This recipe for Salmon Fried Rice is so easy to make and ready in 20 minutes or less. This healthy twist on classic Chinese takeout features quinoa fried rice and salmon with plenty of fresh veggies and an amazing stir-fry sauce. (Healthy and Keto-friendly with Gluten-free option)
Not a fan of fish? Don’t worry, this fried salmon rice is totally customizable so you can use whatever proteins (pork, beef, shrimp) or vegetables you love.
Update: This post was originally published in February 2015. I made updates to the post below to include more information about fried rice with salmon. Plus, I added step by step photos to show you just how quick and easy this healthy salmon and fried rice recipe is to make!
Growing up Chinese food was one of my favorite takeout treats. I used to love ordering crispy chicken gloriously coated in sweet and sour sauce with a large side of fried rice. Now that I’m (significantly) older and eating healthy is important to me, I still like to enjoy my favorite takeout dishes, just with a healthier twist.
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About this salmon fried rice recipe
If you are a fan of traditional fried rice, I can promise you this recipe will not disappoint! Even my extremely picky better half who can’t stand anything “healthy” requests this dish on repeat!
This fried salmon rice is bursting with both delicious textures and yummy flavors! Featuring chewy, tender, nutty quinoa rice stir fried with rich salmon, soft scrambled eggs, fresh vegetables, fragrant aromatics, delicate herbs and a flavorful, umami sauce.
If you’re looking for more deliciously easy, one pan salmon entrees, try these recipes next: Baked Lemon Salmon Asparagus, Dijon Honey Salmon with Brussels, Salmon with Fresh Basil, Salmon with Green Salsa, Salmon with Citrus, Baked Salmon with Sriracha, and Salmon Chipotle Recipe.
Why you’ll love this rice and salmon recipe
This quinoa and salmon fried rice will quickly become your favorite take-out fake-out! Here’s why you’ll love it just as much as we do:
- Delicious! What else is there to say, this recipe is ridiculously yummy.
- Easy to prepare! This salmon rice recipe is fuss-free and simple to prepare.
- Customizable! Stir fry is the best way to use up an leftover vegetables you have hanging around your kitchen.
- Nutritious! Featuring omega-3 fatty acids, plenty of protein and fiber, this salmon recipe with rice is a meal you can feel good about eating.
- Family Dinner! It is a healthy and well-balanced salmon and rice meal your entire family will love.
What is fried rice?
Fried rice is a popular dish made of cooked rice mixed a variety of other ingredients, such as meat, seafood, chicken, eggs or vegetables. Fried rice can be served as a main course or enjoyed as a side to accompany another dish.
While fried rice is popular in many countries, such as Thailand and Japan, it originated in China.
What is salmon quinoa fried rice?
Quinoa fried rice with salmon is prepared the same way as traditional fried rice, however it replaces the cooked rice with cooked quinoa and add in heart-healthy salmon.
How is fried rice cooked?
Fried rice is prepared by stir-frying cooked rice with other ingredients in a wok or frying pan.
Ingredients for fried salmon rice
The exact ingredients in fried rice can vary greatly. Fried rice will always be made with cooked rice. However, it can include various protein such as beef, pork, seafood, chicken and/or eggs, or it can include vegetables only.
- Cooked quinoa (or learn how to rice broccoli or cauliflower and use that instead!)
- Yellow Onion
- Aromatics (ginger and garlic)
- Stir-fry sauce
FAQ’s: fried rice salmon
What rice is best for fried salmon rice?
Fried rice is all about the texture of the rice. When properly prepared, the salmon is perfectly moist and tender, while the rice will be slightly clumpy with a crisp, fried exterior and tender, fluffy interior.
Fried rice can be made with a variety of rice
- White rice (medium-grain): White rice is the most commonly used rice and it is typically found in Chinese fried-rice.
- Jasmine rice: Jasmine rice has a more floral aroma than plain medium-grain white rice.
- Sushi rice: Sushi rice is typically used in Japanese fried rice. It has a stickier texture which results in a fried rice with a lot of chewy texture.
