For this Spicy Salmon Rice Bowl with Mango Jalapeno Sauce; wild-caught salmon is cut into bite-size pieces and coated in a spicy honey chipotle marinade. I bake them in the oven, but you can also use your air fryer or grill!
The spicy salmon bites are paired with a sweet and spicy mango jalapeno sauce, as well as a quick avocado salsa that adds creaminess and a beautiful freshness. A sprinkling of cotija cheese over top for the perfect bite!
For the base, depending on how many carbs I not-so-regretfully consumed over the weekend, I’ll choose either cauliflower rice or wild rice. If you have jasmine, white, or brown rice in the pantry, that will work too!
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How to Make Spicy Salmon Rice Bowl with Mango Jalapeno Sauce
SPICY SALMON BITES
Marinating and Cooking the Spicy Salmon Bites
Preparing the spicy salmon bites could not be any easier! First, cut your salmon into bite-size chunks.
Regarding the marinating process, the key step is blending the ingredients in a small food processor. This step binds the ingredients together, as lime juice and avocado oil naturally resist each other. Blending all the ingredients together creates a saucier texture that sticks to the salmon beautifully.
Combine two whole chipotle peppers in adobo sauce along with three tablespoons of adobo sauce, lime juice, avocado oil, honey, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, and salt and blend until combined. For a milder version: leave out the whole chipotle peppers and just add two to three tablespoons of the chipotle in adobo sauce.
I like to marinate my salmon bites overnight, but if you’re in a time crunch, one hour will do. The longer the salmon has to develop that delicious honey chipotle flavor, the better the Spicy Salmon Rice Bowl with Mango Jalapeno Sauce recipe will be!
Just before you’re ready to serve dinner (after preparing the rest of the ingredients below), preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit (232 degrees Celsius), then bake the salmon bites for about seven minutes. They’ll be juicy, tender, and filled with sweet and spicy honey chipotle flavor.
FARM-RAISED VS. WILD-CAUGHT SALMON
For the spicy salmon bites, I start with a pound or so of wild-caught sockeye salmon. I always go for the wild-caught fish versus farm-raised. Masterclass explains all about the difference in this helpful article: Farm-Raised vs. Wild-Caught Fish and Seafood!
You can either take the skin off or leave it on. The skin won’t get crispy in the oven, so if you’re the type of person that hates fish skin unless it’s crispy, I would remove it (or ask the butcher to). Me personally, I’ll eat it either way. There are so many nutrients in salmon skin, so to me, it’s worth it. Whatever you do, don’t throw away the salmon skin! For a fantastic way to avoid food waste, you can try Kate’s recipe for Crispy Salmon Skin “Bacon”.
HOW TO REMOVE SALMON PIN BONES
You’ll also want to be sure that all the tiny pin bones are removed from the salmon. Sometimes they’ll come already removed, depending on where you shop for salmon. This video is helpful and informative and will teach you all about pulling pin bones from salmon. All you’ll need is a good set of fish bone tweezers (or you can try using your fingers).
Recently I saw a video (not sure where or I would mention it) with a tip on cooking rice. Instead of measuring the correct water to rice ratio and hoping for the best, they boiled their rice just like pasta in a big pot of salted water! I had to try it, and I’m here to report that my wild rice turned out great!
It took about the same amount of time to cook as it mentions on the package, and since the rice is boiled with the lid off, you can continually check to see if it’s cooked. I strained it through a fine mesh strainer and voila! Fluffy, perfectly cooked rice. You can of course cook your rice the traditional way or in a rice cooker, too!
Check out this interesting article I found when researching more about boiling rice like you would pasta: How to Cook Rice to Reduce Arsenic.
I used wild rice this time, but I also use cauliflower rice as a low-carb alternative!
Whichever type of rice you choose, once it’s done cooking, toss it with a squeeze of lime juice and a pinch of salt and pepper so it’s not bland. I like to season every aspect of the dish!
