The Best Salmon Recipe with Coconut Rice, Roasted Cabbage & Cucumber Salad


Guys…if you’re looking for the BEST dinner ever, look no further. I bring you my honey garlic salmon (aka the best salmon recipe) with coconut rice, roasted cabbage and sesame cucumber salad. Basically a mouthful of deliciousness that I could eat every. single. night.

best salmon recipe

This honey garlic salmon is an oldie on my blog, and almost a weekly staple in our house. I love changing up the sides when I serve it, but this combo is hands down one of my favorites!

Sweet coconut rice, crunchy sesame cucumber salad, and a simple side of roasted cabbage. It’s so simple, yet tastes incredible.

The cucumber salad is actually one of my favorites to make when I have extra cucumbers. I always have a few left at the end of the week, and this is a great way to utilize them and pair with dinner or lunch!

best salmon recipe
best salmon recipe

Some key ingredients for this dinner:

  • coconut aminos– I prefer this over sauce sauce because it has a natural sweetness to it. If you don’t have any, low-sodium soy sauce would be your best option!
  • canned coconut milk
  • honey
  • toasted sesame oil
  • sesame seeds
  • rice vinegar
  • garlic
  • a few simple spices, like salt, pepper and red pepper flakes

Most of these are staples I keep in my pantry and fridge, so this dinner is always a top choice when I have the right ingredients on hand.

best salmon recipe

The salmon is flakey, the sauce is thick, and you have the perfect balance of protein, carb and veggies. I love making my own marinades with proteins, and truly can’t get enough of this honey garlic sauce- it really is the best salmon recipe!

I can’t wait to hear what you think!

The best salmon recipe with coconut rice, roasted cabbage & cucumber salad

5 from 2 votes
Course: Gluten-Free, Main


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Honey garlic salmon

  • 1 cup basmati rice

  • 2 cups canned coconut milk, full-fat or light would work

  • 1 tbsp oil, like olive or coconut

  • Salt to taste

  • 1 small head of cabbage, sliced

  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos

  • 2 tbsp toasted sesame oil

  • Salt & pepper

  • 4-5 Persian cucumbers, thinly sliced

  • 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced

  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar

  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil

  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds

  • 1 tsp honey

  • 1 clove garlic, crushed

  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

  • Salt to taste


  • Preheat your oven to 400 F.
  • For the cucumber salad, whisk together the rice vinegar, sesame oil, garlic, honey, sesame seeds and spices in a bowl.
  • Toss in the cucumber and red onion and mix well. Let the salad sit while your prep the rest of the meal, to absorb all the flavors.
  • For the rice, pour your rice into a pot with the oil, and stir over a high heat to lightly toast.
  • Pour in your coconut milk, cover the pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to simmer and cook for 20-25 minutes until all water is absorbed.
  • Remove pot from flame and let it sit for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork and season with salt.
  • While your rice cooks, toss your sliced cabbage with the coconut aminos, oil and salt & pepper. Bake for about 20 minutes, tossing half way through.
  • Prep your honey garlic salmon, and serve fresh with the rice, cabbage and cucumber salad!

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