Every Sunday, I meal plan for the following week. Call me crazy, but I like to create new dishes weekly. There are certain meals that I repeat throughout the year but for the most part, I try to keep dinner as interesting as possible. A must-have on the meal plan is at least two Asian dishes. Now that can be challenging at times but other times, I have a brilliant idea like this dry pot salmon stir fry. I wanted to create a seafood stir fry that wasn't just your typical soy sauce-based flavor. Inspired by dry pot chicken, I used those flavors and added salmon and fresh vegetables to the mix. I can gladly say, this dry pot salmon stir fry will be one of the ones on repeat throughout the year!
Dry Pot Salmon Stir Fry
- 1 lb salmon cut into large chunks
- salt and pepper
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
- ½ medium red onion cut into wedges
- ½ red bell pepper chopped
- ½ green bell pepper chopped
- 2 ounces snow peas
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- 2 green onions cut into 2-inch segments
- 1 Thai chile chopped
- 1 tablespoon hot bean sauce
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon five spice powder
- ½ teaspoon ground Sichuan peppercorns
- ¼ cup chopped cilantro
- 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
- Season salmon with salt and pepper, sesame oil, brown sugar, and ground ginger, tossing to coat. Let sit for 10 minutes.
- Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large saute pan or wok over medium heat. Add salmon and cook until seared and firm, about 6-7 minutes. Remove salmon and set aside.
- In the same pan, heat another tablespoon oil. Add red onion and saute until tender, about 5 minutes. Add red bell pepper, green bell pepper, snow peas, garlic, green onion, and Thai chile and saute until tender, about 5 minutes.
- Add salmon back to the pot along with hot bean sauce, soy sauce, five spice, and ground Sichuan pepper. Toss to coat and season with salt and pepper. Simmer for 1 minute and remove from heat. Sprinkle chopped cilantro and sesame seeds on top and serve with rice.
**Helpful tips and common mistakes
What I love the most about this dry pot salmon stir fry is that it's quick. Some stir-fries can take a bit of time but this one can be done in a cinch.
Since we're using salmon as the main protein, we don't need to marinate it for long, only ten minutes. Toss the salmon with salt, pepper, sesame oil, brown sugar, and ground ginger, and let it sit. We're only lightly seasoning the fish since it will be reseasoned later on.
I took the skin off of the fish but if you want that crispy bottom, you can keep it on.
While the salmon is marinating, prepare the rest of the ingredients. For this recipe, I used bell peppers and snow peas for the vegetables. However, you can get creative and swap them out for whatever you please. Broccoli, corn, bok choy, and mushrooms are all great choices.
I wouldn't recommend removing the red onion, scallions, and garlic, since these are the aromatics of the stir fry. I added a Thai chile for just a hint of spice but you can omit it.
Now it's time to get cooking. Heat oil in a large saute pan or wok and cook the salmon until seared and firm. We want to fully cook the salmon since it's going in for only another minute later on.
Remove the salmon and set it aside.
In the same pan, saute the red onion until it starts to get tender, about 5 minutes. Then, add the remaining vegetables and saute until they become tender, about another 5 minutes.
Add back the salmon along with the seasonings, the five spice powder, ground Sichuan peppercorns, soy sauce, and hot bean sauce.
Hot bean sauce also known as spicy bean sauce, broad bean chili sauce, or la doubanjiang, is a type of chili bean paste. You can find it in most Asian markets. It adds a ton of flavor, both savory, spicy, and salty, so I would not skip this ingredient. If you can't find hot bean sauce, you can use chili oil with sweet soybean paste.
Simmer the dry pot salmon stir fry for another minute, letting all the ingredients soak up those flavors. Then, sprinkle chopped cilantro and sesame seeds on top and enjoy with a bowl of rice.
This stir fry was incredibly satisfying for me. It seems so simple and yet, delivers on flavor. It's not too spicy and the salmon is a great vessel to carry all those spices. A winner in my book!
For more stir fry inspiration check out this twice cooked black pepper pork belly!
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