Barbecue Salmon Burrito Bowl

barbecue salmon burrito bowl

This post is sponsored by Chicken of the Sea

I fell in love with burritos and burrito bowls in my college town–and so did everyone else at UMass Amherst. Bueno y Sano was a phenomenon to all of us. Daniel got me into ordering the barbecue chicken burrito–with rice, black beans, grilled veggies, and chicken smothered in barbecue sauce. Two years ago, in the fall, Daniel and I took a road trip back to Amherst and stayed at a Howard Johnson not far from campus. On our last day of pretending we were 10 years younger than we were, I got the barbecue chicken burrito at Bueno and it was 2003 all over again.

barbecue salmon burrito bowl

The thing that stood out about the barbecue chicken burrito was that the chicken was sweet and just the subtlest bit smoky–so when I gave it a good smothering of salsa and set it on fire with hot sauce, the whole combination became sugar and spice–completely balanced to me.

In order to bring this goodness back into my life, but not mess with the original and all its nostalgia, I decided to spin it into a barbecue salmon burrito bowl.

To do that, I used a Chicken of the Sea Barbecue Flavored Salmon Pouch—which is maybe the most convenient way to eat salmon, brown rice, a mix of kale, onion, and red pepper sautéed with cumin, garlic powder, and chili powder, and a few burrito essentials: guacamole, pico de gallo, and a little nonfat greek yogurt to act as a good sour cream alternative. I left out the black beans and the cheese because we just simply don’t need them here–not for flavor or for fullness (the rice is whole grain, the veggies are full of filling fiber, and the salmon pouch has 13 grams of protein). Between the warm taco-seasoned veggies, the fresh flavor of pico, the brightness of cilantro and lime, and the mildly sweet barbecue salmon–every bite is a flavor buffet. You start to wonder why more of your meals don’t involve this many components–especially when all of the parts of this recipe can be refrigerated, reheated if necessary, and re-combined to make an amazing lunch.

barbecue salmon burrito bowl

October is National Seafood Month, and today–October 8th–is National Salmon Day! Chicken of the Sea wants to spread some salmon love. Last year, they introduced the first line of flavored salmon pouches–now available in Lemon Pepper, Barbecue, Sweet & Spicy, and Sriracha–making it easier and more convenient to eat this omega-3-packed fish.

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“Pink Up Your Lunch” Giveaway

Leave a comment below and I’ll randomly select one lucky reader to win a package that includes:  

  • Samples of Chicken of the Sea Flavored Salmon Pouches (Lemon Pepper, Barbecue, Sweet & Spicy)
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Barbecue Salmon Burrito Bowl

Between the warm taco-seasoned veggies, the fresh flavor of pico, the brightness of cilantro and lime, and the mildly sweet barbecue salmon--every bite is a flavor buffet.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: barbecue salmon, burrito bowl recipe, salmon burrito bowl
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 417kcal


Seasoned Veggies

  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium bell pepper thinly sliced (any color)
  • 1 medium yellow onion thinly sliced
  • 4 packed cups chopped kale
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground back pepper


  • 1 avocado
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped red onion
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • Pinch salt


  • 2 cups cooked short grain brown rice
  • 4 Chicken of the Sea Barbecue Flavored Salmon Pouches
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1/2 cup pico de gallo or your favorite chunky salsa
  • 1/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1 lime quartered


  • In a large nonstick skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the peppers and onions and cook, stirring frequently, until just beginning to soften, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the kale and cook, stirring frequently, until beginning to wilt, about 3 minutes. Add the cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper, and stir constantly for 2 minutes. At this point, the kale should be soft; if not, continue cooking for another minute. Transfer the vegetables to a bowl.
  • In a small bowl, mash the avocado with a fork. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.
  • Divide the cooked veggies, rice, and Barbecue Salmon among 4 bowls. Top each bowl with 1/4th of the cilantro, pico de gallo, guacamole, Greek yogurt. Garnish the bowls with a lime quarter and serve.


Sodium: 565mg | Calcium: 124mg | Vitamin C: 122.9mg | Vitamin A: 7145IU | Sugar: 8g | Fiber: 7g | Potassium: 1117mg | Cholesterol: 39mg | Calories: 417kcal | Saturated Fat: 2g | Fat: 16g | Protein: 22g | Carbohydrates: 51g | Iron: 2.8mg

This post is sponsored by Chicken of the Sea.



46 thoughts on “Barbecue Salmon Burrito Bowl

  1. Eunice

    I love these salmon pouches! My favorite way to use them is on a kale salad with tomatoes, feta, and a lemon vinaigrette. So good and super easy to make. Would love to try the other flavors. I usually just get the plain one.

  2. Annie B

    At first I was all…salmon? In an burrito bowl? What? That sounds….wait a minute. It’s salmon, and rice, and kale – I love these things. And flavors of BBQ and Mexico? I love those, too! I’m game. And your photos make it look delish.

  3. Kristal

    This looks so delicious! Once again, your photos are absolutely amazing. I wish I could just reach my hand through my computer and eat!

  4. Donna barborak

    Someone I follow on Facebook recommended your book (Eli Sepharti maybe, can’t remember who) anyway, loved it!!! Love your food ideas. I really want to try this recipe. Can’t wait.

  5. Kari

    I love the Chicken of the Sea tuna pouches but haven’t tried the salmon pouches yet. A quick trip to the grocery store and the Barbecue Salmon Burrito Bowl will be dinner tonight!

  6. Julie

    Love when you mention UMass! I am currently enrolled there. Haven’t tried out Bueno y Sano yet but my boyfriend and I are addicted to Bubs BBQ!

  7. Lindsey

    This looks so good! I never would have thought to put salmon in a burrito bowl. Love all the colors and imagine the sweet & spicy combo is delicious.

  8. livivua

    What a great fresh-styled recipe! I find there are a lot of limitations when it come to having variety in the salmon recipe department but this one sounds good!

  9. Jackie

    That looks delicious, I need to get to the store today and buy a salmon pouch! Love when you talk about Massachusetts, I think I read that you were visiting Cape Cod (Dennis) this summer, I live in Brewster.

  10. Pam

    Andie, this sounds delisch! Will have to try it this weekend!
    Also, just finishing your book (you just met Leo), am loving it. So pure and honest, you write beautifully.


  11. Caitlyn

    This looks so yummy! What a quick and healthy meal to make when you need something fast but don’t want to compromise.

  12. Jone

    I would love to win the salmon pack. Do you have any “recipes” for bento boxes? I’ve often thought of trying to make them.

  13. Brittney O

    I just laid in bed the past couple nights reading your amazing book; It was me all along. You inspired me so much that it led me wanting to find out more about you, your weightloss recipes and overall well being. :) So here I am, commenting on your blog. What a delicious recipe! Both my husband and I love the tuna pouches but never have found the salmon pouches. I will be on the hunt for salmon pouches now. Thanks for being such and inspiration and never settling for less. Keep reaching for your dreams, and never stop being you. You are amazing. God bless. ❤️

  14. Kate Kokal

    Yum! I love a good chicken burrito bowl but I’ll have to try with salmon. Not a tuna kind of girl, didn’t even know I could buy pouched salmon like that!

  15. Lucinda Buckley

    Loving reading your weight loss blog, I’ve just begun documenting my weight loss journey (six stone in a year) I would love some feedback from your readers

  16. Heather McKnight

    How many calories are in a serving of this meal? I made this tonight and it was delicious! Thank you!


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