Rainbow Salmon Skewers

Rainbow Salmon Skewers are colorful, healthy, low carb and so easy to make!

Rainbow Salmon Skewers are easy, healthy, and so fun to make ~ these colorful fish kabobs are gorgeous, too, and make a quick and delicious 30 minute meal ~ have you eaten the rainbow today?

The healthy way to grill - salmon skewers with colorful peppers

salmon skewers are so versatile – you can cook them on the grill, on the stove top, or in the oven.

The colors were so cheerful and pretty I almost hated to cook them, but a girl’s gotta eat! This is one of my favorite ways to do fish and it really helps keep the cost down – fish prices have skyrocketed and it’s a shame because it’s so good for us. You can get away with about 3 ounces of fish per person when you do it this way, and it also allows you to experiment with some of the more expensive varieties. This also gives you the perfect excuse to splurge on healthier wild caught fish.

salmon and colorful peppers ready for the grill

what kind of fish is best for skewers?

It’s important to choose sturdy, meaty fish for skewers. You want thick filets so you can cut nice big chunks, and a firm texture that won’t fall apart or flake when cooked.

healthy low fat, low carb salmon skewers

how to make salmon kabobs

  • I like to cut the salmon filet in relatively large chunks because the minute it hits the grill it’s going to cook instantly. If you cut the fish too small, the onions and peppers won’t have a chance to cook before the fish is overdone. Remember that the fish will shrink a bit when it cooks.
  • Cut the peppers and onions the same size as the salmon. This is important because if the peppers and onions are larger than the chunks of fish, the fish won’t have a chance to touch the heat of the grill or the pan when cooking.
  • Be sure to brush everything liberally with olive oil so it doesn’t stick. If you have one of those pans that goes over the grill I suggest using that.
  • And be sure to season with salt and pepper on both sides.
  • Optional but delicious: brush with garlic butter just before cooking.
barbecue, stove top or broiler, all methods work for these easy rainbow salmon skewers

These salmon skewers can prepped well ahead of time

This is a godsend since nobody wants to be stuck inside making dinner on a beautiful spring evening. Assemble the skewers, cover with plastic, and refrigerate up to 24 hours ahead. Plan to cook them at the very last minute…they won’t need longer than a few minutes on each side over a hot grill. If you’re doing them in the oven, I like to cook them for 5-10 minutes at 400F, and then pop them under the broiler for several more minutes. No turning necessary.

juicy chunks of salmon threaded with rainbow peppers

a note about skewers

if you use wooden skewers you may want to soak them in water before threading them because the heat of a grill can scorch them. I find that the cooking time with fish is so short I don’t bother.

I tend to prefer wood because I find that when I use metal skewers the food tends to spin around more, which makes turning them during cooking difficult. Some metal skewers are made with twisted or textured surfaces, which would help.

Rainbow Salmon Skewers are colorful, healthy, low carb and so easy to make!

What to serve with salmon kabobs

  • Depending on my mood, I’ll often serve the skewers on top of a salad, or a bed of couscous. I like to color and flavor the couscous with some saffron, or curry and turmeric for a really vibrant yellow. Just add a pinch in the cooking water and the couscous will absorb it. Boxed couscous mixes are really good and come in lots of variety ~ we often use them for meals like this. They take just minutes to prepare.
  • In hot weather I like to them with a chunky salad like a Chopped Asparagus Salad or a Chopped Italian Salad.
  • Sometimes I’ll serve these skewers with a sauce like a simple pesto or chimichurri sauce. Both are bright, vivid and perfect for this dish.
colorful pepper and salmon skewers for the grill

fish skewers are a healthy choice

These skewers fit into just about every healthy diet plan: they’re low calorie, low carb, gluten free, paleo, whole 30 compliant.

  • salmon is high in protein
  • it’s also rich in omega 3 fatty acids to protect against heart disease and cancer
  • salmon and peppers are high in antioxidants that fight inflammation and lower bad cholesterol
  • peppers have lots of Vitamins A and C to boost your immune system
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juicy chunks of salmon threaded with rainbow peppers
4.03 from 43 votes

Rainbow Salmon Skewers

Make this colorful and healthy meal in under 30 minutes!
Course dinner
Cuisine American
Diet Gluten Free
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Yield 4 servings
Calories 250.12kcal
Author Sue Moran


  • metal or wooden skewers


  • 12 ounces salmon fillet
  • 1/2 each of a red, green, yellow, and orange bell pepper
  • 1/4 large red onion
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • salt and fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 lemon for serving


  • Cut the salmon into 1 1/2 inch chunks. You are going to need approximately 12 pieces.
  • Cut the peppers into 1 1/2 inch square pieces
  • Cut the red onion into similar sized chunks and separate the layers.
  • Thread your skewers alternately with the onions and peppers, and then the salmon. Leave some room at the base so you can handle them easily.
  • Brush the skewers liberally on both sides with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and fresh ground black pepper.
  • Cook on a hot grill, turning once, until the fish is cooked through and the veggies are softened a bit. Don’t overcook!
  • Serve with a squeeze of lemon.

Cook’s notes


Calories: 250.12kcal | Carbohydrates: 3.37g | Protein: 17.82g | Fat: 18.27g | Saturated Fat: 3.55g | Sodium: 304.5mg | Fiber: 0.98g | Sugar: 1.39g
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.
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    June 17, 2021 at 12:15 pm

    5 stars
    Sue you never cease to amaze me. You are always my go to place when I want to WOW people.
    Thank you for making me seem famous.

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    Brian Nagele
    December 14, 2019 at 9:04 am

    5 stars
    I’m lovin’ it! I actually just read like three of your posts today. So that means you better keep writing more, because I am going through these like they’re going out of style.

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      Sue Moran
      June 17, 2021 at 7:14 am

      Lol, no worries, I can’t help myself!

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    April 9, 2019 at 9:37 am

    I can’t wait to make this while we glamp this weekend! I’ll followup with some pics!!

    • Reply
      April 9, 2019 at 11:18 am

      This is perfect for glamping ~ I’m jealous!

  • Reply
    Wendy Koons
    February 7, 2019 at 9:56 am

    Do you know the nutritional information for the Rainbow Salmon Skewers?

    • Reply
      February 7, 2019 at 10:38 am

      I just added it for you 🙂

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    Toby Westbrooks
    April 1, 2017 at 8:08 am

    Can you use teriyaki sauce? I’m used to the chicken one and wondering if you can do that with fish:) Thanks

    • Reply
      April 1, 2017 at 8:10 am

      Yes, absolutely, I’ve seen teriyaki salmon recipes and they sound amazing. Let us know how it goes!

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    May 27, 2015 at 6:57 am

    5 stars
    beautiful! excellent way to take advantage of salmon’s hue!

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      May 27, 2015 at 7:07 am

      Fun to eat and fun to photograph, too! Thanks Grace 🙂

  • Reply
    May 26, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    We love salmon here! What a beautiful way to prepare it, Sue!

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    [email protected]'s+Recipes
    May 24, 2015 at 5:49 am

    5 stars
    Bet these would be GREAT in a grill pan too. They look so beautiful!

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