I love all things Asian so you can always expect to get a lot of Asian dishes on the blog. My sisters and I often joke about the number of times we all consume Asian food each week. Feel free to check out my other Asian dishes like Crispy Tofu Superfood Fried Rice, Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken, and 20 minute Asian Noodle Stir Fry.
Chili Soy Salmon with Crispy Rice and Kale is a creative take on fried rice and salmon. What really makes this dish are the textures. Crispy rice, silky salmon and the fresh taste of kale that’s just barely seared in the pan.
How to get Crispy Salmon
Make sure your pan is plenty hot and your oil is shimmering before you add the salmon. Don’t move the salmon until it has browned. Cook it on every side. Often salmon filets are thick and can be browned on all four sides. The secret is a hot pan and not moving it until it’s browned. So, there you have it. Super simple salmon browning.
This dish is very easy and full of fresh bold flavor. Crispy Soy Salmon with Crispy Rice and Kale definitely falls in the category of easy weeknight or easy entertaining.
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Chili Soy Salmon with Crispy Rice and Kale
- 5 cups Kale Finely Chopped, thick stems removed.
- 4 Salmon Filets about 4 ounces each
- 2 cups Jasmine Rice Cooked and Cooled
- 6 tbsp. Low Sodium Soy Sauce
- 2 tsp. Chili Garlic Paste Sambal Oelek
- 1 tbsp. Rice Wine Vinegar
- 1.5 tbsp. Toasted Sesame Oil
- 2 tbsp. Coconut Oil Divided- I use refined so that I don't taste the coconut.
- 3 Scallions chopped
- Sesame Seeds for garnishing
- Prepare the kale by removing the thick stems and chopping the leaves into 1 inch pieces.
- Mix the Soy sauce, chili garlic paste, rice wine vinegar and sesame oil together. Set aside.
- Salt and pepper the outside of the salmon filets.
- The rice can be prepared ahead of time and refrigerated. In fact I find this recipe works better if it is. You'll get crispier rice if you refrigerate it first. You can make the rice fresh and it will still be great though. It just might take longer to brown.
- Put 1 tbsp. of coconut oil in a large pan and get it hot over medium high heat. Use a pan with a lid
- Add the rice to the pan and using the flat side of a spatula, press it into the pan. Put it in an even layer. Put the lid on the pan for about 4-5 minutes. You're looking to get the bottom of the rice golden . Check it with a spatula and recover it if needed to get it golden.
- Flip the rice and get the other side golden. When most of it is nice and crispy, move it to a plate and set aside.
- Put your other tablespoon of coconut oil into the pan. Add the salmon and cook it until golden on all sides. This will take 5-7 minutes depending on the thickness of the salmon.
- Move the salmon off the pan to another plate and add the kale in. Get it nice and crispy. Add a sprinkle of salt and pepper to season.
- Mix the rice with the crispy kale and add scallions. Pour on 1/2 the soy sauce mixture.
- Drizzle the other half the soy sauce mixture onto the cooked salmon. Plate the kale and crispy rice and add the salmon on top. Garnish with sesame seeds if desired.