- Quinoa rice: Quinoa rice is a great option for a healthier fried rice! It has a nutty texture with plenty of crunch!
- Brown rice: Brown rice is another healthy option. It has a milder nutty taste and stickier, chewy texture.
- Cauliflower rice: Cauliflower rice is a fantastic option if you are looking for a grain-free option or if you want to sneak more vegetables into your diet! Riced cauliflower is very mild-tasting with a neutral flavor.
Pro-tip: Avoid long-grain rice varieties as they tend to fall apart during the stir-frying process.
How to perfectly cook quinoa for fried rice?
While there are a few ways you can cook quinoa, I’ve found the method below to be the easiest way to cook quinoa with perfect results every single time! Method is from CookieandKate.com.
How to easily cook perfect quinoa step by step photos:
- Rinse 1 cup of quinoa in a fine mesh strainer with cool water and drain well.
- Transfer quinoa to a saucepan and add 3 cups of water. Season with ¼ teaspoon kosher salt.
- Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat.
- Immediately reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer. Cook quinoa, stirring occasionally, until all of the water is absorbed, about 15-18 minutes, reducing heat as necessary.
- Remove pan from heat and cover. Let the quinoa steam, covered, for 5 minutes.
- Remove lid, fluff and season generously with salt and pepper. Transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
Can you use canned salmon for fried rice?
While fresh salmon tastes the best in fried rice, canned salmon can be used! If using a can of salmon, make sure you drain the liquid before proceeding with the recipe.
What vegetables to salmon with fried rice?
Fried rice is a great way to use up any vegetables you have hanging around in kitchen! This recipe is easily customizable, just make sure all your vegetables are cut roughly the same size.
- Frozen peas
- Snow Peas
- Bell Pepper
- Water chestnuts
- Baby Corn
When to add egg to fried rice recipes?
There are many different methods of adding eggs to fried rice. Below are two easy ways you can cook eggs in fried rice depending on your comfort level.
- Add egg at the beginning: Add a little bit of oil to a wok. Add the eggs and scramble, using a spatula to break the egg up into small pieces. Cook until the eggs are barely set. Remove the eggs from the pan to a plate and set aside. Proceed with making fried rice and add the egg back to the pan right before serving. Gently toss to distribute the eggs evenly.
- Add egg before the sauce: After stir-frying the rice, push the rice to the sides of the wok. Add a little bit of oil to the empty part of the pan and add the eggs. Scramble the eggs right in the center of the wok, using a spatula to break the egg up into small pieces. Cook until the eggs are barely set. Add the sauce and stir-fry, tossing to gently distribute the eggs evenly.
How to make this rice and salmon recipe
This salmon quinoa fried rice is insanely easy to make at home! Make sure you have everything prepped and all your ingredients ready to go, so you can make this dish in a flash!
- Mix the sauce: In a small bowl, mix together the soy sauce, mirin, oyster sauce and sesame oil. Set aside.
- Prepare and cook salmon: Season salmon on both sides with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large wok over medium-high heat. Then, add the salmon and cook until just opaque throughout. Finally, remove the salmon and flake it into large pieces.
- Cook the egg: Reduce the heat to medium add more oil to the pan. Crack the egg and let them cook until just starting to set around the edges. Then, use a spatula to gently break the eggs into large pieces, until the eggs are barely set. Remove the from pan the heat and transfer the eggs to the plate with the salmon. Set aside.
- Cook the vegetables: Add another tablespoon of oil to the pan along with the onion, carrots and cabbage. Stir fry until the vegetables are soft. Add in the garlic and ginger; then, season with salt and pepper. Stir fry until fragrant, about 1 minute. Transfer the vegetables to a separate plate and set aside.
- Fry the rice: Increase heat to high and add the remaining oil to the pan. Then, add the quinoa and cook, stirring occasionally, until the quinoa starts to crisp, about 5 minutes.
- Add the vegetables and sauce: Reduce the heat and add the cooked vegetables to the pan along with the sauce. Toss to combine before gently folding in the salmon, eggs and scallions.
