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      Teriyaki Salmon Donburi (Rice Bowl) with Cucumber

      This quick and easy teriyaki salmon donburi bowl is the perfect weeknight dinner that is both nutritious and tasty. This delicious Japanese rice bowl makes two servings, so it’s great if you live with your partner, roommate or family member. 

      salmon donburi

      What is donburi?

      Donburi is a Japanese rice bowl typically consisting of a protein source, vegetable and, of course, a steaming pile of rice. This delicious one-bowl meal is a popular meal in Japanese cuisine.

      For the protein source, a variety of options are available for your choosing. Popular options include chicken katsu, marinated raw fish, teriyaki meat or various egg-based dishes.

      Often donburi is served with pickled vegetables, simmered vegetables, raw vegetables, deep-fried vegetables or stir-fried vegetables. They are often garnished with chopped green onion.

      Origins

      Donburi has a long history dating back to the early 1800s. The original donburi was a bowl of steaming rice topped with grilled eel. It was served as an easy meal to eat while watching the theater. 

      From there, donburi began to grow in popularity and is now a staple Japanese restaurant entree. You can now get donburi (or make donburi) with a variety of protein and vegetable options. 

      Ingredients for Teriyaki Salmon Donburi

      The ingredients for teriyaki salmon donburi are listed down below. There are also alternative ingredients listed next to each ingredient item. For the best results, I suggest sticking to the original ingredients.

      IngredientsSubstitution Options
      Medium-grain white riceShort-grain white rice, brown rice, jasmine rice
      Salmon filetsAny other kind of meat
      Canola oilVegetable oil, avocado oil, sunflower oil
      Light soy sauceRegular soy sauce, dark soy sauce, coconut aminos, liquid aminos, tamari
      Ground gingerFresh ginger, grated
      Ground garlicFresh garlic, minced
      White sugarBrown sugar, maple syrup, honey, coconut sugar
      Cucumber, thinly slicedAny other vegetable
      Rice vinegarMirin
      Salt
      Sesame seeds (optional)Black sesame seeds
      Green onions (spring onions), chopped (optional)
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      How to make Teriyaki Salmon Donburi

      Before making the salmon, start cooking your rice in a rice cooker or on the stovetop according to the instructions on the package or for the rice cooker. 

      In a large frying pan over medium heat, add canola oil. Once hot, add your salmon filets, skin side down. Once one side is browned and crispy, flip over.

      In a small bowl, combine the warm water and sugar and whisk together. Add the soy sauce, ground ginger and garlic and whisk together. Then, add the homemade teriyaki sauce to the skillet. 

      Continue to cook until the sauce begins to thicken and sticks to the back of the spoon. Use a spoon to coat the salmon filets with the sauce. Flip and filets and coat the other side with the sauce. 

      Remove the salmon from the skillet and pour the remaining sauce on top of the salmon.

      Then, prepare your pickled cucumber. Use a mandolin or a sharp knife to cut your cucumber into thin slices. Transfer to a bowl and add the rice vinegar, sugar and salt. Gently mix together and top with sesame seeds.

      Once your rice is complete, prepare your bowl. Start with a large scoop of rice, add your teriyaki salmon and your cucumber. You can serve the pickled cucumber in a separate bowl if desired.

      Top with green onions and nori and enjoy. If you have any leftovers, store them in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. They should keep for about 2-3 days.

      Frequently Asked Questions

      Is raw salmon safe to eat?

      There is no way to 100% safely eat raw salmon unfortunately. But there are some ways to reduce your risk for foodborne illness.

      The biggest issue with raw fish is parasites. To kill any parasites in your fish, completely freeze your fish and then defrost it in the refrigerator. From there you can prepare your sushi or poke bowl without fear of parasites. 

      Along with this, make sure you are practicing good food safety. Make sure your cutting boards and knives are clean, don’t cut the salmon on the same board you use for vegetables and clean and sanitize all your prep materials afterwards. 

      Is salmon donburi healthy?

      Yes. Salmon donburi is a nutrient-dense meal particularly due to the salmon and vegetables. Salmon is high in a fatty acid called omega-3. This kind of fat can improve heart and brain health.

      To make this dish even healthier, you can try swapping the white rice for brown rice or cauliflower rice if you prefer a lower carbohydrate option. Both of these swaps will increase the fiber content of the meal.

      How is donburi eaten?

      Donburi is eaten in a bowl with chopsticks. If you prefer, you can use a fork or spoon. If you have a hard time eating the rice with chopsticks, it’s probably because you aren’t using the right variety.

      To ensure your rice can be picked up in chunks with your chopsticks, opt for short-grain or medium-grain white rice. These varieties are more sticky and can be easily scooped with some chopsticks.

      salmon donburi

      Teriyaki Salmon Donburi (Rice Bowl) with Cucumber

      This quick and easy teriyaki salmon donburi bowl is the perfect weeknight dinner that is both nutritious and tasty.
      Prep Time 10 minutes
      Cook Time 20 minutes
      Total Time 30 minutes
      Course Main Course
      Cuisine Japanese
      Servings 2 servings

      Ingredients
        

      • 3/4 cup medium-grain white rice, uncooked
      • 10 ounces salmon filets
      • 1 tbsp canola oil

      Teriyaki Sauce

      • 2 tbsp soy sauce low sodium
      • 2 tbsp warm water
      • 1 tbsp white sugar
      • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
      • 1/2 tsp ground garlic

      Quick-Pickled Cucumber

      • 1 cucumber
      • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
      • 1 tsp white sugar
      • 1/4 tsp salt
      • 1 tsp sesame seeds
      • green onions for garnish, optional
      • sesame seeds for garnish, optional

      Instructions
       

      • Before making the salmon, start cooking your rice in a rice cooker or on the stovetop according to the instructions on the package or for the rice cooker.
      • In a large frying pan over medium heat, add canola oil. Once hot, add your salmon filets, skin side down. Once one side is browned and crispy, flip over.
      • In a small bowl, combine the warm water and sugar and whisk together. Add the soy sauce, ground ginger and garlic and whisk together. Then, add the homemade teriyaki sauce to the skillet.
      • Continue to cook until the sauce begins to thicken and sticks to the back of the spoon. Use a spoon to coat the salmon filets with the sauce. Flip and filets and coat the other side with the sauce.
      • Remove the salmon from the skillet and pour the remaining sauce on top of the salmon.
      • Then, prepare your pickled cucumber. Use a mandolin or a sharp knife to cut your cucumber into thin slices. Transfer to a bowl and add the rice vinegar, sugar and salt. Gently mix together and top with sesame seeds.
      • Once your rice is complete, prepare your bowl. Start with a large scoop of rice, add your teriyaki salmon and your cucumber. You can serve the pickled cucumber in a separate bowl if desired.
      • Top with green onions and sesame seeds and enjoy.

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