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Spicy Ginger Caramelized Salmon Bowl – a new 30-minute dinner. Slightly spicy ginger sesame caramelized salmon, served over bowls of steamed rice with cucumber salad and a dollop of spicy mayo.  These colorful, fresh salmon bowls may seem fancy, but they’re simple to make and full of so much flavor. The caramelized salmon has just the right amounts of sweet-n-spice – so delicious!

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I’ve mentioned this before, but I often go through phases of loving certain styles of food. Right now, I’m back to loving “bowl” recipes, always with rice, greens, and usually a sauce or two.

I have some fun January “bowl” style recipes that I can’t wait to share, but this new salmon bowl has become a quick favorite. It really does have everything good piled into one bowl. Steamed rice, crispy spicy-sweet salmon, a salty cucumber salad, plus some spicy mayo too.

And it’s FAST, this bowl is done in 30 minutes.

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Here are the details

Step 1: marinate the salmon

First up, give the salmon flavor. Marinate chunks of skin-on salmon in a mix of tamari, pickled ginger juice, fresh ginger, garlic, toasted sesame oil, and chili flakes.

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You can use skin-on or skin-off salmon, but I do prefer skin-on for this recipe. It’s up to you, however!

Marinate for at least 15 minutes or up to all day.

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Step 2: the salad

This might just be my favorite layer in this bowl. Avocado, cucumber, so much cilantro, lots of green onions, pickled ginger, a little roasted sesame oil, sesame seeds, and a jalapeño too. I love mixing the toasted sesame oil in. It adds so much yummy sesame flavor.

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Step 3: cook the salmon

Now, rub the flesh of the marinated salmon with brown sugar. Add some cayenne or chipotle, if you like it super spicy. Then sear the salmon, flesh side facing down. Then flip and let the skin get crispy.

Add the reserved marinated sauce and simmer until the salmon is cooked to your liking.

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Step 4: assemble

Steam the rice. Of course, quinoa, brown rice, or really any other grain would also work. Then layer everything in: salmon, salad, and dollop with lots of mayo.

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So much happening, but really, it comes together quickly since we’re just repeating ingredients throughout.

Totally delicious – this will be great for the busy winter nights!

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Looking for other salmon recipes? Here are a few…

Sheet Pan Chipotle Salmon Tacos with Pineapple Jalapeño Salsa

Parchment Baked Roasted Red Pepper Salmon

Coconut Curry Salmon with Garlic Butter

Lastly, if you make these Spicy Ginger Caramelized Salmon Bowl, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And, of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Spicy Ginger Caramelized Salmon Bowl

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories Per Serving: 798 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.


Cucumber Salad


  • 1. In a shallow dish, mix the tamari, ginger juice, ginger, garlic, toasted sesame oil, and season with chili flakes. Add the salmon, getting them mostly submerged. Marinate for 15 minutes. For the best flavor, marinate for one hour or up to all day.
    2. Make the salad. Combine all ingredients and season with salt.
    3. When ready, heat a couple tablespoons of oil in a large skillet over high heat. Rub the salmon with brown sugar. Place the salmon skin side face up in the skillet. Sear until brown, about 1-2 minutes. Then flip and let the skin get crispy. Lower the heat to low. Add the marinade and simmer on low for 5-8 minutes until cooked to your liking. Then, remove from the heat.
    4. Spoon the salmon over the bowls of rice. Top with the cucumber salad and a dollop of spicy mayo. Enjoy!
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  1. 5 stars
    This is amazing! Been looking to mix up my salmon bowls and this is great! Was especially stunned by the flavors and that salad! Happy to report it was devoured as on of our meal prep options for the week.

    1. Hey Sydney,
      Love to hear this!! Thanks so much for making this recipe and your comment:) Happy Sunday! xT

  2. 5 stars
    The flavors of this recipe are just fantastic. So glad I didn’t skip the spicy mayo – easy to make in a pinch! I used chopped caracara orange in place of pomegranate and reduced sugar to just 1 tblsp. The whole family, baby, husband, 4 year old, LOVED it!

    1. Thanks so much, Lea!! Love to hear that this dish turned out well for you, thanks so much for making it! xT

  3. Just wondering how long I can marinate the salmon for? 15 min – all day is a long range. Will it affect the texture of the salmon?

    1. Hi Rosa,
      You can marinate this up to all day as the instructions state:) Please let me know if you have any other questions! xT