- Serve: Garnish with sesame seeds, more scallions and drizzle with hot sauce if using. Serve immediately and enjoy!
Step-by-step photos: Making salmon and fried rice at home
Serving salmon with fried rice
While fried rice can be enjoyed as a stand-alone meal, there are a variety of side dishes that can be served to round out your meal!
9 delicious sides to serve with salmon rice recipes
- Egg Rolls
- Spring Rolls
- Crab Rangoon Dip
- Soup – Miso, Egg Drop, Wonton, Hot and Sour
- Salad – Green Salad with Ginger Dressing, Asian Chopped Salad
- Vegetables – Fried Cabbage, Crispy Asian Brussel Sprouts, Sautéed Fresh Veggies (zucchini, mushrooms, onions, peppers)
- Fruit – Fresh cut oranges or pineapples
8 entree pairing options
- Chinese Chicken Wings in the Slow Cooker
- Shrimp with Lobster Sauce
- Pepper Steak with Onions
- Sushi or Sashimi
- Teriyaki Chicken
- Sweet and Sour Chicken
- Mongolian Beef
- Chinese Chicken Stir Fry
Storing recipe for salmon fried rice
Leftover salmon fried rice should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
How long will rice and salmon keep?
Properly stored fried rice will keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
Can you freeze cooked salmon and rice?
Fried rice can be frozen!
To freeze leftover salmon fried rice, allow rice to cool completely before transferring to a freezer-safe, airtight container. Leftovers can be stored in the freezer for up to 2 months. Thaw fried rice in the refrigerator overnight before reheating. (Reheating instructions below.)
How to reheat this recipe with salmon and rice
There are two quick and easy ways to reheat fried rice recipes:
- Microwave: Cover fried rice with a damp towel and gently reheat in the microwave until warmed throughout. Season with more soy sauce if rice seems dry.
- Stovetop: Heat a bit of oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add leftover fried rice. Stir-fry constantly until heated throughout. Season with more soy sauce if rice seems dry.
Nutrition for this salmon fried rice recipe
Is stir fry rice with salmon healthy?
While traditional fried rice is not healthy, this salmon fried rice is a healthier option! This quinoa fried rice recipe is nutrient-rich and packed with protein, fiber and healthy omega 3’s!
How to make fried rice healthy:
- Use quinoa: Quinoa has more protein and fiber, plus it is has less carbohydrates per serving than rice!
- Add salmon: This recipe is packed with fresh salmon! Salmon is an excellent source of protein! Plus it is loaded with heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.
- Add plenty of fresh vegetables: This fried rice recipe utilizes a variety of fresh, colorful vegetables which add plenty of nutrients, vitamins and fiber!
Is fried rice and salmon low carb and Keto-friendly?
This healthy salmon quinoa fried rice recipe is keto-friendly and a great option for low carb diets as long you mix it with other low carb foods or enjoy it as a side dish.
Since certain types of ketogenic diets allow different carbohydrate intakes, make sure you read the serving size and nutritional information in the recipe below.
Is salmon stir fry rice gluten free?
This salmon fried rice can easily be made gluten-free. For gluten-free fried rice, substitute tamari for soy sauce.
As well, while quinoa is gluten-free, it can be harvested with other grains that contain gluten. Make sure you read labels and only purchase quinoa from a trusted certified gluten-free manufacturer.
One bite and this healthy Salmon Fried Rice will be on your weekly meal plan rotation! It’s a great way to use up any leftover protein or vegetables you have on hand. With this simple salmon and rice recipe you can have a healthy and delicious meal in 30 minutes or less!
Until next time, friends, cheers – to fake-out Chinese takeout with a healthy twist!
