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Blackened Salmon Rice Bowls

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If you are looking for a tasty, flavorful family-friendly dinner that is ready in just 15 minutes, you are going to LOVE these Blackened Salmon Bowls. Pan-fried salmon fillets seasoned with blackened seasoning (or Cajun seasoning), black beans, corn, avocado, all served over perfectly cooked and flaky Ben’s Original™ Ready Rice™ Jasmine Rice and garnished with fresh cilantro.

Start to finish in just 15 minutes!

Blackened salmon in a bowl of rice with black beans, corn, avocado, cucumber.

Related recipe: Blackened Salmon with Mango Relish

Quick and easy dinner bowls

We love the convenience of Ben’s Original™ Ready Rice™, which is ready in just 90 seconds in the microwave! Ben’s Original™ Ready Rice™ has several varieties: Jasmine Rice, Basmati Rice, Whole Grain Brown Rice, and Spanish Rice, so you can choose your favorite to create a dinner that the whole family will love.

Ben’s Original™ Ready Rice™ is super versatile, convenient, high-quality, great-tasting, and so easy to use.

We are big fans of fragrant Jasmine rice in this house, and I love how Ben’s Original™ Ready Rice™ comes out perfectly cooked and flaky in just 90 seconds in the microwave. Just transfer the rice from the pouch to your dinner bowl (or plate!), top it with your favorite toppings, and dinner is ready! Learn more about Ben’s Original™ Ready Rice™ here.

Man grabbing a pouch of Ben's Rice out of the microwave.

Related recipe: Brown Rice Taco Bowls

Ingredients

All the ingredients for these blackened salmon bowls are readily available at Walmart, whether you choose to order online for store pickup, or shop in store. Here's what you need to make 4 servings:

  • 2 pouches Ben’s Original™ Ready Rice™ Jasmine Rice (or use 1 bag per person, if you have a hungry family)
  • 4 salmon fillets
  • 2-4 teaspoons blackened seasoning, or to taste (see note below for non-spicy options!)
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can corn kernels, drained and rinsed
  • 2 Hass avocados, sliced
  • Fresh cilantro and lime for garnish, to taste
  • ½ red onion, thinly sliced
  • Optional: salt and pepper, to taste

Use this link to shop for all the ingredients at walmart.com!

Tablet showing walmart website: shopping for Ben's rice.

Note: blackened seasoning can be a little spicy, so if you have kids or anyone in the family who doesn't want spice, simply use taco seasoning or a little paprika, onion powder, and garlic powder in its place!

Ingredients to make blackened salmon rice bowls.

Optional add-ons:

We love to switch up the toppings for these salmon rice bowls. Here are a few other favorites that you can mix and match with the above ingredients:

  • Sliced cucumber
  • Sliced radish
  • Shredded cabbage or coleslaw
  • Steamed broccoli
  • Chopped green onion
  • Guacamole
  • Sour cream
  • Hot sauce
  • Olives

Related recipe: Easy Chicken Mole (another delicious recipe idea to serve over rice!)

Instructions

Using Ben’s Original™ Ready Rice™ Jasmine Rice is super convenient! Here's how to make these salmon rice bowls:

Step 1: Pat the salmon fillets dry and season with blackened seasoning. Check your seasoning packaging to see if it has sodium/salt added. If not, you should also season each salmon fillet with a pinch of salt.

Step 2: Preheat a large non-stick skillet, and place the salmon on the skillet skin-down. Cook over medium-low heat for 3-4 minutes, or until the bottom half of the salmon turns pink. Carefully flip the salmon and cook on the other side for about 3-4 minutes, or until the salmon is fully cooked.

Cajun salmon cooking in a skillet.

Step 3: While the salmon is cooking, prepare the rice in the microwave: follow the instructions on the Ben’s Original™ Ready Rice™ packaging to squeeze the pouch to separate the rice. Tear two inches at the top to vent the pouches, and cook 2 pouches for 2.5 minutes.

If cooking 3 pouches, cook 2 pouches for 2.5 minutes, and then the third one for 90 seconds. If cooking 4 pouches, cook 2 at a time for 2.5 minutes each.

Carefully transfer the hot rice to the bowls.

Scooping rice from a rice pouch.

Step 4: Prepare the rest of the ingredients: rinse the black beans and corn. If you like, you can heat the black beans and corn up in a skillet or the microwave, and stir in a few pinches of blackened seasoning. Slice your avocado, and pluck off some cilantro leaves. Thinly slice the red onion. Slice the lime.

