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Sweet & Spicy Salmon Rice Bowls

Salmon rice bowls are the quickest and most delicious dinner idea that you can make for 2 or for 5 and everyone will love! You can pack it with veggies, rice, and salmon for a protein-packed bowl that’s super nutritious and filling. The best part is that creamy spicy mayo on top that ties everything all together. 

You can make this to be enjoyed the day of or as your meal prep for the week! There are 3 different components to the recipe and each are so simple – the rice, salmon, and sauce. 

Part 1: The Rice

My favorite rice to enjoy this with is coconut rice! If you’ve never tried it before and love coconut, definitely make it. It adds a nice slight sweet taste to balance all the savory in this bowl. If you’re skeptical about it, still try it. The first time I had it at a Burmese restaurant, I was a bit weary but now we have it once a week in our home.

Of course if you still don’t want to make coconut rice, just swap it for plain steamed rice. It can be Jasmine rice, sushi rice, or any basic rice you like.

Part 2: Spicy Mayo

This is the easiest part and also the best part because the sauce is pure heaven! You can use it in these bowls and then save any leftovers, IF ANY, and use it in wraps, with sushi, or even a salad topping.

All you need is a small bowl and to it add mayo, lemon juice, sesame oil, sugar, and Sriracha or Sambal. I used to always use Sriracha in my spicy mayo but recently I tried sambal which is the Vietnamese hot chili paste and it was so much better. I buy it from Target or any large supermarket/Asian market. Depending on how spicy you like it, you can add less or more hot sauce.

Sesame oil is optional but highly recommended. A little dash goes a long way as it has a very strong nutty and earthy taste that helps to brighten the creamy sauce up. 

Part 3: Honey Garlic Salmon

The star of the dish! It’s packed with so much flavor, fresh herbs, and a little bit of sweetness. Even if you don’t like salmon, definitely try this out as an introduction. The seafood taste is so mild that you’ll love it.

Start out with some salmon with the skin removed. Cube it into individual pieces and throw it in a bowl to season with salt, black pepper, smoked paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, and oregano.

Just mix that all together until it is all seasoned evenly. Then to a pan over medium high heat, add just 1 tablespoon of olive oil and sear the salmon until it has a beautiful golden crust. I like to flip it over with tongs so each side can develop some color. It takes about 2 minutes on each side. Then turn the heat to low and add a little bit of butter, honey, and chopped parsley to the pan. Flip that all together and when the salmon is done cooking, take it off the heat.

Note that the honey in this recipe is very mild and doesn’t make it taste very sweet. It’s just a little bit of sweetness to balance the flavors.

What If I Don’t Like Salmon?

If you don’t like salmon, you can skip it and use shrimp or chicken instead. Either way, you can follow the exact same steps and measurements for the marinade and cooking method. The only thing that may vary is the cooking time depending on the protein you choose to use.

How to Make it Vegan

To make it vegan, just swap the salmon for tofu and follow the same measurements for the marinade as well as the technique. If you’d like to add a bit of cornstarch to help the tofu be a bit more crispy and have a crust, feel free to do so as well. Just adjust the cooking time accordingly.

Youtube Video

For a full step by step video tutorial of this recipe, you can watch and cook along here on Youtube!


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Sweet & Spicy Salmon Rice Bowl

Salmon rice bowls are the quickest and most delicious dinner idea that you can make for 2 or for 5 and everyone will love! You can pack it with veggies, rice, and salmon for a protein-packed bowl that's super nutritious and filling. The best part is that creamy spicy mayo on top that ties everything all together. 
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Main Course
Servings 4



  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons sambal
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha
  • 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice


  • 1 pound salmon skin removed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley




  • To make the spicy mayo, mix together mayo, sambal, sriracha, sesame oil, sugar, and lemon juice in a small bowl. Once it's creamy and smooth, set aside.


  • To make the salmon, cube it into small individual bites first.
  • Season with salt, chili powder, smoked paprika, black pepper, oregano, and garlic powder. Mix together until marinaded evenly.
  • To a pan over medium-high heat, add olive oil and toss the salmon in once the pan is hot. Sear on all sides until it has a beautiful golden-brown color and cooked in the center - about 5 to 6 minutes.
  • Turn the heat to low and add in the butter, honey, and chopped parsley. Toss it all together and take off the heat.


  • To assemble, add rice to a bowl, then the salmon, toppings of choice like cucumber, avocado, and sesame seeds, and then finish it off with a drizzle of spicy mayo. Enjoy.
Keyword easy dinner, rice, salmon
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    • Carri
    • March 21, 2022

    5 stars
    So I feel not all bloggers and food creator’s recipes are very good. I made the Persian chicken for my Persian husband last week and he loved it and liked it better than his dad’s! So tonight I tried another recipe(the salmon bowls with coconut jasmine rice) and not only was it easy (I have a toddler), but it was so delicious! I skipped the sesame seeds, did a half rice half butter lettuce bowl and I added chopped sweet cherry peppers. I had company, we all thought it was bomb and would absolutely eat it again.

    • Dee
    • March 31, 2022

    5 stars
    Thıs dısh is delicious
    I made it today as early dinner late lunch

    • Shelby
    • April 9, 2022

    5 stars
    This came out sooooo good! It all together pretty quickly too. Loved how the spicy mayo came out.. gonna have to make that more often.

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