Are you looking for a delicious and simple meal that packs a flavor punch? This Perfectly Spicy Salmon Bowl is the flavorful dish for your hungry taste buds. This recipe is easy to make and uses quality ingredients that will tantalize your palate with a medley of flavors. Salmon is the star of the show here, combined with a flavorful blend of spices and a few simple ingredients. The end result is an incredibly delicious and healthy meal that is sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. So grab your ingredients and get ready to whip up a meal that is sure to satisfy.
Why this recipe works
This spicy salmon bowl is an Asian inspired dish that is packed full of fresh ingredients and delicious spices. From using fresh cucumber and bell peppers to a kick of heat from Sriracha and chili oil. This low carb Salmon Bowl builds a spicy flavor profile as we give the salmon time to marinate and take on all of those incredible flavors, and then the noodle sauce works to bring everything together.
While the spicy salmon bowl has plenty of tasty fresh vegetables like red cabbage, bell peppers, and carrots, you can also be assured that making this meal as a single serving dish means you’ll have a healthy meal with no waste.
We especially think the addition of the fresh mint leaves as a garnish brings it all together, and the texture of the peanuts works with the softness of the salmon filet and noodles. There is an element of sweet and savory flavors in this tasty bowl of salmon and noodles. If you are carb conscious, the Shirataki noodles keep this dish low carb without sacrificing flavor.
Health Benefits of Salmon
Salmon is a type of fish that is known for its rich flavor and nutrition. It is an excellent source of protein, vitamins, and minerals. It is also high in omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for maintaining healthy cholesterol levels and reducing inflammation. Eating salmon regularly can help to lower the risk of heart disease, stroke, and certain types of cancer. It is also a great source of Vitamin D, which helps to strengthen bones and teeth.
In addition to these health benefits, salmon is also an incredibly versatile ingredient. It can be grilled, baked, sautéed, or even smoked for a unique flavor. It pairs well with a variety of spices and can be used to make everything from salads to tacos. This Shirataki Salmon Bowl is the perfect way to enjoy all the delicious flavors of this healthy fish.
Ingredients Needed For This Recipe
You only need a few ingredients to make this low carb salmon bowl. Grab a pen and add the following ingredients to your shopping list:
For The Bowl
- Salmon filet (substitute: Cubed Salmon)
- Package of Shirataki Noodles (substitute: Regular Rice Vermicelli Noodles if you are not concerned about the carb count)
- Red Cabbage
- Carrot, julienned
- Cucumber, julienned
- Bell Pepper, julienned
- Peanuts, chopped
- Jalapenos (for garnish)
- Fresh Mint Leaves (for garnish)
For the Salmon Marinade
- Soy Sauce (substitute: Coconut Aminos if gluten-free)
- Chili Garlic Sauce
- Avocado Oil (substitute: Olive Oil)
- Truvia (substitute: granulated sugar if not on a low carb diet)
- Garlic Cloves (substitute: Garlic Powder)
- Ginger Powder
For the Noodle Sauce
- Lemon Juice (substitute: Lime Juice)
- Fish Sauce
- Chili Garlic Sauce
- Garlic Powder (substitute: Onion Powder)
- Truvia (substitute: Granulated Sugar, if not on a low carb diet)
In this low carb noodle bowl we have used ½ a packet of Shirataki Noodles (about 3.5 ounces). Shirataki Noodles are both low calorie and low in sugar making them low carb and perfect for this dish. However, if reducing the carbs is not a priority for you, regular Vermicelli noodles will work great in this dish. We like the Three Ladies brand.
Not a noodle Fan?
This is also a dish that would work well with cooked rice! Try jasmine rice, sticky white rice, sushi rice, or brown rice. If you are on a low carb diet and can’t find the Shirataki noodles you can add more vegetables to this dish by using cauliflower rice or palm rice.
We are using Truvia sugar in this recipe to keep it low carb. Truvia is a calorie-free sweetener that works well in balancing the flavors in this dish.
Not on a Low carb diet?
If you are not worried about making this a low carb salmon bowl then standard white sugar will work great as a substitute. Or you can leave the sugar out all together.
Salmon is high in omega-3 fatty acids and protein. It is a very popular and common oily fish to enjoy as part of a balanced diet. Additionally, Salmon is a fish that takes on flavors really well. Especially when you give it time to marinate. You could also use salmon cubes that are similar in weight to a filet if you do not want to use a full piece of Salmon. You may find the salmon pieces bake slightly quicker than the full filet.
Since this is a single serving dish, for the purposes of our recipe we like buying 4-5 ounces of a salmon filet at the grocery store at the Seafood counter or a portioned salmon filet from the freezer section will work great as well.
This is a condiment made from fermented soybeans, salt, water, and wheat. We are using this to add a salty, sweet, and tangy flavor to our noodle bowls. You can also use low-sodium soy sauce if you prefer.
