I’ve recently discovered the magic of a Salmon Burrito Bowl and I love it, especially when the fish is crispy and crunchy, saucy and spicy with all the usual Mexican suspects of brown rice, black beans, corn, salsa, tomato, avocado and sour cream. It’s a flavour bomb combination that will wake-up your tastebuds and this dish is mega filling – it left me feeling so full at lunch that I didn’t need any dinner!
If you’ve only ever had burrito bowls with chicken or beef before, do yourself a favour and try a salmon burrito bowl. Its high in protein and fibre, and low in sugars. It’s a perfect meal for dinner or lunch under 500 calories and much healthier than buying takeout mexican.
What Kind of Salmon to Use In a Burrito Bowl
Fresh or frozen works. I use skin off Tasmanian salmon that I buy from the seafood counter of my local supermarket. Whilst I generally like to cook salmon with in a day or two of buying it fresh, sometimes this doesn’t happen and I have to freeze it. The good thing is, just a few minutes in the microwave to defrost and its ready to be cooked.
TIP: I wouldn’t recommend using canned salmon for this recipe. The dish is at its best when the salmon is crunchy and crispy and I find that it’s easy to achieve this result using fresh/frozen salmon portions.
Other Salmon recipes you might like to try: 15 minute Salmon Curry In A Hurry, easy Spicy Salmon Stirfry, or the delicious Chilli Soy Salmon with Sesame Noodles. There's even salmon on my Seafood Marinara Pizza!
How to Assemble a Salmon Burrito Bowl
First up, I will say that I like to take a layered approached to putting together my burrito bowl, even though when I sit down to eat it, I usually end up tossing it all together with a fork before eating it.
I think layering it into the bowl makes it look prettier, even if it only lasts a few minutes, and makes a good impression on whoever you’re serving it up to.
- Layer 1: Rice on the bottom
- Layer 2: Black Beans
- Layer 3: Corn
- Layer 4: Salmon to one side, tomatoes to the other side, avocado on top
- Layer 5: Sour Cream and a bit more salsa
How To Pan Fry Salmon So It Becomes Crispy and Crunchy
The crispy and crunchy salmon really is what makes this dish and here are my key tips for making sure it turns out just right
- If you can use a non-stick pan that is ideal as the oils from the salmon will be enough to stop it from sticking
- Heat pan up to medium to high heat before putting salmon in
- Lay salmon flat side down and leave it for at least 4 or so minutes
- The less turning the better
- After 4 or so minutes on the flat side, turn over with a spatula for the same amount of time
- Lay salmon on side to crisp for a few minutes, and then other side for a few minutes
- Once crisp and golden on all 4 sides, use the spatula to roughly “chop” into pieces whilst still in the pan and then toss about to heat up the inside flesh. The level of crisp and crunch is up to you, but I like to leave it for a further 3 to 4 minutes to brown off even more.
- The whole process usually takes me about 12 minutes from beginning to end of cooking the salmon
Tips For Variations on a Salmon Burrito Bowl
- Stir fry up some garlic prawns, instead of the salmon
- Use a white fish instead of the salmon, like snapper or cod
- Sprinkle some grated cheese on top along with some chopped shallots/spring onions
The Salmon burrito bowl is rapidly becoming one of my new favourite bowl foods. It’s simple to prepare and is packed with good omega 3’s and it has all the right textures for a truly indulgent dinner or lunch without leaving you weighed down. Its crispy, crunchy, spicy, creamy, salty and a little bit sweet from the juicy corn. Mmmm, just yum.
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Salmon Burrito Bowl
- 2 pieces 300 grams/11 ounces Skinless Salmon
- 2 tablespoons Old El paso Burrito Seasoning
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 cup Cooked Brown Rice
- ¼ cup Sweet Corn
- ¼ cup Blackbeans
- 12 Cherry Tomatoes, quartered
- ¼ cup Old Elpaso Salsa
- 2 tablespoons Sour Cream
- ½ Medium Avocado
- ½ medium Shallot
- Heat a pan to high heat on the stove, then add skinless salmon, flat side down. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes, then turn over and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes.
- Using tongs, or two forks, shred the salmon in the pan, and add 1 tablespoon of El paso Burrito seasoning with 1 tablespoon of water, keeping the heat on high.
- Continue to cook salmon for another 5 minutes or so until crispy and golden brown. Then remove from stove.
- In a mixing bowl, place the cup of cooked rice, corn and blackbeans. Mix to combine.
- Add the tablespoon of Old El paso Burrito Seasoning and a teaspoon of water. Mix to combine.
- Of the ¼ cup salsa, take out 1 tablespoon and add to the rice, corn and blackbean mix. Stir to mix it all together.
- Prepare the bowls: equally divide the rice mix across two bowls. Add the chopped tomatoes and shallot to one side.
- Add the crispy salmon to the other side.
- Add the chopped avocado and remaining salsa in the middle and sour cream on top.
- Eat and enjoy.
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