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Easy Japanese Recipes

Salmon Fried Rice 鮭チャーハン

Salmon Fried Rice | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

Typically when we have a “Japanese” dinner, one of the dishes is usually a baked/grilled fish.  My children love all kinds of fish, from Hamachi Kama (yellowtail collar) to Miso Cod.  One of their favorite baked fish is Salted Salmon (Shiojake/Shiozake).  Sometimes when we have leftover, I would use it to make Salmon Fried Rice the next day.

The prep work for Salted Salmon recipe is very simple.  All you need is salmon, sake, and salt.  You rub salt over the salmon and let it sit in the refrigerator for 2 days.

How To Prepare Salmon | Japanese Salted Salmon (Shiojake/Shiozake) | JustOneCookbook.com

What if you want to make Salmon Fried Rice now and don’t want to wait for 2 days?  Well, you can make a quick version of salted salmon by sprinkling salt on the fresh salmon and bake it before making fried rice.  In today’s recipe I will show you how to do it.  I hope you enjoy this simple fried rice.

Salmon Fried Rice | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

Salmon Fried Rice
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Serves: Serves 2
  • 1 fresh salmon or leftover Salted Salmon (shiojake)
  • Salt
  • 1 green onion
  • 1-2 egg(s)
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbsp. sesame oil
  • 2 cups day-old cold cooked rice
  • 1 tsp. soy sauce
  • ¼ tsp. salt (to taste)
  • ⅛ tsp. white pepper (to taste)
  • Freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
  1. If you already have leftover cooked salted salmon, skip step #1 and go to #2. Preheat the toaster oven to 400F degrees and line the baking sheet with aluminum foil. Quickly rinse the salmon and pat dry. Sprinkle salt on both sides of salmon and bake at 400F for 15-20 minutes (cooking time may vary depends on thickness).
  2. Break the salmon into small pieces.
  3. Chop the green onion into small pieces and beat the egg.
  4. If you are using frozen rice, warm up in a microwave.
  5. Heat the wok over medium high heat. When it’s getting hot, add the oil. When you see white smoke coming off from the wok, add the egg in the wok. The egg will not stick to the pan as long as you put enough oil.
  6. Quickly mix it with spatula and when it’s 80% cooked, take it out and put on a plate.
  7. Keep wok on medium high heat and add the sesame oil.
  8. Add the green onions and stir fry until nicely coated with oil.
  9. Add the rice and break the chunk of rice. Toss the wok (which is why you don’t want to put too much rice) so the rice will fry out and mix well together.
  10. When rice is coated with oil, add the shredded salmon and toss the wok again.
  11. Add the egg and break into small pieces.
  12. When all the ingredients are mixed well, add soy sauce, salt, white pepper, and freshly ground black pepper.
  13. Toss the wok again and mix it all together. Serve immediately.
Do not cook more than 2 cups of rice at one time. The ingredients need some space to move around inside the wok, and the wok gets heavy for you to lift and to shake it.

Recipe by Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook. All images and content on this site are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without my permission. If you’d like to share this recipe on your site, please re-write the recipe and link to this post as the original source. Thank you.


Posted in: 30 Minutes Or Less, Easy Dinner Ideas, One Dish Meals, Quick & Easy, Rice & Donburi, Seafood

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  • Alayna @ Thyme Bombe April 12, 2013, 1:39 pm

    This is something I like to make with leftover salmon too. I bet it’s even more delicious with the salted salmon!

  • Vicki Bensinger April 12, 2013, 1:55 pm

    I love salmon and fried rice. I can’t recall if I’ve ever had this before but I just added it to my recipe box. I plan to make this soon although I’ll probably make it with brown rice. Do you ever use brown rice? That’s all my family will typically eat. Great dish, can’t wait to try it.

    By the way the photos like linkwithin at the bottom of your post – who runs that? I love those photos they’re always so inventive!

  • Ashley@bakerbynature April 12, 2013, 1:55 pm

    Oh my goodness, Nami! This looks absolutely divine!

  • Valerie @ From Valerie's Kitchen April 12, 2013, 1:57 pm

    I think I’d have to fight my boys for this! This is a perfect meal for me. Salmon is my absolute fav and I bet the sesame oil adds great flavor.

