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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. Making this tonight, any ideas for a less spicy mayo topping? I will make it per recipe for my family but I can’t do spicy foods – I’m a wimp, lol. I was thinking about just mayo, sesame oil and a touch of honey? Thoughts?

    1. Hey Jennifer,
      Sure, that would be fine for you to do, or just reduce the Sriracha. I hope this recipe turns out amazing for you, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

      1. Thanks, one more question, recipe says bite-sized chunks for the salmon but the pics make the salmon look about 1″ wide and 2-3″ long?

  2. I made this with random veggies that were in my CSA (this week radishes and tomatoes) and it turned out delicious! That sauce really is AMAZING

    1. Hi Tara,
      Happy Wednesday! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was a winner, thanks a bunch for making it! xT

  3. 5 stars
    My kids, husband and I love your bowls – I always put the individual toppings out so that they can add as much of each as they want to the top. I really loved this variety of flavors even though I overcooked the salmon. Took it to work for lunch the next day. Thank you!

    1. Hi Jessica,
      Happy Monday!! I am delighted to hear that this recipe was tasty for you! Thanks for making it:) xx

  4. 5 stars
    I made this last night for me and my husband and it was a major hit. I messaged him this morning if we should make it again tonight with the response of “absolutely”
    New family favorite!

    1. Hey Emma,
      Wonderful!! I love to hear that this recipe was a winner, thanks so much for making it and sharing your review! xT

  5. Absolutely incredible. Such a simple, yet effective way to transform salmon and step up the weekday dinner game. I also added everything bagel mix + tiniest bit of panko to sesame seeds and the flavour turned out just perfect. Can’t wait to make this again and experiment with toppings!

    1. Hey Ingrid,
      Happy Monday!! Thanks a lot for making this dish and sharing your review, I am so glad it was enjoyed! Have a great week! xx

  6. 5 stars
    This was one of the best salmon dishes I have made. I have shared this recipe with practically everyone I know 🙂 I served it over brown rice and it was so delicious. My husband and daughter devoured it.
    Thanks for this recipe!

    1. Hey there,
      Amazing!! I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it! Have a great weekend! xTieghan

  7. 5 stars
    Once again, a hit at my house! I love all the delicious flavors together!
    Maybe I’m just getting used to your recipes, but this really was simple! Thank you!

  8. 5 stars
    Delicious, wonderful, perfection! Comes together so quickly. I set it down in front of my husband and he said, “oh my, will you look at that!” then proceeded to make a variety of yummy noises while devouring the whole bowl. When I have the girls over for dinner in a few weeks, this is what I’ll make. The only thing that can top the Better Than Take Out Dan Dan Noodles they enjoyed so much! I toss the rice with a bit of toasted sesame oil and add sesame seeds to add a bit of flavor and visual interest. Thank you Tieghan, this is a winner!

  9. Looks super yummy! Do you have an estimate on how much salmon you used? It says 4 filets but I was wondering how many pounds that would be? Thanks!

    1. Hey Yvonne,
      I would say each filet is about 6 ounces:) Please let me know if you have any other questions, I hope you love this recipe! xT

  10. 5 stars
    I’ve been wanting to make this for a while. Of course when it came time I didn’t have sesame seeds but I had Everything bagel mix. I didn’t feel like going to grab tomatoes but I had peaches. I didn’t have cilantro but I had mint. Usually I don’t post reviews with such deviations but I had to say the dressing for this was delicious and the framework was there to help me make a healthy, and yummy dinner tonight. I’ll try to do better and putting everything on the shopping list next time 😉

    Thank you for the inspiration, yet again, to make a yummy dinner .

    1. Hi Kat,
      Amazing!! Thanks a lot for trying this dish and sharing your feedback, I love to hear that it was tasty for you! xT