emily mariko

Emily Mariko

  • DOB:

    January 9, 1992

  • Age:


  • Country:

    United States

  • Resides:

    Los Angeles

  • Hometown:

    Los Angeles, CA

  • Known For:

    Lifestyle Influencer

  • Spouse/Partner:

    Matt Rickard

  • Religion:


  • Education:

    Columbia University



Emily Mariko is a 31-year-old food and lifestyle influencer with a TikTok following of over 12.5 million users. She has become well-known for preparing simple and healthy Asian-inspired recipes from her home kitchen. She’s also popular on Instagram and YouTube, where she started her own channel in 2012 in the hopes of turning it into a full-time career. Her most famous TikTok video is when she microwaves smashed salmon filets with rice, with an ice cube on top. Mariko also posts fashion and lifestyle videos across several social media platforms.[1]


  • Over 1 million followers on Instagram
  • Over 620 million likes on TikTok

About Emily Mariko

Emily Mariko was born on January 9, 1992, in Los Angeles, California. She is half Japanese and has a younger brother named Sam. Mariko attended Columbia University and graduated with a BA in neuroscience and behavior in 2014.[2] 

After graduation, Mariko worked for L’Oreal in product development and global marketing. Looking for a change, she moved to San Francisco and began working for Facebook before pursuing a full-time career as a YouTube content creator in 2018. At first, her YouTube channel was called Sharewear, but she later changed it to her full name.[3] 

Mariko is engaged to Matt Rickard; the couple has been together for 8 years and live together in the Bay Area of California.[3] 

Best known for her TikTok videos, Mariko has 12.5 million followers and 626.5 million likes on the platform. She’s also a content influencer on YouTube (764,000 subscribers) and Instagram (1.3 million followers).[3] 

Mariko is the creator of Emily’s Life Plan for the Week, a weekly newsletter where she shares personal notes and recaps details from her previous week’s videos. She also includes links to clothes items she wore the previous week and restaurants, if she went out to eat.[4] 

Mariko also has an Amazon page where she earns commission on the purchase of specific cleaning and kitchen products, such as glass storage jars, a rice cooker, a salad spinner, and a knife set.[5] 

Emily Mariko Content

Mariko has the largest following on TikTok, where she began posting meal prep videos in 2021. She creates videos of herself preparing simple meals in her minimalist kitchen, using just a few ingredients and kitchen staples. While recording, she rarely, if ever, speaks to the camera in her TikTok videos, but does occasionally speak to another person, such as a waiter or barista.[3] 

Her first video to reach over a million views was of herself making lettuce wraps, but her most famous video is one where she prepares a dish with leftover salmon, combined with rice, soy sauce, Sriracha, Kewpie mayo, and avocado. It’s served with a side of dried seaweed and kimchi. The video has over seven million likes on TikTok.[6]  

On her YouTube channel, which Mariko started in 2012, she posts video blogs (vlogs) where she speaks to her audience directly, providing meal prepping, lifestyle, decor, and fashion tips from her minimalist California apartment. She also takes followers with her to shop for clothes and groceries, and out to restaurants and events.[7] 

Beyond her food prepping and cooking videos, she shares videos of herself traveling, eating out, and enjoying her day. She also posts “outfits of the week” and “get ready with me” videos, workout sessions, and product reviews for sponsored brands, such as Skims.[8] 

Today, Mariko continues to share her fashion, lifestyle, and cooking ideas with her followers on several social media platforms, including TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube.[9] 


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  1. E. (n.d.-c). Emily Mariko on. TikTok. https://www.tiktok.com/@emilymariko/video/7010506729012219141
  2. Venn, L. (2021, October 1). Everything you need to know about Emily Mariko aka the girl behind the salmon rice TikTok. UK. https://thetab.com/uk/2021/10/01/everything-you-need-to-know-about-emily-mariko-aka-the-girl-behind-the-salmon-rice-tiktok-224800  
  3. Emily Mariko Found the Recipe for Success. (2021, November 4). https://eportfolios.macaulay.cuny.edu/messenger/2021/11/04/has-emily-mariko-found-the-recipe-for-success/ 
  4. Mariko, E. (2023b, March 5). Emily’s Life Plan for the Week. By Emily Mariko. https://emilymariko.substack.com/p/emilys-life-plan-for-the-week-8c0 
  5. Emily Mariko’s Amazon Page. (n.d.). https://www.amazon.com/shop/emilymariko 
  6. Everything You Need To Cook Like Emily Mariko. (2023). Food Network. Retrieved March 6, 2023, from https://www.foodnetwork.com/fn-dish/shopping/emily-mariko-tiktok-products 
  7. Emily Mariko. (n.d.). YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/@EmilyMariko/videos 
  8. Emily Mariko. (2021, June 25). Skims underwear & bras try on haul!! YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXdPW8N3SXo 
  9. Emily Mariko. (2002). Instagram. Retrieved March 6, 2023, from https://www.instagram.com/p/Cpdpx6bpvBG/

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