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Salmon Sushi Bowl

April 16, 2023

Seared garlic-ginger salmon rests on a fluffy scoop of steamed brown rice along with silky avocado, crisp cucumber slices and salty nori in this healthy salmon bowl recipe.


Salmon Sushi Bowl with brown rice, avocado, cucumber, nori, sesame seeds and sriracha mayo

Everyone Loves A Salmon Bowl

The internet loves a good salmon rice bowl, or more precisely maybe TikTok tells you that you should be eating one right now. We were inspired to create this healthy sushi salmon bowl by our love for salmon sushi rolls—the airy crispness of seaweed against the luxurious combo of salmon and avocado and a little bit of crunch from fresh cucumber is everything we want to eat. Our rice is seasoned—although not in the traditional sushi rice way—with the delicious garlic-and-ginger sauce that the salmon is cooked in, and with a creamy, spicy drizzle of sriracha mayo.

Ingredients laid out for a sushi salmon bowl avocado, cucumber, nori, cooked brown rice, sriracha, mayonnaise and soy sauce

Ingredients to Make The Best Ever Salmon Sushi Bowl

This list looks long, but fear not! If you’ve got a decently-stocked pantry, we bet you’ve got these ingredients in your fridge and cupboard already:

  • For the salmon: salmon fillets, sesame oil, rice vinegar, honey, soy sauce, garlic, ginger.

  • For the sushi bowl: Brown rice, avocado, English cucumber (or regular in a pinch), nori (seaweed).

  • For the mayo: sriracha, mayo.

How Do We Love Thee, Garlicky Salmon with Ginger? Let Us Count the Ways.

This quick and easy salmon cooking technique is not just reserved for sushi bowls—although it is particularly wonderful served this way. On a really busy night, you could easily make a lazy, 10-minute meal out of just this gingery, garlicky, Asian-inspired salmon and a big green salad. And now, let us count the reasons we love this Japanese seared salmon:

  1. Warm, gentle ginger spice. Is there anything better than fresh ginger with fish? (No, the answer is no.)

  2. Soy-sauce-y, umami-richness. Enough said.

  3. Quick to cook! Have your fishmonger slice your salmon fillet into four even pieces, so that they’ll cook at the same rate. A quick sear on each side—about 90 seconds per side—and that fish is done. Six minutes is our kind of cooking time.

teriyaki sauce with sesame seeds in a bowl
4 four ounce salmon fillets cooked in a cast iron pan
4 four ounce salmon fillets cooking in teriyaki sauce in cast iron pan

How To Make Salmon Rice Bowls:

Salmon sushi bowls are more about assembling than cooking, which means they’re perfectly suited to accommodate a huge variety of dietary preferences and restrictions. Whether you’re entertaining or just making an every day meal for your family, lay out the various rice bowl toppings, and let everyone DIY their own sushi bowls! No fighting, no extra work, just a bunch of happy people. Our salmon sushi bowl recipe comes together in three simple steps:

  1. Cook the salmon filets. A 90-second sear on each of the 4 sides, and a quick simmer in the sauce to lock in the gingery, savory flavors.

  2. Prep the other rice bowl toppings (If this step doesn’t involve nibbling as you go, you’re stronger than we are). You could also add other veggies here, if you’re trying to bulk up on vegetables.

  3. Whip up the spicy mayo. Or, better yet, have a helper do this while you cook the salmon.

  4. Gather the hungry hordes, and let them do the rest!

Salmon Sushi Bowl with brown rice, avocado, cucumber and nori topped with sriracha mayonnaise and sesame seeds

How To Make Sriracha Mayo

What sauces go with salmon? Sriracha mayo is our new favorite condiment, and our DIY sriracha mayo recipe is as easy as they come. Drizzle it over this easy salmon rice bowl for a little hint of kick—and to counteract the virtuousness of the rest of the rice bowl’s ingredients—and slather any leftover sriracha mayo on tomorrow’s sandwich. Sriracha mayo is just as basic as it sounds. You’ll need:

  • Mayonnaise. Its rich creaminess helps to cool the heat of the sriracha.

  • Sriracha. Fiery zing for a spicy salmon bowl.

