Salmon rice bowl with roasted red pepper sauce is the ultimate feel good dinner meal. Think hearty rice, topped with soft tender salmon, roasted asparagus and zucchini and drizzled with a creamy tahini roasted red pepper sauce. Gluten Free and Dairy Free.
Oh salmon, salmon, my all time favorite fish. And hello red rice my new favorite way to eat red rice. So while renting an apartment in Medellin, Colombia, in a health food store I stumbled across a bag of red rice.
Umm yes please, throw that into the cart.
And then I looked at the receipt after my purchase.
$10 for 500 grams of red rice. The equivalent of 2-3 cups. Woops. And that’s why it didn’t have a price tag right on the bag. So I knew I needed to make something amazing with the red rice, something deserving of the price tag. A real winner meal.
Meet your new favorite dinner – a salmon rice bowl; healthy salmon, red rice, veggie bowls with a specially crafted roasted red pepper sauce for fish. We’re talking crunchy hearty red rice, and lightly crisped up soft, flaky, tender salmon + oven roasted irresistible asparagus with zucchini. And if that wasn’t enough on its own, we’re then going to pour on top of it the best concoction of roasted red pepper sauce for fish – a creamy and rich roasted red pepper and tahini sauce.
Remember when I first made oven roasted red peppers from scratch for the first time ever just months ago and then became obsessed with them and made (vegan creamy roasted red pepper soup, and then vegan creamy roasted red pepper pasta, and finally red snapper fillets with romesco sauce)? Well this roasted red pepper sauce is a welcome addition to the roasted red pepper club.
While I did not roast my own peppers this time (gasp, I know) trust me this is delicious even with the jarred ones (so imagine the flavor explosion if you make your own).
This salmon rice bowl might just be my new favorite meal. I needed seconds, and thirds immediately. The sauce is seriously finger licking good as is every other component of this dish. Make a huge batch of roasted red pepper sauce for fish and eat for days. And yes there are a lot of components to this dish but it is all worth it in the end.
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Salmon rice bowl with roasted red peppers is the ultimate feel good dinner meal. Think hearty rice, topped with soft tender salmon, roasted asparagus and zucchini and drizzled with a creamy tahini roasted red pepper sauce. Gluten Free and Dairy Free.
- 1 cup red rice cooked according to package directions
- 1 pound salmon
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil divided
- 1 pound asparagus tough end cut off
- 6 small zucchini cut into thirds lengthwise
- salt and pepper to taste
- For the sauce:
- 1 cup roasted red peppers
- 4 tablespoons tahini (start with 1-2 tablespoons and add more as needed)
- 1 clove garlic chopped
- 3 tablespoons coconut milk
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 2 tablespoons water optional - as needed to thin out the sauce
Cook red rice according to package directions (add rice and 2 cups of water to a pot, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 40-45 mins)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Toss asparagus and zucchini with 1/2 tablespoon olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place on baking sheet in single layer and bake for 20-30 minutes, turning over half way, until cooked through.
Heat pan over medium-high heat and add remaining 1/2 tablespoon olive oil. Add salmon fillet when pan is hot, almost smoked. Cook on each side until browned and cooked through. Cut salmon into 4 pieces.
In a blender combine sauce ingredients, roasted red peppers, tahini, garlic, coconut milk, smoked paprika and water as needed. Add more water if you desire a more liquidy sauce.
Serve red rice topped with salmon, roasted veggies and drizzled with sauce.