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My new go-to salmon bowl, BBQ Salmon Bowls with Mango Jalapeño Sauce. Spicy chipotle BBQ roasted salmon and sweet mango salsa, served over steamed rice, with a creamy jalapeño sauce. This spicy tropical salmon bowl is made all on one sheet pan and in no time at all. A quick, vibrant, and delicious winter dinner.

BBQ Salmon Rice Bowls with Mango Jalapeño Salsa |

A colorful recipe for a Monday in January! Here’s the thing, I’m definitely still loving these cozy winter snow days. I’ve yet to start craving any kind of tropical vacation. But I’m not worried. I know the desire for warmer weather will come in a few weeks once I really get tired of being cold.

I have my eyes set on a Turks and Caicos vacation this year, but maybe closer to March.

Regardless of the weather, recipe-wise I’ve been embracing every ounce of wintery color I can. I’m using a lot of winter citrus, pomegranate, sweet potatoes, greens, mangos, and pineapple. Fresh eats for wintery days!

This fun and colorful rice bowl is inspired by my time spent in the Caribbean. Since my Nonnie passed, my grandpa often spends the winter somewhere tropical. I’ve been lucky enough to get to visit him a few of those times.

I’ll never go as far as saying this is a traditional Caribbean-style recipe, but the inspiration is all there. So many spices, so much flavor, lots of sauce, and of course yummy salmon!

I kept the process pretty simple too! So we have to love that.

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Season the fish with my favorite tropical “BBQ” style seasoning blend. It’s a mix of chili powder, smoked paprika, dried thyme, and onion powder. Hopefully all spices you have in your pantry.

Rub the salmon filets with the spice mix, plus a bit of brown sugar.

The next step is to roast the fish until crispy. Then, during the final 1-2 minutes of cooking, rub the garlic over the fish, add chili flakes, and then butter. Let the butter melt over the garlic, it will turn a nice golden color. It’s not a required step, but it makes the salmon really, really delicious. I think it completes the dish and makes every bite melt in your mouth.

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While the fish is cooking, I like to make the salsa. The only reason this takes any time/effort is due to chopping everything up. Once you have the mango and avocado diced, toss everything together in a bowl.

Same with the creamy jalapeño sauce. Use cream cheese cheese mixed with a jarred salsa verde and pickled jalapeños.

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Both are really simple and add such a great flavor to this bowl. Then, just add rice to finish this up.

This is such a simple, wholesome, and delicious meal. The perfect (non-boring) recipe to really keep things fun during the week and especially during the winter. Chips on the side are especially delicious with this chunky fruity salsa and creamy verde sauce.

BBQ Salmon Rice Bowls with Mango Jalapeño Salsa |

Looking for other quick recipes? Here are a few ideas: 

Crispy Jalapeño Cream Cheese Buffalo Chicken Taquitos

Sheet Pan Chipotle Salmon Tacos with Pineapple Jalapeño Salsa

Crockpot Crispy Chicken Tinga Tacos with Avocado Jalapeño Crema

Coconut Curry Salmon with Garlic Butter

Skillet Chicken Fajitas with Creamy Jalapeño Verde Sauce

Lastly, if you make this BBQ Salmon Bowls with Mango Jalapeño Sauce, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

BBQ Salmon Bowls with Mango Jalapeño Sauce

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories Per Serving: 297 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.


Mango Salsa


  • 1. Preheat the oven to 450° F. 
    2. On a baking sheet, rub the salmon with olive oil, honey, chili powder, paprika, dried thyme, onion powder, and a pinch of salt. Arrange in a single layer. Roast 10-15 minutes or until the fish is cooked to your liking.
    3. Remove the pan and then rub the salmon with garlic, add a pat of butter to each filet. Sprinkle with chili flakes. Switch the oven to broil and broil until lightly charred. 
    4. To make the salsa. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
    5. Serve the salmon over bowls of rice. Drizzle the butter over the salmon and top with basil or cilantro. Jalapeño sauce recipe in notes.


