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My new go-to weeknight dinner – Spicy Chipotle Honey Salmon Bowls. Smoky, slightly spicy, chipotle roasted salmon, with cilantro vinaigrette, served over bowls of steamed rice with a salted feta and avocado salad…plus some creamy chipotle mayo too.  These colorful and fresh salmon bowls might seem involved, but they’re simple to make and full of so much flavor.

Spicy Chipotle Honey Salmon Bowls with limes on table and fork in bowl

I’ve mentioned this before, but I can often go through phases of loving certain styles of food. Right now, I’m loving any dish served bowl style. Ideally with rice, but greens are great too!

Either way, I have so many fresh spring “bowls” lined up for you that I can’t wait to share! But this spicy salmon is my favorite. It really does have everything good piled into one bowl. Steamed rice, chipotle roasted salmon, a salty and creamy avocado feta salad, plus some chipotle mayo to really round out the bowl.

Chipotle Honey salmon on sheet pan after roasting

The details are simple

Which you might not guess by looking at the ingredient list. I promise the recipe just looks long, but it’s really not hard at all.

Start out with the salmon. I love to roast the salmon in the oven with a mix of chipotle in adobo, oil, honey, and a touch of tamari (or soy sauce). The honey really helps balance out the heat and the tamari adds a salty umami flavor. This may seem odd, but trust me, it’s so delish.

Throw everything into the oven to roast. The entire cooking process is honestly less than 10 minutes, it’s so fast! And just like with my salmon tacos, I love to give everything a little crispiness right before I pull the pan out of the oven. So for the last minute of cooking, I switch the oven to broil. I then let everything get a nice crispiness around the edges. Be sure to watch carefully though!

If you’re not a fan of salmon, or just want to switch things up, I think a buttery fillet of cod would be delicious too. Or even just some shrimp!

While the salmon cooks, I make the simplest cilantro vinegaratte and then an avocado salad/salsa situation.

prep photo of chopped avocados

For the vinegaratte, there are just a few simple ingredients. But I do think it’s important to make. It really adds a nice sauciness to the bowl. Just a little oil, vinegar, honey, and cilantro are all you need!

And the salad. This might just be my favorite layer in this bowl. Avocado, cucumber, so much cilantro, so much feta cheese, a serrano pepper (you can use a jalapeño too), cumin, a little oil, and a lemon-lime mix.

I love mixing the lemon and lime for a mix of citrus, it’s subtle but unexpected.

avocado salad in bowl


Steam the rice. Of course, quinoa, brown rice, or really any other grain would work too. Then layer everything in… salmon, salad, drizzle over the vinegarette, and dollop with lots of chipotle mayo.

So much happening, but really it comes together quickly since we’re just repeating ingredients throughout.

Spicy Chipotle Honey Salmon Bowls very close up

Totally delicious and this will be great for the warmer spring and summer days ahead.

Looking for other salmon recipes? Here are a few…

Sheet Pan Chipotle Salmon Tacos with Pineapple Jalapeño Salsa

Parchment Baked Roasted Red Pepper Salmon

Coconut Curry Salmon with Garlic Butter

Lastly, if you make these Spicy Chipotle Honey Salmon Bowls, 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!

Spicy Chipotle Honey Salmon Bowls

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories Per Serving: 1040 kcal

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


Avocado Feta Salad

Chipotle Mayo


  • 1. Preheat the oven to 450° F. 
    2. On a baking sheet, toss the salmon pieces with 3 tablespoons olive oil, chipotle in adobo, 2 tablespoons honey, tamari (or soy sauce), and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Arrange in a single layer. Roast 10-15 minutes or until the salmon is cooked to your liking. During the last minute, switch the oven to broil and broil until lightly charred. Set the salmon aside.
    3. In a small bowl, whisk together 3 tablespoons olive oil, 2 teaspoons honey, and the apple cider vinegar. Stir in the cilantro and season with salt and pepper. Set the sauce aside for serving.
    4. To make the salad. Combine the avocado, cucumbers, serrano pepper, cilantro, cumin, and feta in a bowl. Toss with the olive oil, lime, lemon juice, and season with salt.
    5. For the mayo, combine all ingredients in a bowl.
    6. Spoon the salmon over the bowls of rice. Top with the avocado salad and drizzle the cilantro lime sauce over everyting. Add a dollop of spicy mayo. Enjoy!
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Spicy Chipotle Honey Salmon Bowls wit avocado salad next to the bowl

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  1. 5 stars
    Great recipe! Perfect way to use the excess of cucumbers in the garden. We will be making this often!!