Step 5: Assemble the bowls: divide the Ben’s Original™ Ready Rice™ Jasmine Rice between 4 bowls. Top with cooked salmon fillets, black beans, corn, avocado, and cilantro. Squeeze some lime over the whole bowl and enjoy!

Squeezing lime over cajun blackened salmon fillet.

Related recipe: 10-minute Pan-Fried Salmon with Apricot Relish

Ben’s Original™ and community outreach

One of the reasons we love Ben’s Original™  is that they do a lot to help underserved communities get access to nutritious meals. Ben's Original™ Seat at the Table Scholarship Fund provides mentorship and educational opportunities to underrepresented individuals and creates opportunities for people to pursue careers in the food industry. You can learn more about this scholarship and Ben's Original™ community outreach programs here.

Give these salmon rice bowls with Ben’s Original™ Ready Rice™ a try! And don't forget to share it on Facebook and save it on Pinterest for later!

Close up of a blackened salmon rice bowl.

Blackened salmon rice bowl with toppings.
Print Recipe
5 from 3 votes

Blackened Salmon Rice Bowls

Ready in just 15 minutes, these Blackened Salmon Rice Bowls are super tasty, filling, and easy to make. A convenient weeknight dinner that is a family favorite!
Prep Time7 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Author: Kate
Cost: $12

Equipment

  • Microwave

Ingredients

  • 2 pouches Ben’s Original™ Ready Rice™ Jasmine Rice (or use 1 bag per person, if you have a hungry family)
  • 4 salmon fillets
  • 2-4 teaspoons blackened seasoning or to taste
  • 1 can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 can corn kernels drained and rinsed
  • 2 Hass avocados sliced
  • ½ red onion thinly sliced
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 lime sliced into wedges
  • Optional: salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Pat the salmon fillets dry and season each one with ½ - 1 teaspoon with blackened seasoning, to taste (see notes for a non-spicy option). Check your seasoning packaging to see if it has sodium/salt added. If not, you should also season each salmon fillet with a pinch of salt.
  • Preheat a large non-stick skillet, and place the salmon on the skillet skin-down. Cook over medium-low heat for 3-4 minutes, or until the bottom half of the salmon turns pink. Carefully flip the salmon and cook on the other side for about 3-4 minutes, or until the salmon is fully cooked.
  • While the salmon is cooking, prepare the rice in the microwave: follow the instructions on the Ben’s Original™ Ready Rice™ packaging to squeeze the pouch to separate the rice. Tear two inches at the top to vent the pouches, and cook 2 pouches for 2.5 minutes.
  • Prepare the rest of the ingredients: rinse the black beans and corn. If you like, you can heat the black beans and corn up in a skillet or the microwave, and stir in a few pinches of blackened seasoning. Slice your avocado, and pluck off some cilantro leaves. Thinly slice the red onion. Slice the lime into wedges.
  • Assemble the bowls: divide the Ben’s Original™ Ready Rice™ Jasmine Rice between 4 bowls. Top with cooked salmon fillets, black beans, corn, avocado, and cilantro. Squeeze some lime over the whole bowl and enjoy!

Notes

Non-spicy option: blackened seasoning can be a little spicy, so if you have kids or anyone in the family who doesn't want any spice, simply use taco seasoning instead or a little salt, paprika, onion powder, and garlic powder.
Extra hungry? Each pouch of Ben’s Original™ can serve 1-2 people, depending on how hungry you are. If preparing 3 pouches, cook 2 pouches for 2.5 minutes, and then the third one for 90 seconds. If preparing 4 pouches, cook 2 at a time for 2.5 minutes each. The nutrition facts are estimated assuming ½ pouch per serving.
Optional add-ons:
  • Sliced cucumber
  • Sliced radish
  • Shredded cabbage or coleslaw
  • Steamed broccoli
  • Chopped green onion
  • Guacamole
  • Sour cream
  • Hot sauce
  • Olives

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Blackened Salmon Rice Bowls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 770 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Fat 29g45%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 94mg31%
Sodium 362mg15%
Potassium 1536mg44%
Carbohydrates 83g28%
Fiber 16g64%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 48g96%
Vitamin A 358IU7%
Vitamin C 15mg18%
Calcium 63mg6%
Iron 4mg22%
* The nutritional information shown here is just an estimate and not meant to be used as dietary/nutritional advice. Please consult a nutritionist for exact nutritional information based on the exact ingredients you use.





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