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Seattle Asian Salmon Bowls

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These Asian Salmon Bowls are my new addiction!! Served over brown rice and topped with cucumbers, avocado drizzled with a soy-wasabi vinaigrette – SO good!

Seattle Asian Salmon Bowl – EASY, healthy, sushi bowls you can make at home!
Asian Salmon Bowls

My friend Heather has been talking about these salmon bowls for as long as I know her. Finally I convinced her to do a guest post to share her sister’s recipe, and last night I decided to test it before sharing it here. Holy YUM!! It’s healthy and delicious, tastes like a dish you would order at an Asian restaurant. I know you’ll love it!

Seattle Asian Salmon Bowl – EASY, healthy, sushi bowls you can make at home!

Hi there, I’m Heather. I’m a dietitian, a nutrition consultant for Skinnytaste, and the founder of Feel Better Eat Better, an online coaching program for women who struggle with emotional eating, binge eating, overeating, or body image issues. I’m so thrilled to share my sister’s salmon recipe here on Skinnytaste (thank you, Gina!).

My sister Lori and I have always shared a love of cooking (and our sister Cyndi has always enjoyed eating our creations!). Lori and I swap recipes, spend hours browsing farmers markets, share cookbooks, and talk about bacon the way some women talk about shoes. We just really, really love food!

Some of my happiest memories with Lori are in the kitchen – we slice, dice, and taste while we laugh, chat, and connect. And while I really enjoy cooking, Lori is the true family food superstar. If Lori’s in the kitchen, you just know the end result will be awesome!

Salmon Bowl Tips

  • Buying Fresh Fish. If fresh fish is available, wait until the day or day before to buy it before you are going to cook it.
  • Buying Frozen Fish. If fresh isn’t available, buy frozen instead of previously frozen so you can control freshness and keep it frozen until you need it.
  • How To Defrost Frozen Fish: Frozen fish fillets are great to keep on hand in the freezer. You can defrost them overnight in the fridge or pull from from the freezer and put them in an ice bath (in the package if they are individually wrapped or in a sealed Ziploc) for about 30 minutes.
  • How To Remove Bones. Wild salmon tends to have a lot of pin bones. Before cooking, make sure to gently run your hand over the surface of the fish to catch any bones that may remain. I have THESE (affiliate link) fish bone tweezers and love them.
Seattle Asian Salmon Bowl – EASY, healthy, sushi bowls you can make at home!

We live in Seattle so naturally salmon is a regular on the menu, and this Asian Salmon Bowl is one of Lori’s signature everyday dishes. It’s healthy, it’s tasty, and it’s ready in a snap.

I’m incredibly grateful for my two sisters – they’re pretty amazing. I hope you enjoy Lori’s recipe as much as I do!

Seattle Asian Salmon Bowl

4.87 from 23 votes
These Asian Salmon Bowls are my new addiction!! Served over brown rice and topped with cucumbers, avocado and sprouts and drizzled with a soy-wasabi vinaigrette – SO good!
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Asian
These Asian Salmon Bowls are my new addiction!! Served over brown rice and topped with cucumbers, avocado and sprouts and drizzled with a soy-wasabi vinaigrette – SO good!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
Serving Size: 1 bowl


For The Salmon Bowl:

  • 1/2 cup green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 English cucumber, sliced
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 4- ounce avocado, diced
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 3/4 cup sprouts such as daikon radish
  • 1 strip nori, shredded
  • 16 ounces wild salmon, cut in 4 pieces
  • olive oil spray
  • salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

For the Soy-Wasabi Vinaigrette:

  • 2 tbsp less sodium soy sauce, or GF Tamari
  • 2 tsp wasabi, in tube
  • 2 tbsp mirin
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil


  • Combine the vinaigrette ingredients in a bowl and set aside.  Heat rice and keep warm.
  • Season salmon with a pinch of salt and fresh pepper. Heat a frying pan or sauté pan over medium-high heat. Spray the pan lightly with oil spray.
  • When hot sear salmon, around 2 - 4 minutes per side (depending on the thickness of the fish).
  • Split rice into four bowls equally, 1/2 cup each.
  • Top each bowl with 1 oz avocado, green onions, cucumbers, sesame seeds, and sprouts.
  • Place salmon on top of each bowl, drizzle with the vinaigrette, and sprinkle with shredded nori.
  • Serve immediately.

