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Crispy Curried Salmon with Basil Coconut Rice

Crispy Curried Salmon with Basil Coconut Rice is a marvelously flavorful, comforting dinner recipe. Packed with protein, healthy omega-3 fats and complex carbohydrates, this recipe makes for a well-balanced meal.
Crispy Curried Salmon with Basil Coconut Rice | #healthy #dinner #recipe #glutenfree

Is there such a thing as mid-week food blues?

Seems to me, I start each week with the best of intentions: with salad (and/or other rabbit-foodly foods). But by the time Wednesday hits, all’s I want to do is park my knives, exit the kitchen – nay, the premises – and go on a foodscapade (<- which translates to driving to the nearest, largest, shredded beefliest, cheesiest, wettest wet burrito in town and tossing all aspirations for clean eating out the window).

While turning into a rebellious sultry burrito maven every Wednesday (through Sunday) is a delicious way to be, I’ve been trying to tame the take out beast and cure the mid-week food blues by coming up with satisfying meals that are still fun, spunky, and easy as sin to throw together on a whim. Enter this.

Salmon with rice and some greens is basically my idea of the perfect dinner. Carbs, protein, vitamins…all you need to make you feel full and satisfied, yet light and clean. Throw in some exotic spice like the yellow curry powder you always keep in hearty supply and badda bing badda boom: easy, cheap, fancy, much sexier than mid-week giant wet burrito mongering.

Crispy Curried Salmon with Basil Coconut Rice | #healthy #dinner #recipe #glutenfree

If you’ve been around The Roasted Root for a while, you know my favorite way of preparing salmon is broiling it. The process takes no time at all and the result is always amazing – a crispy exterior with a moist, perfectly cooked interior. All you do to make it happen is drizzle the salmon with olive oil, give it a generous sprinkle of your favorite spices, dried herbs, and salt, and broil it on the top shelf for 10 to 15.


To make this a super simple endeavor, I just used yellow curry powder and some sea salt. You can incorporate your favorite spice rubs, or even just do a lemon, salt, and pepper shebang.


Coconut rice…have you been down this road before? If not, I highly recommend you give it a go. All’s it is is cooked rice + full-fat coconut milk + a sprinkle of salt. To add even more flavor, I sautéed garlic, green onion, and spinach to incorporate into the rice, and also gave it a drizzle of lime juice. If you want to get frisky, you can add liquid aminos, soy sauce, miso paste, and/or wasabi.


Altogether, the whole meal takes less than an hour to prepare, and if you’re using leftover cooked rice, you can shave the prep time down to 20 – 30 minutes – perfect for any weeknight, but also a marvelous date night meal. This crispy salmon and a big heaping pile of rice is also my go-to on weekends after a long trail run, hike, or bike ride. It replenishes the carbs burned and re-fuels the protein tank.

Crispy Curried Salmon with Basil Coconut Rice

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked salmon, coconut rice, gluten free
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2 to 3 servings
Author: Julia

Crispy Curried Salmon with Basil Coconut Rice is a marvelously flavorful, comforting dinner recipe. Packed with protein and healthy fat.



  • 1 pound salmon filet cut into 2 or 3 strips, .75 to 1-
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • sea salt

For the Basil Coconut Rice

  • 3 cups cooked white rice
  • 2/3 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 green onions chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh basil chopped
  • 1 heaping handful baby spinach
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice to taste
  • sea salt


Prepare the salmon:

  1. Put the oven on the high broil setting and move one of the racks to the top shelf. Lightly oil the bottom of a casserole dish.
  2. Drizzle the salmon with oil (about 1 to 2 tablespoons), then sprinkle each piece generously with curry powder. If your curry powder does not contain salt, sprinkle with sea salt as well. Place salmon on the top shelf of the oven and broil for 10 to 15 minutes, until crispy and cooked through.

Prepare the coconut rice:

  1. While the salmon is cooking, prepare the rice. Add the coconut milk to a saucepan and heat to medium-high. Add the garlic and green onion and cook until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add the basil, spinach, and lime juice and continue cooking until spinach has wilted. Add the cooked rice, stir everything together until well combined, and continue cooking until rice is heated through, about 5 minutes. Add sea salt to taste and hot sauce if desired.
  2. Serve salmon with basil coconut rice
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Joleen @ Joleen Cuisine

Friday 1st of April 2016

I need to try to learn how to make coconut rice ASAP!! My friend brought Nigerian coconut rice to a housewarming party and it was one of the first things to disappear.


Friday 1st of April 2016

Daaaaang Nigerian coconut rice sounds awesome! Let me know how you like the recipe!

olivia - Primavera Kitchen

Thursday 31st of March 2016

I totally agree with you friend Salmon with rice and some greens is my favourite idea of the perfect dinner as well. And boiling is definitely my favourite way to cook salmon. This recipe is calling my name. I love it!


Thursday 31st of March 2016

I love broiled salmon too! This sounds so good with the coconut rice, a perfect combo!


Thursday 31st of March 2016

Well, yay me! I had already planned some salmon for dinner tonight (easy one-person meal, you know) and hadn't figured out how to fix it. You solved that one for me. Yay Julia! Probably have a baked sweet potato with it, because...well...sweet potato. Rice next time, or when Jerry is home, because otherwise I'd be eating all of it all by myself. Ha! Love and squeezes and kitty cat sneezes. xoxo


Friday 1st of April 2016

All the kitty cat sneezes back to you! So glad you're going to try (or did try?) the's definitely one of my faves. Perchance I'll make a version of this for Stephie and Alex when they come visit :D Hope you have an awesome weekend!! xoxoxo


Friday 1st of April 2016

Follow up: This was super easy and delicious! And I worked it all off by doing 4 minutes of broken table and crunches at my DDP Yoga class. :)


Wednesday 30th of March 2016

Oh boy, I relate. I find that the best of intentions can get kicked to the curb mid-week and this is exactly the kind of recipe that I turn to. Just wonderful! And a must try for me - Columbia River salmon just arrived in our markets this week so your timing is perfect.

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