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Spiced Salmon Grain Bowl For One


Grain bowls are one of my go-to meals, and this spiced salmon grain bowl is the perfect dinner for one! Grains tossed with chimichurri sauce for flavor, topped with spiced salmon nuggets and crunchy cucumber. This comes together so fast and is warm, comforting and so flavorful!


  • 4-5 oz salmon, cut into 2-inch chunks (skin removed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon flour or corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon neutral oil (I used avocado oil)
  • 1 cup cooked rice or grains*
  • 4 tablespoons cilantro chimichurri
  • 1/4 cup chopped cucumber
  • 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon hot honey (optional)


  1. In a small bowl combine 4-5oz salmon, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon chili powder, 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin, 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika, 1/8 teaspoon black pepper, 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes and 1/4 teaspoon flour or corn starch. Mix well.
  2. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a skillet. Once hot, add salmon in a single layer. Let cook for 4-5 minutes, flipping once, until salmon is just cooked through (you can use a meat thermometer to check or just pull one out and cut into it). Remove salmon from pan and set aside.
  3. In same pan, add 1 cup cooked rice or grains and 3 tablespoons cilantro chimichurri. Toss to combine and cook for about a minute until everything is warmed through.
  4. Add rice/grains to bowl and top with salmon, 1/4 cup chopped cucumbers, 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt and any other toppings you want! Drizzle with remaining 1 tablespoon of chimichurri and 1 teaspoon hot honey (if using). Serve warm!


  • This recipe is a great way to use up leftover rice or cooked grains, but if you want/need to make them from scratch you'll need about 1/2 cup of dried rice or grain (quinoa, farro, etc.). Cook according to package instructions and then toss with chimichurri.
  • I always have cucumber around and I love the crunch, but you can add any vegetable you want here. Carrots and/or radish are other great raw options, and if you have a few extra minutes you can steam or roast some broccoli, cauliflower or green beans to add. 
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop