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All Recipes, Main Dishes / November 15, 2023

EASY Weeknight Rice with Smoked Salmon | Quick & Tasty ONE-PAN Recipe

This EASY Weeknight Rice with Smoked Salmon is where simplicity meets extraordinary. We´re talking a ton of great textures & flavors, seriously easy to make and all done in about 30 minutes. Serve it next to a crunchy baguette and a bottle of Spanish wine for the best moment of your busy day.

Rice with Smoked Salmon
To make this recipe I used long-grain rice, which is easily accessible for most folks. However, you can use any rice you like here. Just make sure to check the package instructions, that way your rice-to-liquid ratios are right on the money.

Rice with Smoked Salmon
Typically for rice dishes, I use broth as the liquid. In this dish I used water. That way the delicate flavors of the dish are not over-powdered by the broth. Plus you want to use water here anyway, as the smoked salmon already adds a salty flavor.

Rice with Smoked Salmon

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: This rice will hold for up to 2 to 3 days in the fridge. It also freezes well. To reheat, just add into the microwave or stove top and heat for a few minutes. Add more liquid if it becomes too dry.

Rice with Smoked Salmon

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Rice with Smoked Salmon
5 from 2 votes

EASY Weeknight Rice with Smoked Salmon

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 385 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 30 ml
  • 1 small onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 can chickpeas 15.5 oz / 440 grams
  • 1/4 tsp saffron threads .17 grams
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme .50 grams
  • 2 cups water 480 ml
  • 1 cup long grain rice 190 grams
  • 4 oz smoked salmon 110 grams
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley 8 grams
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper


  1. Finely chop the onion, roughly chop the garlic, finely chop the green bell pepper and roughly chop the carrot, drain the can of chickpeas into a colander and rinse under water

  2. Heat a large fry pan with a medium heat and add in the olive oil

  3. After a couple of minutes, add in the chopped vegetables, mix continuously, after 3 to 4 minutes and they´re lightly sauteed, add in the drained chickpeas, saffron, dried thyme and season with sea salt & black pepper, gently mix together, then add in the water and raise to a high heat

  4. In the meantime, add the rice into a fine sieve and rinse under water, until it starts running clear underneath, about 1 minute, roll the slices of smoked salmon and cut into 1/2 inch (1.25 cm) chunks

  5. Once the water comes to a boil, add in the rice, gently mix together, then place a lid on the pan and lower to a low-medium heat, simmer for 15 minutes or until all the liquid has been absorbed, then remove from the heat

  6. Add in the chopped smoked salmon and fresh parsley, using a fork, gently flake the rice, serve directly out of the pan or transfer into serving dishes, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
EASY Weeknight Rice with Smoked Salmon
Amount Per Serving
Calories 385 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 7mg2%
Sodium 841mg37%
Potassium 412mg12%
Carbohydrates 57g19%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 2873IU57%
Vitamin C 30mg36%
Calcium 81mg8%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Amelia

    5 stars
    Riquisimas recetas. Gracias!!

    18 . Nov . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Muchas gracias! Saludos 🙂

      18 . Nov . 2023
  2. Severine Boelaert

    5 stars
    OMG soooooo tasty! We loved it. We love all the recipes that I already tried.

    Muy muy muy bien! Me gusta tanto!!!

    Gracias! Thank you so much!

    16 . Nov . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      17 . Nov . 2023
  3. Ramya

    Cant wait to make this soon for me can i use tofu i never had easy weeknight rice with smoked salmon before perfect for my after office meals love your recipes as always brightens up my day everyday after work

    15 . Nov . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great Ramya! Much love 🙂

      16 . Nov . 2023

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