A Delicious and Nutritious Salmon Pilaf Recipe!

As an Israeli chef, I love experimenting with different flavors from around the world. One of my latest creations combines the rich taste of salmon with aromatic green onions and fluffy white rice to create a delicious Salmon Pilaf with Green Onions recipe that is sure to become one of your family favorites.

This recipe is easy to prepare and suitable for any occasion, whether it’s a casual weeknight dinner or a special weekend get-together. Whether you’re a fan of seafood or simply looking for a new way to enjoy rice pilaf, this dish is sure to wow your taste buds.

But what makes this dish truly special is the perfect balance of flavors and textures. The skinless salmon fillet is moist and tender, while the green onions add a mild sweetness and slight crunch to the dish. The long-grain white rice creates a fluffy base that absorbs all the delicious juices from the salmon and green onions, creating a unique flavor combination that will satisfy even the pickiest eaters.

I invite you to give this Salmon Pilaf with Green Onions recipe a try and take your taste buds on a culinary journey they won’t soon forget. So let’s get started and discover how easy it is to prepare this mouth-watering dish!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Salmon Pilaf With Green Onions
Salmon Pilaf With Green Onions

Picture this: a succulent skinless salmon fillet cooked to perfection, nestled in a bed of fluffy and fragrant long-grain white rice, and garnished with perfectly chopped green onions – all drizzled with an extra virgin olive oil. This delicious meal is not just every family’s best rice pilaf but offers so much more. It’s sourced from the freshest ingredients, easy to make, and will tantalize your taste buds with its simple yet flavorful combination of ingredients.

There’s no doubt that salmon is a crowd-pleaser; it’s versatile, healthy, and delicious. When you pair this nutrient-packed fish with fresh green onions and long-grained white rice, you get the perfect balance of flavor and texture making it both hearty and satiating. This dish can be whipped up in less than 30 minutes with minimal clean-up required; talk about convenience!

But what makes this recipe truly unique is its versatility. If you’re someone who loves experimenting, there are endless ways to switch things up or put your spin on it. You can try sautéing some asparagus alongside the salmon or swapping out the white rice for brown rice or cauliflower rice pilaf for an even healthier alternative. The options are endless.

And let’s not forget one of the most important aspects – taste! One bite and you’ll understand why this recipe deserves a spot on your family favorites list. The best part? It’s perfect for any occasion – whether it’s a quick weeknight dinner or a dinner party with friends.

In conclusion, this salmon pilaf with green onions recipe has everything: health benefits, convenience, versatility, and taste. It’s sure to become a new staple in your kitchen and impress anyone lucky enough to enjoy it alongside you. So go on – give it a try and taste for yourself why it’s become one of my go-to go-to salmon recipes!

Ingredient List

 A mouth-watering platter of perfectly cooked salmon pilaf
A mouth-watering platter of perfectly cooked salmon pilaf


  • 1 lb skinless salmon fillet, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 ¼ cups long-grain white rice
  • 2 ½ cups water or vegetable/chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
  • Salt to taste


For the best results, I recommend using wild salmon fillet rather than farm-raised salmon as it has a firmer texture and richer flavor. You can also use other types of rice such as brown rice or cauliflower rice. Additionally, you may want to substitute chicken or vegetable broth for the water to enhance the flavor of the pilaf.

Make sure to use fresh cracked black pepper instead of pre-ground pepper for a better taste profile. Don’t forget to adjust the seasoning based on your preference.

Most importantly, be sure to chop the green onions thinly and wash them properly before adding them to the recipe. The freshness and crispness of the onions add an extra level of flavor and texture to the dish.


Before starting cooking, make sure that all ingredients are accessible in your kitchen.

The Recipe How-To

 Get ready to indulge in a nutritious and flavorful dish
Get ready to indulge in a nutritious and flavorful dish

Getting the Rice Right

When it comes to making a quality rice dish, there are few things more important than preparing the rice to perfection. For this Salmon Pilaf recipe, I recommend using long-grain white rice for its delicate flavor and ability to absorb liquid without becoming mushy. My cooking experience has taught me that the ideal ratio of water to rice is typically 1:2. Therefore, for this recipe, you will need 4 cups of long-grain white rice as well as 4 cups of water.

First, rinse the rice thoroughly to remove any excess starch. Next, heat up a large saucepan over medium heat and add a tablespoon of olive oil. Add in the rinsed rice and toast it in the hot oiled pan for 1-2 minutes or until the edges become translucent. This step will give your pilaf extra flavor and provide a nice nutty aroma.

