Orange-Ginger Salmon Packets with Cauliflower Rice

by Tonya Staab
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These delicious salmon packets with vegetables and served with citrus cauliflower rice are the perfect meal to enjoy with family and friends.

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I’ve been trying to lighten up a lot of the dishes we make at home (like spaghetti and grilled meals) by removing some of the extra carbs, adding more fresh produce, and switching out some of the staple ingredients for lighter choices, like using Mazola® Corn Oil instead of butter; a clinical study showed Mazola Corn Oil reduces cholesterol 2x more than extra virgin olive oil. To learn more about this claim, see

One dish that my entire family can agree on (and there are no complaints from the picky eaters) is grilled salmon. It’s become part of our standard rotation of meals because it’s just so quick and easy to make. But, I’ve also been wanting to lighten it up a little. I sometimes put a little lemon butter on it before grilling, and then pair it with couscous, corn-on-the-cob (with more butter), green beans, and bread. So, I switched out a few things this week. Instead of lemon butter, I made an orange-ginger marinade for the salmon, grilled the salmon and vegetables in foil packets with a little Mazola Corn Oil, switched out the bread for fresh orange slices, and then instead of couscous, I made a citrus cauliflower rice.

salmon foil packets with vegetables and cauliflower rice
Salmon foil packets served with vegetables and cauliflower rice.

And, it was delicious. Not a single complaint, although I did notice one kid devoured a lot of extra orange slices instead of his cauliflower rice and I’m okay with that.

I’ve broken up the recipe below into sections for each step from the marinade to the foil packets, and the cauliflower rice.

Salmon foil packets

Orange-Ginger Salmon with a Citrus Cauliflower Rice

Serves: 5 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 2 voted )


Ingredients for the marinade

  • Salmon 1/4 cup soy sauce (we use gluten-free)
  • 1 tbs Mazola Corn Oil
  • 1 tbs honey Juice from one orange
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp minced ginger

Ingredients for the Foil Packets

  1. Marinated salmon
  2. Green beans
  3. Corn
  4. Sweet red pepper (finely diced)
  5. Mazola Corn Oil

Ingredients for the Cauliflower Rice

  • 3 cups of cauliflower florets (this makes enough for 5 people)
  • 2 tbs Mazola Corn Oil
  • Zest from the orange you squeezed for the marinade
  • 2 tbs finely chopped
  • fresh parsley
  • pinch of salt and pepper



  • Combine the ingredients for the marinade in a bowl (the last 6 ingredients), pour over the salmon, cover, and refrigerate for 30-minutes.

Foil packets:

  • Brush a little of the corn oil onto the square of foil, and then top with the other ingredients.
  • Close up your foil packet and grill for about 15-minutes on a grill set to medium heat with the cover closed.

Cauliflower rice:

  • Place the cauliflower florets into the food processor and blend until broken down into small rice-like pieces.
  • Heat the corn oil in a pan on the stove, add the cauliflower and the salt and pepper and stir until heated through (but not browned).
  • Toss in the orange zest and parsley and stir to combine.
Salmon in a homemade marinade.
Salmon in a foil packet with green beans, corn, and peppers.
Easy salmon packets with vegetables.
Salmon foil packets being cooked on the grill.
Salmon packets with vegetables in foil on the grill.

While the salmon is grilling, you can make cauliflower rice.

A recipe to make homemade cauliflower rice.
Homemade cauliflower rice is being made.
Orange rind and parsley being used in homemade citrus cauliflower rice.
Orange rind being used in cauliflower rice.
Salmon in foil on grill served with citrus cauliflower rice.

About Mazola Corn Oil

Mazola Corn Oil is an all-purpose, cholesterol-free cooking oil that is a smart heart-healthy choice for your family. There are a variety of uses include baking, grilling, sautéing, stir-frying, marinades, or dressings. It also has a neutral taste that lets the natural flavor of your food stand out. Mazola has a smoke point higher than most cooking oils at 450°F and performs well in a variety of cooking applications. Many home cooks may not realize that all cooking oils have a smoke point that, once exceeded, not only negatively affect the food’s flavor and nutritional value.

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