How to Make the Simple Salmon Bowl Recipe from TikTok

This TikTok salmon and rice bowl is the perfect way to dress up your leftovers. Here's what to do!

If you’re as obsessed with TikTok as I am, there’s no doubt that the ever-popular salmon and rice dish has popped up on your FYP. This video has over 4 million likes, so no matter what side of TikTok you’re on, you’re bound to come across it. And the recipe looks totally tasty. You know we had to check it out!

How to Make the TikTok Salmon Bowl

tiktok salmon bowlCourtesy Risa Lichtman

This TikTok salmon bowl comes courtesy of creator @emilymariko. To make her popular dish, you’ll need two main ingredients, salmon and rice, and they don’t even have to be made to order. Emily uses leftovers—and I’ll never turn down a good leftovers repurposing—but fresh ingredients will also do the trick.

In her video, she shreds the cooked salmon with a fork, then tops that with a big scoop of cooked white rice. Emily’s method for heating up the rice is genius! She places an ice cube in the middle of the rice, covers it with a sheet of parchment paper, presses her hand over the parchment to seal it down and then microwaves it.

After she pulls the salmon and rice from the microwave she adds soy sauce, sriracha and Japanese mayo. Emily finishes this TikTok salmon bowl with slices of avocado, a little bowl of kimchi and some seaweed snacks. Lets give it a go!


Salmon IngredientsCourtesy Risa Lichtman

  • 1-2 cooked salmon fillets, about 4 ounces each
  • 2 cups cooked white rice
  • 1 ice cube
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • drizzle of kewpie
  • drizzle of sriracha
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced
  • kimchi
  • roasted seaweed strips
  • sesame seeds, optional


Step 1: Flake salmon

Use a fork to flake the cooked salmon until it’s fluffy and there are no more big chunks.

Step 2: Reheat in the microwave

Salmon Process 1Courtesy Risa Lichtman

Add the rice over the flaked salmon, then place an ice cube in the middle of the rice. Cover with parchment paper so the steam won’t escape during heating. Microwave on high for about 2 minutes.

Remove from the microwave and discard the parchment.

Step 3: Mix and top

Salmon Process 3 EditCourtesy Risa Lichtman

Add the soy sauce to the salmon and rice and mix until it’s all fully incorporated. Drizzle zigzags of sriracha and mayo on top. Finish with the slices of avocado, kimchi and a sprinkle of sesame seeds if you’d like.

What’s with the Ice Cube?

Leftover rice tends to build a crunchy outer shell after a day or two, but reheating rice with water actually helps recreate the signature fluff. This is due to the power of steam, a hot and extremely effective way of cooking.

The ice cube mimics the same process, and the parchment paper helps to keep the steam circling continuously. The power of science truly is amazing. Almost as amazing as the TikTok salmon bowl!

Tips for Making the TikTok Salmon Bowl

Salmon Process 4 EditCourtesy Risa Lichtman

Do you have to use leftover salmon and rice?

You definitely do not need to use leftover salmon and rice for this dish, though it does make the recipe exceptionally fast and easy! But this dish is delicious enough to warrant making both the salmon and rice specifically for it.

Can I add other toppings?

Absolutely! You can top this dish according to your tastes—add some sesame ginger cucumbers or chopped scallions. And I love to use black sesame seeds in addition to white, for the color contrast.

What if I don’t have parchment paper?

You can create the same effect with a bowl placed on top of the rice to capture the steam. Just make sure there are no big holes so it locks in the moisture.

This story was first reported by Taste of Home contributor Melany Love.

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Risa Lichtman
Risa Lichtman is a chef and writer living in Portland, Oregon. She is the owner/chef of Lepage Food & Drinks, a small food company featuring Jewish seasonal foods, providing takeaway all around Portland. She has previously published poems in Poetica Magazine, the anthology The Art of Bicycling, Maggid: A Journal of Jewish Literature, and The Dos Passos Review. She lives with her wife Jamie, their dog Isaac, and their cat Sylvia. Follow her at @risaexpizza, or find her delicious food offerings on @lepagefoodanddrinks.