We Tried the Iconic TikTok Salmon Rice Bowl

by Jules Fickenscher

Anyone who frequents TikTok has seen food influencer Emily Mariko appear on their for you page using strips of seaweed and chopsticks to grab a mixture of salmon, rice, a combination of sauces and a single ice cube. 

As Mariko’s recipe continues to circulate, here’s a review of how to make the dish, and what it really tastes like:

The Process

The bulk of the recipe involves just three main components: salmon, rice and sauce. You can prepare the rice and the salmon however you please, but we decided to use microwavable sticky rice and basic air-fried salmon. Though you could make this dish right after the salmon is cooked, Mariko often makes it using leftovers.

After preparing the salmon and rice, we topped them with a single ice cube and a crumpled piece of parchment paper, and heated it in the microwave. Once the dish was warm, we added a dousing of soy sauce, and drizzled on some sriracha and mayo. Mariko serves it with sliced avocado and scoops each bite between a piece of seaweed.


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The Taste

This dish hits every flavor profile you could ever desire: the spicy mayo with the extra “umami” kick from the soy sauce goes perfectly with the salmon. The salmon bowl also packs in a good balance of carbohydrates, proteins, healthy fats, and omega 3’s, ensuring you’ll feel satisfied and energized after indulging.


We’ve also concocted a few variations of this dish to try when you want to switch things up:


Replace the salmon with extra firm tofu marinated in soy sauce and sriracha and swap out the classic mayo with a vegan version. The end result will be just as satisfying and enjoyable.


Instead of microwaving the rice, heat a pan with an even layer of oil, and leave the rice in long enough so it’s crispy. Give it a flip, then serve with the mashed salmon and sauce combined on top. It’ll taste similar, but the rice adds an extra crunch.

Peanut Sauce:

You can also replace the spicy mayo with Thai-inspired peanut sauce. Combine a scoop of creamy peanut butter, a splash of soy sauce, a drizzle of maple syrup, a sprinkle of sesame oil, red chili flakes, lime juice, and a small dash of water until thoroughly combined.

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