  • Denise Browning@From Brazil To You April 12, 2013, 2:04 pm

    Great pics, Nami! Although I am not a fan of salmon, I do enjoy eating fried rice.
    I love the detailed step-by-step photos. Have a nice weekend!

  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking April 12, 2013, 2:33 pm

    What a fabulous idea for salmon, Nami! This rice looks so flavorful, easy and scrumptious! Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful weekend!

  • Lokness @ The Missing Lokness April 12, 2013, 2:36 pm

    Sounds fantastic! I usually use sausage or chicken for my fried rice. Salmon sounds very good. I will do that next time. Have a wonderful weekend.

  • Hannah April 12, 2013, 2:46 pm

    Nami, fried rice is one of our favorite meals and such a lovely way to use leftover bits in the fridge. When our Thai student lived with us she got us hooked on good, homemade fried rice. Yours with salted salmon sounds divine – I need to make some so I have leftovers for this rice! Have a wonderful weekend!

  • Hotly Spiced April 12, 2013, 3:19 pm

    I love fried rice but it’s usually Chinese fried rice that I cook. I’ll have to try your Japanese version. The good thing is, everyone in the family is very happy to eat it and I usually cook more than I need because it’s great for the uni students to pack into containers for lunch the next day xx

  • Mimi April 12, 2013, 3:22 pm

    Wow! I’ve never seen salmon fried rice but it makes perfect sense! Thank you!

    • Nami April 15, 2013, 9:49 am

      Hi Mimi! I hope you will give it a try. It is VERY delicious! :)

  • Samah@Good Cooks April 12, 2013, 3:35 pm

    I love fried rice with any combination, and yours with salmon looks so good, I can’t wait to try it, thanks Nami for the recipe.

  • Kate @ Kate from Scratch April 12, 2013, 3:41 pm

    Looks lovely, Nami! A great flavorful recipe.

  • Allison (Spontaneous Tomato) April 12, 2013, 4:24 pm

    Thank you, Nami!!! This is such a good idea! Paula and I recently decided that we want to eat more fish (like the-Mediterranean-diet style…), but I really like raw fish more than cooked, and the only cooked fish I like is shellfish and (kind of) salmon. So now we’ve started having salmon once or twice a week, but I never know what to do with the leftovers! (Since without some kind of sauce, I often find salmon boring– and it seems even more boring to me if it’s leftover…) My only idea so far was Salmon Ochazuke, but now I will also start making your Salmon Fried Rice! Genius idea; it sounds delicious!

  • Belinda @zomppa April 12, 2013, 5:36 pm

    Two awesome meals back to back!

  • donna mikasa April 12, 2013, 6:58 pm

    I have a bit of leftover smoked salmon. Would this work, too? I would just have a smokey flavored salmon fried rice, huh? Thanks for sharing!

    • Nami April 12, 2013, 7:05 pm

      Hi Donna! Unfortunately it doesn’t work because you need that flaky salmon texture for the fried rice. :)

  • Esther April 12, 2013, 6:59 pm

    Hi Nami, what a coincidence, i also used your salted salmon to make fried rice, although i add some very chinese ingredientsm :). Indeed this salted salmon makes a super delicious fried rice, so glad i tried yr recipe :)

  • Amy Tong April 12, 2013, 8:22 pm

    hm…I tried to leave a message earlier and seems like it didn’t go through. I love fried rice and make them every week. I love your version, with the salmon, delicious and healthy. By the way, I adore Hamachi Kama! Seems like your kids really know the good stuffs! But then of course, they have a foodie Mom who serve them delicious food all the time. ;) Wish you and your family a wonderful weekend.

  • Kate@Diethood April 12, 2013, 9:02 pm

    Nami, I would be all over this dish!! I love salmon, I love rice, I love fried food… so if I was a meal, this would be it!!! :-D

  • Mel April 12, 2013, 9:20 pm

    Salmon sounds great in fried rice. Hmm…..i never had used salmon in fried rice before but of course would love to give this a try as you fried it looking really delicious.

  • tigerfish April 12, 2013, 9:30 pm

    I hardly make fried rice nowadays cos I am just too lazy! :O and I also hardly cook rice and have leftover rice. This salmon fried rice looks delicious and what a easy recipe.

