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BBQ Salmon Bowls with Mango Avocado Salsa

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BBQ Salmon Bowls with Mango Avocado Salsa! An easy and impressive dinner with yummy smoky-sweet flavor and a zip of zesty homemade salsa to take it over the top. The BEST weeknight dinner.

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Salmon lovers, salmon skeptics… gather round, all of you.

This is not your ordinary salmon. It is salmon that’s been given a delicious and aggressive treatment of sweet and smoky spices, which then gets broiled (fast! easy!) which results in a lightly crunchy outer layer, which conveniently mixes-and-matches with that buttery, silky, lime-zesty, sweet and juicy mango avocado salsa. It’s equal parts super pretty and not fancy, which is why we just pile a scoop of each on hot steamy rice and don’t get too precious about it. This is the bowl life.

You might be saying, nah, I don’t really like salmon, and honestly I can respect that because salmon is salmon sometimes.

But also: you haven’t had this salmon yet. You are about to be changed. Seriously. I would just like to say, it’s an honor and a privilege to be a part of your conversion experience.



First Stop – Mango Salsa:

This takes about ten minutes. It’s just a chop and mix situation.

Bring your self-control because otherwise this will be gone before the salmon hits the table.

Ingredients for mango salsa in a bowl.

Here Comes The BBQ Salmon:

Salmon. Spice rub.

Broil.

Done.

Adding rub to salmon on sheet pan.

20 Minutes Later – BBQ Salmon Bowls!

And that’s all.

BBQ Salmon Bowls with fork.

Could you add other veggies and things to the bowl OKAY YES of course you could. That’s the whole point of bowls!

But even if this was all you had, it would be more than enough.

BBQ Salmon Bowl with fork.

May your rice be hot, your salmon be smokey, sweet, and just-right flakey, and your mango salsa be extra sweet and limey! ♡

I got this recipe from my friend Jessica’s cookbook (The Pretty Dish*) and I adjusted just slightly based on what I had in the kitchen already, and wowza. Salty, sweet, ultra fresh, and buttery without butter. Credit to the queen!

Watch How To Make Our BBQ Salmon Bowls:

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BBQ salmon and diced mango over white rice with a slice of lemon n a bowl with a spoon.

BBQ Salmon Bowls with Mango Avocado Salsa


  • Author: Lindsay
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 24 (depends on how much salmon you use) 1x

Description

BBQ Salmon Bowls with Mango Avocado Salsa! An easy and impressive dinner with yummy smoky-sweet flavor and a zip of zesty homemade salsa to take it over the top. The BEST weeknight dinner.


Ingredients

Scale

Salmon:

  • 12 lbs. fresh salmon
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (more for a larger filet)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Mango Avocado Salsa:

  • 2 mangoes, diced
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1/4 cup minced cilantro
  • 1/4 cup minced red onion
  • minced jalapeño (optional, to taste)
  • a drizzle of honey
  • a squeeze of lime juice + a little lime zest
  • salt to taste

For serving:

  • Rice

Instructions

  1. Mango salsa: Toss all ingredients in a bowl to combine. Taste, adjust, try not to eat the whole bowl.
  2. Get the oven ready: Preheat the oven to 475 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil. Alternatively, you can set it to 500 degrees on the broil setting for medium rare with a yummy crispy top – the risk here is that you have to watch closely so it doesn’t burn the sugar. If taking this route, make sure one of the oven racks is close-ish to the top, about 6 inches or so.
  3. Salmon: Mix the spices and the olive oil to make a paste. Place the salmon skin side down on the baking sheet. Rub the paste liberally over the top part of the salmon. Bake for 6-12 minutes depending on the thickness of your salmon and your desired doneness. See notes if you’re not sure.
  4. Bowl it up: Pile up some rice, pull off some of salmon, and spoon that mango avocado salsa over the whole thing. Add a lime squeezer for good measure. IT’S SO GOOD.

Notes

How to tell when the salmon is done: “Salmon will change from translucent (red or raw) to opaque (pink) as it cooks. After 6-8 minutes of cooking, check for doneness, by taking a sharp knife to peek into the thickest part. If the meat is beginning to flake, but still has a little translucency in the middle, it is done.” (Thank you Heidi!) I know this is the proper way to cook salmon, but I am also slightly paranoid about food safety, so the salmon we cook at home has almost no translucency when done. If the rare center freaks you out, don’t worry – it’s still very, very delicious when cooked all the way through (just don’t let it get WAY overcooked or it will be dry and sad).

How much salmon to use: I don’t really care for leftover salmon, so I usually opt for a smaller filet – something like 1 – 1/2 lbs. so that we can eat it once or twice without a lot of leftovers. A 2 lb. filet will serve 4-6 people easily, especially when combined with rice, mango avocado salsa, etc.

Do you use fresh or frozen mangoes: Fresh is the most delicious. But frozen chunks can also work! Just let them thaw out on the counter and then give them a little extra knife treatment so they’re good for salsa-size.

What else does this salmon go with: You can also add any other vegetables you like to build out your bowls (totally optional). I used some of my leftover Korean BBQ style cauliflower in there and it was SO yummy. I’ve also added roasted vegetables like mushrooms and asparagus. 

