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This colorful Chili Crisp Salmon Bowl with Avocado Mango Salsa is full of Thai flavors and made so simply. Made with flavorful Thai curry paste and doused in a homemade chili onion crisp butter sauce. The salmon is cooked until caramelized around the edges then added to bowls of rice. A fresh, bright mango-avocado herb salsa is spooned overtop for a balance of spicy, sweet, tangy, and savory flavor. Altogether, it’s so delicious and made in about 30 minutes. The perfect spring and summer dinner bowl!

Chili Crisp Salmon Bowl with Avocado Mango Salsa |

It’s no secret that we really do love a rice bowl around here. Whether it’s chicken, salmon, or even beef, no one turns down a rice bowl over here.

One of my favorites to date is my chili crisp chicken and mango rice bowl. I made it around this time last year and it’s one of the few recipes I actually make over and over. I just love the freshness, herbs, spiciness, salty chicken, and then all that sweet mango. All my favorite flavors.

I wanted to take that bowl and share a twist on the recipe using salmon and addin a crunchy onion butter sauce on top.

Chili Crisp Salmon Bowl with Avocado Mango Salsa |

The sauce inspiration comes from Trader Joe’s Crunchy Chili Onion sauce that so many seem to really adore. We don’t have a Trader Joe’s in my town or the surrounding area, but that sauce sounds so delicious.

I love the idea of a crunchy onion chili sauce. Maybe even more than the classic garlic chili sauce! And that’s when I got the idea for this recipe. Salmon with a spicy curry rub, sweet mango, and then a chili onion crisp butter sauce. It all sounded so yummy and fun to make, so I went for it! And fortunately, the whole dish turned out delish!

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Here are details

Start with the mango-avocado salsa. This is possibly my favorite salsa! Lots of ripe fresh mango, fresh cilantro, fresh basil, toasted seeds, a little spice from a jalapeño pepper, and lots of fresh lime juice.

Just toss everything together in a bowl, no fancy steps.

Chili Crisp Salmon Bowl with Avocado Mango Salsa |

For the salmon

It’s a little crispy, a little spicy, salty, and tangy – yet also simple. Rub the filet of salmon with a red curry paste. It’s a mix of Thai red curry paste, brown sugar – to help the fish caramelize, curry powder, and a splash of fish sauce.

And then the chili onion butter, make sure it’s a high-quality grass-fed butter for the best flavor. I love Straus Organic European Butter. Next, cook the garlic and chili flakes in the butter until golden and crisp, and then, mix in dried onion flakes.

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To finish, I serve the salmon over coconut rice. Spoon the butter over every piece of salmon, then top each bowl with the mango salsa.

This takes less than an hour to make, is so delicious, and fun. It’s an immediate mood boost! All those fresh herbs really make a difference.

Chili Crisp Salmon Bowl with Avocado Mango Salsa |

Looking for other quick weeknight dinners? Here are some favorites:

Crispy Honey Ginger Salmon Bowl

Spicy Chipotle Honey Salmon Bowls

Thai Black Pepper Chicken and Garlic Noodles

Coconut Popcorn Chicken with Sweet Thai Chili Lime Sauce

30 Minute Sticky Thai Meatballs with Sesame Noodles

Better Than Takeout Sweet Thai Basil Chicken

Lastly, if you make this Chili Crisp Salmon Bowl with Avocado Mango Salsa, 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!

Chili Onion Crisp Salmon Bowl with Avocado Mango Salsa

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories Per Serving: 472 kcal

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





  • 1.  To make the salsa. Gently toss all ingredients in a bowl. Season with salt.
    2. Preheat the oven to 450° F. Place the salmon on a baking sheet.
    3. In a bowl, mix the olive oil, red curry paste, brown sugar, curry powder, and fish sauce. Rub the paste all over the salmon. Roast 10 minutes or until the fish is cooked to your liking. Switch the oven to broil and broil until lightly charred (watch closely!). 
    4. Meanwhile, in a small skillet melt together the butter, garlic, and a pinch of chili flakes. Cook until the butter is browning and the garlic is crisp. Mix in the onion flakes.
    5. Break the salmon over the bowls of rice. Pour the chili butter over the salmon. Top with the mango salad. Enjoy!


Spicy Curry Powder:
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2-1 teaspoon cayenne
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
kosher salt and black pepper
Mix everything to combine. Makes 2-3 tablespoons.
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  1. In your description of the salsa, you talk about using cilantro and fresh basil but I don’t see basil listed in the ingredients. Can you tell me how much to use?

  2. This may be a silly question but I do have that tj’s onion chili crisp in my pantry begging to be used. Could you add this to the sauce in some way or would it be too oily with the butter as well?

  3. 5 stars
    Delicious combinations of flavors! We loved it! I did not put the onion flakes in the butter and I needed a little sugar in the salsa because my mango was ripe but not very sweet. Other than that I followed the recipe and was not one bit disappointed.

    1. Hi Vernita,
      Happy Monday!! I am thrilled to hear that this dish turned out well for you, thanks for trying it and your comment!🌼🌸 xx

  4. 4 stars
    Tasty flavor combination but would avoid the dehydrated onion flakes as it felt like we might break a tooth when crunching into them. Did not use the seeds in the salsa either.

    1. Thanks so much Mary!! I love to hear that this recipe turned out well for you and appreciate you making it! Sorry to hear about your onion flakes, they sound expired!! Happy Friday!

  5. 5 stars
    This checked all the boxes! Simple, fresh, bursting with incredible flavor, and on the table in 30 minutes! Thank you so much for always sharing your incredible recipes! My family just loves everything I make of yours SO much ❤️

    1. Hi Brookelyn,
      Fantastic!! I appreciate you making this recipe and your comment, love to hear that it turned out well for you!🍒🥭