Add in the already measured 4 cups of water, stir once, then turn up the heat to high and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to a low simmer and cover tightly. Cook for 18-20 minutes without uncovering the lid even once! This process allows the steam inside the pot to fully cook every grain of rice until they become tender after absorbing all of the water.

After 18-20 minutes, remove from heat and let sit with the lid on tight for another 10 minutes. (This is called “resting”) This resting period allows complete absorption of any remaining liquid in the rice while ensuring that every grain maintains its texture without becoming sticky or gooey.

Prepping the Salmon and Green Onions

While waiting for our perfectly cooked rice to rest, it’s time to prepare our other key ingredients: skinless salmon fillets cut into 1 inch chunks and 6 green onions, chopped into thin rounds.

In a separate large skillet or wok over medium-high heat, add a tablespoon of olive oil until hot. Then add your salmon chunks and season with salt and black pepper before letting them cook until browned with slightly crisp edges on all sides. Once done, transfer salmon pieces from skillet or wok onto a plate with paper towels spread over it.

Keep skillet on medium-high heat and still using that same skillet return it to heat adding another tablespoon of olive oil. Proceed by adding in chopped green onions while stirring vigorously for about half a minute until fragrant but not yet browned.

Pour in cooked long-grain white rice over green onions while stirring continuously until well combined. Mix your previously cooked salmon chunks into this skillet pan mixture gently so they do not break apart too much.

Final Steps

Once you’ve mixed together everything mentioned so far, taste it before adjusting seasoning if necessary.

You may serve The Salmon Pilaf With Green Onions dish hot or cold by garnishing with freshly chopped parsley or extra sliced green onion as desired! Enjoy!

Substitutions and Variations

 Brighten up your day with this vibrant salmon and green onion pilaf
Brighten up your day with this vibrant salmon and green onion pilaf

As a chef, I love to experiment and try out different ingredients and methods to make sure that every dish is unique and has something special to offer. Here are some substitutions and variations for the Salmon Pilaf with Green Onions recipe that you can play around with to create a new twist on this classic dish.

– Rice Variations: Instead of using long-grain white rice, you can use brown rice, orzo, cauliflower rice pilaf or even yellow rice to replace the white rice in the recipe. You can also add lemon juice or lemon zest for a refreshing zing.

– Salmon Variations: While skinless salmon fillet is my go-to for this recipe, you can also use other types of fresh wild salmon, such as sockeye, chinook or coho. You can try blackened salmon which gives an extra kick of flavor.

– Green Onions Variations: In addition to using plain green onions or scallions for your pilaf green onions, you can also try chopped asparagus tips or chives to add more depth and texture to your dish.

– Olive Oil Variations: For something different, experiment with different varieties of olive oil – from extra virgin oil oil or use cold-pressed sunflower oil instead.

– Pepper Variations: If you’re not a fan of fresh cracked pepper, try swapping it out for some chili flakes instead for a bit of heat.

No matter how you decide to mix and match these ingredients, as with any recipe, be sure to taste your work often along the way so that you can make any necessary adjustments as needed. The beauty of cooking is in the creative freedom it allows us!

Serving and Pairing

 Simple, yet elegant - this salmon pilaf is perfect for any occasion!
Simple, yet elegant – this salmon pilaf is perfect for any occasion!

Salmon pilaf with green onions is a meal that can be enjoyed both as a main dish or side dish. This recipe has a rich and robust flavor that pairs excellently with other foods.

To serve the salmon pilaf as a main dish, you can pair it with some fresh steamed veggies like asparagus, broccoli, or green beans. The crispness and slight bitterness of these greens perfectly balance out the softness and flavor of the salmon, and they will make for an excellent combination.

You can also pair the salmon pilaf with a healthy cauliflower rice pilaf for added nutritional value. The aromatic cauliflower rice will give the recipe an additional fragrant flavor, while keeping things low-carb and gluten-free.

If you are feeling adventurous, whip up a lemon rice mixed with carmelized onions and garlic to bring in a citrusy tang that will playfully complement the flavors of the salmon pilaf. Additionally, you may choose to serve diced blackened salmon and yellow rice instead of the usual baked salmon option with this lovely recipe.

Another option is to keep things traditional by serving salmon fillet over brown rice to make dinner recipes more diverse.

No matter how you choose to prepare it, salmon pilaf with green onions is a versatile recipe that provides room for creativity. Your family will enjoy its delicious taste, so consider having it on your next dinner menu.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 One bite of this salmon pilaf will take your taste buds on a ride
One bite of this salmon pilaf will take your taste buds on a ride

One of the great things about this salmon pilaf with green onions recipe is that it’s easy to make ahead of time. You can cook the rice and sauté the onions a day or two before you plan to serve, and then just add the salmon and cook everything together when you’re ready to eat.

