Spicy Canned Salmon Rice Bowl

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This quick and easy Sushi-inspired Spicy Canned Salmon Rice Bowl makes an easy high protein, budget-friendly, 5-minute lunch, great for meal prep!

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Spicy Canned Salmon Rice Bowl

This easy Salmon Rice Bowl is fast and easy, made with just a few ingredients! Salmon salad using canned salmon is the star of the dish served over brown rice (I love frozen brown rice from Trader Joes) with diced cucumbers, sriracha, scallions, and furikake or nori. I am always trying to share new, quick lunch ideas that don’t take too much time to make. Earlier this week I posted an avocado quinoa salad as a vegetarian lunch option. Like tuna, canned salmon is a great pantry staple for protein, and it’s budget-friendly. More canned salmon recipes you may like are these Waffled Salmon Cakes, or swap the tuna for salmon in this Mayo-Less Tuna Pasta Salad.

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Salmon Rice Bowl Ingredients

Here are the ingredients for the salmon salad:

  • Salmon: I use canned wild salmon in water because it’s so convenient. If you prefer making your own or using leftover salmon, that works too.
  • Sauce: Light mayo and sriracha with a pinch of salt combine for a creamy, spicy sauce.
  • Scallions: Mix the whites of the scallions in with the salmon.

Below is everything in the rice bowl:

  • Brown Rice: To speed up this recipe, I use Trader Joe’s frozen brown rice, so the whole dish comes together in five minutes. It’s such a great timesaver! You can also make your own rice or use leftover.
  • Cucumber: I like the crunch from the Persian cucumbers and you don’t need to peel them because the skin is thin, so it’s even quicker to prep! If you want more veggies, carrots, bell peppers, and avocado would also be good.
  • Scallions: Top the salad with the greens of the scallions.
  • Furikake or Nori: Sprinkle nori or furikake over the rice bowl. Nori is dried seaweed that you can crumble over the salad. Furikake is a Japanese seasoning consisting of “sesame seeds, seaweeds, herbs, fish flakes, and salt.” You can buy it on Amazon if it’s unavailable at your local supermarket.

How to Meal Prep Salmon Salad Rice Bowl

This healthy salmon rice bowl is really easy to make. There’s very little prep if you use canned salmon and frozen rice since the scallions and cucumber are the only veggies to chop. You can double or quadruple the recipe for meal prep if you want leftovers for lunches, which will hold in the fridge for up to 4 days.

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DAY 1 of High Protein Lunch Series! This is an easy, budget friendly 5 minute #lunch for 1 (or double for meal prep) See link for full recipe! 25 grams protein per bowl! #easyrecipes #skinnytaste #highproteinlunch

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Spicy Canned Salmon Salad Rice Bowl

389 Cals 25 Protein 39 Carbs 14 Fats
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 0 mins
Total Time: 5 mins
Yield: 1 serving
COURSE: Lunch, Meal Prep
This quick and easy Sushi-inspired Spicy Canned Salmon Rice Bowl makes a great budget-friendly, high protein lunch!


  • 1 5-ounce can skinless wild pink or red salmon, in water drained
  • 1 tablespoons light mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons sriracha sauce, plus more for topping
  • 2 scallions, white and greens separated
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup cooked brown rice, heated
  • ½ cup chopped cucumber, I use Persian cucumbers
  • Furikake or chopped nori and sesame seeds, for garnish


  • In a small bowl, combine the salmon, mayonnaise, sriracha, scallion whites and pinch of salt and mix well.
  • In the bowl you plan to serve in, add the rice.
  • Top it with the salmon salad, chopped cucumber, furikake and scallion greens plus more sriracha if desired.



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Serving: 1bowl, Calories: 389kcal, Carbohydrates: 39g, Protein: 25g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 1.5g, Cholesterol: 65mg, Sodium: 757mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 4g
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  1. This was wonderful! Tasty, quick and healthy. Added a splash of rice vinegar. Thank you!

  2. I made this after my workout. I didn’t have scallions, I topped it with Everything On A Bagel instead of sesame seeds. It was still good.

  3. This was great! I didn’t have any canned salmon so I used canned tuna and it worked perfectly.

  4. So good!! I used short grain brown rice & subbed in fat free greek yogurt for the mayo. One of my favorite lunches.

  5. Very annoyed with the page.  Trying to read the comment for variations and repeatedly tossed back to the top…even as I type.  Maddening as taken about 7 tries to type this 

  6. This is amazing and is now part of the regular recipe rotation. We sub canned tuna instead of the salmon.

  7. This was delicious. I didn’t have cucumber so added some red bell pepper. There were plenty of leftovers to have for lunch tomorrow.

  8. Absolutely delicious!!

  9. Gina-What brand of canned salmon do you use?

  10. I’ll admit, I wasn’t expecting much when I started making this dish. I’m not a fan of canned fish, and I wasn’t sure how well the ingredients would mesh. I will say, however, that the finished product exceeded my expectations. It’s very filling and the perfect meal when you want something light, with a variety of textures. This is a fantastic lunch recipe and one that I’ll be making in the future. I really liked the spiciness.

  11. I’m going to shop for ingredients  for this today, but I’ll buy Joseph’s pita (1 point). I am definitely in the weight loss group, so this is an easy swap!

  12. Just curious how vital to the taste are the furikake or nori to the recipe? I haven’t made it yet but going shopping tomorrow and will have everything on hand and ready to go once I find out! Love those easy recipes, keep them coming!

    • You can just use sesame seeds if you wish!

      • I used everything bagel seasoning since I didn’t have the other spices. I’ve never eaten canned salmon before, not as bad as I was expecting it to be—will look for the boneless skinless next time as I didn’t know that was an option until I read these comments. Pretty tasty. Thank you. 

  13. Hi there! Love the sound of this recipe, but I’m allergic to eggs unfortunately. Do you have any thoughts of what I could substitute the Mayo with for the creaminess? I don’t know if Greek yoghurt could work? Thanks in advance if anyone has suggestions 🙂

  14. So easy and so good!  Definitely will keep cans of salmon in the pantry for this protein rich lunch. 

  15. Delish!!  Easy and so yummy!  Thank you!!   

    • Made this today for lunch- so quick and refreshing on a super hot day! I will probably make ahead and bring to the pool in a cooler this summer. I was out of the furikake and it still didn’t feel like it was missing anything. More easy, quick lunch options please! 🙂