Salmon Rice Bowl Recipe


Salmon is not just a delicious fish; it’s also packed with nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and various vitamins and minerals. Combining salmon and rice in one bowl makes for a satisfying and nutritious meal. Try out this Salmon Rice Bowl recipe at home.

What are Salmon Rice Bowls?

Salmon rice bowls, also known as salmon donburi or salmon sushi bowls, typically consist of fluffy rice topped with cooked salmon, accompanied by an array of fresh vegetables and seasonings. The beauty of these salmon rice bowls lies in their versatility; you can customize them with your favorite ingredients and flavors, making each Salmon Rice Bowl a unique culinary experience.

Are Salmon Bowls Healthy?

Salmon Rice Bowls have such great flavor and contain amazing health benefits too! Many Salmon Rice Bowl recipes use white rice but using brown rice will increase the nutrients of this dish. One bowl with brown rice and avocado will give you about 6 grams of fiber. Cooked salmon gives you about 25 grams of protein, 2.2 grams of omega 3, and more than a day’s worth of vitamin B12 according to the USDA

Not to mention, each Salmon Rice Bowl is also topped with a ton of vegetables, adding to the nutritional content. Best of all, a Salmon Rice Bowl is gluten-free!

Salmon Rice Bowl Ingredients

  • 1 cup jasmine rice (or brown rice)
  • 4 ounces fresh farmed salmon fillets, cut into cubes
  • 1/2 avocado, diced or sliced
  • 1/4 cup mini cucumbers
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger (grated)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce or coconut aminos
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sriracha
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise

How to Make Gluten-Free Salmon Rice Bowls

  1. Preheat your own to 400 degrees F. 
  2. Cook the jasmine rice or brown rice according to the directions on the package.
  3. If your fresh salmon filets have skin, remove them. Next, cut the salmon fillet pieces into cubes. 
  4. Place the cubed salmon in a bowl and season with salt and pepper. 
  5. Line a small rimmed baking sheet with foil. Place the salmon on the pan and add olive oil.
  6. Bake the salmon for 8 to 10 minutes.
  7. If you don’t have an oven, you can fry the salmon in a pan. Simply cook it in oil over medium-high heat.
  8. Make a spicy mayo or sriracha mayo sauce by mixing sesame oil, mayonnaise, and sriracha in a small bowl. Transfer to a small bowl then set aside. 
  9. In a small mixing bowl, make the salmon sauce. Whisk the ginger, rice vinegar, honey, soy sauce, sesame oil, and salt until well blended. Set aside.
  10. Put the cooked rice in one bowl first. Layer the baked salmon, avocado, cucumber, carrots, and green onions. Drizzle the sriracha mayo sauce and the salmon soy sauce over the cooked rice and salmon.
  11. Top with sesame seeds.
  12. Serve.

Salmon Rice Bowls Recipe Tips

  • While we used jasmine rice in our Salmon Rice Bowl, you can switch it up with any type of rice that you prefer. You can use white rice, brown rice, or sushi rice. 
  • You can make your own sushi rice! Simply combine short-grain white rice with rice vinegar, sugar, and salt. Use it in more salmon recipes or other rice bowl recipes.
  • If you don’t have low-sodium soy sauce or regular soy sauce, you can use coconut aminos as a substitute. 
  • Aside from mini cucumbers, you can also use thinly sliced English cucumbers in this Salmon Rice Bowl.
  • Brown sugar can be used in place of honey.
  • Use other fresh veggies to make this Salmon Rice Bowl your own. Bell pepper, snap peas, mushrooms, bok choy, spinach, pickled onions, shelled edamame, and broccoli slaw are good additions to a Salmon Rice Bowl.
  • For leftover salmon rice bowl, put in an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave for 60 seconds or until warmed through.
  • If you don’t have an oven to cook salmon in, you can also use an air fryer. To cook the salmon, preheat the air fryer to 390 degrees F. After seasoning the fresh salmon pieces, put them in the air fryer basket in a single layer and cook for 6 to 8 minutes or until the internal temperature has reached 125 degrees F. You can also pan-fry over medium-high heat in a skillet for the same amount of time. 
  • You can add a coleslaw mix to this Rice and Salmon Bowl instead of avocado, cucumber, and carrots. To make your own coleslaw mix, use 2 cups of thinly sliced green cabbage, thinly sliced red cabbage, and half a cup of carrots. 
  • Garnishing with sesame seeds is optional.
  • Aside from sesame seeds, nori or seaweed can also be used as toppings.
  • You don’t have to use sriracha mayo in this recipe. 
  • If you want a healthier version of sriracha mayo, plain Greek yogurt or light mayo can be used.

Final Note

Whether you’re cooking for yourself or hosting a dinner party, a Salmon Rice Bowl is sure to impress. It’s a versatile dish that can be easily adapted to accommodate different dietary restrictions or flavor profiles. So, roll up your sleeves, gather your ingredients, and get ready to savor every bite of this great recipe!

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