This Jerk Salmon Avocado Toast is by far one of my favorite ways to have toast these days. A great rendition of savory flavors from the mashed avocado, jerk salmon, and deliciously roasted bell peppers and tomatoes and it's super easy to make! To top things off-----drizzle the amazing Spicy Maple Syrup for a nice balance of sweet + spicy. All dairy-free. Gluten-free option available.
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Avocado toast has truly become a favorite of mine and I've been indulging in them for awhile now. Granted, I know that avocado toast has been super popular in the last few years and isn't a new thing anymore, but for me----I've been finding new ways to enjoy it by experimenting with different ingredients and flavors. This Jerk Salmon Avocado Toast is just EVERYTHING! It's so jam-packed with flavor and eating this toast for breakfast, lunch, or dinner (if that's your thing) will be enjoyable----I promise.
Whether you're in a hurry in the mornings or you're looking for a laid-back ease as a way to start your day, this avocado toast is super easy to make, only uses a handful of ingredients, and goes with any cup of coffee or tea that your heart desires.
It only consists of four main components: the toasted bread, mashed avocados, jerk salmon, and roasted bell peppers + tomatoes. So good!
Basically, avocado toast is an open sandwich that consists of some sort of toasted bread that comes topped with mashed avocado and a few pinches of seasonings. Of course, in recent time, avocado toast has been re-invented and has included many other toppings in addition to mashed avocados, which has made it a true morning staple.
Why You’ll Love This Jerk Salmon Avocado Toast
Bold flavors—Savory flavors of each ingredient marry so well together!
Easy to make. Easy breakfast meal or laidback lunch idea.
Jerk is just so delicious infused!
Uses simple ingredients.
Fun cooking activity for entire family. Kid love the assembling of toast or anything similar!
And just absolutely perfect for any kind of weather, especially when paired with your fave coffee, tea, or morning drink.
How to Make Jerk Salmon Avocado Toast
In just a few short steps, you’ll have the most delicious breakfast toast —- Jerk Salmon Avocado Toast that’ll satisfy each morning craving possible. Here’s how to make everything:
Next, in a bowl, add the avocados (by removing the flesh from their pits and skin) along with lemon juice, salt, black pepper, cajun seasoning, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper---mixing everything together until smooth and combined. Chunks are definitely OK!
Toast your bread and mix together the spicy maple syrup in the meantime. Finally, assemble and enjoy!
Ingredients for Avocado Toast
For the best avocado toast, it’s all about the toppings! It’s about whether you want to load up your toast or keep it really simple. Either way, it’ll be a quick fix in the morning.
Here’s what you need for the toast:
Bread. I love using rustic bread such as sourdough, however, any type of bread works just fine!
Avocados. I like to use organic Hass avocados.
Salmon fillets. I like to use wild-caught Sockeye salmon for a tastier flavor. If yours are fresh, defrost them in the refrigerator prior to making toast and when ready to use, let them sit at room temp. for 30 minutes or so before seasoning + baking. You can also use shrimp, lobster, or a non-meat option like chickpeas or tofu, which all can be jerked!
Here’s what you need for the roasted bell peppers and tomatoes:
Tomatoes. You can add as many tomatoes as will fit on your baking sheet.
Bell peppers. You can use regular sized bell peppers, chopped small or mini sweet peppers.
Olive oil. Don’t skimp on the oil! It helps concentrate the tomato flavor and makes a nice jammy texture. You can use these roasted tomatoes like a dressing or sauce.
Dried herbs. I like a mixture of Italian herbs like oregano, basil and parsley. But you can mix up the seasonings with other fresh or dried herbs. Thyme, rosemary, marjoram and tarragon are all delicious with tomatoes.
Spices. Likewise, feel free to play with different spices in your roasted tomatoes. I like paprika, garlic powder and a pinch of red pepper flakes for a slight kick.
SHOP MY FAVORITE TOOLS FOR COOKING, ESPECIALLY FOR AVOCADO TOAST!