    Good that your kids love fish (brain food!) :P

  • Jeannie April 12, 2013, 10:05 pm

    Oh that looks so yummy! I love simple one bowl dishes, so fast and easy and less crockery to wash up later:D

  • Anne ~ Uni Homemaker April 12, 2013, 10:47 pm

    I really love the idea of salmon in fried rice and this looks delicious Nami! Thanks for sharing this lovely recipe. Have a wonderful weekend!

  • Mandy - The Complete Cook Book April 13, 2013, 12:07 am

    Best fried rice I have ever seen Nami.
    :-) Mandy xo

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious April 13, 2013, 12:14 am

    Salmon in fried rice? Why have I never done this before?!!

  • Henny April 13, 2013, 12:48 am

    I love cooking salmon fried rice. I hv bookmarked this recipe, Will try ur version next time

  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef April 13, 2013, 1:17 am

    I love fried rice! This looks so good!

  • The Ninja Baker April 13, 2013, 1:34 am

    You have combined two flavorful (and favorite) dishes – salted salmon & chahan fried rice – into one. Brilliant! なみさんの作り方を教えて頂いてとても有り難いです。

  • Gourmet Getaways April 13, 2013, 1:37 am

    Such a gorgeous and simple recipe, I know my kids would just love this rice… and so would I, I love salmon :)

  • Jenny April 13, 2013, 2:37 am

    We love fried rice, and my husband would like to eat more salmon – not my fave. But this has inspired me, Nami, it looks delicious.

  • TheKitchenLioness April 13, 2013, 2:59 am

    Nami, delicious way to use flaked salmon and rice. This must be such a wonderful side dish to prepare for the family – again, something that they would all agree on. We love to eat fied rice, now I have a new recipe option that sounds much better than mine and so much more healthy!
    Have a good weekend!
    P.S.: Hope you received my big/fat “Thank you” note a few days ago!

  • Mich Piece of Cake April 13, 2013, 6:06 am

    Never had salmon in fried rice before. Great idea and will certainly do this sometime.

  • carol | a cup of mascarpone April 13, 2013, 6:26 am

    This looks absolutely amazing, Nami! I eat fried rice more than I care to admit, but have never had salmon (my fave fish) in it! So lovely!

  • Veronica Cervera April 13, 2013, 8:34 am

    Love the salmon recipe and this fried rice too. Will make it at home for sure.
    Have a great weekend,

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) April 13, 2013, 9:21 am

    Oh, fried rice! It’s been far too long since I’ve had any – love the salmon idea!

  • Sissi April 13, 2013, 12:46 pm

    What a wonderful way to serve leftover salmon! My husband who is a big fan who love it. And frankly, who doesn’t love fried rice? I am very glad to see your version of fried rice because it’s different from mine. I love especially the way you incorporate egg. I either put a fried egg on top (this is my favourite way!) or add the egg at the end, but your method sounds much better than my latter option, so I will try it next time. Thank you for one more inspiration!
    PS Talking about inspiration… I have just put some halved chicken legs for tomorrow’s Honey and Soy Sauce chicken I took from your previous post! I am already impatient to see the result! Thank you so much for this great idea!

  • Kim Bee April 13, 2013, 1:42 pm

    Nami this is so beautiful. I love this dish. I want to try this soon. I love stir fry.

  • yummychunklet April 13, 2013, 3:52 pm

    Ooh, salmon in the rice. Yum!

  • Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today April 13, 2013, 4:55 pm

    I’d love to have a salmon left overs :) I miss San Francisco and it’s great markets with fresh sea food so much :)

  • john@kitchenriffs April 13, 2013, 6:40 pm

    What a nice presentation for fried rice! I do something similar with rice for another dish, but never thought to mold fried rice like that. Anyway, truly nice recipe – this looks delish! Thanks so much.

  • Sandra April 13, 2013, 6:47 pm

    So simple to pull together! This is the first time I”ve heard of using salmon in a fried rice dish. On another note, I went into our Asian market yesterday and really wish you had been with me. I didn’t have a clue what I was looking at! I was definitely a fish out of water.

  • Nik@ABrownTable April 13, 2013, 7:36 pm

    I tried a salmon fried rice once but was disappointed, yours looks absolutely delicious. I have to make it this week.

  • Hester @ Alchemy in the Kitchen April 14, 2013, 12:29 am

    Is it wrong to be drooling over this at breakfast time? This looks so delicious, Nami. What a great way to use up cooked rice. My husband adores fried rice so will get him to make this in the very near future.