  • Rice vinegar. This is the “secret” ingredient—slightly sweet, mild rice vinegar thins the sriracha and mayo sauce, making it extra drizzly and perfect for pouring over your salmon bowl.

  • Love that sriracha flavor? You can also try this Asian Slaw With Sriracha Dressing.

Salmon Sushi Bowl with brown rice, avocado, cucumber, nori, sriracha mayonnaise and sesame seeds

Are Salmon Sushi Bowls Healthy?

Yes! This salmon and rice bowl is absolutely a healthy, balanced, vitamin-rich meal. Go easy on the sriracha mayo if you’re counting calories, but otherwise this is a dinner you can feel good about feeding to your family. Here are four reasons our salmon bowl is ultra-nutritious:

  • Brown rice instead of white. Brown rice a super healthy, mineral-rich whole grain—but you knew that, right?

  • Salmon! Salmon's super good-for-you combination of omega-3 fatty acids, potassium, selenium and vitamin B12 are certainly healthy, and studies have shown that eating it can possibly protection against basically all of the scary things—some cancers, Alzheimer's, high blood pressure, and even asthma, depression, macular degeneration and rheumatoid arthritis.

  • Avocado! Yet more healthy fat!

  • Nori! AKA dried seaweed, is rich in protein, iodine and other minerals. Plus, kelp aquaculture (seaweed farming) is on the rise because it has been shown to be beneficial to the health of our oceans. Win, win and win!

Seared garlic-ginger salmon over brown rice, avocado, cucumber, nori in a bowl.

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Salmon Sushi Bowl

  • Serves: 4
  • Prep Time:  15 min
  • Cook Time:  10 min
  • Calories: 727


For the Sriracha Mayo

  • ⅓ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha, plus more to taste
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar

For the Salmon

  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • ⅔ cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup rice vinegar
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 (1-pound) salmon fillet, cut into 4 pieces

For Serving

  • 4 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 English cucumber, sliced
  • 1 avocado, pitted and sliced
  • 2 sheets nori, cut into triangles
  • Sesame seeds, for serving (optional)


1. Make the sriracha mayo. In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, sriracha, and rice vinegar. Set aside.

2. Make the salmon. In a separate small bowl, combine the soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey, garlic, and ginger. Heat the sesame oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add the salmon and sear for 90 seconds on all sides. Arrange the salmon skin-sides down, then pour the soy sauce mixture over the salmon. Cook until the sauce is slightly thickened, and the salmon easily flakes with a fork, about 3 minutes.

3. Divide the rice between bowls. Top with salmon, cucumber, avocado, nori, and sesame seeds, if using. Drizzle with remaining pan sauce and sriracha mayo before serving.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories727
  • Protein25 g
  • Carbohydrates60 g
  • Total Fat33 g
  • Dietary Fiber4 g
  • Cholesterol70 mg
  • sodium2012 mg
  • Total Sugars21 g

Salmon Sushi Bowl

Questions & Reviews

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  • Jesse

    Can't wait to try this recipe! Just a quick note, soy sauce is not always made from only soy beans and in many cases they make it with wheat and therefore not 100% gluten free. We like to use tamari as it is very similar to soy sauce and much easier to find gluten free.

    Thanks for pointing that out Jesse!

  • Maria

    Loved recipe. Super flavorful with ingredients I always have available in my kitchen. Will definitely make this again. Thanks.

    Thanks Maria, we are so happy you loved it!

  • Alyse

    Made this meal for dinner last night, it was simple and delish!

    Thanks Alyse, so happy to hear you loved it!

  • Siham

    DELICIOUS! Thank you!! ❤️

    Thanks Siham!

  • Kiana

    I found this recipe right when I was craving sushi. It definitely helped my cravings and I didn’t have to spend a ton of money to get the flavors. This recipe was spot on.

    Thanks Kiana, so happy you loved it!

  • Jennifer

    This was such a tasty and fun dinner! I love sushi but never would have thought to do a sushi bowl with cooked fish. I used sushi rice instead of brown rice, seared the salmon with just salt and pepper to keep things simple and added scallions to the bowls. So easy and flavorful, I loved the addition of the sriracha mayo. I will definitely make these again!

    Thanks Jennifer, we are so happy that you loved it!