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30 Minute Chili Maple Lime Salmon Bowls

I’ve been loving salmon for years and years. It’s the BEST easy healthy meal out there, am I right?

I created this unique, absolutely delicious salmon recipe after getting the most gorgeous piece of Copper River King Salmon from Whole Foods a few years back. Apparently, it’s only seasonal 3 weeks out of the year and comes straight from Alaska. It was truly AMAZING and I made these quick, wonderful chili lime salmon bowls with it.

I would say the price per pound was kind of out of control, which is why I still opt for the other salmon they sell. Perfectly cooked salmon in this recipe pairs with nutty forbidden rice (AKA black rice), tender edamame, and juicy mango. OBSESSED.

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chili lime salmon bowl with mango & edamame mixed with forbidden rice

Choosing your salmon

If you’ve ever bought salmon you’ll know that it comes in a ton of different varieties. Here are things to consider when buying it for recipes:

  • Wild vs. farmed. You can choose wild or farmed, it’s up to you. Farm-raised salmon tends to be milder in flavor and more fatty/buttery in texture, while on the other hand, wild salmon can be a little more spendy, but is leaner, pinker, and higher in minerals such as zinc and iron. Both are delicious!
  • Skin on vs off. Choose a salmon with the skin still on it. This will help keep the salmon extra flavorful, plus it’s easier to grill.
  • Different varieties of salmon. The most common types of salmon you’ll find at the grocery store are King/Chinook, which is large with a high fat content, Sockeye, which is more red/orange in color, Coho/Silver salmon, which has bright red flesh, and Atlantic Salmon, which is always farmed. I also included a recipe with delicious smoked salmon!

Ingredients in chili lime salmon bowls

The salmon glaze is my favorite, inspired by a former vegetarian dish. I used basically the same dressing to glaze the salmon and it turned out beautifully sweet, tangy and with plenty of good flavor from chili powder and garlic. YUM. You’ll need some fresh ingredients and a few delicious seasonings to make these easy chili maple lime salmon bowls absolutely delicious.

  • salmon: I like to use small (about 6oz) wild salmon files in this recipe for optimal freshness and a great serving size for each person.
  • Pure maple syrup: a little maple syrup adds just a touch of sweetness to that bright chili lime glaze.
  • lime juice: from a freshly squeezed lime for the perfect amount of tang in the glaze.
  • Chili powder: the ultimate seasoning and combination with the lime juice.
  • Garlic: who doesn’t love a little garlicky flavor with seafood? Yum.
  • coconut oil: you’ll add a bit of coconut oil to the forbidden rice to make it extra delicious with a hint of coconut flavor.
  • Forbidden rice: this is also called black rice and can be found in most grocery stores with grains or global products.
  • Mangoes: for a juicy sweetness in every bite to pair with the chili lime glaze.
  • Edamame: I love the texture of edamame with the rice and salmon here, plus it adds some extra protein!
  • Cilantro, green onion & avocado: to garnish and serve these gorgeous chili lime salmon bowls.

bowls of chili lime salmon with mango, edamame mixed and black rice

What is forbidden rice?

Forbidden rice is also known as black rice: it’s chewy, slightly sweet, nutty, higher in protein and lower in carbs than regular, white rice. You cook it the same way you’d cook regular rice, too! I’m a HUGE fan of having it at my favorite local sushi spot here in Chicago.

Black rice on errrthang please. Plus the name forbidden rice just sounds cool.

Customize your chili lime salmon bowls

These beautiful salmon bowls are easy to customize to your taste preferences! Here are some subs and swaps I can recommend:

  • Choose your grains: if you can’t find forbidden rice feel free to use white basmati rice, jasmine rice, or even quinoa or cauliflower rice!
  • Pick your veggies: I think cubed pineapple would be delicious in place of the mango, and you could add snow peas or regular peas in place of the edamame.
  • Try a new protein: feel free to use the glaze/marinade to cook up some shrimp, chicken, or even tofu!

chili maple lime salmon bowls with mango, edamame & forbidden rice

How to make chili lime salmon bowls

  1. Cook your rice. Start by cooking your rice in a small pot until it’s nice and fluffy. Once it’s done, stir in the mango, coconut oil, edamame, and salt.
  2. Prep your salmon. While the rice cooks, place your salmon filets skin-side down on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Whisk together all of the glaze ingredients and pour or brush the glaze over the salmon — remember to reserve 1 tablespoon for once it’s done, and be sure you don’t double-dip! Bake the salmon at 400 degrees F.
  3. Assemble the bowls. Divide mango & rice mixture between two bowls, and add salmon on top. Garnish with green onions and cilantro if desired and enjoy!

Tips for baking salmon

Always err on the side of undercooking rather than overcooking salmon; for every inch of thickness, you’ll need to bake it for 15 minutes at around 400 degrees F or until the salmon is opaque and easily flakes with a fork. My salmon usually always comes out perfect at 18 minutes.

bowls of chili lime salmon with mango & edamame mixed with sweet forbidden rice

Want to grill your salmon instead?

great idea! Get all of my tips and tricks for grilling salmon in this post. It’s the perfect summer meal!

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Chili Maple Lime Salmon Bowls with Forbidden Rice

salmon bowls with avocado and black rice

Delicious and easy chili lime salmon bowls with sweet forbidden rice, mango and edamame. You’ll love the hint of maple in these healthy salmon bowls for the perfect, 30-minute weeknight dinner for two!

Ingredients

  • 2
    (6 oz) wild salmon filets
  • 1
    tablespoons
    pure maple syrup
  • 1
    small lime, juiced
  • 1
    teaspoons
    chili powder
  • 3
    cloves
    garlic, minced
  • 1
    teaspoons
    virgin coconut oil
  • 1/2
    cup
    uncooked black rice (also known as forbidden rice)
  • 1/2
    mango, diced
  • 1/2
    cup
    cooked shelled edamame
  • 1/8
    teaspoons
    salt
  • To garnish: Cilantro and green onions
  • Optional: Avocado slices

Instructions

  1. First cook the rice: Add 1 cup of water with 1/2 cup of forbidden rice to a small pot and place over high heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 25 minutes. Once the rice is done stir in mango, coconut oil, edamame and salt.

  2. While the rice cooks, preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper to prevent the glaze from burning. Place salmon filets 2 inches apart on parchment paper, skin side down.

  3. In a small bowl, whisk together maple syrup, lime juice, chili powder and garlic. Pour or generously brush the glaze over the salmon, reserving 1 tablespoon for glazing once the salmon is done. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until salmon is done and flakes with a fork.

  4. Divide mango & rice mixture between two bowls, and add salmon on top. Garnish with green onions and cilantro if desired.

  5. If you time this correctly, this can easily be a 30 minute dinner from start to finish.

Recipe Notes

Tips for baking salmon: always err on the side of undercooking rather than overcooking salmon; for every inch of thickness, you’ll need to bake it for 15 minutes at around 400 degrees F or until the salmon is opaque and easily flakes with a fork. My salmon usually always comes out perfect at 18 minutes.

Check out the full post for tips, tricks & ways to customize your salmon bowls! Learn how to grill perfect salmon here.

nutrition

Servings: 2 servings

serving size: 1 bowl of salmon

Calories: 550kcal

Fats: 19.5g

Saturated fat: 4.2g

Carbohydrates: 57.8g

Fibers: 5g

Sugar: 16.9g

Proteins: 40.8g

This post was originally published on July 6th, 2017, and republished on May 9th, 2023.

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