Salmon Fried Rice

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Salmon Fried Rice for one is made with with frozen brown rice and riced cauliflower for a quick meal you can whip up in 20 minutes for lunch or dinner.

Salmon Fried Rice 
Salmon Fried Rice

It’s probably pretty obvious by the many fried rice recipes on my blog that I LOVE fried rice! While I enjoy ordering takeout from a restaurant, I always try to find ways to recreate fried rice at home. That way, I can control what goes in it and keep it a bit lighter. I have multiple fried rice recipes, like House Special Fried Rice, Pineapple Shrimp Fried Rice, and Spicy Shrimp Fried Rice , but since I am the only salmon lover in my house, I usually whip this dish up for one, it’s my favorite! Also great with leftover salmon. You can double or triple as needed.

Fried rice with salmon

I love to bulk up fried rice with cauliflower rice, so my family can’t pick the veggies out. And the truth is, they never know it’s in there! I also do this as a way to add volume to my rice. If you’d like extra veggies, throw in some frozen peas.

Using frozen brown rice from Trader Joe’s is my secret to fried rice in less than 20 minutes. This simple fried rice recipe is an easy one-pot meal. It only has seven ingredients (eight if you had sriracha for some spice). On a busy
weeknight, this dish is a great go-to. You can even double, triple, or quadruple the recipe as needed. Fried rice makes for great leftovers, so it’s perfect for a quick lunch the next day.

Does rice need to be cold to make fried rice?

Yes! It’s best to use cold, day-old rice when making fried rice. The rice will be crispier versus if you use warm rice, which won’t fry as well and will be soggier. I love to use Trader Joe’s frozen brown rice because it’s so convenient. If you don’t have frozen rice, you can cook your own and use the leftovers.

Fried rice with salmon

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Salmon Fried Rice 

408 Cals 34 Protein 28 Carbs 17.5 Fats
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Yield: 1 serving
COURSE: Dinner, Lunch
This quick Salmon Fried Rice for one is made with with frozen brown rice and riced cauliflower for a quick meal you can whip up for lunch or dinner.


  • 4 ounces wild salmon fillet, skinned
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil, divided
  • 1 large or 2 small scallions, thinly sliced, whites and greens separated
  • 1/2 cup cooked cold rice,  preferably brown short grain
  • 3/4 cup frozen cauliflower rice
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce, or gluten-free Tamari
  • Sriracha or Chile-garlic sauce, optional for serving


  • Cook salmon in a skillet over medium-high heat about 5 minutes on each side. Set aside and flake the salmon into small chunks with a fork. Wipe the skillet.
  • Heat 1/2 teaspoon of the oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high. Add scallion whites and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Add the rice in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 2 to 3 minutes, or until the bottom becomes slightly crispy. Add the cauliflower rice, continue to cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until combined.
  • With a spoon or spatula, push the rice to one side of the skillet. Crack the egg onto the other side.
  • Cook, constantly stirring the egg, 30 to 60 seconds or until cooked through. Mix the rice, cauliflower and egg to thoroughly combine. Stir in the soy sauce and sesame oil.
  • Gently fold in the reserved salmon and toss, serve immediately garnished with scallion greens. Serve with sriracha sauce, if desired.


Serving: 1bowl, Calories: 408kcal, Carbohydrates: 28g, Protein: 34g, Fat: 17.5g, Saturated Fat: 3.5g, Cholesterol: 248.5mg, Sodium: 733mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 2.5g
Blue Smart Points: 4
Green Smart Points: 9
Purple Smart Points: 1
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  1. Very delicious, quick and easy 

  2. Made this for dinner and it was A++++. My only regret was splitting it with my husband 😏

  3. A keeper for sure! I added some shrimp because I wanted more protein and a little siracha mayo (which I know increases the calories). So good! Cauliflower rice is my new favorite thing. 

  4. This sounds amazing! Do you put the trader joes rice in the pan frozen? Or do you microwave it first and let it cool before cooking? Thank you!!

  5. What a delicious and easy recipe! Made this for dinner tonight, doubling the recipe for my family. I followed the basic recipe but did add some things in for our family’s tastes. I added some frozen mixed assorted veggies (green beans, corn, carrots, edamame) and upped the seasoning a bit, added some butter. The frozen TJ’s brown rice and frozen riced cauliflower work so well in this. I cooked my salmon in the air fryer while the rice cooked then added it in, it was great!

  6. Ok, I am not that experienced in the kitchen. I had leftover salmon & saw this recipe and decided to give it a try. I even bought sesame oil for the dish – I’m glad I did, I love the flavor! I didn’t use cauliflower rice because I did not have any. I wanted to add peas, but in the flurry of cooking the egg & the rice popping I forgot until too late. This was fantastic! Easy enough for a novice, like me, but the flavors blend into a restaurant quality meal! Next time I have to remember the peas…
    Thank you!

  7. It’s absolutely wonderful with smoked salmon!! No need to cook the salmon, just add it at the end.

  8. Hi, should the sesame oil be toasted or just regular?

  9. The timing of this coming into my inbox today was perfect as I had some leftover rice and salmon I made earlier this week too. I omitted the cauliflower rice (b/c I did not have any on hand) and added some asparagus and fresh corn for some extra veg b/c of the lack of the cauliflower rice. So. So. SO GOOD. The salmon was made using my airfryer and the Skinnytaste Salmon with Maple Soy Glaze recipe. Again – so GOOD!

  10. Do you have any recommendations for a substitute of sesame oil?

  11. Looks great. Question… how much brown rice, 1/2 cup or 1/2 bag?
    “1/2 cooked cold leftover brown, preferably short-grain”

  12. You’re the only salmon lover? I’m so sorry. I could set a slab of salmon sashimi in front of my kid and nothing else, and he’d be in heaven. Anyway…love how this recipe sounds and adding to my meal plan for next week! 

  13. Looks delicious. What’s the quantity of rice?

  14. If I wanted to add some frozen peas and carrots at what point should I add them and can I double the recipe with the same cooking times? Thanks-always love your recipes!

  15. Is that 1/2 cup brown rice? Thanks!

  16. Can you use Red tinned salmon in place of fresh?