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I’ve got a great new go-to weeknight dinner for everyone – Spicy Ginger Sesame Crusted Salmon Bowls. Slightly spicy and crispy roasted salmon, breaded in nutty flavored toasted sesame seeds, and drizzled with a ginger soy sauce. Serve the salmon over bowls of steamed rice with a fresh avocado herb salad, and finish with a creamy spicy mayo. These colorful and fresh salmon bowls might seem involved, but they’re actually simple to make and full of so much flavor.

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And we’re back with yet another salmon rice bowl! I’m in love with these bowl-style recipes right now. I have fun dressing them up and making them pretty all while adding delicious flavor.

It’s all these garden herbs, they always inspire new recipes for me. I love to use them and will be so sad to see them go at the end of September.

So, I’m using them up now and taking advantage of the late summer harvest.

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Let’s get into the details

As with most rice bowls, this recipe looks like it has a lot of ingredients and could be rather involved. I promise you, it’s not. In reality, this bowl is simple and doesn’t require too much prep or any fancy ingredients.

I always start with the salmon since it needs time to cook. This salmon is extra special because it’s not just baked with seasoning, but instead, it’s baked with a layer of nutty sesame seeds. It’s delicious and the seeds add a great crunch.

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Coat the salmon pieces in an egg white, then dredge through a mix of black and white sesame seeds. If you only have white sesame seeds, that’s totally fine!

A lot of people will sear a sesame-crusted fish, but I love to bake it instead. It’s much less messy this way!

While the salmon bakes, make the sauce. The sauce is the secret here, it really adds so much of the flavor. Tamari or soy sauce mixed with sweet honey, chili sauce, toasted sesame oil, and ginger.

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The toasted sesame oil is really important. It’s the ingredient that sets this sauce apart from others adding a nutty richness to the salty sauce. The flavors together are addictive.

To finish off the bowls, I wanted to add a layer of freshness and some vegetables. I made a quick avocado herb salad with all of our fresh garden herbs.

It’s a colorful mix of avocado, cucumber, tomatoes, cilantro, and basil. All tossed together with lemon and/or lime juice and a pinch of salt.

And of course, no rice bowl is ever complete without a spicy mayo. Mayo, sriracha, and a dash of toasted sesame oil to tie all the flavors together.

Everything together in a bowl over rice is such a flavorful dish.

A great meal to prepare on busy nights. Come September I’m going to be adding mushrooms into the mix, that will be delish!

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Looking for other quick weeknight dinners? Here are some favorites:

Crispy Honey Ginger Salmon Bowl

Better Than Takeout Sweet Thai Basil Chicken

Chili Crisp Chicken Mango Cucumber Rice Bowl

Thai Basil Beef and Lemongrass Rice Bowls

Lastly, if you make this Spicy Ginger Sesame Crusted 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 Sesame Crusted Salmon Bowl

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories Per Serving: 934 kcal

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


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  • 1. Preheat the oven to 450° F. Grease a baking sheet with olive oil.
    2. Place the sesame seeds in a shallow bowl. Add the egg white to a separate bowl. Toss each piece of salmon through the egg, then coat in seeds. Place on the prepared baking sheet in a single layer.
    3. Drizzle the salmon with olive oil. Bake 10-15 minutes or until the salmon is cooked to your liking.
    4. In a small bowl, whisk together the tamari, honey, chili sauce, toasted sesame oil, and ginger. Set the sauce aside for serving.
    5. To make the salad. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Season with salt.
    6. For the spicy mayo, combine all ingredients in a bowl.
    7. Spoon the salmon over the bowls of rice. Top with the herb salad and drizzle the soy ginger sauce over everything. Add a dollop of spicy mayo. Enjoy!
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  1. 5 stars
    This is my favorite go to recipe! Everyone loves it and requests it. Wondering though if you could use another fish besides salmon?

  2. 5 stars
    This was absolutely delicious and full of flavor. Instead of rice I substituted your mashed cauliflower recipe for a little low carb option. Was also a great pairing!!

  3. 5 stars
    This was soooo good! I had it just on a bed of lettuce with some basil and carrots from the garden. Perfectly spicy. Husband loved it too. Will be making again!

  4. 5 stars
    I’m not a huge seafood eater but my husband loves it. Made this last night and it was delicious. Each part of the bowl was yummy!

  5. 5 stars
    Made this recipe tonight and all I can say is that it will be on repeat in our house!! Perfect blend of spice and a taste sensation! Like many of the recipes my family has loved from Tieghan this one goes right to the top for us!!

  6. 5 stars
    Such a flavourful meal!! So easy to prepare and a delight to eat. Adding this to my recipe box. I’m sure I can impress some dinner guests with this one too.

  7. 4 stars
    This is delish. I didn’t see a need for the tomatoes and I added sautéed broccoli. The sauce is killer and I will be using it for a lot of things moving forward.
    I cooked the fish in the air fryer at 400º for 9 min and it was perfect. My husband loved it.

  8. 5 stars
    I loved this recipe (finding back sesame seeds proved harder to find than I thought)! The herb salad addition is really what brought it all together for me (maybe my love of avocado).

    1. Hi Kandace,
      Happy Monday!! Love to hear that this recipe turned out well for you, thanks so much for making it! xT

  9. 3 stars
    This is the 1st recipe I’ve made of yours that I wouldn’t give a 5, unfortunately. The salmon was a little bland in flavor (although the ginger sauce was amazing)- I wanted the salmon to be more flavorful on its own. I’d make it again for a healthy dinner but not sure I would if I’m trying to impress some guests.

    1. Hi Kelly,
      Thanks for giving this recipe a try and sharing your feedback, sorry to hear you didn’t love this one! xx

    1. Hi Charmaine,
      Happy Monday!! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe turned out well for you and I appreciate you making it! xT

  10. This recipe is a winner Tieghan! Last night a friend and I enjoyed a little collaborative cooking time and the result was magic 🙂 A few tweaks: we used A LOT more sesame seeds (more like a cup) and even that wasn’t enough so some Everything Bagel topping from King Arthur Flour was the perfect substitution. I flipped the salmon over after 8 minutes so it was extra crispy. We added scallions to the salad and I tossed the rice in a bit of Toasted Sesame Oil and sesame seeds. Delicious! Thanks again XO

    1. Hi Victoria,
      Fantastic!! Thanks a bunch for giving this recipe a try, I love to hear that it turned out well for you! Thanks for sharing what worked well for you! xx

    1. Hi Kimberly,
      Happy Wednesday! I appreciate you making this recipe and sharing your comment, so glad to hear it was a winner!