Salmon Fried Rice

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

Photography Credit: 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.

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

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4 to 6

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.

Ingredients

  • 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

Method

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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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. Robin

    Quarantine meal. We are eating through the freezer and there is a lot of salmon in there. But I am doing chicken breasts tonight and that will be just as good in a couple of days. I had some leftover rice, but not enough, so I used the oven method. Success! Enough for me, 2 servings for the man and enough to have lunch today.

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  2. San Marcos Di

    Easy to make and flexible for substitutions. Tastes like teriyaki salmon fried rice! My family loved it.

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  3. Wayne

    Simple to prepare and everyone enjoyed it!

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  4. Hanane

    Absolutely dlicious!! Thanks for the recipe it’s so easy to make, I just added 2 diced carrots and replaced sugar by honey, everyone enjoyed it

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  5. KARYN

    I was being pressured to figure out something for supper, quickly. I did a live search for “recipe with salmon and rice” because I had leftovers of both and this popped up. Only thing I didn’t have was the scallions. Cooked up easily and quickly. Very tasty!! Will definitely make it again.

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