Maple Grilled Salmon with Cauliflower Rice Recipe


For the salmon:

  • 4 (6-ounce) skin-on salmon fillets
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

For the cauliflower rice:

  • 1 head of cauliflower, riced (or store-bought pre-riced cauliflower)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Optional: 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley for garnish


1. Prepare the marinade:

  • Whisk maple syrup, olive oil, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper in a small bowl.
  • Place the salmon fillets in a shallow dish or resealable bag and pour most of the marinade over them (reserve some for basting later). Let marinate for at least 30 minutes, or up to 2 hours in the refrigerator.

2. Make the cauliflower rice:

  • If not using pre-riced cauliflower, cut the head into florets. Then pulse the florets in a food processor until they resemble rice.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened (about 5 minutes).
  • Add the cauliflower rice, salt, and pepper to the skillet. Cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender.
  • If desired, stir in fresh parsley before serving.

3. Grill the salmon:

  • Preheat your grill to medium-high heat (around 400-450°F).
  • Remove the salmon from the marinade and pat dry with a paper towel.
  • Grill the salmon, skin-side down, for 4-6 minutes. Use a spatula to carefully flip, and grill for another 4-6 minutes, or until the salmon is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork. Baste occasionally with the reserved marinade during grilling.

4. Serve:

  • Portion out the cauliflower rice on plates.
  • Place a grilled salmon fillet on top of the cauliflower rice.


  • No grill? No problem! You can bake the salmon in an oven preheated to 400°F for 12-15 minutes.
  • Spice it up: Add spices like cayenne pepper or smoked paprika to the marinade.
  • Make it creamy: Stir in a bit of cream cheese or sour cream to your cauliflower rice for added richness.
  • Flavor variations: Experiment with other marinades like teriyaki, soy-ginger, or a simple herb and oil combination.

Enjoy this delicious and healthy meal!


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