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: BBQ

Keywords: bbq salmon bowls, mango avocado salsa, salmon with salsa

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    DNN

    now that’s exactly what I’m talking about. I healthy slab of cinnamon in combination with delicious salsa dressing and looks like sliced avocado. I wish I could reach my hand through the computer with a large spoon or fork and get a taste of this wonderful looking meal. Thank you for another successful blog Lindsay. Keep up the good work with your blogging. 🙂

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    Charity Thurman

    So yummy looking! I’m definitely going to try this, I’ll just make a tilapia one for my fiancé and I’ll enjoy all of the same myself!!

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    amy

    This looks so yummy and might just be the “gateway recipe” to get my reluctant family to try salmon! My question is about where you get your salmon. Can you use frozen? I live in the middle of Nowhereville in the good old Midwest so fresh salmon can sometimes be a little hard to come by. Thanks for your great recipes!

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    Audrey Danto

    As a Type 1 Diabetic, what yummy alternative can you recommend for the brown sugar? I love this dish but can’t do the sugar. Thank you for your wonderful recipes!!

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    I’m commenting first because this looks incredible and I always want to try to cook new fish things. but second, I love /hate the new Delicious Distraction on the side. I could spend a lot of time doing those puzzles. So thank you, twice!

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    Brandon Long

    Ok so, this is going to be amazing, except it totally just caught fire in my oven!! Big flames! I think the sugar caught fire? I guess when you said heat the oven to 500 I should have done that, but I used the broiler setting instead. Hey everybody, dont do that! 😮😮😮 somehow the fish still looks beautiful, the mango chutney is amazing. I just hope my oven survives 😖






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      Brandon

      Ok so, looking back. Maybe it wasnt so much the sugar as the fish itself? The salmon came out really oily and now I think I had a particularly fatty piece of salmon or something. Still delicious though!

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        Amber

        This looks so good! I’ve never actually cooked salmon before. I have a 2lb filet that has the skin on. Is that okay? Does the skin need to be removed? Or doesn’t it matter since it’ll be face down on the baking sheet? Rookie question here.

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    Michelle

    Tonight I used a premade pico (thank you Texas grocery stores) and added a fresh mango. No avocado, but delicious and faster than chopping everything!

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    Liz Sabol

    Looks so good! Can I ask what store you buy your salmon from? I am also in the twin cities and feel like I can never find a good piece of salmon! 🙁

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        DNN

        Jenna,

        Good answer about getting Salmon from “Whole Foods market.” I love that place too, though I haven’t been there in a long time. When I was a teenager growing up in Brooklyn, my former best friend and I used to go to a health store downtown Brooklyn near the Brooklyn Supreme Court called “Perelandra natural foods store.”

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    Sarah

    I made this last night (sans salsa because I wasn’t prepared) and it was AMAZING! The flavor combination on the salmon was delicious. A great change from my usual lemon/garlic salmon. Thanks for the recipe!

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    Kim

    Delicious. For some reason I don’t usually love salmon when I make it at home but this was great. Will make it again. Salsa is perfect!






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    Mallory

    This is amazing! I never cook fish myself, but this looked too easy not to try! It’s quick and delicious, perfect summer recipe!






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    Alex

    Love this! my favourite mango salsa is avocado, red onion, mango, chopped tomato, lime juice, chilies, and a little bit of sweet chili sauce. I bet that would work well here too, along with some coconut rice!

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    olivia

    this was the BEST salmon I’ve ever made. I got nervous because I thought the sugar & spice rub got too burnt under the broiler but nope! it was delicious!! the rice/salsa/salmon combo was amazing. perfect and easy!






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    Lisa Carr

    Is there a way to make the BBQ Salmon Bowls with Mango Avacado Salsa, if I do not have or are unable to use an actual grill? I miss out on so many delicious recipes because of my living situation, being in a hi-rise apartment building and unable to REALLY GRILL. Any tips would be appreciated.
    Thank you,
    Lisa






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    Mara

    I was SO excited to try this recipe and everything POY I make is delicious but the rub burnt in my oven after 6 minutes and the salmon definitely wasn’t done so I had to scrape most of it off 🙁 I did 500 at broiler setting like it specified, but maybe it wasn’t supposed to be on broiler? There was also lots of oil in the tin foil after, I think I’d adjust that too. The fish didn’t look too fatty to start!






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    Molly F.C.

    Is the rice included in the nutritional values for the BBQ Salmon Bowl? Thanks!

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    Kelly

    Made tonight for first time. Delicious and one of my new favorites!! So light and flavorful, mango gives it plenty of sweetness without adding honey (IMO). Wonderful dish and thank you for sharing!!






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    Christie

    Delicious!!! One of the best salmon recipes I’ve made. We loved them! I made a couple of adjustments (less brown sugar and added a little lime zest to the paste as well as lime juice- my paste was very dry.) Will definitely make these a staple in our house!






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    Andrea L

    This recipe looked so good on your Instagram post I had to try it! It’s a perfect meal for a summer night! Very tasty!