4.67 from 15 votes

Viral Salmon Rice Bowl (Tiktok Recipe)

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Salmon and rice never tasted so good. This tiktok inspired, viral salmon rice bowl recipe is the tastiest, simplest dinner.
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
£1.46
Makes: 4
mains
Japanese
budget, healthy, rice bowl, salmon
Freezable

Table of Contents

  1. Why this recipe is amazing
  2. How I’ve made this viral tiktok recipe budget-friendly
  3. How did this recipe go viral
  4. How to make this salmon rice bowl recipe
  5. FAQ

Why this recipe is amazing

This salmon rice bowl recipe uses only 4 main ingredients (and cupboard essentials),  which combine to make something so delicious. It’s ideal for a mid-week dinner, as you can whip it up super quickly and it’s a perfect balance of protein, carbs and fats. It’s my new favourite meal. 

side shot of salmon rice bowl with drizzled mayo and spring onion

How I’ve made this viral tiktok recipe budget-friendly

I’ve made a couple of switches/substitutions with this salmon rice bowl recipe to make it more affordable and accessible for anyone to enjoy. 

Salmon —> Frozen Salmon 

I use frozen salmon fillets here, which reduces the costs significantly. For 4 fillets I paid  £3.55.

Roasted Seaweed sheets → Cavolo Nero 

These are used to scoop up the flavoured rice and almost mimic a sushi roll. I’m super pleased with the budget switch that I’ve made here. Instead, I’ve opted for torn & baked cavolo nero. The texture is perfect and the flavour is amazing. And obviously it’s a lot cheaper and easier to find in your local supermarket! 

Kewpie Mayo → Mayo + Rice Vinegar

Instead of purchasing kewpie mayo for this rice bowl recipe, I use regular mayo with a splash of rice vinegar as most homes have these readily available. 

Kimchi & Avocado —> Spring onion

Of course you could still add these toppings if you have them available to you, but I find that sliced spring onion adds the perfect crunch & flavour to finish with.

Ingredients shot budget salmon rice bowl

 

How did this recipe go viral

This salmon rice bowl recipe was made famous by the Tiktoker Emily Mariko. The tiktok recipe uses an ice-cube on top of the cooked rice, which is then placed under parchment paper and microwaved. This steams the rice for the best result. The element of this video that I think grabbed the attention of Tiktok is the fact that the ice-cube comes out of the microwave intact/not melted, even though the rice is reheated. 

salmon rice bowl with a glass of water and chopsticks

How to make this salmon rice bowl recipe

Preheat oven to 180°C

Start by defrosting the salmon.

Salmon fillets defrosting in a bowl of water

Remove the excess liquid from the fish with a paper towel.

Salmon fillets dried with aper towel

Place the 4 fillets onto a line a baking tray and add a drizzle of soy sauce, honey and ½ of the rapeseed oil across the 4 fillets and rotate the pieces to evenly coat, placing skin facing down. Cook in the oven for around 10 minutes, increase the cook time depending on your salmon fillets. Mine were wide & flat which meant they cooked very quickly.

Salmon fillets on baking tray

Remove the cavolo nero from the stem, tear the pieces into medium-sized rectangles.

Remove the cavolo nero from stems

Place on a lined baking sheet and drizzle over the remaining rapeseed oil. Season with salt and pop in the oven for 6 minutes, or until almost crispy.

Baked cavolo nero

Then flake the pieces of salmon and add a portion to a bowl along with a serving of cooked rice and a drizzle of soy sauce. Stir to combine & place an ice cube on top of the rice.  Press a small sheet of parchment paper over the bowl of cooked, cold rice and pop in the microwave for 1.5-2 minutes. Remove the ice-cube and stir.

Salmon served with rice and cavolo nero

Drizzle over the mayonnaise and soy sauce. Sprinkle the sliced spring onion to add some crunch and serve with the baked cavolo nero.

Salmon rice bowls served with mayo, spring onions and sriracha

FAQ

Can I meal-prep this recipe?

Absolutely! This recipe cooks 4 salmon fillets, so you could cook the salmon and rice ahead of time and store separately in the fridge. Then, combine the ingredients and follow the same steps of the method when you’re ready to eat. The salmon should stay fresh within 4 days of cooking. Make sure that you refrigerate the rice as soon as it’s cool enough. 

Can I substitute with another fish/meat instead of salmon?

To make this salmon rice bowl recipe even more budget friendly, you could use tuna instead of salmon. That would be a delicious sub! These flavours would pair nicely with most meats/fish though so choose your favourite and stir it in! 

Is this recipe spicy?

This recipe has a mild spice level as the heat from the sriracha is balanced with the mayonnaise. If you can adjust the heat level by reducing the sriracha/ increasing the mayonnaise & vice versa.

 

Other tiktok inspired recipes

Budget Green Goddess Salad  (Viral Tiktok Recipe)

Nutella Blended Baked Oats

Chocolate Chip Baked Oats 

The Best Spicy Chili Oil Ramen Noodles 

Other salmon recipes

Soy salmon stir-fry with rainbow noodles 

Salmon Fishcakes

 

Viral Salmon Rice Bowl (Tiktok Recipe)

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4.67 from 15 votes
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
£1.46
mains
Japanese
budget, healthy, rice bowl, salmon
Freezable
Servings: 4
Salmon and rice never tasted so good. This tiktok inspired, viral salmon rice bowl recipe is the tastiest, simplest dinner.

Ingredients

  • 200 g white basmati rice, cooked ahead of time (£1.59/2)=(£0.80)
  • 150 g of cavolo nero (£1.00)
  • 360 g frozen salmon, 4 fillets, defrosted (£3.55)
  • 4 spring onions, thinly sliced to garnish (£0.50)

Cupboard Essentials

  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 4 tbsp mayo, drizzled (1 per bowl)
  • 2 tbsp Sriracha, drizzled (0.5 tbsp per bowl)
  • 4 tsp rice wine vinegar (1 tsp per bowl)
  • 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • Salt & pepper

Method

Preheat oven to 180°C

  • Defrost the salmon and remove the excess liquid from the fish with a paper towel.
  • Line a baking tray with parchment paper and place the 4 fillets onto the tray. Add a drizzle of soy sauce, honey and ½ of the rapeseed oil across the 4 fillets and rotate the pieces to evenly coat, placing skin facing down.
  • Pop in the oven for around 10 minutes, increase the cook time depending on your salmon fillets. Mine were wide & flat which meant they cooked very quickly.
  • Remove the cavolo nero from the stem, tear the pieces into medium-sized rectangles. Place on a lined baking sheet and drizzle over the remaining rapeseed oil. Season with salt and pop in the oven for 6 minutes, or until almost crispy.
  • Next, flake the salmon and add a portion to a bowl along with a serving of cooked rice and a drizzle of soy sauce. Stir to combine & place an ice cube on top of the rice.
  • Press a small sheet of parchment paper over the bowl of cooked, cold rice and pop in the microwave for 1.5-2 minutes.
  • Remove the ice-cube and stir. Drizzle over the mayonnaise and soy sauce. Sprinkle the sliced spring onion to add some crunch and serve with the baked cavolo nero, using the green rectangles to fold up the rice & enjoy!

Nutrition

Servings: 4 servings
Fat: 22g
Calories: 489kcal
Carbohydrates: 51g
Protein: 22g

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  1. Matt Harrison | 5 months ago

    Tried these salmon bowl and made really delicious lunch.5 stars

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