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Serving: 1 bowl, Calories: 395 kcal, Carbohydrates: 31 g, Protein: 27 g, Fat: 17 g, Saturated Fat: 5 g, Cholesterol: 62 mg, Sodium: 326 mg, Fiber: 5 g, Sugar: 1.5 g


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106 comments on “Seattle Asian Salmon Bowls”

  1. Everyone in my family loves this and  it has become an expectation to make this at least once a week. The dressing is amazing and we fill the table with more and more sliced veggies and toppings. The latest is to mix half cauliflower rice with basmati. It’s a great meal to prep ahead and pack up when travelling for a quick dinner while visiting friends or an Airbnb. 

  2. I’ve made this 3x now so it’s time to leave a 5 star review. This bowl is the perfect sushi flavor without the stress of having to roll a sushi roll. 

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    Beth Sindelar

    Wow, this was good. I added a little extra wasabi and it was perfect and skipped on the nori since I couldn’t find it. It was a bowl of sushi flavors.

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    Elizabeth Hamilton

    We make this recipe frequently, never fails and everyone loves it. I vary the ingredients in the bowl based on what I have on hand, but always use the radish, avocado and nori

  5. Made this tonight.. My Avacado went bad so couldn’t use it,  and the wasabi was too strong. Major fail for me, unfortunately.

  6. Wow! This is such a delicious sushi roll deconstructed! I am definitely making this again! The wasabi gives me a nasal shot every time! So good!!

  7. We used to live in Western Washington, but now we live in Arizona. I miss the fresh Salmon from there so much!

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    Christine Wittneben

    Thank you, Gina! My daughter actually said, “I should thank that Gina for these recipes.”  This was easy to make and delicious. 

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    Teresa Gallagher

    That wasabi dressing is absolutely delicious! I make extra now because my husband puts it on just about everything he eats.

  10. Wow! My family loved this.. it came together in 10 minutes. I omitted sesame seeds and nori but otherwise followed recipe
    This will be part of our regular meal rotation for sure! . 

  11. My friend sent me this recipe and I’m a huge fan!  Such wonderful, fresh, Asian flavors!! This is one of me and my boyfriends top 5 favorite weekday meals to make! 

    We like to marinate onions and cucumbers in vinegar and add it to the bowl. I’ve also sautéed baby bok choy with garlic and added it too. So versatile! 

  12. This. Was. So. Good. I LOVE poke bowls but recently moved to a place that doesn’t have fresh fish ANYWHERE and this definitely scratched that itch. I added matchstick carrots as another reviewer suggested and topped it with furikake instead of just sesame seeds. I also love wasabi so I probably doubled the amount. YUM

  13. The two links on this recipe aren’t working.  Can anyone tell me what the two ingredients are?  I think one is a type of nori and the other a seasoning?

  14. I made these last night for dinner and both my boyfriend and I loved them!!! They are just like deconstructed sushi so they are super easy to make and delicious. We are gluten free so I used Tamari and added some carrot matchsticks for crunch and color. We will definitely be making these again.

  15. I inhaled this!! It tasted just like I imagine deconstructed sushi would taste. We’ll definitely be making it again. Easy weeknight meal!

  16. I really enjoyed this meal- made it with white rice & omitted the sprouts entirely. Will probably add pickled ginger next time and decrease the wasabi to only 1 teaspoon.

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  18. We loved this dish! The wasabi dressing is spot on delicious. My husband is now requesting this for Friday night dinner. Thank you for posting this.

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  20. This was AWESOME!!!! I’m going to make it again!! Love the menu plan and grocery list too. It’s saved me a lot of time. Thank you!!

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  22. This one is a home run! Seriously delicious! Our entire family enjoyed it. Def going to be remaking this one!

