TikTok's Salmon Crispy Rice Recipe Is My Takeout-at-Home Dream Come True

POPSUGAR Photography | Ashley Ortiz
POPSUGAR Photography | Ashley Ortiz

Of all the appetizers I've had the pleasure of sinking my teeth into before enjoying a hearty meal (and trust me, there have been many), none has captivated me more than the spicy salmon over crispy rice served at my local sushi restaurant. I've grown used to scarfing down these delicious, melt-in-your-mouth, bite-size salmon pieces smothered in spicy sriracha sauce and scooped atop crunchy, golden-brown rice out of a takeout box, and I thought I'd only ever get to enjoy these treats from the restaurant. But I'm happy to report that TikTok has come through yet again with another easy recipe for making these delicious fish-and-rice bites at home. I could not be happier.

To make salmon crispy rice at home, first cook your sushi rice as instructed, then combine with rice vinegar, sugar, sesame oil, and salt.

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Pack rice mixture into one even layer at the bottom of a loaf pan. Place the loaf pan in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, or until the rice mixture is firm.

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Dice your salmon into bite-size pieces, and combine with sriracha, mayonnaise, sesame oil, soy sauce, and scallions. Set aside.

POPSUGAR Photography | Ashley Ortiz
POPSUGAR Photography | Ashley Ortiz

Once the rice has set, cut it into your desired shapes — preferably something that is bite-size and easy to pick up with your fingers — then fry the patties in a shallow bed of neutral oil until they're golden brown and crispy.

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Top the rice patties with your salmon mixture, and garnish with nori, jalapeños, and sesame seeds.

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TikTok's Salmon Crispy Rice

Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Yield6 servings

Peter Duong


    • Crispy Rice Patties
    • 2 cups cooked short grain sushi rice or jasmine rice
    • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
    • 1 teaspoon sugar
    • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
    • Salt to taste
    • Neutral oil for frying
    • Spicy Salmon Mixture
    • 3/4 cup sushi-grade salmon, diced into bite-size pieces
    • 1 tablespoon sriracha
    • 1 tablespoon Japanese mayonnaise
    • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
    • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
    • 1 scallion, finely chopped
    • 1 jalapeño, thinly sliced for garnishing
    • Sesame seeds, for garnishing
    • Nori, for garnishing


    1. Cook rice as instructed on the packaging.

    2. Pack rice mixture into one even layer at the bottom of a loaf pan.

    3. Once the rice has set, remove from the pan and cut into the shape of your choosing. Small rectangles are a great place to start.