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Chili Lime Salmon Over Coconut Rice

This Chili Lime Salmon Over Coconut Rice is a super simple weeknight dinner that’s easy, healthy, and delicious. Serve it in a coconut half if you want to impress, but it’s just as tasty on a plate!

When I’m not listening to the Hamilton soundtrack (including the mixtape edition) or alternative country music while I’m cooking, I’m most likely listening to a podcast.  A few of my favorite “you can find me in the kitchen” podcasts include Gretchen Rubin’s Happier, Elizabeth Gilbert’s Magic Lessons (I just finished season two and am so sad it’s over), Spilled Milk, Bon Appétit Foodcast, Burnt Toast, Splendid Table, America’s Test Kitchen’s Podcast, and Milk Street Radio. But I love all those trendy podcasts, too… I alsojust finished S-Town and Missing Richard Simmons. I have a lot to say about S-Town, but I don’t really want to talk about it because I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t listened yet (Do it! Now!). I listened to all seven episodes in one weekend of cooking/baking. I don’t want to talk about Missing Richard Simmons because honestly, it made me kind of angry. The poor man just wants everyone to leave him alone, so please just respect that. He doesn’t owe you or anyone else anything. Ugh. I never thought I would feel so passionately about Richard Simmons, but it just bugs me that everyone is so possessive over him. You do you, Richard. Haters to the left.

I try to time my podcasts with how long I think my meal will take to cook because I hate leaving podcasts half listened to. But sometimes that’s the way it goes. Like, when I made this Chili Lime Salmon Over Coconut Rice and it was done WAY before my episode of Magic Lessons was. I was half annoyed and half totally thrilled. Because getting this salmon in my mouth was way more high priority than listening to a podcast. Even though Magic Lessons is incredibly inspiring and has me majorly girl crushing on Elizabeth Gilbert every episode (can we also talk about how many times I’ve said to people “I know she wrote Eat, Pray, Love and you’re probably annoyed with her… But I promise she’s amazing and nothing like you’d expect the author of Eat, Pray, Love to be”). But I happily shut off the podcast and sat down to this meal.


This chili lime salmon is incredibly easy… from baking the salmon to making the coconut rice. But please note that cooking time DOES NOT include the time it took to break into this coconut. Which was embarrassingly high. I probably could have written and performed my own podcast in the time it took and even then, I had to have my husband intervene with a hatchet. A literal hatchet.

Opening a Coconut | wearenotmartha.com

But we (and by we I mean him with a hatchet and me yelling at him) finally did it!

Opening a Coconut | wearenotmartha.com

My local grocery store almost always has fresh coconuts and I may have two more in my refrigerator as we speak. What else can I make and also, who has better tips for opening them? Yes, I watched plenty of YouTube videos!

Opening a Coconut | wearenotmartha.com

But other than that, which is totally optional BTW, this dinner is a breeze to make. All you need to do it mix a few ingredients together, like olive oil, garlic, parsley, lime juice, chili powder, and salt and pepper, and place atop the salmon:

Chili Lime Salmon Over Coconut Rice -- This easy weeknight dinner is served in a fresh coconut! | wearenotmartha.com

And bake it! While you make a delicious and easy coconut rice. Whenever I’m making rice for Thai food, I always make it with at least half coconut milk. This time, I did the other half coconut water.


I almost never cook with white rice, but I felt like this chili lime salmon required it. Sure, I could have made brown rice (which I love!), but it just wouldn’t have felt as fun and also my photos wouldn’t be as pretty (it’s a tough life being a blogger…). Of course, feel free to use whatever kind of rice you prefer!

That chili lime salmon though.

Salmon is one of my very favorite foods, if we’re considering the yummy to healthy ratio. Meaning ice cream, marshmallows, and nachos are really my favorite foods, but I’m also trying to factor in some nutritional value here.

I’m very crazy about my salmon though, which is odd for me, because I’m not generally “salmon crazy” about many other things in my life. I’ll only buy wild salmon and only if it actually looks nice and orange and tasty. My grocery store sells a nice frozen wild salmon, which I pretty much always have in my freezer. But it doesn’t make for blog-worthy recipes since it has a ridiculous amount of bones in it and looks totally picked over by the time I’m done with it.

My dream in life is to be wealthy enough to solely purchase my wild salmon from Wegman’s because it looks so delicious there… But is like at least $20/pound. I just can’t. I also generally do all my grocery shopping a week at a time, so unless I”m planning to make salmon that night (which I’m usually not since I like to make dinners that are a bit more complicated on the weekends), it’s nice to have frozen around.

Please send your salmon recipes to me because I’m always looking for more. And for now, I’m still dreaming of this one. Chili powder, freshly squeezed lime juice, garlic, and parsley are a combo that makes pretty much anything delicious, but especially a nice tropical salmon. Is it bad that whenever I cook salmon, I set aside a little piece (without toppings) to cook for my dog, too? She’s even more obsessed than I am!