  • Raymund April 14, 2013, 1:26 am

    This is really nice Nami, good for left over salmon and even smoked salmon which I would want to try out soon

  • Baby Sumo April 14, 2013, 3:34 am

    Hi Nami this looks really delicious plus it’s a healthy dinner for the whole family too. :)

  • Ramona April 14, 2013, 3:59 am

    We love fried rice around here and never thought to make it with salmon. YUM!!! I am definitely giving this one a try. :)

  • kat April 14, 2013, 4:39 am

    so yummy and simple, love it!

  • Rosa April 14, 2013, 5:57 am

    Scrumptious! This is one tasty combination.



  • Kelly April 14, 2013, 7:03 am

    I don’t think I will ever have leftover salmon. The fried rice is definitely different to the usual ones and I would imagine to be very delicious with plenty of umaminess.

  • CK April 14, 2013, 7:19 am

    Can’t wait to try this one out with some of the salmon I have left from my Salmon Hot Pot. Bet the flavor will be a-ma-zing.

    • Nami April 15, 2013, 10:06 am

      Hi CK! I hope you enjoy this fried rice. We really enjoy it. :)

  • Reese@seasonwithSpice April 14, 2013, 9:11 am

    We make salmon and fried rice all the time, but for some reasons we have never combined the two together. Either I serve the salmon separate or cook the salmon with risotto. You can imagine me knocking at my head right now “Good idea! How come I never put these two together?”:)

  • Lori Lynn April 14, 2013, 2:59 pm

    Simple and delicious. Salmon is one of my favorite fish, can’t believe I never thought to use leftovers to make fried rice. Fried rice is perfect for leftover fish. Good idea Nami.

  • Candice April 14, 2013, 5:22 pm

    Nami, you’ve done it again! This fried rice looks absolutely delicious! Salmon has become a staple for me recently. If I wanted to make this as a main dish for 5 people, would I just double the ingredients?

    • Nami April 15, 2013, 9:26 am

      Yes, double amount should be enough (unless someone eats a big portion…). But please make it twice. You have to toss the wok and when so much rice in the wok, you can’t lift it… ;) It’s quick, so it’s not that bad to make it twice – I always do so for my family of 4. :)

  • Mi Vida en un Dulce April 14, 2013, 6:52 pm

    Your kids are wonderful, it’s so hard for me to have my kids eating fish. Well, most my girl, my son accepts fish better than her.

  • Kankana April 14, 2013, 7:23 pm

    Making fried rice with leftovers is the best way to relish it. It’s always more flavorful I feel.

  • mjskit April 14, 2013, 9:14 pm

    I’ve made fried rice with a lot of things, but never salmon – shrimp yes, but not salmon. Bobby and I both love salmon so I know we would both love this. It looks delicious and a perfect dish for the warmer spring temperatures we getting when we start eating lighter, and I’m looking for quick and easy recipes. Thanks for another great recipe!!

  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. April 14, 2013, 10:17 pm

    Nami, this is fabulous! I have never even thought about putting salmon in my fried rice, but what a great idea! It looks delicious!

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com April 14, 2013, 10:27 pm

    LOVE fried rice and that you added salmon in this recipe! Yum!

  • Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb April 15, 2013, 1:26 am

    Salmon is my favorite fish and fried rice one of my fav go to dishes when I am hungry and tired. I wonder now how your fried rice tastes like with sesame oil. Sounds exciting and let’s hope I ll get my hand on some salmon soon enough.

  • Giulietta | Alterkitchen April 15, 2013, 1:48 am

    Simple and yet amazing!
    I love fish (like your kids), so I know I’d love this rice :)

  • Alex @ Scottish Salmon April 15, 2013, 9:00 am

    Great idea, never see that done before. Only problem is when I have salmon there are never leftovers!

  • Sandra's Easy Cooking April 15, 2013, 10:27 am

    I could eat this in a heartbeat! Looks absolutely amazing and perfect for quick dinners. LOVE IT!

  • Shema George April 15, 2013, 11:09 am

    My daughter and husband also love salmon. I will definitely try this out :) Thanks Nami

  • Terra April 15, 2013, 8:44 pm

    I have never made fried rice, but I do love eating it LOL! I love the idea of adding salmon, what a hearty dish! Your recipe sounds delicious! Hugs, Terra

  • Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers April 16, 2013, 1:12 am

    I like cooking my leftover salmon with rice too. It’s one of the best plus my kids eat it. That’s the most important thing! I’ll add eggs next time and I’m sure it will be a big hit! Thanks Nami!

