Freshly grated ginger, coconut milk and fluffy white rice meld together to create a heavenly aroma in this dish.

Both savory and reminiscent of the Caribbean islands, this recipe is not only good for you, but sure to delight!

PHOTO BY JOSEPH DE LEO, FOOD STYLING BY ANNA STOCKWELL

 

This rice bowl dinner is inspired by the Island Bowls that Chef Rawlston Williams serves at The Food Sermon in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Originally from the Caribbean island nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Rawlston takes inspiration from West Indian flavors and techniques to build his modern fast-casual bowls. We love how he pours coconut broth around the outside of a rice bowl, and borrowed that technique (but not his recipe), then simplified and streamlined a home cook-friendly version. Spreading mayonnaise on top of the salmon fillets helps the spiced panko stay put and keeps the fish moist while it roasts.

YIELD | 4 servings
ACTIVE TIME | 20 minutes
TOTAL TIME | 40 minutes

 

FOR THE SALMON:

  • 3 Tbsp. virgin coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/4 tsp. kosher salt, divided
  • 4 (4–6-oz.) salmon fillets
  • 2 Tbsp. mayonnaise

 

FOR THE BROTH, BEANS, AND GREENS… AND ASSEMBLY: 

  • 1 (14.5-oz.) can coconut milk
  • 2 Tbsp. finely grated ginger (from one 3″ piece)
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt, divided
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp. virgin coconut oil
  • 1 (14.5-oz.) can chickpeas, kidney beans, or black beans, drained, rinsed
  • 1 bunch curly kale, stems removed, torn into small pieces
  • 4 cups steamed rice
  • Lime wedges (for serving)

 

PREPARATION

Cook the Salmon:
Preheat oven to 400°F. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium until melted. Add panko, pepper, paprika, cayenne, and 1/2 tsp. salt. Cook, stirring constantly, until panko is golden brown, 2–3 minutes. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate. Wipe skillet clean; reserve for beans and greens.

Line a quarter sheet pan or other small rimmed baking dish with parchment paper, then arrange salmon fillets skin side down; season with remaining 3/4 tsp. salt. Using a small spoon or offset spatula, spread mayonnaise across salmon, then sprinkle spiced panko over, pressing lightly to adhere. Roast until salmon is opaque, 8–10 minutes.

Make the Broth and Beans and Greens and Assemble:
Heat coconut milk, ginger, sugar, 1 tsp. salt, and 1/4 cup water in a small pot over medium and bring to a boil. Immediately remove from heat and stir in lime juice.

Heat oil in reserved skillet over medium until melted. Add beans and kale, then cover pan and cook, stirring once halfway through, until kale is wilted, 2–3 minutes. Season with remaining 1/2 tsp. salt and stir to combine.
Divide rice among bowls, then top with beans and greens mixture. Using a fish spatula, lift each fillet up off its skin—the skin will stick to the paper—and arrange in each bowl. Pour in coconut broth. Serve with lime wedges alongside.