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The best Salmon Quinoa Fried Rice recipe👇
Fried Rice with Salmon
- 1 Small Bowl
- 1 Wok or Large Non-Stick Skillet
Fried Rice Salmon:
- 4 1/2 TBS Vegetable Oil - DIVIDED
- 2 large Eggs – beaten
- 1 (12 ounce) Salmon Filet – skin removed
- Kosher Salt & Ground Black Pepper
- 1 small Yellow Onion – small dice (about 1 1/2 Cups)
- 2 medium Carrots – peeled and shredded (about 1 Cup)
- 3 Cups Shredded Cabbage
- 2 cloves Garlic – peeled and finely chopped
- 1 TBS Fresh Ginger - peeled and grated
- 3 Cups Cooked & Cooled Quinoa (SEE NOTES)
- 3 Scallions – thinly sliced
- Mix the stir fry sauce: In a small bowl, mix together the soy sauce, mirin, oyster sauce and sesame oil. Set aside.
- Prepare and cook salmon: Season salmon on both sides with salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large wok or nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the salmon and cook, turning over once, until just opaque throughout, about 2-3 minutes per side. Remove salmon and transfer to a plate. Flake or slice the salmon into large pieces while the eggs and vegetables cook in the next steps.
- Cook the egg: Reduce heat to medium and add ½ tablespoon of oil to the pan. Add the egg and let cook, undisturbed, until just starting to set around the edges. Cook, using a spatula to gently break the eggs into large pieces, until the eggs are barely set, about 1-2 minutes. Remove from pan and transfer to the plate with the salmon. Set aside.
- Stir-fry the vegetables: Increase heat to medium-high and add another tablespoon of oil to the pan along with the onion, carrots and cabbage. Stir fry until 4 minutes, or until the vegetables are softened and beginning to brown. Add in the garlic, ginger and season with salt and pepper. Stir fry until fragrant, about 1 minute. Transfer vegetables to a separate plate and set aside.
- Stir Fry the Rice: Increase heat to high and add the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil to the pan. Once oil is shimmering, add the quinoa and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the quinoa starts to crisp, about 5 minutes.
- Add the vegetables and sauce: Reduce heat to medium. Return the cooked vegetables to the pan along with the sauce. Toss to combine. Reduce heat to low and gently fold in the salmon, eggs and scallions.
- Serve: Taste and adjust for seasoning with salt, pepper and soy sauce. Garnish with sesame seeds, more scallions and drizzle with hot sauce if using. Serve immediately and enjoy!
- Quinoa: 1 ½ cups of UNCOOKED dry quinoa will yield approximately 3 cups COOKED quinoa.
- Make sure you do not overcook your quinoa or it will stick to the pan when stir-fried.
- Make sure your quinoa is cold! Cold quinoa will produce a much better texture than freshly cooked quinoa! For the best results, cook the quinoa at least 4 hours, preferably a day in advance. Allow the cooked quinoa to cool to room temperature before transferring to an air-tight container and storing in the refrigerator.
- To quickly cool quinoa: If you don’t have any leftover or cold quinoa, no worries. Simply prepare quinoa and transfer it to a large, rimmed baking sheet. Spread the cooked quinoa out in an even layer. Transfer the baking sheet to the freezer and allow the quinoa to cool while you prep all the ingredients!
- Wok: If you do not have a wok, make sure you use a large skillet that can withstand high levels of heat!
- Make sure your wok or skillet is HOT! Add a tiny sprinkle of water to the pan, if it sizzles right away your skillet is hot.
- Stir-fry quickly! Quinoa has a tendency to stick, so make sure you work quickly and move the quinoa around.
- If you are looking to save time and money, you can substitute canned salmon. Make sure you drain the salmon well. Skip step 2 and add the salmon to the pan along with the cooked vegetables and sauce. Cook until salmon is heated through.
- To make gluten free fried rice: Use tamari instead of soy sauce.
- Rinse 1 cup of quinoa in a fine mesh strainer with cool water and drain well.
- Transfer quinoa to a saucepan and add 3 cups of water. Season with ¼ teaspoon kosher salt.
- Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat. Immediately reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer. Cook quinoa, stirring occasionally, until all of the water is absorbed, about 15-18 minutes, reducing heat as necessary.
- Remove pan from heat and cover. Let the quinoa steam, covered, for 5 minutes. Remove lid, fluff and season generously with salt and pepper. Proceed with recipe.
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