The Mango Jalapeno Sauce Recipe
Another super simple step: the mango sauce. Simply combine the mangoes, jalapeno, cilantro, lime juice, water, avocado oil, salt, and pepper in a blender or small food processor until smooth and creamy.
If you’re wondering about the spice level of this mango sauce, I remove the jalapeno’s seeds and membranes, therefore you get the jalapeno flavor without it overpowering the sauce with spice. For a spicier sauce, add some seeds to the blender!
Not going to lie, I’ve lost count of how many times I squeezed the mango sauce straight into my mouth from my condiment squeeze bottles. It’s that good, everyone!
The Avocado Salsa Recipe
The avocado salsa recipe is simple and quick, and really packs a punch! First, juice the limes with your hands or a citrus hand squeezer/juicer. Dice the avocados and pour the lime juice over them to prevent the avocados from turning brown. Small dice the red onion and fresno chile pepper and chop the cilantro. Sprinkle in your spices and gently toss everything together.
Cover, and place in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve!
Assembling the Spicy Salmon Rice Bowl with Mango Jalapeno Sauce
To assemble the Salmon Rice Bowls with Avocado Salsa and Mango Sauce: divide the rice, avocado salsa, and salmon bites evenly between four bowls. Squeeze a generous serving of mango sauce over top each bowl and then sprinkle on some cotija cheese, and even some sliced scallions if you wish. Serve the extra mango sauce on the side because you can never have too much sauce!
You guys are going to love these rice bowls! Enjoy. 🥭
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Spicy Salmon Rice Bowl with Mango Jalapeno Sauce.
- Total Time: 1 hour, 7 minutes
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
Salmon is cut into bite-size pieces, coated in a spicy honey chipotle marinade, then baked. The avocado salsa and mango jalapeno sauce are served cold and offer hints of jalapeno and fresno chile pepper, onions, cilantro, garlic, lime. Served over the rice of your choice.
Spicy Salmon Bites:
- 1 – 1 1/4 pound wild-caught salmon
- 3 tablespoons Chosen Foods Avocado Oil
- 3 tablespoons chipotle in adobo sauce
- 1–2 chipotle chiles in adobo
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 2 tablespoons raw honey
- 1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Mango Jalapeno Sauce:
- 3 mangoes
- 1 jalapeno, remove seeds and membrane for less heat
- 1/4 cup cilantro
- 2 limes, juiced
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 tablespoon avocado oil
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
- 2 avocados
- 3 tablespoons lime juice
- 2 tablespoons red onion, small dice
- 2 tablespoons cilantro
- 1 tablespoon Fresno chile pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 cups cooked rice + a squeeze of lime juice and a pinch of salt and pepper (you choose: wild rice, cauliflower rice, brown rice, etc.)
- cotija cheese, crumbled
- sliced scallions (for garnish – optional)
- MARINATE THE SALMON. Cut the salmon into bite-size pieces. Add the ingredients for the marinade to a food processor, and blend until combined. Gently toss the salmon pieces with the marinade, and store in the refrigerator for a minimum of 1 hour (overnight is best for maximum flavor).
- COOK THE RICE. Cook your rice according to package directions or see the post above (Section: 2. THE RICE) for an alternative way. Once cooked, squeeze some lime juice over top and add a pinch of salt and pepper. Toss.
- PREPARE THE AVOCADO SALSA. First, juice the limes with your hands or a citrus hand squeezer/juicer. Dice the avocados and pour the lime juice over them to prevent the avocados from turning brown. Small dice the red onion and fresno chile pepper and chop the cilantro. Sprinkle in your spices and gently toss everything together with a rubber spatula. Cover and place in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve.
- BLEND THE MANGO JALAPENO SAUCE. Combine the mangoes, jalapeno, cilantro, lime juice, water, avocado oil, salt, and pepper in a blender or small food processor and blend until smooth and creamy. Transfer to a condiment squeeze bottle (optional). Keep it cool in the refrigerator while the salmon bites are cooking.
