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Crispy Scallion Ginger Salmon

This Crispy Ginger Scallion Salmon recipe uses a delicious combination of ginger, scallion, cilantro, and soy sauce gives that traditional flavor of a steamed fish, but easy-to-prepare and rich, crispy salmon takes the traditional recipe to a new level.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Fish and Seafood
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: scallion ginger salmon
Servings: 4
Calories: 308kcal
Author: Kaitlin


  • 4 tablespoons oil
  • 2 eight oz. salmon fillets (450g total, sprinkled lightly and evenly with salt)
  • ½ cup water
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon sesame oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons ginger (finely julienned)
  • 3 scallions (very thinly julienned into 2-inch pieces)
  • 1/2 cup cilantro (chopped)


  • Place a frying pan (we used a cast-iron skillet), over medium-high heat. Spread two tablespoons of oil evenly in the pan. Place the salmon in the pan skin-side down. Cook the salmon on each side for 4-7 minutes, depending on the thickness of the piece. These somewhat thicker fillets took closer to 7 minutes on each side. Don’t fuss with the salmon while it cooks.
  • As a little cheat, look at the side of your filet. There should be no appearance of rawness in the middle. As the cooked salmon converges in the center of the cross-section of your filet as you sear each side, you’ll be able to get a decent sense of when your salmon is cooked.
  • While the salmon is cooking, in a small bowl, mix together the water, soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, and salt. Set aside.
  • Transfer the cooked filets to a plate. In the same pan you seared the salmon in, add 2 tablespoons of oil, and lightly fry the ginger until crisp. Add the scallions and cook until wilted, followed by the prepared soy sauce mixture. Bring the sauce to a boil, and turn off the heat.
  • To serve the salmon, place on a bed of rice, and spoon the scallion and ginger evenly over the salmon. Pour the sauce over the top, and sprinkle with the chopped cilantro.


Calories: 308kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 954mg | Potassium: 649mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 270IU | Vitamin C: 2.6mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1.4mg