Creamy Jalapeño Sauce: 
4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
3/4 cup salsa verde
2-3 tablespoons pickled jalapeños, chopped
To make the sauce, melt together the cream cheese and salsa verde in a small skillet over low-low heat, whisking constantly until creamy. Remove from the heat and stir in the jalapeños.


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  1. 5 stars
    One of my favorite ways to eat salmon. I also discovered today it lends itself well to cooking the salmon from frozen which prevents my frequent defrosting mishaps! One of the few ways I can get the rest of my family to eat salmon. Thanks for the delicious recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve made this so many times and it is ridiculously amazing. Tonight, I doubled the spices and made it with steelhead trout and it was probably the best thing I have ever made. Thank you, Tieghan 💛

    1. Hi Zoe,
      Happy Sunday!!🍋🍊 I am thrilled to hear that this recipe turned out well for you, thank you so much for making it! xT

  3. This one was a big hit and so easy. The only minor issue was I missed the ingredients for the creamy jalapeno sauce because it was in a “Notes” section at the bottom of the recipe and the ingredients for it weren’t included up at the top of the recipe with everything else. I’ll remember for next time, it was still delicious!

    1. Hi Vi,
      Happy Friday!!🥑🍑 I love to hear that this recipe was a hit, thanks a lot for making it and sharing your review! Sorry about the sauce! xT

      1. 5 stars
        All good! I hadn’t seen that in a recipe listing before, but I know now to go all the way through your recipes before finishing up my shopping list. =)

  4. 4 stars
    We loved this dish! Instead of a creamy jalapeño sauce we did a dairy-free ancho chili pepper sauce. It complemented the smokey seasoning on the salmon and, with the mango brightening up the dish, it was balanced perfectly!

    1. Hey Victoria,
      Happy Monday!! I am so glad to hear that this recipe turned out well for you, thanks for making it! xx

  5. 4 stars
    2/2 of comments. I forgot to mention that my friend who made this with me had detested salmon for a few months. But we made this and she was downing it same as me! It helped that the salmon fillets were not very fishy. A momentous occasion. Again the mango salsa was the star ⭐️ and complemented the salmon here!

  6. I missed the ingredients for the jalapeño sauce initially because they’re separate from the main list of ingredients, but my friend graciously made a supplementary trip to the grocery so we could experience this recipe in its full glory. And it was wonderful! The different flavors of the Caribbean-inspired dish really came together beautifully in an unexpected way. The mango salsa makes the salmon pop! Just don’t use cilantro stems the first time around like I did. Thankfully I had prepped 5 large mangoes and had enough diced cubes to remake the salsa. We also added sugar to the mangoes since they weren’t at their ripest/juiciest. Definitely give this recipe a try! It’s so fun to put on a food artist hat and arrange the salmon and sauces over rice.

    1. Hey Eliana,
      Happy Friday!! So glad to hear that you enjoyed this recipe, thanks for making it and sharing your comment! xx

    1. Hey Angela,
      Sure, I don’t see why not, I would say the salmon is good for 3ish days! Let me know if you have any other questions! xx

  7. 5 stars
    My son-in-law made this recipe for me two weeks ago and it was so delicious I had to make it at home for myself (twice). This is my new favourite salmon recipe!

    1. Hey Anne,
      Happy Monday!!🌴 I appreciate you making this recipe and sharing your comment, so glad to hear it turned out well for you! xT

  8. 5 stars
    This is absolutely delicious! Have already made this a few times. Tons of flavour. We love it. Thank you so much for another incredible recipe!

    1. Hi Robyn,
      Happy Sunday! 😃 Thanks a bunch for trying this recipe out, so glad to hear it turned out well for you! xx

  9. I had never tried salmon (that I can remember). But my 10 year old fell in love with it at a restaurant and has begged for it ever since. When I saw this recipe, I knew this was the one. It is amazingly delicious and so easy to make! We will have it again soon! Thank you!!

    1. Hey Gretchen,
      Happy Wednesday!! I appreciate you making this recipe and sharing your feedback, so glad to hear it was tasty! xx