  • Daniela April 16, 2013, 9:28 am

    Wow Nami, this is going to be a hit with my family!
    We love rice and we love fish,especially salmon!
    Will need to prepare quite a large quantity of this recipe :)

  • Evelyne@cheapethniceatz April 16, 2013, 10:20 am

    Never would have thought to make a fried rice with fish, great recipe.

  • Natasha @ The Cake Merchant April 16, 2013, 9:43 pm

    This looks really good! I am going to try making it this weekend.

  • Sonia aka Nasi Lemak Lover April 17, 2013, 7:05 am

    Thanks for sharing this quick and easy salmon fried rice, sound yummy!

  • ChopinandMysaucepan April 17, 2013, 2:12 pm

    Dear Nami,

    Another awesome recipe. Just looking at the ingredients, I know this would be delicious. I just bought a whole salmon and I have lots of fillets and cutlets in my freezer so I shall attempt this recipe.

  • Linda | The Urban Mrs April 18, 2013, 11:32 am

    What a wonderful dish. Definitely something that I will try and we often have fried rice, so this is perfect.

  • Kim | a little lunch April 19, 2013, 12:55 pm

    Nami, sometimes I don’t connect the obvious — (love salmon, love fried rice) — why not combine them? Thank you for your simple, sumptuous recipe!

  • Christine @ Cooking Crusade April 26, 2013, 6:49 am

    Ohh yum yum yum! I absolutely love salmon and fried rice. This looks like a delicious combination and perfect for using up leftovers. Thank you for sharing this recipe!!

  • willy May 3, 2013, 9:41 am

    Any tips on the tossing part? I always tossed my rice out of the wok! haha

    • Nami May 8, 2013, 10:07 am

      Hi Willy! Haha, it happens to me too. :D When you don’t put too much rice in the wok (by the way, wok helps toss fried rice nicely), it’s a lot easier to control and you don’t have to try lifting it… :)

  • Stephanie May 17, 2013, 7:44 am

    This looks great as a meal or even leftovers! I bet your kids love this one.

  • Tracey June 30, 2013, 8:11 am

    Nami-san, I followed this same basic recipe yesterday when I was cleaning out the refrigerator. The only difference is that I used leftover smoked catfish! My boyfriend kept asking questions about what it was and almost missed out because his dad was eating it all so fast. They are both true southern men, so at first they could not believe I’d put catfish in rice. Of course, they got over that quickly, and asked when I was going to make it again. ummm… When we have some leftover rice and catfish in the refrigerator at the same time, I suppose.

    • Nami July 6, 2013, 12:38 am

      Hi Tracey! Sorry about my late response. I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed the fried rice with catfish! I have to give that a try one day too! :)

  • Warwick August 30, 2013, 12:08 am

    I to like salmon, have you ever tried this method:
    Take a whole salmon, cleaned, lay out enough heavy duty foil, lay the salmon on top of the foil, add any combination of flavouring you wish, wrap up the salmon making sure it is sealed very well. Now take the salmon and place it on the top rack of your dish washer, yes that is correct, dish washer, run a hot wash (60degrees), (no washing liquid of course), at the end of the cycle take out the salmon and you will find it beautifuly cooked through, quite a surprise though!

    • Nami September 2, 2013, 11:09 pm

      Very interesting! I’d rather put the good quality food in oven than dish washer though. LOL. ;)

  • Toney October 4, 2013, 9:34 am

    I really like your salmon cooking recipes, thanks a lot for sharing!

  • KatC May 18, 2014, 12:44 pm

    MMMMM…just made this and it is sooo yummy. Just like Din Tai Fung’s fried rice but with salmon!

    • Nami May 18, 2014, 4:55 pm

      Hi KatC! So happy to hear you liked it and what a sweet compliment! I love food from DTF too! Thank you!! xo

  • Michiko May 29, 2014, 12:30 pm

    Love it! Was the perfect leftover recipe for me today! どもありがとう、おいしかった!

    • Nami May 29, 2014, 1:49 pm

      Hi Michiko! So glad you liked this recipe! 作ってくれてどうもありがとう!嬉しかったです。 :)