This salmon rice bowl is the ideal recipe for a mid-week dinner, as you can whip it up super quickly and it’s a perfect balance of protein, carbs and fats.
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This TikTok inspired recipe uses only 4 main ingredients (and cupboard essentials), which combine to make something so delicious. It’s my new favourite meal.
I’ve made a couple of ingredients switches/substitutions with this salmon rice bowl recipe to make it more affordable and accessible for anyone to enjoy. See below.
Salmon → Frozen Salmon
I use frozen salmon fillets here, which reduces the costs significantly. For 4 fillets I paid £3.55. If you love salmon, here are some other salmon recipes to try Soy salmon stir-fry with rainbow noodles and Salmon Fishcakes
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!
Here is another recipe using cavolo nero for you to try ; Cavolo Nero with Garlic & Lemon
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.
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.
Other viral TikTok recipes for you to try after this one;
Preheat oven to 180°C
3. Remove the cavolo nero from the stem, tear the pieces into medium-sized rectangles (Image 3).
4. 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 (Image 4).
5. 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.
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 and Sriracha. 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. (Image 5).
6. Drizzle over the mayonnaise and soy sauce. Sprinkle the sliced spring onion to add some crunch and serve with the baked cavolo nero (Image 6).
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.
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!
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.
If you tried this Viral Salmon Rice Bowl recipe, it would be mean so much to me if you could leave a review & a star rating to let me know how you found it! I love hearing about your experiences – it motivates me to keep creating more and more recipes for you guys 💛 Let’s get cooking! – Mimi x