- COOK THE SALMON BITES. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F (232 degrees C). Remove the salmon bites from the marinade and place on a sheet baking pan. Bake in the preheated oven for about 7 minutes. I like to cook them to about medium (see: Salmon Temperatures by Doneness).
- ASSEMBLE. Divide the rice, avocado salsa, and salmon bites evenly between four bowls. Squeeze a generous serving of mango sauce over top each bowl and then sprinkle on some cotija cheese. Serve the extra mango sauce on the side because you can never have too much sauce!
- You can make the mango jalapeno sauce spicier by adding some jalapeno seeds instead of removing all seeds and membrane.
- This recipe is spicy. For a milder version of the salmon: leave out the whole chipotle peppers and just add two to three tablespoons of the chipotle in adobo sauce.
- If salmon isn’t your thing, you can certainly use your favorite source of protein, such as tofu, chicken, etc.
- Prep Time: 1 hour
- Cook Time: 7 minutes
- Category: Main Dish
- Method: Oven
- Cuisine: Seasonal
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30 thoughts on “Spicy Salmon Rice Bowl with Mango Jalapeno Sauce.”
Your salmon looks delicious and healthy and the pictures are beautiful as usual!! But I just want your readers to know when you come home you don’t just eat pizza and Chinese! This is Jenna’s mom and I do cook! Good job honey!! I love you ❤️
That’s true! You’re an amazing cook Mom and I can’t wait to have your cooking as well! I love you 💚💚💚
This looks and sounds so delicious. I honestly enjoy salmon and this recipes seems so yummy and easy to make. Thank you for sharing this post. 🤗
Pastor Natalie (ExamineThisMoment)
Thank you Natalie! I love a good salmon dish, too! 😊
This recipe has many of my favorite foods combined! I can’t wait to try, thanks!
I’m glad you love the ingredients in my Salmon Rice Bowls with Avocado Salsa and Mango Sauce recipe! I hope you love it. 😊
This recipe is exactly what I needed to see today. Great post.
That’s great to hear, Dominique! Thank you. 😊
Looks so delicious. I like all the combinations of flavours in this dish. Avocado, lime and mangoes are a perfect match. Thanks for sharing!
I agree! Thanks Christine. 😊
Amazing photos and recipe! I love salmon
Thank you so much, Mina! Me too!
This looks delicious, can’t wait to try it! The combination with avocado and mango is a great idea!
I hope you enjoy the recipe, Alina! Thanks for stopping by. 😊
Love this recipe!
Thanks so much, Eva!
I love anything with salmon. Will be trying this.
Same here! I hope you enjoy this recipe, Yara. 😊
Anything Mango is solid!! I’ll have to check the out
I 100% agree! It adds such a nice freshness/sweetness to any dish. I hope you enjoy the recipe, Matthew!
This looks delicious! I love rice bowls and often recommend it to my athletes who struggle to get many nutrients on one plate.
4D Sports Medicine
Hi Grady, thanks for stopping by! I agree, rice bowls are the perfect way to get all of your daily nutrient needs in one dish. I hope you’ll share the recipe with your athletes! Thank you. 😄
you didnd’t invite me to dinner when you made this bummer
Lol sorry Jimmy, maybe next time! Thanks for stopping by. 😊
This looks so good. Your pictures are gorgeous. I will be trying this for sure.
I really appreciate that, Vaishali! I hope you love my salmon bowl recipe!
love this idea, always looking for different way to do salmon
I’m glad I could provide you with a new salmon recipe idea! Thank you Tianna. 😊
I was drooling while reading the recipe. The avocado salsa paired with the salmon sound delicious. Perfect as a healthy snack.
I appreciate that Kevin! I agree, perfect for a healthy snack, lunch, dinner, etc!