The salmon rice bowl is a great way to take a few healthy ingredients and combine them to make something that’s more than the sum of its parts. A combination of grilled or baked salmon, boiled white rice, and one or more veggies creates a tasty, enticing combination.
Finish it off with a drizzle of sriracha or teriyaki sauce and you have a delightful dish that you want to have over and over again.
Working with these base ingredients, you can create a variety of different combinations by switching out a few of them, changing up how you make some of them, or adding a few extra ingredients to the dish. This gives you endless variety so you don’t have to have the same thing twice.
What to Put in a Salmon Rice Bowl?
You’ll start with three basic ingredients for this dish. That would be salmon pieces that are a little bit bigger than bite size, plain white rice, and then a green veggie, like cucumbers or spinach.
Most people usually add a few vegetables to the salmon rice bowl, including carrots, kale, celery, watercress, and others.
What ties everything together, however, is this sauce. A lot of people go with a mixture of sriracha and mayo to make their sauce they drizzle over their salmon bowl. There are tons of different sauces you can use, including southwestern sauce, Chipotle sauce, teriyaki, shrimp sauce, and others.
How to Cook Salmon for Salmon Rice Bowl
What’s the best way to prepare salmon for the rice bowl? You have a few different options, but I personally prefer grilling or pan frying or salmon. This gives it a wonderful crusty texture that’s great for creating a contrasting texture with the rest of the ingredients in the bowl. You could also bake or fry your salmon, and your preference may be based on how healthy you want the salmon to be or how you’re used to making it.
This is a relatively simple dish to put together, but if you think you’ll struggle with any of the different components, you can always go with the cooking methods you’re most used to. In other words, if you’re used to pan frying rice rather than boiling it, then go for it and see how your different ingredients work together when you’ve made them in a way that’s comfortable for you.
As for the salmon, the cooking method is up to you, but my preferred method is to cook it with a little butter and seasoning it in a frying pan until it gets slightly crispy on the outside and cooked all the way through.
How to Season Salmon for Rice Bowl
There are lots of different ways you go with the seasoning for the rice bowl, particularly when it comes to the salmon. I suggest starting with just a couple of seasonings and see how you like it before you add anything else. A combination of chili powder, garlic powder and paprika is pretty standard for this dish.
You may be more comfortable with using other seasonings because you know how it’ll turn out and that you’ll like the taste, and you can feel free to go with those as well. You could also use a prepared seasoning like a fish dry rub or seafood seasoning packet. It’s best to season the fish before it cooks, and that way the seasoning will work its way into the fish and make it more flavorful.
How Many Calories in a Salmon Rice Bowl
This is a pretty healthy dish, especially if you use plain white boiled rice, vegetables that haven’t been cooked in butter, and salmon that is pan fried, pan seared, or baked. All of these methods help to keep the fat content low.
So, how many calories will you get from your typical salmon rice bowl? That depends partly on which ingredients you’re using and how much of each component is added, as well as your serving size. Typically, you’ll get about 385 calories from a full salmon rice bowl.
How to Prepare Rice for Salmon Bowl
If you want to keep things simple and healthy, I suggest using a straightforward boiling method. If you don’t know how to boil rice, it’s as simple as putting together the right ratio of water and rice and cooking that up in a pot on the stove top.
You’ll cover the pot, once the water starts to boil, reduce the heat and cook until the rice is soft, which takes about 15 to 20 minutes, depending on how much rice you are cooking at once.
I would suggest adding a little salt to your rice, and if you want to keep it healthy, consider leaving it just like that for your bowl. For more flavor, you can add a little butter or mix in some cooking oil.
What Kind of Rice for Salmon Bowl?
Most people will use white rice rather than brown rice, long grain rice, or wild rice for this dish. You can use any kind of rice you want, and brown rice will give you more fiber and nutrition, but most people prefer white rice for its flavor and texture. It’s really up to you, though.
How to Make Salmon Rice Bowl
- 1 pound of salmon without the skin
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of smoked paprika
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of chili powder
- 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
- 1 tablespoon of butter
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 1 tablespoon of chopped parsley
- 3 cups of cooked rice
- 1/4 cup of mayonnaise
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of sriracha sauce
- 2 cups of baby spinach
- Sliced cucumbers and carrots
- Prepare your salmon by cutting it into small cubes.
- In a separate bowl, mix together garlic powder, paprika, chili powder, black pepper, salt, and oregano. Add your seasoning mixture to the salmon and coat evenly.
- Drop a tablespoon of olive oil into a nonstick frying pan and warm on medium high heat. When the oil is hot, add in the salmon in a single layer.
- Cook the salmon for three minutes until the bottom side starts to turn brown. Then, flip it over and cook on the other side for a minute.
- Add in the honey and butter and cook for an additional 30 seconds. Take the skillet off the heat and add in your parsley.
- Spread the rice between several different bowls, and then add in your vegetables and salmon.
- Mix together sriracha and mayo and drizzle over the salmon and serve.