If you are gluten-free please substitute Coconut Aminos fro the Soy Sauce in this dish. Or make sure to use a Gluten-Free Soy Sauce that does not contain wheat.
We are using avocado oil in this recipe because of its high smoke point of about 520° Fahrenheit. It is also a very neutral-tasting oil which is great for this dish since we are already preparing a sauce for the noodles and have a salmon marinade. You could use olive oil as a substitute or even sesame oil if you can’t find avocado oil but you’ll need to watch your fish to make sure it does not burn.
Fish sauce is a popular condiment and seasoning used in Southeast Asian cooking. It is made by fermenting small, salt-cured fish with water and salt for up to a year. The resulting liquid is then strained and bottled. We are using the fish sauce in this dish for the umami flavor which will help to balance the heat of the noodle sauce.
We use a red bell pepper in this recipe for the great color pop, but they are slightly higher in carbs than other colors of bell pepper. If you want to keep this meal lower in carbs you can use a different color bell pepper or even decide not to include it. If you go this route we suggest adding more of the red cabbage.
Chili Garlic Sauce
Chili garlic sauce is a spicy condiment made from a blend of chili peppers, garlic, seasonings, and other ingredients. The chili peppers give the sauce a spicy kick and the garlic adds a savory flavor. The sauce can vary greatly in its spiciness depending on the variety of chili peppers used and the amount of garlic. It is usually quite hot, but it can range from mild to extra hot.
Chili garlic sauce can be bought in jars at many grocery stores, although it is often made from scratch. This ingredient adds a depth of heat and delicious garlic flavor.
Equipment need for this recipe
For this recipe, you will need the following equipment:
- Sheet Pan or Cookie Sheet
- Foil or Parchment Paper
- Small or Medium Bowl
- Sharp Knife
- Vegetable Chopper (to Julienne your veggies) (optional)
- Garlic Crusher (optional)
How to make a spicy salmon bowl
Step 1: Preheat the oven
Preheat the oven to 400F and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Make sure the foil is long enough to fold over and cover the salmon filet.
Step 2: Let’s prepare the salmon
In a small bowl, combine the ingredients for the spicy marinade. Put the salmon in the marinade, making sure the sauce covers the entire filet.
Then cover the bowl with plastic wrap and keep in the fridge for at least 15 minutes as you continue to prep the meal.
Step 3: Cut up your veggies
Wash and prep your fresh veggies. Chop the cabbage and julienne the carrots, cucumber, and bell pepper. Cut the ends of the cilantro or roughly chop if you want smaller pieces. Set all veggie toppings aside.
Pro Tip: You can use a veggie chopper here as a short cut to julienne your vegetables.
Step 4: Creating the noodle sauce
Begin preparing your noodle sauce. In a small bowl, combine the lemon juice, fish sauce, chili garlic sauce, garlic, Truvia granulated sugar, and water. Start with one tablespoon of fish sauce and adjust as needed to desired taste.
Step 5: Baking the salmon
Once the salmon is finished marinating, put it on the foil-lined baking sheet, pour the marinade on top of the salmon, and cover it all with foil. Bake for 12 minutes.
Step 7: Finishing touches to the salmon
As your salmon cooks, in a medium pot, get water boiling for the noodles. Rinse the Shirataki noodles under cold water in a colander for a couple of minutes. Then boil the noodles as per package instructions. The Shirataki noodles take about 2-3 minutes. Regular Vermicelli noodles will take 3-4 minutes.
Step 8: Assemble your spicy salmon bowl
Begin assembling your shirataki salmon noodle bowl. Add the noodles, cabbage, carrots, bell pepper, cilantro, and salmon on top in a layer.
Serve with chopped peanuts, jalapenos, and fresh mint leaves.
Pour the noodle sauce over the top and enjoy!
Storage and leftovers
Since this is a single serving dinner you should have no leftovers of this meal. However, if you want to prep this ahead of time you will need to store it in an airtight container until you are ready to eat. This will last about 3-4 days in the fridge.
You may find that you have a few leftover ingredients because you are making this Spicy Salmon Bowl as a single serving meal.
You will likely have leftover bell pepper, carrot, and red cabbage which can all be stored in the refrigerator and used in other recipes and dishes for the next 5-7 days. You can use any of these ingredients in another meal prep for later in the week or another dinner or lunch recipe.
Chopped vegetables work well in sandwiches and salads for lunches. Bell pepper and carrot can all be prepared and chopped to be added to pasta sauces. You could even pickle some red cabbage to preserve it even longer, but it will also be lovely fried in some garlic oil and served as a side dish for another dinner in the week.