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    Beth McKnight

    So good and well-balanced. Loved the crunch from the cucumbers, the creamy avocado, the sweetness of the mirin, and the chewy brown rice. I didn’t have wasabi so I added some sriracha for some spice. I’m not a huge salmon fan, but in this dish it worked so well. I’ll definitely make this again! Big hit with my husband, 6 and 4 year olds too!

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    Julie Hordyk

    Made this for lunch on Superbowl Sunday as a lighter, “pre-feast” option.  Fantastic!  I skipped the nori (not available anywhere close to where I live!) and I used all the sauce for two servings.   I had a piece of salmon that was about 7 oz. per person, and that seemed like a good amount. I also swapped out basmati for brown rice because I had it and it cooks much faster.  I used my mandolin to get nice thin slices o f cucumber an radish (used a regular one because I didn’t need a whole Daikon).  This is like a deconstructed sushi roll, so anything you like on sushi would work here.  I think next time I might try some mango….because there will be a next time!  

  28. I made this with high protein heigh fiber buckwheat soba noodles. Oh My God! Forget brown rice! I bough online on Amazon. 
    Where on earth is one to buy dikon sprouts???? Living in the Bay Area, I’ve never seen it at any specialty store. What’s a good substitute? I just omitted when I made this  

    1. I substituted with julienned carrots to make it more like a sushi bowl. I think I liked it better that way!

  29. Love this recipe! It takes literally 10 minutes to make (when using Trader Joe’s precooked brown rice) and everyone enjoys it. A perfect weeknight meal.

  30. can you substitute the wasabi for anything else.. I worry about the spice for company..or maybe just add smaller amount.

  31. Wow! That was soo delicious! I ended up getting bean sprouts & through in some mushrooms too. I couldn't find wasabi paste but I will add it next time, I think it would add a nice bite. Thanks so much!!

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    Cassandra Bouchard

    Just made this – yum!! Next time I will reduce the wasabi by maybe 1/3…tiny bit too spicy but otherwise fantastic. Thanks!

  33. I loved this recipe, thank you so much! I subbed white rice for brown since I didn't have any and I used red rose radish shoots instead of daikon radish sprouts. I will make this again for sure!

    1. I am a diabetologist. Just substitute the rice for cauliflower rice. The mirin may contain some carbs, but it won’t be a large amount. 

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    HipFoodie Mom

    Love that your Heather is sharing this recipe with us! this Soy-Wasabi Vinaigrette is on point! totally trying this! delicious!

  35. Just made this. Overall tasty, the sauce has too much wasabi…made it hard to eat. Next time just one teaspoon! I don't know the strength of your wasabi, but here in HK it is full force!

  36. Happy to finally find a recipe for this. I've obsessed after salmon bowls after I ate one at World Wraps in Seattle, called a Samari Salmon bowl. They make this into a wrap or you can order it in a bowl, which is what I do. This is the exact recipe that they make there, but I could never figure out the Vinaigrette…so I'm anxious to make them at home now!

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    John Mark Osborne

    The best recipe ever published here. My family absolutely loves the salmon bowl. I made a few teaks I thought I would share. Added edamame and pickled ginger. Also like to double the sauce but keep the wasabi amount the same. We like lots of sauce but too much wasabi makes us cry… lol.

  38. This was fantastic. I added sautéed mushrooms and steamed carrots and broccolini. Have shared it with my Facebook community as well. Great job.

  39. I made this for dinner tonight and it is now a favorite! So delicious and unusual. unique flavors and a sumptuous combination of salmon, avocado, rice and wasabi. I will serve it to company soon. Thanks for such a wonderful. And easy to prepare healthful meal! Yum!!

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    Cynthia Pinkerton

    Both my kids said this was the best fish they had ever had – a definite keeper. Thanks Gina! 🙂

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    Kelly Rackley

    What an excellent dinner! My husband and I loved it, but what was even better was that my 7 year old twins loved it just as much! Will be a regular on our dinner rotation. Keep the amazing recipes coming. I've made so many now and have enjoyed every one.