And that coconut rice! I promise that once you have it, you’ll never want to make rice without coconut milk again. It’s so creamy and packed with way more flavor than typically-made rice. I mean, rice has never really excited me before, but I’ve found myself craving this multiple times since I made this.

You’ll also want to eat all of your meals out of coconut from now on. And to that, I say, go for it! There’s nothing wrong with keeping a hatchet in your kitchen drawer, is there??

Yup, I’ll gladly pause a podcast halfway through so I can start gobbling this up. I also kind of sort of think I could lure Richard Simmons back into the public with this salmon. Kidding!! Seriously. Leave him alone, people.

Have you ever opened a coconut yourself (or um, with your husband’s help)?

If you love salmon as much as I do, check out some of my other salmon recipes, like this One-Pan Creamy Chipotle Salmon or this Everything Bagel Salmon. I also can’t wait to try this Cajun Salmon Pasta from Salt and Lavender!

Chili Lime Salmon Over Coconut Rice

This super simple weeknight dinner is easy, healthy, and delicious. Serve it in a coconut half if you want to impress, but it's just as tasty on a plate!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: American, Eclectic, Thai
Keyword: Coconut, fish, salmon
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Sues


  • 3/4 lb. salmon, skin removed
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped parsley, divided
  • 2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup jasmine rice
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup coconut water, from fresh coconut or bottled/boxed


  • Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees and place salmon on foil-lined baking sheet. Pat salmon dry.
  • In a small bowl, combine olive oil, garlic, 1 Tbsp. parsley, lime juice, chili powder, and salt and pepper and stir to combine.
  • Spread mixture on the top of salmon filets.
  • Just before putting salmon in the oven, start rice. Combine rice, coconut milk, and coconut water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Lower heat to simmer, cover, and cook until water is fully absorbed by rice, about 12-15 minutes.
  • Bake salmon at 400 degrees for about 10-12 minutes, until just cooked through.
  • Let rice stand, uncovered, for a few minutes before adding in remaining 1 Tbsp. parsley and fluffing with a fork.


13 Responses to "Chili Lime Salmon Over Coconut Rice"

  1. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef says:

    This is a beautiful meal! I have always done it like this guy:


    poke the eyes out with a screwdriver and then bash with a hammer all around and boom, it opens. 🙂

    Now I have to make this salmon dinner.

  2. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says:

    I love listening to podcasts when I’m in the kitchen too and am always looking for new ones. I’ll have to check some out on your list! Meanwhile, I’m loving this salmon. I make salmon quite often because my husband and I LOVE it, so I’m always looking for new flavors to try. Love the zesty flavors of this dish!

  3. Christina says:

    costco has great frozen wild caught sockeye salmon portions and there are hardly ever any bones! ALWAYS have them in my freezer!

  4. Juliana says:

    Wow Sues, that a beautiful meal…I love everything in this meal…wild salmon, coconut rice…so much flavors! Thanks for the recipe! Have a fantastic week 🙂

  5. Katherine says:

    Haha I love that you guys literally used a hatchet for the coconut! My husband would be all over that! We love coconut rice in our house, and I’m always looking for new ways to cook salmon. Thanks for the recipe! Cheers!

  6. Reeni says:

    Poor Richard! They’re always talking about him on the news here like there’s nothing more important. I love that you cook some for you dog cause I do the same for my cat otherwise he’ll just beg and beg. Anywhoo it looks delicious – love the rice!

  7. Tandy | Lavender and Lime says:

    Salmon is too expensive for us to buy in South Africa due to it being imported so I usually cook our closest alternative. Will try this recipe for sure next time I do. I need to start listening to podcasts. That will be something new for me.

  8. Odetta Simpson says:

    Ahhh this looks perfect and like it should be in a magazine. It’s a really fun idea….. I love salmon!

  9. Kelly says:

    Salmon is my favorite too! Love this chili lime version! It looks perfect and I seriously want it for dinner tonight 🙂

  10. Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen says:

    S-Town! I cannot wait to hear your thoughts. I just finished it over the weekend. . .I haven’t listened to Missing Richard Simmons because I thought I’d probably react like you did. That picture of your husband with the hatchet is too funny! I swear, I’ve never gotten a coconut open without a struggle. This looks like one delicious meal! Have a great weekend, Sues!

  11. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary says:

    Thank you for all the podcast recommendations!! I haven’t heard ANY of the ones you listed, but to be fair, I don’t listen to a lot of podcasts for some reason. I mostly do music or stream mediocre shows off Netflix, because they can’t be good shows that require too much attention. podcasts really is a much better idea huh? Anyways, I have NO tips for opening coconuts! You should have seen me in culinary school with those. I’m terrible at it. 😉 LOVE this salmon, girl! I eat A LOT of salmon, so I’m totally adding this to the rotation! Serving it over that coconut is adorable!! Cheers!

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