TikTok salmon bowl on a white plate over a gray marble surface.

This TikTok Salmon Bowl is my own tasty version of the viral sensation, and boy, does it deliver! The salmon fillets are cubed, seasoned, and cooked till perfectly crispy. Serve it with some fluffy rice, veggies, and top it with my super flavorful chipotle adobe sauce for a delicious, quick meal.

Tiktok salmon bowl in a white bowl with sauce and toppings.

Viral Salmon Rice Bowl

As I’m sure you’ve gathered by now, this delicious salmon rice bowl was inspired by a viral TikTok recipe, and the moment I saw it, I knew I had to add my own delicious spin. The result is a fabulous bowl full of flavor and texture that’s sure to become one of your new favorite meals. 

While the original TikTok salmon bowl included rice, my version is a powerbowl type of meal. I swap out the rice for low-carb cauliflower rice and include a delicious medley of vegetables.

The best part about this recipe is how quickly it comes together: the salmon cooks super fast, and the sauce is easy to prepare. Make a big batch to have as meal prep, and you’ll have a healthy meal ready in no time. 

A bowl of tiktok salmon over a wooden cutting board with a fork.

Why You’ll Love It

  • The salmon is perfectly crispy on the outside yet tender and flaky on the inside.
  • It’s easy to customize this bowl to your liking. Swap out or add any ingredients you’d like!
  • Low-carb and full of healthy fats — perfect for a low-carb or keto diet!
  • Meal-prep and make-ahead friendly.

Made with Simple Ingredients

  • Salmon: I recommend using wild salmon as it’s much healthier than farmed or Atlantic salmon.
  • Avocado Oil: For that beautiful crispiness on the cubed salmon.
  • Spice Blend: I used a blend of salt, paprika, garlic powder, and chile lime seasoning to season the salmon.
  • Lime: Lime juice is used to add a bit of acidity and brighten up the flavors.
  • Mayonnaise: A key ingredient for making the chipotle adobo sauce!
  • Chipotle Seasoning Paste: I used one by Frontera, but any brand would work just fine!
  • Cauliflower Rice: A great low-carb alternative to regular white or brown rice.
  • Avocado: For some healthy fats and creaminess.
  • Jalapenos: To add a lovely kick of heat to this salmon bowl recipe.
  • Cilantro: For a bit of freshness to finish everything off.
  • Baby Bok Choy: I steamed the bok choy to get it nice and tender.

Substitutions & Variations

Seasoning Paste: I used chipotle seasoning paste, but adobo pepper seasoning paste works great, too!

Veggies: Swap out the bok choy, avocado, and jalapenos for other veggies like baby cucumber, corn, edamame, shredded carrots, or red onions. 

Rice: I used about 1 cup of cauli rice, but you can use quinoa, brown rice, white rice, jasmine rice, or go without if you prefer.

Toppings: Add even more flavor to your TikTok salmon bowl by adding toppings such as sesame seeds, seaweed sheets, and green onions! 

Cooking Method: I pan-fried the salmon, but you can air fry or even bake them, and it’ll taste just as delicious.

How to Make the Best Salmon Rice Bowls

The steps are simple, and I’m outlining them below but be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page to view the full, printable recipe card. You can also check out this recipe on my Instagram reel!

Cubed up salmon in a glass bowl for tiktok salmon bowl.

STEP 1 – PREPARE SALMON

Start by cubing the wild salmon and adding it to a bowl. Drizzle it with avocado oil, and season with salt, smoked paprika, garlic powder, chile lime seasoning, and lime juice. Give it a good mix, then let it sit for a few minutes to absorb the flavors.

​STEP 2 – MAKE SAUCE

In a small bowl, add mayo, lime juice, salt, and chipotle seasoning paste. Give it a good mix, taste, then adjust.

Pro Tip:  If you want it more citrusy, add more lime. If you want it more creamy, add more mayo!

STEP 3 – CUT VEGGIES + COOK RICE

Next, cook your rice of choice according to the instructions on the package. Then cut your bok choy in half, slice the jalapenos, and dice up the avocado and cilantro.

STEP 4 – PAN-FRY SALMON

In a large pan over medium-high heat, pan-fry your salmon. After 2 minutes, flip the salmon cubes and let them cook for an additional 2 minutes or until done to your liking. 

