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.
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 or workday lunch!
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.
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
- 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.
- Season salmon chunks and cook until lightly browned. Add the sauce and heat through.
- Spoon leftover sauce over the salmon pieces and top with remaining coleslaw and optional add-ins and toppings.
- Garnish with sesame seeds, green onions, or pickled ginger before serving.
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
- 4 salmon fillets 6 oz each, or 24 oz salmon
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ teaspoon Kosher salt or to taste
- ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 stick salted Challenge butter
- ⅓ 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.
- 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.
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.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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