Salmon Rice Bowl

5 from 9 votes

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My Salmon Rice Bowl with spicy mayo is the perfect lunch or dinner idea. I love a good bowl 🥣 meal because they’re full of wholesome ingredients, the variety and options are endless and I usually have enough for lunch the next day! This salmon bowl is a great one to add to the rotation. The salmon is so golden and crispy on the outside but stays nice and juicy and flaky. The flavors are out of this world good, too and I love the hit of spice from the mayo drizzle. This recipe is ready in ⏲️ 15 minutes and is perfect for meal prep as well.

Salmon Rice Bowl

Why You’ll Love Salmon Rice Bowl

If you’re looking for a delicious meal that’s both nutritious and easy to prepare, this Salmon Rice Bowl is the winner. Combining flaky air-fried salmon cubes with 🍚 fluffy jasmine rice, fresh cucumber slices, and creamy avocado, this dish offers a delightful mix of colors, textures and flavors. It’s finished with a creamy kick of 🌶️ spicy mayo and a bit of crunch from a sprinkle of sesame seeds. Whether you’re making it for a quick weeknight dinner or a satisfying lunch, this recipe will become a favorite.

How to Prepare Salmon Rice Bowl

🍚 Cook the rice as per the package instructions in a pot on the stove or in a rice cooker then set aside.

🔪 With a knife cut the 4 oz salmon pieces into 2-inch cubes.

🥣 Add the salmon pieces to a bowl and then add the honey Dijon mustard, avocado oil, salt, pepper, paprika, and garlic powder.

✋ Next, with clean hands, toss it all together gently.

♨️ Add the salmon pieces to the air fryer and cook at 350F (175C) for 6-8 minutes or until fully cooked.

🥒 Meanwhile, use a knife to slice the cucumber and avocado.

🥑 Next, add the cooked rice to your serving bowl with the crispy salmon on top, cucumber slices and diced avocado.

🌿 Drizzle spicy mayo on top, then garnish with sesame seeds and fresh herbs and enjoy!

Nonna’s Tip ⏲️

Avoid overcooked salmon and check on them as they cook. Ultimately, the cooking time will depend on how thick the pieces are. They can take anywhere from 7-10 minutes, so feel free to take it out a little bit sooner if they’re done.

Salmon Rice Bowl

Variations and Substitutions for Salmon Rice Bowl

  1. Feel free to use any seasonings to taste.
  2. Make your own spicy mayo with my recipe here: How to Make Spicy Mayo
  3. Instead of honey Dijon mustard you can use regular Dijon mustard on its own or mix it with a little bit of honey or agave.
  4. If you don’t have an air fryer, you can certainly sear the salmon or bake it in the oven. Bake at 400F (200C) until it is flaky.
  5. Feel free to use whatever 🍚 rice you prefer, such as brown rice, basmati rice, or even quinoa.
  6. Add whatever fresh veggies you have: sweet peas, 🫑 peppers, edamame, shredded carrots, cabbage, chives, or radishes.
  7. Use whichever fresh 🌿 herbs you enjoy as garnish such as chives, mint, basil, parsley, dill, and cilantro.

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Common Questions

what air fryer do you have?

I have this air fryer and love it: COSORI Pro II Air Fryer Oven Combo. If you have a different one, look at your manual for their recommended cooking time and temperature, because every appliance is different.

how can I make this salmon rice bowl without an air fryer?

If you don’t have an air fryer, sear the salmon on the stove or bake it in the oven. Bake at 400F (200C) until flaky.

can I use any type of rice?

Absolutely use whatever variety of rice you prefer: brown rice, basmati rice, or even quinoa. Please remember to adjust the cooking time and water ratio according to the rice variety you use.

What other vegetables can I add to the bowl?

Feel free to add other vegetables like shredded carrots, peppers, edamame, radishes, or chives. Have fun with different textures and flavors.

how do I store this Salmon Rice Bowl for meal prep?

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator, but keep the rice and salmon separate from the vegetables so they keep their crisp texture.

can I use a different type of fish in this recipe?

You could use shrimp, tuna or tilapia, but you may have to adjust the cooking time based on the thickness and type of fish.

Salmon Rice Bowl

Salmon Rice Bowl

If you're looking for a delicious meal that's both nutritious and easy to prepare, this Salmon Rice Bowl is the winner. Combining flaky air-fried salmon cubes with fluffy jasmine rice, fresh cucumber slices, and creamy avocado, this dish offers a delightful mix of colors, textures and flavors.
5 from 9 votes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Servings: 2
Author: The Modern Nonna
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup jasmine rice, rinsed
  • 1 ¾ cup water
  • pinch salt
  • 8 oz salmon filets, cut into cubes
  • 1 tablespoon honey dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon avocado oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt, to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper, to taste
  • teaspoon garlic powder
  • teaspoon paprika
  • 12 slices cucumber
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped (or dill/ cilantro) for garnish
  • sesame seeds, for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon spicy mayonnaise

Instructions 

  • Cook the rice as per the package instructions on the stove or in a rice cooker. Set it aside.
  • With a knife cut the salmon pieces into 2 inch cubes.
  • Add them to a bowl and add the honey dijon mustard, avocado oil, salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder and with clean hands mix it very well but be gentle so that you don’t break any of the pieces.
  • Add it to the air-fryer and air-fry at 350F (193C) for 6-8 minutes or until fully cooked.
  • Add the rice to a bowl with the crispy salmon on top, cucumber slices, diced avocado, and drizzle on some spicy mayo or any sauce you enjoy.
  • Garnish with some sesame seeds, herbs of choice and enjoy.

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Nutrition

Calories: 749kcal, Carbohydrates: 87g, Protein: 32g, Fat: 30g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g, Monounsaturated Fat: 15g, Trans Fat: 0.01g, Cholesterol: 65mg, Sodium: 737mg, Potassium: 1228mg, Fiber: 8g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 458IU, Vitamin C: 14mg, Calcium: 69mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
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11 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This was delicious and ridiculously easy for a weeknight meal! We used a microwave pouch of rice to make it even more speedy. I sliced a large dill cucumber thin with the mandolin instead of thicker slices. 10/10 recommend this recipe!

    1. I LOVE making things even easier – that’s such an awesome shortcut. Thanks so much for your review and feedback, Sarah! I appreciate you!

  2. 5 stars
    Such a great recipe! I quick pickled my cucumbers with rice wine vinegar, soy sauce and a couple dashes of sesame oil. Added roasted broccoli for some more veg! Love your Instagram!

  3. 5 stars
    So easy and tasty, we have made this twice this week. Nutritious, filling, and a reason to use the air fryer – what’s not to love! Added chopped red onion for more veggies. Thanks for the recipe!