Any of your spices and sauces used in the marinades and noodle sauce will all store perfectly fine in their original packaging in your pantry or fridge to be used another time.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Let’s get cooking a Perfectly Spicy Salmon Bowl
If you love spicy and delicious flavors and are looking for a quick dinner recipe to try then this Perfectly Spicy Salmon Bowl for one is going to be a delicious treat for your tastebuds. Full of fresh ingredients, and sweet and salty flavors, the soft flaky salmon and soft noodles create a delicious meal that is prepared quickly and tastes amazing.
This Spicy Salmon Bowl recipe is a great example of how you can enjoy a low-carb and delicious meal that is made quickly using nutritious and fresh ingredients. Not only that, but it is also an affordable and versatile bowl of goodness that is the ideal healthy weeknight dinner. We also think that seafood dishes work well as single serving meals! And as Salmon Bowls go this one is very filling and oh-so-satisfying. You have to try it!
Perfectly Spicy Salmon Bowl
- Total Time: 35 minutes
- Yield: 1 1x
Are you looking for a delicious and simple meal that packs a flavor punch? The Perfectly Spicy Salmon Bowl is the perfect dish for your hungry taste buds. This recipe is easy to make and uses quality ingredients that will tantalize your palate with a medley of flavors. Salmon is the star of the show here, combined with a flavorful blend of spices and a few simple ingredients. The end result is an incredibly delicious and healthy meal that is sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. So grab your ingredients and get ready to whip up a meal that is sure to satisfy.
For the Bowl:
- 4–5 oz salmon filet
- 1/2 package of Shirataki Noodles (3.5 oz) (substitute: vermicelli noodles)
- 1/4 head of Red Cabbage
- 1 bunch of Cilantro
- 1/2 medium Carrot, julienned
- 1/2 small Red Bell Pepper, julienned
- 1/8 cup of Peanuts, chopped
- Jalapeno (for garnish)
- Fresh Mint Leaves (for garnish)
- 1.5 tablespoons of Soy Sauce (substitute: coconut aminos)
- 2 tablespoons of Chili Garlic Sauce
- 1.5 tablespoons of Avocado Oil (or other oil with a high smoke point)
- 1 teaspoon of Truvia (substitute: granulated sugar)
- 3 Garlic Cloves, minced (substitute: garlic powder)
- Ginger Powder
- 1/2 juice of a small Lemon
- 1 tablespoon of Fish Sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon of Chili Garlic Sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon of Sriracha
- Garlic Powder
- 1.5 tablespoons Truvia (substitute: granulated sugar)
- 1/4 cup Water
Preheat the Oven: Start by preheating the oven to 400 F and lining a baking sheet with foil. Make sure it is long enough to fold over and cover the salmon.
Make the Marinade: In a medium mixing bowl, combine the ingredients for the marinade. Peel the skin from the garlic and roughly chop. You can put the garlic cloves in a garlic crusher to speed up the process instead of mincing.
Marinate the Salmon: Put the salmon in the marinade, making sure the sauce covers it. Then cover the bowl with plastic wrap and keep in the fridge for at least 15 minutes.
Chop the Veggies: While the salmon marinates, wash and prep your vegetables. Chop the cabbage and julienne the carrots, cucumber, and bell pepper. Cut the ends of the cilantro or roughly chop if you want smaller pieces. Set all veggie toppings aside.
Prepare the Sauce: Begin preparing your noodle sauce. In a small bowl, combine the lemon juice, fish sauce, chili garlic sauce, garlic, Truvia granulated sugar, and water.
Prepare your Baking Sheet: Once the salmon is finished marinating, put on the foil lined baking sheet, pour the marinade on top of salmon, and cover it all with foil. Bake for 12 minutes.
Prepare the noodles: In a large pot, get water boiling for the noodles. Then boil the noodles as per package instructions. Shirataki Noodles are packaged in liquid. Instructions were to rinse, then drain, then parboil for 2-3 minutes, and drain again. If using regular Vermicelli noodles these will need to boil for 3-4 minutes or you can pour hot over over them to soften in a bowl.
Broil the salmon: Once the salmon is done baking, remove the top layer of foil and then stick back in the oven to broil for 3-5 minutes. This will slightly char the salmon and give it a sticky sauce. All ovens are different so keep a close eye ensuring it doesn’t burn.
Assemble your bowl: Begin assembling your shirataki noodle bowl. Add the noodles, cabbage, carrots, cucumber, bell pepper, cilantro, and salmon.
Serve and enjoy: Serve with chopped peanuts, a jalapeno, and fresh mint leaves. Pour the sauce over and enjoy!
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- You can use a different bell pepper if you want less carbs as red is slightly higher. Or it can be omitted entirely.
- Using a garlic crusher and a julienne slicer speeds up the prep process.
- When turning on broiler, it should be preheated at least 1 minute before sticking the salmon back in the oven.
- Prep Time: 20
- Cook Time: 15
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Oven
- Cuisine: Asian Inspired
Keywords: spicy salmon bowl