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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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    1. Hey Kathleen,
      Happy Monday!!☀️🌊 I appreciate you making this recipe and your comment, so glad to hear that it was a hit! xT

  1. 5 stars
    I’ve made this recipe at least 10 times and EVERY time is a massive hit. I do serve it over cauliflower rice as the salmon and salad is quite filling, we love it this way.

    Thank you Tieghan for this fabulous dish!!!!!

    1. Hi Teri,
      Wonderful!! I love to hear that you have been enjoying this recipe so much, thanks for making it so often! xT

  2. 5 stars
    This was AMAZING!! I made this dish this evening for a friend and I am so pleased with this recipe. The salmon is to live for and even though I’m not a mayo fan, I loved the chipotle mayo- it really brought it all together. I made some cabbage salad with summer veggies and lime juice and mango salsa to throw in too. It was BEYOND!!! Thank you so much!

    1. Hi Shelly,
      Amazing!! So glad to hear that this recipe turned out well for you, thanks for making it! Happy 4th of July weekend! 🇺🇸🍓

  3. 5 stars
    This one is a fan favorite at our house! A perfect little bowl with so much flavor. I always have salmon leftover for the next day’s lunch!

    1. Thanks so much for trying this recipe Hallye!! I love to hear that it was a winner and appreciate you making it! xx

    1. Hi Courtney,
      Totally, the air fryer should work well for you! Let me know how this recipe turns out, I hope it’s a hit! xT

  4. 5 stars
    This recipe was so delicious! Even though there were a lot of ingredients & steps, it came together pretty quickly. So, so good! Thank you

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

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

  5. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious and making again for the 3rd time! The flavors are amazing and I love sauces so this one is on the money for me! Whole family loves it!

    1. Thanks so much Jennifer! Love to hear that this dish turned out well for you, thanks for making it! xx

    1. Hi Cyndi,
      Amazing!! So glad to hear that this recipe turned out well for you and thanks for trying it! Have a great weekend:) xx

  6. 5 stars
    Hi Tieghen. I have not made this yet, but I’m a huge fan of all the wonderfully layered flavors you put together, and can’t wait to try this one. Question: Can any parts of this be made ahead? I’m carrying to a friend’s house. Thanks so much!!

    1. Thanks so much Betsy!! You could make the avocado feta salad and chipotle mayo in advance! You could also have the salmon ready to go on your baking sheet through step 2. I hope this helps! xx

  7. Holy smokes did we love this recipe. My husband and I tried it last night for the first time, and on taking the first bite just looked at each other with our eyes huge… it’s amazing! So much going on- plenty of heat but a balance with the avocado, cuc and feta. And super filling due to the pack of protein. We were not even done with the first helping and we we’re strategizing who to invite over the next time we made it. Thanks for another recipe that feels special weekend-y but is an easy Thursday night meal!

    1. Love to hear this Wendy!! Thanks so much for trying this recipe and your feedback! Have a wonderful weekend!🌈🌤️ xT

  8. 5 stars
    My husband and I love this recipe! I made it for the 2nd time tonight and prepped a lot of it earlier in the day so the sauces each really came together.
    I’m pregnant and can’t have sushi. This is a great way to get my sushi fix in. Will definitely be making this again!

    1. Hey Brittany,
      Happy Friday!!🍪🍦 Thanks so much for trying this recipe and sharing your feedback, so glad to hear that it turned out well for you! xT

  9. 2 stars
    WAY too heavy and rich for our taste. Did not need the chipotle mayo. And unclear what to do with the vinegar sauce. Will not make again. Good salmon does not need this much stuff on it. The avocado salsa and a light citrus vinaigrette would have been plenty. However, all the parts separately were divine:o)

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

      1. It is so sad that people feel the need to make these sorts of remarks that are negative and not productive. This is a delicious recipe we have made several times. Keep the great recipes coming!