Salmon Fried Rice

Have leftover rice and cooked salmon? Make salmon fried rice! Comes together in minutes. Easy and so good!

Salmon Fried Rice
Elise Bauer

The best thing about making too much rice is that you have leftovers for fried rice, you know, the kind with some egg swirled in, chopped vegetables and a soy sauce based sauce.

If you also happen to have some leftover cooked salmon (I know, it's a stretch, but you might, right?) this salmon fried rice is one of the best possible things you could make with it.

We grilled up some fresh salmon the other day and had just enough leftover to toss into this fried rice dish. With the egg, peas, onions, ginger, garlic, and bell pepper, it's a meal in itself! All brought together with lightly sweetened soy sauce.

Salmon fried rice
Elise Bauer

Now usually you would want to use day old rice for fried rice. Why? Because it's drier, meaning it will fry better and get browned on the edges.

We didn't have any, so instead I made a fresh batch of rice, spread it out on a sheet pan and put it in a 200°F oven for 10 minutes, and then let it sit around, while I prepped other things.

Salmon Fried Rice

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings 4 to 6 servings

If you don't have day old rice, you can take freshly made rice, spread it out in an even layer on a sheet pan, and put it into a 200°F (93°C) oven for 12 minutes.


  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

  • 2/3 cup diced red onion

  • 2/3 cup diced red bell pepper

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1-inch piece ginger, grated

  • 3 eggs, well beaten

  • 4 cups day old cooked white rice (from about 2 cups of raw rice)

  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed

  • 2 cups cooked salmon in large chunks

  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced, including the greens

  • Cilantro (or parsley) for garnish


  1. Mix brown sugar with soy sauce:

    Dissolve the brown sugar in the soy sauce in a small bowl. Set aside.

  2. Sauté onion and and bell pepper, add garlic, ginger:

    Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan or wok on medium high heat. Add the diced red onion and bell pepper and sauté until lightly browned, about 5 minutes.

    Lower the heat to medium and stir in the garlic and grated ginger. Cook for a minute more.

    Elise Bauer
    Elise Bauer
  3. Add eggs, then rice:

    Add the beaten eggs and stir until just cooked. Add the cooked rice, increase the heat to medium high and cook for a couple minutes more, stirring often.

    Elise Bauer
    Elise Bauer
  4. Add peas, salmon, green onions, soy sauce mixture:

    Add the peas, salmon, and green onions. (Be gentle with the salmon so you don't break it up too much.) Stir in the soy sauce mixture and remove from heat.

    Elise Bauer
    Elise Bauer

    Garnish with cilantro to serve, serve immediately.


Salmon Fried Rice from Just One Cookbook

Salmon Fried Rice
Elise Bauer
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
396 Calories
14g Fat
39g Carbs
25g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 396
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 19%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 141mg 47%
Sodium 542mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 25g
Vitamin C 34mg 170%
Calcium 58mg 4%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 520mg 11%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.