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Air Fryer Salmon and Rice Bowl

6 min
20 min
3-4 bowls

This Air Fryer Salmon Rice Bowl has quickly become one of my favorite go to meals. Brown Rice topped with perfectly marinated and air fried salmon next to edamame and avocado all drizzled with a classic homemade Yum Yum Sauce. Easy and delicious!

What is a Salmon Bowl?

A Salmon Rice Bowl can be made up of different ingredients which is the beauty of a Salmon Rice Bowl. The main ingredients you need are salmon and rice, plus a good sauce or drizzle. The other added veggies or ingredients are all up to personal preference. I have my favorites that I like to add. 

  • Salmon- cut into pieces, marinated and cooked
  • Brown Rice
  • Edamame
  • Avocado
  • Yum Yum Sauce for drizzling

Other Ingredients to Add to Your Salmon Rice Bowl

Here are some other ideas of ingredients you could add to your Air Fryer Salmon Rice Bowl. 

  • Jasmine Rice
  • Quinoa
  • Shrimp
  • Carrots
  • Cucumbers
  • Sriracha
  • Coleslaw mix
  • Seaweed

Why Make Salmon in the Air Fryer?

The Air Fryer is such an incredible tool for making perfectly cooked salmon. It heats up quickly, cooks quickly and cooks perfectly! The Air Fryer basically works as a mini convention oven by circulating the heat  around the food. This allows the food to cook more evenly, more quickly and get that crispiness of the oven. 

I love using it for this Air Fryer Salmon Rice Bowl because it makes this a very simple meal to throw together. I use the Gourmia brand and you can get it here. I found mine originally at Costco for under $100. 

Check out these other Air Fryer Recipes I love:

How else can I make salmon?

There are lots of great ways to make this Air Fryer Salmon Rice Bowl without an air fryer. My other favorite ways are in the oven and to pan fry salmon. 

Oven- Line a sheet pan with parchment, pat the salmon dry, drizzle olive oil and add your seasoning. Cook at 400 degrees about 14 minutes. 

Pan Fried- Pat the salmon filets dry, drizzle with olive oil and add seasoning. Get a large skillet hot on med/high heat and add a drizzle of olive oil and a Tablespoon of butter. Place salmon in the skillet and cook on each side 4-5 minutes. 

How to Make and Assemble the Air Fryer Salmon Rice Bowl?

This Air Fryer Salmon Rice Bowl is incredibly easy to make. 

Start by cutting the salmon and placing the pieces into a bowl with the soy sauce, sesame oil, honey, garlic and salt. Mix and cover the salmon. Let sit for a few minutes. Place the salmon pieces in the air fryer and cook for 6 minutes at 400 degrees, flipping halfway. 

While the salmon cooks, you can make your rice (I just use a steam bag of rice in the microwave) and mix together the Yum Yum Sauce to drizzle over the Air Fryer Salmon Rice Bowl. In a bowl, simply mix together the mayo, tomato paste, sugar, garlic powder, paprika, butter, salt, and water. 

Once the salmon is cooked, you can start building the Air Fryer Salmon Rice Bowl. Rice on the bottom followed by the salmon pieces, edamame, avocado. Then generously drizzle the Yum Yum Sauce over top the whole thing. Mix together and enjoy!

Can I use this Air Fryer Salmon Rice Bowl as a Meal Prep Idea?

Absolutely! The Air Fryer Salmon Rice Bowl is a great recipe to prep ahead of time and heat up during the week. 

I like to prep all the parts separately and then heat up when I’m ready to eat. Make a batch of rice and the salmon ahead and keep them in an air tight container. Use a separate container for the edamame and another for the Yum Yum Sauce. 

Heating it all up- I add a Tablespoon or 2 to the rice and heat in the microwave at 50% power for 45 seconds, repeat until hot. 

Salmon- Heat salmon in the microwave at 50% heat for 30 seconds, repeat until warmed through.

Add all together in a bowl and drizzle the yum yum sauce. Enjoy!

Other Easy Bowl Recipes to Make During the Week

I love a good Bowl recipe like the easy Air Fryer Salmon Bowl. Here are some more of my favorite recipes to make in a bowl. 

Check out the easy recipe and follow along with the video below. Leave a comment and tell me what you think!

Air Fryer Salmon Bowl with Rice

An easy recipe for Air Fryer Salmon and Rice Bowl. Marinaded salmon cooked quickly in the air fryer and paired together in a big bowl with edamame, avocado, rice, and a big drizzle of a sweet and savory Yum Yum Sauce.

Prep time: 10 min  |  Cook time: 6 min  |  Total: 20 min

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2 salmon filets


2 Tablespoons Low Sodium Soy Sauce

1 teaspoon sesame oil

1 tablespoon honey

1 teaspoon minced garlic or garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Yum Yum Sauce

1 cup mayonnaise

1 teaspoon tomato paste

1 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1 Tablespoon butter, melted

12 Tablespoons water


2 cups brown rice, cooked

1/2 cup edamame, cooked

1 avocado, sliced


1. Dry the salmon filets with a paper towel, then cut into 2 inch pieces. Set aside. In a bowl, add the soy sauce, sesame oil, honey, garlic, and salt and mix together. Add the salmon pieces to the marinade and mix together so the salmon is covered. Let sit for 3-4 minutes.

2. Preheat Air Fryer to 400 degrees. Once ready, spray basket with non stick spray. Place the salmon pieces in the air fryer basket in a single layer. Cook for 6 minutes, flipping pieces halfway through.

3. While the salmon cooks, prepare the yum yum sauce. In a bowl, mix the mayo, tomato paste, sugar, garlic, paprika, salt, melted butter, and water. Mix together and set aside.

4. Once the salmon is cooked, prepare the bowl. Spoon a layer of brown rice on the bottom and top with the cooked edamame, avocado, and salmon. (spoon any extra marinade over the salmon) Drizzle Yum Yum sauce over top of everything. Mix together and dig in!


**To cook salmon in the oven: preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place marinated salmon pieces on a cooking sheet prepared with parchment paper or nonstick spray. Cook for about 15 minutes.

**Extra Yum Yum Sauce can be kept in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.


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