Tik Tok Salmon Bites – crispy nori cups filled with rice and juicy salmon cubes are baked then topped with a drizzle of spicy mayo, avocado, sesame seeds, and crispy salmon skin. Make these flavorful bite-sized sushi muffins the next time you’re hosting a crowd!
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These oven baked salmon bites are a fun and special twist on sushi rolls! If you’ve come across the viral Tik Tok salmon bites video about salmon sushi cups or salmon muffins, I’ve got a delicious copycat recipe that’s even better!
We’re taking nori sheets, filling them with rice and marinated salmon then baking them in the oven! Once ready, they’re served with crispy salmon skin, sesame seeds, avocado, and green onion then drizzled with spicy mayo.
They’re so simple to make yet this salmon bites recipe is so impressive! For those who love sushi and for those that don’t! The fish isn’t raw and the nori sheets are baked until even crispier so they hold all the filling!
The little salmon bites are so full of flavor and they’re such a cute appetizer idea for all your dinner parties and gatherings, and it makes a great starter for all your Asian-inspired meals. Eat them with your hands or with chopsticks!
- Nori sheets: These are sheets of edible dried algae. They are very thin, crispy, and used widely in Japanese cooking. You may recognize them from sushi rolls. They come plain or seasoned and make a tasty snack all on their own!
- Cooked rice: You can use whatever kind of rice you like, however, I do like the idea of using Japanese sticky rice to emulate sushi. Again, it’s up to you. As long as you make sure it’s cooked and cooled ahead of time.
- Salmon: Remove the salmon skin but DO NOT DISCARD IT. Cut the salmon into cubes.
- In the marinade: Avocado oil, soy sauce or coconut aminos, honey, and seasoning consisting of garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, paprika, salt, and pepper.
- For garnish: Diced avocado, crispy salmon skins, green onion, and sesame seeds.
- Spicy Mayo: Mayonnaise and sriracha sauce for a creamy heat!
How to Make Salmon Bites
Step 1: Place a skillet over medium-high heat and drizzle with avocado oil. When the oil is hot, fry the salmon skin seasoned with a bit of salt on both sides until it is nice and crispy. Set it aside to cool then crush it up.
Step 2: Combine the marinade ingredients and add the salmon cubes to coat. If you have the time I recommend allowing the salmon to marinate for 1 hour. If not, that’s totally fine. It’s just a bonus.
Step 3: Grab your muffin tin and place 1 nori sheet into each of the cups. Then, add 2 small spoonfuls of cooked rice and 2 spoons of marinated salmon.
Step 4: Bake in a preheated 375-degree oven for 12-15 minutes. Then, turn the oven to broil for 2 minutes.
Step 5: Remove the muffin tin from the oven and let the salmon bites cool. Garnish with spicy mayo and any or all of the toppings. It’s up to you!
How to Remove Salmon Skin
- First, pat the salmon dry. If it’s too slippery, it will be hard to get a good grip on it.
- Lay the salmon fillet on a cutting board skin side down.
- On one end of the fillet, it’s easiest to start with the wider end, lift up a piece of the skin, and make a small slice between the flesh and the skin. Use a sharp knife to make this easier. If you find it’s too slippery with your hands, use a dish towel or paper towel.
- As you gently pull the skin away, continue making small even cuts along with it until you’ve reached the other end and all the skin is off.
Cook salmon to your liking. Keep an eye on the salmon cups as they bake. Depending on how you like your salmon cooked, you may want to take them out a little earlier or keep them in a bit longer.
To make a vegetarian version, you can swap salmon cubes for cubes of tofu.
Best eaten the day of. If you can, eat these delicious salmon bites the same day you make them.
If you happen to have leftovers you can keep them in the fridge, covered, for a couple of days then reheat them in the oven. They won’t be quite the same texture, but the flavor will be there!
Make mini bites. If you want to make them smaller, use a mini muffin tin, cut the nori sheets into smaller squares and fill them with less rice and salmon according to their size.
How long to bake salmon in the oven?
Normally, you’d want to bake salmon at 400 degrees, but because we’re using cubed salmon, they will cook faster, so 475 is perfect.
Overcooked salmon is dry and we don’t want that, so check them at the 12-minute mark. If the cubes are juicy, cooked through, and flake easily, then they’re done. If you want a few extra minutes (because all ovens are different) then that’s ok.
Are salmon bites healthy?
Definitely! The nori sheets alone have an essential nutrient called iodine, as well as DHA and Vitamin K.
The avocado is a healthy fat, and the salmon bites are baked, not fried, and of course, the salmon is a great source of protein and Omega 3s which is great for brain health.
It is also dairy-free and gluten-free if you use coconut aminos or tamari instead of soy sauce.
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Salmon Bites Recipe
- 12 nori sheets small snack nori sheets
- 1 1/2 cup sushi rice cooked and cooled (I like to cook rice inside instant pot 1 cup of rice with 1 cup of water for 10 minutes on rice mode setting, quick release pressure, and voila.)
- 1 lb salmon cut into cubes (skin removed and fried in the skillet with a little bit of avocado oil and salt until crispy, used for garnish)
- 1 medium avocado peeled and cut into cubes
- green onion sliced
- crispy salmon skins
- sesame seeds
- In a mixing bowl combine the marinade ingredients, mix then add salmon cubes. Marinate for 1 hour or don’t.
- Preheat the oven to 375. Into a muffin pan add 1 sheet of nori, 2 small spoonfuls of cooked rice, 2 spoons of salmon and bake for 12-15 minutes, broil on high for 2 minutes.
- Let cool. Garnish with spicy Mayo, avocado, green onion, crispy salmon skins and sesame seeds. Enjoy!
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