Crispy Salmon with Ginger-scallion sauce

So many amazing flavors. The ginger really makes things pop!

Active time: 1 hour • Total time: 1.5 hours

Posted on Oct 30, 2020 by Jack McCann
Tags: newsletter Recipes fish 03-22-2022

Every so often, one of us fights back against being tired and overwhelmed with distance learning kids, work and just the stress of the times.

One way to do that is to set aside time to make a fun meal that we not usually invest in. Here is what Betsy came up with to save the day (and also for our family to test out the new MN grown baby ginger).

It was also fun to have a new way to enjoy our salmon. If you haven't read about why we decided to only eat organically raised farmed fish, its worth reading our research article.

Oh, and Betsy made an apple pie with our heritage apples.

It was a good night.



  • 2 T coconut oil
  • 2 t finely chopped ginger
  • 2 t minced garlic
  • 1/2 C chicken broth
  • 1/4 C rice vinegar
  • 1/4 soy sauce
  • 1 T sugar
  • 1/4 C chopped scallion

Fish Marinade

  • 1 - 2 lb of salmon or trout - remove any skin and cut into 1" cubes
  • 2 t salt
  • 2 t finely chopped ginger
  • 1/8 t sugar
  • 2 t sesame oil

Fish Batter

  • 1/4 C flour
  • 2 T corn starch
  • 1/4 t baking soda
  • 5-6 C of frying oil (we use about half coconut and half olive oil and then strain and store in the fridge for re-use after)


Marinate Fish

  1. In medium bowl, combine salt, ginger, sugar and sesame oil
  2. Mix in with salmon cubes and marinate at room temp for 20 minutes (you can cover and refrigerate if you're able to marinate longer)

Prepare Sauce

  1. Heat the 2 T of coconut oil in a small saucepan
  2. Saute ginger and garlic until slightly cooked
  3. Add broth, vinegar, soy sauce and sugar - bring to a boil
  4. Remove from heat and allow to cool
  5. Add chopped scallion just before serving

Fry Fish

  1. Heat frying oil to 400-425º (using a good thermometer) in a heavy deep skillet or wok
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cornstarch, soda, 1/4 of water, 1/2 T sesame oil and a dash of salt (1/8t if you like to measure)
  3. Mix into a smooth batter
  4. Remove the fish from marinade, mixing into the batter bowl (leaving extra marinade behind)
  5. Once the oil is up to temp, add several pieces to the oil at a time. Monitor the oil temp so it stays hot, but not such that it starts to smoke. Cook until crispy and golden brown, should be about 5 minutes.

    Allow the first batch of fish to sit for a few minutes before checking the inside for your desired doneness. If you prefer less well done, increase the temperature of the oil to get a faster browning of the batter or visa versa. Don't cook below 375º or you'll have a hard time crisping up the batter.

Serve with the broth in small bowls to dip in. We enjoyed drinking the broth along with the fish almost as a 'side'.

A fun night!

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