best to avoid food waste by properly storing and consuming leftovers.

Assembling Your Spicy Salmon Bowl

Start with your coconut rice, then layer your spicy salmon and veggies on top. I love to garnish my bowl with some sesame seeds and raw green onion for a little crunch.

Then, drizzle your sauce on top. For extra heat, you can add even more Sriracha on top.

Close up of Spicy Salmon Bowl

Spicy Salmon Bowl Frequently Asked Questions



What can I season salmon with?

I love salmon for its rich texture, unique flavor, and its versatility. It takes on flavor really well!

Whether you marinate it in a soy sauce-based marinade like in this Spicy Salmon Bowl, coat it with a crust like in this Almond Crusted Salmon, or top it with sauce like in this Pesto Butter Salmon, the natural flavor of the salmon will still shine.

For the simplest seasoning for salmon, I like to hit it with a little lemon juice and some steak seasoning and garlic, like in this Garlic Roasted Salmon.

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Why You Should Make this Spicy Salmon Bowl



  • It’s quick. Ready in less than 30 minutes!
  • It’s balanced. The perfect combination of spicy, sweet, and savory.
  • It’s hearty. Between the rice, vegetables, and salmon, this bowl will keep you satisfied for hours on end.

If you’re loving this Spicy Salmon Bowl and want more, quick pescatarian-friendly dinners, check out this Pecan Crusted Halibut and Blackened Mahi-Mahi.

Overhead shot of Spicy Salmon Bowl with Sauce

30 Minute Spicy Salmon Bowl

5 from 5 votes
Marley Goldin
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This Spicy Salmon Bowl is a 30-minute wonder! Hearty, healthful, and the perfect balance of spicy, savory, and sweet!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 bowls

Equipment

Ingredients
  

Coconut Rice

  • 1 cup Basmati Rice
  • 13.66 ounces Coconut milk (1 can = 13.66 ounces)
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil ((optional))

Spicy Salmon and Veggies

  • 8 ounces skinless salmon
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 teaspoons Sriracha (or equivalent)
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 head fresh broccoli (1 head = approx. 10 ounces)
  • 8 ounces shiitake mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds for garnish ((optional))
  • 1 green onion for garnish ((optional))

Spicy Salmon Bowl Sauce (Optional)

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 3 teaspoons Sriracha

Instructions
 

Coconut Rice

  • Rinse your rice with cold water and add it to small pot with the coconut milk and coconut oil (optional) and stir to combine.
  • Bring to a boil, cover, and turn the heat all the way down to low. Simmer on low for about 20 minutes, until liquid is absorbed, and rice is tender. Fluff with a fork and set aside.

Spicy Salmon and Veggies

  • Preheat your oven to 400°F.
  • Meanwhile, in a small mixing bowl, add the soy sauce, lemon juice, sriracha, and honey to make a quick marinade. Slice your salmon into small cubes, about 1 cubic inch in size, and add the salmon cubes to the marinade to soak.
  • Prep your vegetables by rinsing and chopping broccoli and rinsing and slicing shiitake mushrooms. Add them to an 18 x 26-inch baking sheet.
  • Drizzle the olive oil over the broccoli and shiitakes and use clean hands to toss to make sure the vegetables are evenly coated in the oil. Roast for 8 minutes at 400°F.
  • After 8 minutes, remove the vegetables from the oven and add the salmon and marinade to your baking sheet with them. Toss with kitchen tongs or a spoon (careful, the baking sheet is hot!) to coat the broccoli and mushrooms in the marinade.
  • Put your baking sheet back in the oven for 7-8 more minutes, until vegetables are roasted, and salmon is cooked through (the optimal internal temperature of salmon is 145°F).

Spicy Salmon Bowl Sauce (Optional)

  • In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, mayonnaise, and Sriracha until smooth.

Assembling Your Spicy Salmon Bowl

  • Add about 1/2 cup of coconut rice to a bowl and fluff it with your fork. Add the broccoli, mushrooms, and salmon on top.
  • Option to garnish with sesame seeds and sliced green onions.
  • Drizzle your sauce on top (optional) and enjoy hot!

Pro Tips

Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword 30 Minutes or Less, Salmon, Salmon Bowl, Salmon Dinner, Salmon Recipes, Spicy
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4 thoughts on “30 Minute Spicy Salmon Bowl”

  1. Is it possible to trade the salmon for tuna? I’m allergic to salmon but this recipe looks fabulous!

    If so would you change the cooking time?
    Thank you

    1. Hi Stef!

      Absolutely, you can definitely make this with tuna. I haven’t personally tried it, but am confident the flavors will lend itself very well to a tuna steak. Keep your oven temperature the same, but the tuna will definitely need less time (I would check it after 5 minutes at 400F). For reference, high quality tuna is best with an internal temperature around 130F. Let me know if you try it! 🙂

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