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Paleo Cajun salmon with tomato cauliflower rice

Cajun Lime & Honey Salmon With Tomato Cauliflower Rice

  • Author: Irena Macri
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Yield: 2
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Cajun


Want a quick and easy weeknight dinner? I love making this Cajun grilled salmon with tomato cauliflower rice as it’s nutritious, tasty and super speedy. This recipe is paleo, gluten-free, and low-carb.


  • 2 salmon fillets (as big as you need for your appetite)
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 + 1/2 teaspoons honey

For the spice rub

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon coriander (dried)
  • 1 teaspoon thyme (dried or fresh)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika or chipotle chill (if you have those)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Coconut oil for cooking the salmon

Tomato Cauliflower Rice

  • 1 small red onion, finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon paprika powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seed powder
  • Pinch of chili flakes or powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 small head of cauliflower, cut into florets and finely chopped
  • 1 small carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 Roma tomato (or medium round tomato, otherwise 34 cherry tomatoes)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon of butter, ghee or extra olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped coriander or parsley
  • 12 tablespoons chopped green onion (optional, for garnish)


  1. Mix honey and lime juice in a bowl and add the salmon. Coat on both sides and set aside while you prepare the cauliflower rice. Halfway through, turn the piece over so that they marinate evenly on each side.
  2. Mix the rub spices in a small bowl and set aside. Make the cauliflower tomato rice.
  3. Make the tomato cauliflower rice. Preheat a large frying pan over medium-high. Sauté the onions with olive oil for a minute and add the spices. Stir through and then add the chopped vegetables and butter (or ghee), and cook for 4-5 minutes over high heat. Stir through often. Finish off by adding the fresh herbs and serve.
  4. To cook the salmon, heat a tablespoon or two of oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Remove the salmon fillets from the marinade and shake off slightly. Place on a plate and sprinkle evenly with the spice rub (it should cover the fillets quite well). Press down with your fingers. Turn over and cover the other side. Place in a hot skillet and cook for 3+1/2 minutes on each side, until blackened and crispy. Towards the end of the cooking time, drizzle the remaining lime-honey marinade over the fillets. Serve over tomato cauliflower rice.

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