If you want to store any leftovers for later, it’s best to separate the salmon from the rice before storing in an air-tight container in the fridge. This will help prevent any excess moisture from making the rice mushy. Typically, this dish will last for up to 4 days in the fridge.

Reheating is very simple, just place your desired serving size into a microwave-safe dish, lightly cover, and reheat for a minute or two. Make sure to stir occasionally during reheating, and use caution when removing it from the microwave as some areas may be hotter than others.

Additionally, If reheating in an oven is preferred, preheat to 350°F and bake for around 20-25 minutes until warm and thoroughly heated. Covering with foil will help keep the moisture in.

Remember, always discard any leftover portions that have been kept at room temperature longer than two hours or one hour if it above 90°F. Enjoy your delicious leftovers within four days or freeze them for future meals.

Tips for Perfect Results

 The dreamiest combination of rice, salmon, and green onions
The dreamiest combination of rice, salmon, and green onions

In order to create the perfect Salmon Pilaf With Green Onions recipe, there are a few key tips that can make a big difference in the outcome of your dish. With these tips in mind, you are sure to impress your guests and satisfy your taste buds.

One tip that I highly recommend is using freshly cracked black pepper. Though it may seem like a small detail, the flavor of fresh pepper really makes a difference in the overall taste of the dish. You can easily find a pepper grinder at any local grocery store or spice shop.

Another tip is to make sure that you are using skinless salmon fillets for this recipe. The skin can be tough and chewy, which can take away from the overall texture and flavor of the dish. If you are unable to find skinless fillets at your local grocery store, simply ask the fish counter to remove the skin for you.

When cooking the long-grain white rice for your pilaf, make sure to rinse it thoroughly before cooking. This will help remove any excess starch and ensure that your rice cooks up light and fluffy.

Lastly, when sautéing the green onions for your pilaf, make sure to stir them frequently to prevent burning. You want them to become fragrant and soft without losing their bright green color.

By following these tips, you will be able to create a truly delicious Salmon Pilaf With Green Onions that will leave everyone at the dinner table satisfied and impressed.

Bottom Line


My dear readers, I hope this recipe article on Salmon Pilaf with Green Onions has left your mouth salivating and your taste buds eager to try it out.

Let me remind you that salmon pilaf is more than just a dish, it’s a wholesome experience that stimulates not just our sense of taste but our sense of smell and sight too. The colors, the aroma and the taste all come together to create a delightful feast for both the eyes and the tastebuds. It’s a recipe that blends tradition with innovation, delivering an intensely flavorful dish in less than 40 minutes.

I want to encourage you to take the leap and try this recipe out for yourself. Whether you’re hosting a gathering or just having dinner at home, Salmon Pilaf with Green Onions is a surefire way to impress your guests or your family.

So go ahead, gather your ingredients and get cooking! And don’t forget to experiment – swap out ingredients or add new ones based on your preferences. After all, cooking is an art form that invites creativity.

In conclusion, I hope this recipe has inspired you to embark on a culinary journey that leaves you satisfied and fulfilled. May Salmon Pilaf with Green Onions become one of your family favorites for years to come!

Salmon Pilaf With Green Onions

Salmon Pilaf With Green Onions Recipe

From Good Housekeeping with adaptations.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Calories 410.9 kcal


  • 1 1/4 cups long-grain white rice
  • 1 bunch green onion, about 6
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lb skinless salmon fillet, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • fresh cracked pepper
  • 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce


  • Prepare rice as label directs, without salt. (I've subsituted no-salt chicken broth.) Thinly slice green onions; reserve 2 tablespoons of the dark green slices for garnishing pilaf.
  • Meanwhile, in 12-inch nonstick skillet, heat oil on medium 1 minute. Add onions and cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Season salmon with teaspoon freshly ground black pepper. Add salmon to skillet and cook 7 to 8 minutes or until opaque throughout, stirring occasionally. Remove skillet from heat; spoon off and discard any fat, but leave salmon in skillet.
  • Stir cooked rice and teriyaki sauce into skillet with salmon until well blended. To serve, garnish with dark green-onion slices.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 223gCalories: 410.9kcalCarbohydrates: 51.2gProtein: 29gFat: 8.8gSaturated Fat: 1.5gCholesterol: 52.3mgSodium: 783mgFiber: 1.6gSugar: 3.3g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Healthy, Long-Grain Rice, One-Dish Meal, Rice, Weeknight
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