Salmon Bowls

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Air Fryer Salmon Bowls with Turmeric Rice

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Prep

15 minutes

Cook

30 minutes

Yield

3 -4

These Salmon Bowls are full of flavor from the turmeric rice and shawarma marinade. They are healthy, and so easy to whip up with your Air Fryer.

These delicious Salmon Bowls are the perfect healthy dinner option or summer lunch. I’ve created a flavorful shawarma spice for the salmon, paired with the turmeric rice, this dish is BURSTING with delicious flavor. This recipe and easy one to keep in your back pocket when you want to impress your family and friends.

Salmon bowl

❤️ Why You’ll Love These Salmon Bowls

  • Healthy: These Salmon Bowls are made with healthy, fresh ingredients that are loaded with nutrients and health benefits
  • Versatile: Like any bowl, you can totally tailor these bowls to include whatever ingredients you want
  • Flavorful: The shawarma spice on the salmon is chefs kiss. It’s so flavorful and good
Ingredients for salmon bowl

🍲 Ingredients

Turmeric – Turmeric is a super spice with so many health benefits. It can help things like arthritis, eye conditions, anxiety, muscle soreness, kidney health, and the list goes on. It’s also so easy to add it into your cooking, smoothies, dressings, or even baking.

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Salmon – Salmon is a good, lean source of protein and it’s rich in astaxanthin which can help skin elasticity, reducing the signs of aging and UV damage (now who doesn’t want that?).

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👩‍🍳 How to Make Salmon Bowls

For the rice

  1. Pot over medium heat and add olive oil. Once warm, add diced onion and cook 4-5 minutes to soften.
  2. Stir in turmeric powder, curry powder and salt and cook for 1 minute, stirring frequently.
  3. Stir in the rice and stir frequently, until the rice is evenly coated, about 1 minute.
  4. Stir in the broth and bring to a simmer over medium high heat. Turn to low heat and cook until the rice is tender and the liquid is absorbed, about 15-18 minutes. Remove from the heat, fluff with a fork and put the lid on for 10 minutes.  After 10 minutes, remove the lid and fluff with a fork and set aside.

For the salmon

  1. Prepare the other bowl toppings first and set aside (slice radishes and set aside other ingredients depending on your toppings preference: labneh, hummus, tabbouleh, pickled radishes, mixed olives).
  2. While the rice is cooking, prepare the salmon. Pat the salmon dry with a paper towel and then cut the salmon into 1 inch cubes. Add the cubes of salmon to a bowl and drizzle with 1 tbsp avocado oil.
  3. Dunk the salmon cubes into the breadcrumbs mixture, pressing gently to adhere the breadcrumbs to the salmon and set aside on a plate.
  4. Add the salmon cubes to the air fryer basket and make sure they’re not overlapping (air fry in batches if needed). Air fry 400F for 6-8 minutes (depending on level of doneness you prefer), flipping halfway through.
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🪄 Tips and Tricks


🗒 Substitutions

  • Rice: If you don’t want to make the rice, swap for another grain of choice OR serve on lettuce instead
  • Protein: If you don’t like fish, you can substitute the salmon for another lean protein like a chicken breast. Alter the cooking time as needed
  • Toppings: Add in whatever veggies you want. With bowls, you can totally personalize them. Get your kids involved and have them build their own!


🗒 Best served with

👝 How to Store Leftovers

It’s best if you store the rice and the salmon away from all the toppings, this way you can easily reheat it. Leftovers will last in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days.

🤔 Common Questions

How do I make salmon in the oven?

Follow this recipe below but instead of throwing the salmon into the air fryer, put it in the oven at 400 for about double the time. Check to make sure the fish is no longer bright pink or opaque.

How do I make tabbouleh?

To make this delicious herby salad, it’s very easy. It requires a few, fresh ingredients and adds so much flavor to these Salmon Bowls. Here’s a recipe on how to make it.

Air Fryer Salmon Bowls with Turmeric Rice

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These Salmon Bowls are full of flavor from the turmeric rice and shawarma marinade. They are healthy, and so easy to whip up with your Air Fryer.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Greek-Inspired
Servings 3 -4
Calories 692 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the turmeric rice

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup basmati or jasmine rice

For the salmon

  • 1 – 1.5 lbs salmon, skin removed, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1/2 cup panko or other breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp all spice
  • 1/2 tbsp ground pepper
  • 1 tsp salt

For serving

  • 1 cup mixed olives
  • 1 cup pickled turnip
  • 1/2 cup hummus
  • 1/2 cup labneh
  • 1 cup tabbouleh
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Instructions
 

For the rice

  • Pot over medium heat and add olive oil. Once warm, add diced onion and cook 4-5 minutes to soften.
  • Stir in turmeric powder, curry powder and salt and cook for 1 minute, stirring frequently.
  • Stir in the rice and stir frequently, until the rice is evenly coated, about 1 minute.
  • Stir in the broth and bring to a simmer over medium high heat. Turn to low heat and cook until the rice is tender and the liquid is absorbed, about 15-18 minutes. Remove from the heat, fluff with a fork and put the lid on for 10 minutes.  After 10 minutes, remove the lid and fluff with a fork and set aside.

For the salmon

  • Prepare the other bowl toppings first and set aside (slice radishes and set aside other ingredients depending on your toppings preference: labneh, hummus, tabbouleh, pickled radishes, mixed olives).
  • While the rice is cooking, prepare the salmon. Pat the salmon dry with a paper towel and then cut the salmon into 1 inch cubes. Add the cubes of salmon to a bowl and drizzle with 1 tbsp avocado oil.
  • Dunk the salmon cubes into the breadcrumbs mixture, pressing gently to adhere the breadcrumbs to the salmon and set aside on a plate.
  • Add the salmon cubes to the air fryer basket and make sure they’re not overlapping (air fry in batches if needed). Air fry 400F for 6-8 minutes (depending on level of doneness you prefer), flipping halfway through.
  • Prepare the bowl.

Notes

  • Feel free to mix and match the toppings to your liking! Other delicious topping ideas: pickled onions, pickled hot peppers, Greek yogurt, Greek Tzatziki Sauce or tomatoes
  • If you don’t want to make the rice, swap for another grain of choice OR serve on lettuce instead.
  • If you love this recipe, try out Healthy Air Fryer Shrimp Bowl or Steelhead Trout Recipe

Nutrition

Calories: 692kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 44.6g | Fat: 28.3g | Saturated Fat: 5.9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 91.6mg | Sodium: 1675.8mg | Fiber: 6.1g | Sugar: 5.2g
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