STEP 5 – STEAM BOK CHOY

Drizzle the baby bok choy with some avocado or olive oil, season with salt and pepper, then place it face up in a pan on medium heat with 1/4 cup water. Close the lid and let it steam for about 2-3 minutes. Flip over, and cook for another 2-ish minutes.

STEP 6 – ASSEMBLE & SERVE

When the salmon is done, place your rice and bok choy at the bottom of the bowl as a base. Then add the salmon and top it up with the jalapeno, avocado slices, cilantro, and chipotle adobo sauce.

ENJOY!

FAQ

What is a salmon bowl?

A salmon bowl is a nutrient-packed meal that typically contains cooked salmon, veggies, and grains. It’s an easy way to get your daily dose of omega-3 fatty acids from the fish, fiber, and vitamins from the vegetables. We’re skipping the grains in this version, but you can certainly add them if you prefer!

Salmon bowls are popular because they taste great, provide plenty of nutrients, and can be prepared in a variety of ways.

A serving of tiktok salmon bowl.

Is salmon better in the oven or on the stove?

It all depends on your personal preference and the dish you’re making. On the stove, pan-searing or sautéing salmon produces a crispy golden crust, while poaching results in delicate, flaky fish. In the oven, baking salmon offers even heat distribution and the added convenience of hands-off cooking. 

Can I make this Tik Tok salmon bowl for meal prep?

Absolutely! This Tik Tok salmon bowl is perfect for meal prepping. You can make a big batch of the components in advance and assemble them quickly whenever you’re ready to eat. 

Preparing in advance will also give the flavors time to meld together, resulting in an even better-tasting meal. 

Storage

It is advised that you store all your salmon bowl ingredients separately in their own airtight container. The leftover cooked salmon and other ingredients should last for up to 3 days in the fridge.

To reheat, place heatable ingredients in the microwave for about 60 seconds or until warmed through. Then top with the cold/fresh ingredients, drizzle with the chipotle adobo sauce, and enjoy!

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Yield: 2-4 servings

TikTok Salmon Bowl

TikTok salmon bowl on a white plate over a gray marble surface.

This delicious salmon rice bowl was inspired by a viral TikTok recipe, and the moment I saw it, I knew I had to add my own delicious spin. The result is a fabulous bowl full of flavor and texture that's sure to become one of your new favorite meals. 

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound wild salmon
  • 1/2 tablespoon avocado oil
  • a couples pinches sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 to 1 tablespoon chili lime seasoning
  • juice from 1-1/2 limes
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of a chipotle/adobo pepper seasoning paste
  • 1 cup of cauliflower rice/quinoa/any type of rice (optional)
  • diced avocado (optional)
  • sliced jalapeños (optional)
  • fresh cilantro (optional)
  • steamed baby bok choy (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons avocado or olive oil (for steaming the bok choy)

Instructions

    1. Start by cubing the wild salmon and adding it to a bowl. Drizzle it with avocado oil, and season with a pinch of salt, smoked paprika, garlic powder, chile lime seasoning, and lime juice. Give it a good mix, then let it sit for a few minutes to absorb the flavors.
    2. In a small bowl, add mayo, lime juice, a pinch of salt, and chipotle seasoning paste. Give it a good mix, taste, then adjust. If you want it more citrusy, add more lime. If you want it more creamy, add more mayo!
    3. Cook your rice of choice according to the instructions on the package. Then cut your bok choy in half, slice the jalapenos, and dice up the avocado and cilantro.
    4. In a large pan over medium-high heat, pan-fry your salmon. After 2 minutes, flip the salmon cubes and let them cook for an additional 2 minutes or until done to your liking.
    5. Drizzle the baby bok choy with some avocado or olive oil, season with salt and pepper, then place it face up in a pan over medium heat with 1/4 cup water. Close the lid and let it steam for about 2-3 minutes. Flip over, and cook for about 2 minutes.
    6. When the salmon is done, place your rice and bok choy at the bottom of the bowl as a base. Then add the salmon and top it up with the jalapeño, avocado slices, cilantro, and chipotle adobo sauce. Enjoy!

Notes

It is advised that you store all your salmon bowl ingredients separately in their own airtight container. The leftover cooked salmon and other ingredients should last for up to 3 days in the fridge.

To reheat, place heatable ingredients in the microwave for about 60 seconds or until warmed through. Then top with the cold/fresh ingredients, drizzle with the chipotle adobo sauce, and enjoy!

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