If you’re a “meal in a bowl” type of person like me, you’re going to love these rice bowls with air fried salmon bites. This dish looks super fancy but is actually super simple to make.
What I love about this recipe is that the salmon is cut into bite size cubes which allows more of it to get crispy when its air fried. There’s something about crispy anything that just makes me drool.
I marinated the salmon in a simple soy/honey sauce, air fried it, then served it up with some coconut rice, spiralzed veggies, edamame, avocado and a drizzle of spicy mayo. I have also made this served over riced cauliflower or brown rice instead of white rice.
Quick tip 1: Make sure you remove the skin from your salmon. There’s an easy trick for this that we have learned here at S.B.E. Just run boiling water over the skin side of the salmon for a second and voila! The skin peels off so easily!
Quick tip 2: After marinating the salmon bites, pat them dry with paper towel. The salmon has already absorbed the marinade and you want them to be as dry as possible to ensure that they crisp up in the air fryer. You can use the leftover marinade to coat the bites in the last few minutes of air frying.
Quick tip 3: I like to bring my leftover marinade to a boil in a small pot on the stove before drizzling over the cooked salmon. Just feel safer knowing that it’s been cooked after marinating raw salmon in it.
- 2 salmon filets, pat dry and cubed
- 4 tablespoons light soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon hot chili oil,
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- For the rice bowls
- 2 cups cooked rice
- Mix of raw veggies, I used spiralized, cucumber, carrots etc.
- ½ cup cooked edamame
- ½ avocado optional
- spicy mayo optional
- Place the salmon cubes in a small bowl and add the mixture of soy sauce, hot chili oil, sesame oil, honey, garlic powder, and sea salt.
- Gently toss the salmon in the marinade mixture and allow the salmon to marinate for at least one hour in the fridge to soak up the liquid.
- Spray air fryer basket with any neutral oil. I use avocado oil.
- Pat the salmon cubes dry with paper towel before placing the in the bottom of an air fryer basket, leaving space in between each one.
- Save the leftover marinade so you can drizzle it over the cooked salmon later but I suggest bringing it to boil in a small pot on the stove.
- Cook the salmon at 400 F for 7 minutes in the air fryer. The edges of each cube will get crispy and the teriyaki sauce will caramelize if you switch to the broiler feature for 3 minutes. If your air fryer doesn't have the broil feature just pop them into the oven on BROIL to crisp them up.
- Assemble bowls and serve.