A quick and healthy meal, these salmon rice bowls are great for lunch or dinner!

Tender chunks of salmon are tossed in a sticky honey butter sauce. Serve it over rice with your favorite vegetables and toppings.

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This recipe has been sponsored by Challenge Butter.

Sweet & Savory Salmon Bowls

  • We love homemade salmon bowls since they taste great without the hefty price tag of take out.
  • The ingredients can be prepared ahead and cooked just before serving.
  • This honey butter sauce is made with fresh Challenge butter and tastes great on shrimp, chicken, or even tofu.
  • They’re really fast to make and everyone can build their own salmon bowl. Set out add-ins, toppings, and sauces for everyone to try!
  • Because it’s the perfect blend of protein, carbs, and fats, it’s the ideal mid-week dinner, workday lunch, or meal prep!
orange zest, salmon, honey, butter, soy sauce, salt & pepper, & garlic to make honey butter salmon bowls

Ingredients for Salmon Rice Bowls

Salmon – Pick up filets when they’re on sale and freeze them until needed. The honey butter sauce tastes great on shrimp, chicken, or tofu too.

Honey Butter Sauce – What really makes this dish amazing is the simple honey butter sauce. While this sauce needs just a few ingredients, it is packed with flavor.

Honey and fresh butter create the base of this sauce. Challenge butter is churned the old-fashioned way daily from happy cows. I love that it has no added hormones or additives, Challenge butter contains just cream and salt and has the best fresh flavor.

A healthy dose of garlic, a splash of soy sauce, and a bit of orange zest are added for flavor. When zesting the orange, use a zester for the fine side of a box grater making sure to remove just the orange skin and not the white pith underneath.

Rice – White or brown rice makes up the base for salmon rice bowls, but low-carb lovers can use delicious cauliflower rice.

Optional Toppings

Bulk up the nutrition and flavor of these salmon rice bowls by adding steamed veggies like broccoli, snap peas or snow peas.

Choose fresh toppings in a variety of colors. We love ready-made coleslaw mix, sliced bell peppers, fresh bean sprouts, or edamame. Add a spicy mayo if you’d like (*see recipe notes).

Top with sesame seeds, sliced green onions, avocado slices, cilantro, and a wedge of lime.

How to Make a Salmon Rice Bowl

  1. Melt a stick of Challenge butter in a skillet and add honey, garlic, and soy sauce (per the recipe below). Simmer until slightly thickened. Set aside.
  2. Season salmon chunks and cook until lightly browned. Add the sauce and heat through.
  3. Spoon leftover sauce over the salmon pieces and top with remaining coleslaw and optional add-ins and toppings.
  4. Garnish with sesame seeds, green onions, or pickled ginger before serving.

PRO TIP: Before cutting the salmon into chunks, pat each side with clean paper towels to remove moisture and help the glaze stick.

ingredients for a salmon bowl

Making Meal Prep Easy!

  • Prepare a batch of rice in advance and keep it in the refrigerator until ready to assemble.
  • The sauce can be made in advance and kept in the refrigerator for up to a week before use.
  • Prep all of the veggies up to 48 hours in advance.
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Honey Butter Salmon Bowls

Salmon Rice Bowls are healthy and hearty with rice, flavored salmon, and veggies!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 bowls


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  • 4 salmon fillets 6 oz each, or 24 oz salmon
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt or to taste
  • teaspoon black pepper


  • 1 stick salted Challenge butter
  • cup honey
  • 1 ½ tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest or 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 3 cloves garlic minced


  • 3 cups cooked rice
  • 3 cups coleslaw mix any variety
  • garnishes as desired *see notes such as sesame seeds, green onions, cilantro


  • Place butter in a large skillet and melt over medium heat.
  • Add honey, garlic, and soy sauce. Simmer for 3-5 minutes or until slightly thickened. Stir in orange zest and set the sauce aside.
  • Cut the salmon into bite sized chunks and season with salt & pepper.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the salmon pieces and cook for 3 minutes without stirring. Stir and cook for 1 minute more.
  • Add the sauce and stir, continue cooking just until heated. Do not overcook the salmon.

Bowl Assembly

  • Place ¾ cup of rice in each bowl. Divide the salmon mixture over the bowls. Spoon any sauce overtop of the salmon pieces.
  • Top with crisp coleslaw mix and toppings as desired.



Keep leftovers covered with plastic wrap or transfer them to covered containers and keep them in the fridge for up to 3 days.
The shape and thickness of the salmon will determine how long it needs to cook. Check the salmon early to ensure it doesn’t overcook.
Salmon should be slightly translucent in the center and flake easily with a fork.
Optional Additions:
  • Steamed veggies like broccoli, snap peas, edamame, or peppers.
  • Fresh veggies like diced cucumbers, green onions, julienned bell peppers. 
  • Sesame seeds, chopped cilantro, lime wedges.
Sriracha Drizzle: Combine ½ cup mayonnaise, 1 teaspoon soy sauce, 1 teaspoon sriracha (more to taste), ½ teaspoon sesame oil
4.89 from 18 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 773 | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 48g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 18g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 136mg | Sodium: 1007mg | Potassium: 997mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 496IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dinner, Entree, Fish, Lunch
Cuisine American
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  1. I made this last night and it was delicious – kid asked for seconds this is always a GOOD thing. I did have issues with the sauce not thickening as other have commented. I would love to see that addressed or tips for when it doesn’t. Either way it was delicious and I will definitely make this again.4 stars

    1. Hi Wan, we retested the sauce for this recipe yesterday and did not have any issues with thickening. Did you let it simmer for the full 4 minutes? What size pan did you use? A larger pan will help thicken it more. Was your heat too low? It should be at medium heat.

  2. This was sooo good! Made the sriracha drizzle too, and the flavors were very complimentary. Couldn’t get the honey butter sauce to thicken, but it was still delicious and we demolished it all. Will definitely be trying again5 stars

  3. would have been delicious but I followed the printed recipe instead of the recipe directions on video and page. sauce was too runny but still had a good flavor. I microwaved sauce as directed on print and added 1/4 cup of water to steam coleslaw mix after cooking salmon. I will try it again.4 stars

  4. Can this be made with canned salmon? I got quite a few cans from the food pantry Ava have been trying to use them in something other than salmon croquettes.

    1. Hi Tina! This can definitely be made with canned salmon. I would add it to the bowl and drizzle the sauce over it (as opposed to stirring the canned salmon in the sauce). Enjoy!