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.
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 Recipe
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 of 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.
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.
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.
Garnish with cilantro to serve, serve immediately.
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