    *One key note: I substituted a 1/4 teaspoon of sugar and 1/4 cup of white wine for the mirin since I didn't have it.

  42. This dish turned out so well! I ended up substituting the brown rice for a soba noodle, as my fiancé is not a big rice fan. I also substituted the cucumber for fresh bamboo shoots and that ended up being a lovely crunch alternate!

    The sauce is spot on. I feel sometimes that when I try to cook Asian dishes, they turn out so bland because my sauce is off. It bursts with flavor and will be putting it on a Asian salad very soon!

  43. This might be an obvious "no" but would the macros for this change at all if I subbed 16 oz of salmon sashimi instead of searing the salmon?

  44. This recipe was sooo delicious! The wasabi added a nice kick to the flavors, and the dish overall felt healthy yet hearty!

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    Janita R. Hall-Swadley

    O.M.G. This was, perhaps, the best Asian dish I've ever eaten. My husband even said that, too! Keep these yummy dishes coming, please!!!

  46. I've been lurking and learning here for a while, but want to tell you that this is truly delicious. Made it last night and my husband and I loved it.

  47. This sounds delicious. I need to know, though, if the sesame oil you are using is the toasted kind or the plain kind. Thanks.

  48. Made this for dinner last night. DELICIOUS flavors! Substituted seasoned rice vinegar/honey for the Mirin because it contains corn syrup.

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      Heather K. Jones

      Hello – I found this info on substituting fish in the below link…

      "Fish can be categorized many ways; for example, Mark Bittman, author of How to Cook Everything, divides fish into 11 categories. For simplicity’s sake, we have identified five. Generally, you can substitute any fish within one category for another, although you’ll notice differences in taste.

      1. Dark and oil rich: anchovies, bluefin tuna, grey mullet, herring, mackerel (Atlantic, Boston, or King), Salmon, farmed or King (Chinook), sardines, skipjack tuna"

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      Ellen Petersen

      I have made this several times with Salmon, but last night had a friend for dinner that does not eat ANY fish, so I marinated firm Tofu in the soy-wasabi vinaigrette, pan fried the tofu in a little bit of oil, and it was excellent!!

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      Ellen Petersen

      I have made this several times with Salmon, but last night had a friend for dinner that does not eat ANY fish, so I marinated firm Tofu in the soy-wasabi vinaigrette, pan fried the tofu in a little bit of oil, and it was excellent!!

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    Janita R. Hall-Swadley

    Every morning I look forward to your posts and email newsletter because I know exactly what I'm going to make for supper that night. I love salmon and Asian flavors, so this one I know is going to be a winner. Thanks so much for doing this for us!

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    I love the vibrant colours of this dish, and salmon – I mean, you can't really go wrong, can you?
    Thank you so much for sharing Lori's recipe Heather 😀 Much appreciated x

  51. Hi Gina and Family! Speaking of bacon, have you come across any markets that provide natural, sugar-free bacon? I would like to enjoy bacon more often and would feel more comfortable if it were sugar-free. What are you thoughts? Thanks and Happy 2015!

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      Heather K. Jones

      Hi Emily – this bacon is antibiotic-free and organic. It has a tiny (less than 2%) amount of sugar in the ingredients, but the sugar grams are still 0. Oh and it is tasty!

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      Teri Esperance

      We just tried the uncured bacon from Whole Foods. Not as salty, although I can't speak to the sugar.

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    Suzy @ The Mediterranean Dish

    This is a great spin on salmon; I love it! I agree with Alison above, ah to have some fresh Seattle Salmon!!! Enjoy browsing through your healthy recipes

  53. Do you think that the sauce would still be good without the wasabi paste? Even a hint of wasabi is distasteful to me (just like my aversion to cilantro). Otherwise, it looks AMAZING!

  54. What brand of brown rice is that in the photo? It looks different than the traditional one I have (darker). Thanks!

    1. Coconut aminos are a great alternative to soy sauce, but they do taste quite a bit sweeter. You might want to adjust the amount of mirin to compensate.