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Sesame Salmon Bowl

Sesame salmon bowl is the answer to your weeknight woes. Like furikake salmon, the bowl is a versatile dish that quickly comes together in under an hour – making it a great addition to your quick dinner rotation. Plus, it’s gluten-free, dairy-free, and perfect for meal prep!

A close up of a sesame salmon bowl with seaweed.

What is a Salmon Bowl?

Salmon rice bowls include cooked salmon served on top of a bed of white or brown rice, typically with a combination of vegetables and other toppings. You can grill, bake, or pan-sear the salmon before adding it to the bowl. Customize the toppings by adding ingredients like cucumbers, carrots, and avocado. Rice bowls are popular for being an easy, nutritious meal option for lunch or dinner.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Salmon: I buy frozen fillets at Costco. However, if you have access to fresh fish, use that instead. I defrost the fillets in the fridge the night before for easy preparation the next day.
  • Marinade: Marinate the salmon in sesame oil, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and mayonnaise.
  • Sushi Rice: Feel free to make your sushi rice seasoned with rice wine vinegar or purchase Instant Rice for an easy dinner prep. Alternatively, serve the salmon bowl on a bed of mixed greens if you want something lighter.
  • Toppings: There is room to get creative, but I love the combination of carrots, cucumbers, edamame, and avocado.
  • Dressing: Combine toasted sesame seeds, mayonnaise, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, sugar, sesame oil, and black pepper to make a delicious homemade sesame dressing.

Additions and Substitutions

  • Toppings: Take the sesame salmon bowl to the next level with diced mango, shredded cabbage, sliced jalapeño, cilantro, seaweed salad, scallions, furikake, crispy fried onions, or include my cucumber carrot salad.
  • Dressings: I use the homemade sesame dressing in this recipe, but when I am in a hurry, I will use Kewpie Sesame Dressing instead. You can also try serrano crema, Sriracha aioli, eel sauce, wasabi aioli, or mango pico de gallo.

How to Make a Sesame Salmon Bowl

The full recipe with measurements is in the recipe card below.

Step 1: Combine sesame oil, soy sauce, garlic, and ginger in a mixing bowl. Add the salmon and toss to combine. Cover and marinate in the fridge for 10 minutes.

Salmon pieces marinating in a bowl.

Step 2: Drain the excess marinade and add one tablespoon of mayo to the salmon; stir to combine.

Draining the excess marinade from the salmon.

Step 3: Set the oven to broil, and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon mat; arrange the salmon onto it.

Broil uncovered for 10-15 minutes, stirring the pieces halfway through. Cook until the salmon reaches an internal temperature of 125°F (51°C).

Arrange the salmon onto the baking sheet.

Step 4: While the salmon broils, whisk together the ingredients for the dressing and set it aside.

Step 5: Assemble the sesame salmon bowl by dividing the sushi rice into four plates. Add a portion of salmon, carrots, cucumber, edamame, and avocado to each plate and top them with sesame dressing.

A close up of a sesame salmon bowl with seaweed.

Expert Tips

  • Leave the dressing and avocado off the salmon bowl if you’re prepping the bowls in advance.
  • Overcooked salmon can be dry and tough, so keep a close eye on it as it cooks. Use a food thermometer to check the internal temperature of the salmon; this is the best way to ensure you don’t overcook the fish. The recommended cooking temperature for salmon is 125°F (51°C).

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A close up of a sesame salmon bowl with seaweed.

Serving Suggestions

What to do with the Leftovers

  • Refrigerate  Store leftovers in an airtight container for 2 days.
  • Reheat  Bring leftover salmon to temperature in the air fryer, oven, or microwave.
  • Repurpose  Add the salmon and rice to a tortilla to make a fish taco or burrito and top it with serrano crema. The salmon is also great as a slider with thinly sliced avocado.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the sesame salmon bowl healthy?

Not only is this recipe tasty and satisfying – it’s also packed with nutrients that will fuel your body throughout the day. With omega-3 fatty acids from the salmon, fiber from the vegetables, and protein from both, this dish is an excellent part of a well-balanced diet.

Can I make this recipe in the air fryer?

Follow the instructions for this recipe, but instead of the oven, preheat the air fryer to 400°F (204°C). Cook the salmon for 5-8 minutes, depending on the strength of the air fryer you’re using.

Is the Sesame Salmon Bowl gluten free?

Replace the soy sauce in the recipe with Tamari or Liquid Aminos to make the meal gluten-free.

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A close up of a sesame salmon bowl with seaweed.

Sesame Salmon Bowl

Tressa Jamil
Sesame salmon bowl makes for a delicious lunch or dinner, and with a handful of healthy ingredients, you can enjoy a filling and flavorful meal.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Marinating Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 609 kcal
Ingredients
  
For the Salmon:
  • 4 salmon fillets, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • ½ -inch fresh ginger, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon Kewpie Mayonnaise
For the Salmon Bowl:
  • cup sushi rice, (makes about 4 cups cooked rice)
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 cup carrots, julienned
  • 1 cup cucumbers, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup edamame
  • 1 avocado, thinly sliced
For the Sesame Dressing:
Instructions
 
  • Combine sesame oil, soy sauce, garlic, and ginger in a mixing bowl. Add the salmon and toss to combine. Cover and marinate in the fridge for 10 minutes.
  • Drain the excess marinade and add one tablespoon of mayo to the salmon; stir to combine.
  • Set the oven to broil, and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon mat; arrange the salmon onto it.
  • Broil uncovered for 10-15 minutes, stirring the pieces halfway through. Cook until the salmon reaches an internal temperature of 125°F (51°C).
  • While the salmon broils, whisk together the ingredients for the dressing and set it aside.
  • Assemble the sesame salmon bowl by dividing the sushi rice into four plates. Add a portion of the salmon, carrots, cucumber, edamame, and avocado to each plate and top them with sesame dressing.
Notes
Expert Tips:
  • Leave the dressing and avocado off the Salmon Bowl if you’re prepping the bowls in advance.
  • Overcooked salmon can be dry and tough, so keep a close eye on it as it cooks. Use a food thermometer to check the internal temperature of the salmon; this is the best way to ensure you don’t overcook the fish. The recommended cooking temperature for salmon is 125°F (51°C).
Nutrition Disclosure:
  • The nutritional information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for professional advice.
 
Nutrition
Serving: 1 Serving | Calories: 609 kcal | Carbohydrates: 30 g | Protein: 38 g | Fat: 37 g | Sodium: 1250 mg | Fiber: 7 g | Sugar: 5 g
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