This salmon stir-fry is a flavorful blend of fresh salmon and colorful veggies, tossed in a sweet and savory sauce. Made in under 30 minutes, this delicious dish is a go-to!
What Is Salmon Stir Fry?
Salmon stir fry combines bite-size, juicy salmon pieces and crisp, tender vegetables and is fried on the stovetop. Its ingredients are coated in a delicious, teriyaki-inspired sauce. This flavorful dish is often served over rice or noodles to make it a complete meal.
Stir fry is not only the name of this popular dish, but is also a method of cooking food. The “stir fry” method originated in China as a way to cook food quickly. Stir frying is popular worldwide because it produces deliciously crisp yet tender veggies. The stir fry ingredients are tossed in a slightly sweet and savory sauce giving the dish so much flavor!
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How To Make Salmon Stir Fry
This salmon stir fry recipe moves quickly, so prep all the ingredients before starting to cook.
- Make the sauce: In a medium-sized bowl, whisk the sauce ingredients until combined.
- Prepare the ingredients: Prepare the other ingredients by cutting the veggies into strips or bite-size pieces. Slice the salmon into bite-sized pieces.
- Fry the veggies: In an oiled wok or large pan, fry the veggies (except the green onions) on medium-high heat until golden brown. Remove the veggies from the pan and set aside.
- Cook the salmon: In the same pan, add another tablespoon of oil and cook the salmon. Flip the pieces to cook each side.
- Toss together the ingredients: Return the cooked veggies and green onions back to the pan. Pour in the marinade and toss all the ingredients until evenly coated. Cook on low heat for two to four minutes or until the sauce slightly thickens.
- Serve: Serve the salmon stir-fry with your favorite sides and enjoy!
Hot tip: Feel free to use salmon with the skin on or skin removed — both options are great! If keeping the skin on, make sure to thoroughly remove all the scales from the skin first!
Tips for the Perfect Stir Fry
This salmon stir fry recipe is crazy easy to make. Follow these tips and you’ll be the chef everyone knows for the perfect stir fry!
- Avoid over-mixing and flipping the salmon: To prevent broken chunks of salmon, avoid over-mixing the salmon. Whole bite-size pieces of salmon taste best.
- Preheat the pan: Be sure to preheat the pan before adding the ingredients. A hot pan sears the outside of the veggies and salmon quickly, giving a wonderful flavor.
- Prep the ingredients: The veggies and salmon cook quickly, so prep the ingredients before turning on the stove.
- Cut into similar size pieces: For even cooking, cut each of the veggies and salmon into similar-sized pieces..
Salmon Stir Fry Variations
Feel free to swap out or add additional veggies and ingredients to customize the flavors of the salmon stir fry. This is a great way to use up any extra veggies in the fridge!
- Peppers: Add heat to the dish with sliced jalapeños peppers or red pepper flakes.
- Veggies: Use the veggies you have on hand to swap out or add more vegetables. Carrots, green beans, sugar snap peas, asparagus, and mushrooms are delicious options.
- Nuts: Add roasted peanuts or cashews for a crunchy texture.
- Garnish: Garnish the stir fry with sesame seeds, cilantro, or extra green onions to enhance the flavors and give the dish a restaurant-quality look.
- Tamari sauce: Swap out the soy sauce with tamari sauce for a gluten-free option.
Hot tip: Use a store-bought bag of stir-fry veggies to save on veggie prep time.
Ways To Serve
Salmon stir fry tastes excellent on its own as a light, low-carb meal or when served over grains or noodles. Basmati rice, cilantro lime rice, or quinoa are very tasty with a serving of stir fry on top. Alternately, serve the stir fry with noodles such as udon, ramen, soba, or spaghetti. For a veggie-r and lower carb option, make cauliflower rice, zucchini noodles, or spaghetti squash. Alternatively, pair with a refreshing Asian cucumber salad, or replicate your favorite takeout restaurants salad by making this China coast dressing and serving over a salad mix.
To store leftover salmon stir fry for up to three days, place it into an airtight container in the fridge. For the best flavor, reheat the stir fry on the stovetop until warmed. Or, microwave at intervals until heated through for an uber-quick option.
How long does it take for salmon to cook?
Bite sized pieces of salmon cook for about 4-6 minutes on medium heat. The salmon is cooked through when it easily flakes with a fork.
How do I best flip salmon when frying?
It’s best to use a thin spatula to flip the salmon when frying. Wait for the salmon pieces to develop a golden-brown crust to make flipping easier.
More Stir Fry Recipes
- Shrimp Stir Fry — A delicious blend of shrimp and colorful veggies
- One Skillet Beef Stir Fry — Perfect for red meat lovers
- Korean Beef Stir Fry — A flavorful ground beef dish that’s sweet and savory
- Pepper Steak Stir Fry — Tender flank steak and veggies in a garlic and ginger sauce
- Hunan Beef – Beef and veggies in a hot & spicy sauce.
- 2 lb salmon fillet
- 1 large red bell pepper
- 8 oz broccoli florets
- 1 medium onion
- 1/2 bunch green onions
- 2 tbsp oil olive or avocado
- Whisk all the stir-fry sauce ingredients in a medium-size bowl until combined. Set aside.
- Cut the bell pepper into strips and the broccoli into bite-sized pieces. Slice the onion into half rings and chop the green onion.
- Slice the salmon fillet into bite-size pieces.
- Preheat a wok or a large pan with 1 tbsp of oil. Add veggies (except green onion) and cook them on medium-high heat until golden brown. Remove and set aside.
- Add 1 tbsp of oil and salmon in the same wok or pan and cook each side until golden brown.
- Return the veggies and green onions back to the pan. Pour the sauce in and toss all the ingredients together. Cook on low for two to four minutes or until the sauce slightly thickens.
- Serve with your favorite sides and enjoy!