    1. Hey Carol,
      Amazing!! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks for making it and sharing your review! xxT

  2. 5 stars
    This is made at least twice a month! My husband isn’t a fan of salmon but will request this one 🙂 I personally love the recipe and think it’s great to serve when company is over! Thank yoooou

    1. Hey Natalie,
      Happy Sunday!! Thanks so much for making this recipe so often, I am so glad it is always a hit! xTieghan

    1. Hi Fiona,
      Amazing! Thanks for sharing your feedback and making this recipe, I am so glad it was enjoyed:)

    1. Hi Elise,
      Awesome!! Thanks a bunch for making this recipe:) I am so glad it was enjoyed! Hope you’re off to a great Monday! xxT

  3. 3 stars
    I thought this was just ok.
    The flavours weren’t my favourite and it seemed like a lot of work for an alright meal. I love HBH, this just wasn’t a fave of mine.

    1. Hi Dani,
      Thanks for giving this recipe a try and sharing your feedback, sorry to hear it was not enjoyed! xx

  4. 5 stars
    this is hands down our new favorite salmon recipe! even my grandma loved it. the only thing I changed was to puree the chiles/sauces in a blender because I was too lazy to chop up all the peppers. so good!!

    1. Hey Emma,
      Wonderful!! Thanks so much for sharing your feedback and making this recipe! Hope you’re off to a great weekend! xTieghan

  5. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious. Had to make a few modifications but all in all will definitely make again. I got an “I love it” from my teen daughter and a “this is really good” from my husband who is not a big salmon fan. Thanks again.

    1. Hey Patti,
      Wonderful!! Thanks so much for sharing your feedback and making this recipe! Hope you’re off to a great weekend! xTieghan

  6. 5 stars
    Love this recipe! I substituted Greek yogurt for the mayo! It was amazing and can’t wait to make it again!!! Thanks Tieghan

    1. Hi Ann,
      Happy Friday!!? I am thrilled to hear this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a bunch for giving it a try! xxT

    1. I wasn’t sure what to do with my salmon fillets so I cut them in bite-size pieces with the skin on and bake them. Then after they were baked the skin fell off easily and I included the oils from the pan into my dressing!
      Oh so yum!

    2. Hi Lisa,
      Thanks for your review and trying this recipe out, I love to hear that it was a winner! Have the best Thursday! ?xTieghan

  7. Recipe is delicious and I’ve shared it with a couple people. It would be easier to follow if the sauce ingredients were listed seperately from the Salmon ingredients. Also, on the printed recipe it refers to cilantro lime sauce but the sauce doesn’t have any lime in it. Kept going back and forth between ingredients and instructions trying to see if i missed something.

    1. Hi Mary,
      Thanks for giving the recipe a try and sharing your feedback! Yes, you can add some lime to the sauce:) Let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  8. 5 stars
    I make this recipe once a week…it’s our new favorite. It’s delicious, SO simple and PRETTY! Love everything about it.

  9. 5 stars
    Absolutely DELISH! So easy, so yummy. Definitely going to be a quick and easy favorite for a while 🙂 Thank you Tieghan!

    1. Hey Jozette,
      Amazing!! I am so glad this recipe was a hit, thanks a lot for trying it out! Have the best weekend! ☀️xx

    1. Hey Meredith,
      Wonderful!! Thanks so much for making this recipe, I love to hear that it was enjoyed!! Have the best weekend! xx

  10. This looks delish! Trying to prepare a meal for vegetarian guests. Can this be made with tofu instead of salmon? If so, would the instruction/ingredients remain the same? Thank you!

    1. Hey Tanya,
      Sure, tofu would be great, I really have never cooked with it so I am not sure if the cooking instructions would be the same, but I would use them as a guide! Let me know how the recipe turns out! xx

  11. 5 stars
    Third time making this in 3 months.. such a fantastic flavor explosion! I haven’t had an avocado one time but didn’t deplete much at all. Nothing but praise for this dish from my family of 5

    1. Hey Elise,
      Awesome!! Thanks so much for trying this recipe out, I am so glad they were enjoyed! Have a great Wednesday! xT