Easy Salmon Rice

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Prep Time

6 mins

Cook Time

20-23 mins

Free Time

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The best easy dinners are chameleons, endlessly customizable (and colorful too!). Salmon atop flavorful dashi rice is a great go-to combination on a busy weeknight. Replace the salmon with any fish, try bok choy instead of spinach, or even switch the protein entirely with diced chicken.

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What You’ll Need

What You’ll Need

The Medium Deep Dish

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The Medium Deep Dish


  • ½ cup (100g) short grain rice, rinsed and strained
  • ¾ cup (140ml) dashi, chicken stock, or water (see note)
  • 1 4oz (115g) pieces of salmon, skinless
  • 2 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce
  • ½ cup (50g) frozen spinach
  • Thinly sliced scallions, sesame seeds, furikake as garnish (optional)


  1. Place the rinsed and strained rice and dashi (or stock or water) in the Anyday deep dish. Ensure the rice is in an even layer, then cover it with the lid (knob lifted). Note: It is very important to rinse the rice under cold water until the water comes out clean.
  2. Cook in the microwave at Power Level 5tooltip for 18-20 minutes, or until rice is almost fully cooked through. It will keep cooking in the next step
  3. While the rice is cooking, marinate the salmon in a separate bowl: cut the salmon into ½” thick slices, toss with tamari or soy sauce, and set aside.
  4. Evenly spread the frozen spinach on top of the rice in the dish, then layer the marinated salmon on top.
  5. Continue cooking on full power for 3-4 minutes, or until the salmon is just cooked through.
  6. Garnish with scallions, sesame seeds, and furikake, if desired.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • Swap frozen spinach for any other quick-cooking vegetable! Try frozen peas, corn kernels, fresh spinach, bok choy, or kale.
  • Swap cilantro for scallions if you’d like a more herbaceous dish.
  • Drizzle some chili crispy for some spice.
  • Add crushed peanuts and sweet chili sauce for a sweet-and-spicy meal.

Recipe notes

  • This dish is most delicious when cooking rice with a flavorful stock. To make a quick dashi stock, mix 1 teaspoon Hondashi soup stock with 1 cup water.
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.