A crusty rustic bread is perfect bread for this avocado toast. They are naturally thin, so the slices end up being perfectly sized. They are light and airy, so the toast is not too dense upon biting. Because of the large air pockets in the bread, they make for a lovely mouthfeel. Lastly, they have a heavy crust which helps to hold up toppings as well. Here’s the best breads:
You can make them ahead of time in the oven, then keep the bell peppers + tomatoes in the fridge unit you’re ready to assemble the entire dish. They’ll stay fresh for up to three days in an airtight container.
What Goes on Avocado Toast
Topping your avocado toast is an important step to me. While you can enjoy this avocado toast in it's classic form without additional toppings, I just love adding more flavor to everything, especially my toast.
On avocado toast, you can add any of the following toppings which include protein, herbs, etc:
Roasted veggies (like tomatoes, garlic, bell peppers, etc.)
Beans (like chickpeas, black beans, etc.)
Seafood (like salmon, shrimp, etc.)
Meat (like bacon, shredded chicken, etc.)
How do I know I'm getting great avocados?
Picking the best avocados is by far the most important part of this entire toast. I love using Hass avocados, however, you can use other types. Always make sure that they are fully ripe but over-ripe (meaning it's extremely soft to the touch). For the best check---always look for avocados that have a good squeeze and isn't too hard or too mushy/soft.
Also, once open, if you find that there are brown bits or sections, be sure to cut those out and discard of them before you mash everything.
What bread is BEST for avocado toast?
Again, I mention the best types of bread when making avocado toast, however, understanding just how important it is to choose the right bread is a must! I always like using thin sliced bread that hold up well, which is why I often opt for rustic bread. You can read further down as I go more into this. In addition, be sure to always toast your bread for a nice crunch and a strong foundation to hold your toppings.
What do you consider the best variation for avocado toast?
I know that avocado toast has it's many variations these days, however, I've come to conclude that mashed avocado on toast is a lot better (and easier to eat) than sliced avocado. Granted, you can always switch things up based on preference, but if I'm honest, I found that having my avocados mashed allowed for more real estate when adding additional toppings.
Can I Make this Avocado Toast Gluten-Free?
Of course! To make this recipe gluten-free, simply substitute bread with a GF-friendly bread.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and line a small baking sheet with parchment paper.
Season your rinsed and patted dry salmon with the olive oil, honey, + homemade jerk seasoning, rubbing everything atop salmon until completely coated. Add all salmon to baking sheet and roast (on the top rack) for 15-20 minutes or until fully cooked through. NOTE: When done, salmon should "flake apart" when touched gently.
Remove from oven and using two forks, gently pull the flesh apart until entirely "shredded" and in medium to large chunks. Set aside.
TO ROAST THE BELL PEPPER + TOMATOES:
Be sure to roast your veggies in the oven at this point. See Roasted Herb Tomatoes recipe for instructions on how to roast the bell peppers and tomatoes. Be sure to slice the bell pepper once done.
MASH THE AVOCADOS:
In a bowl, add the flesh of each avocado (by removing the flesh from their pits and skin) along with lemon juice, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper, mashing everything together using a fork until combined and smooth. NOTE: chunks are OK to have if desired.
MAKE THE SPICY MAPLE SYRUP:
In a bowl, mix together the maple syrup, red pepper flakes, salt, and black pepper until combined.
On a plate, add your toasted bread followed by spoonfuls of mashed avocado atop, spreading it evenly. Top with a few spoonfuls of shredded jerk salmon, roasted bell pepper, and roasted tomatoes. Drizzle with spicy maple syrup. Repeat until all servings are made.
Tips & Tricks
GLUTEN-FREE OPTION: To make this recipe gluten-free, simply substitute bread with a GF-friendly bread.
SERVINGS: For additional servings, simply DOUBLE or TRIPLE the ingredients.
EQUIPMENT: Here, I’ve curated a list of cooking + baking essentials that I use to achieve my favorite baked goods or cooked meals, especially with this Jerk Salmon Avocado Toast. Everything from my fave high-powered blender, baking sheets, wooden spoons, mixing bowls, and more.
JERK SEASONING (STORAGE): You can keep leftovers in a small tightly sealed jar and at room temperature for up to 6 months like your other herbs + spices.