Chili Salmon With Hot Bean Paste

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Delicious chili salmon with bean paste

Delicious chili salmon with bean paste

‘Wow….this is amazing’, my daughter said, when she ate a piece of the salmon that I cooked for dinner. I had to agree with her that this Chili Salmon With Hot Bean Paste tasted really good…spicy and delicious. I could eat a big bowl of rice with it.

Fresh salmon

Fresh salmon

It was a hectic day for me and I just wanted to get dinner over quickly and sleep early. There were 2 pieces of salmon in the fridge that I needed to use up. The only quick way that I could think of was to fry it with the Korean hot bean paste, that wonderful paste. It’s almost the same way as when I cooked the lamb except with added chili. It was a very simple, easy and quick dish. I cooked another dish of vegetable stir fry and we had a wonderful dinner with rice.

Here’s my recipe to share:

2 pieces of salmon (cut into bite size pieces)
1 red chili
4 stalks spring onions
1T Korean hot bean paste
1T brown sugar

Chopped chili and spring onion

Chopped chili and spring onion

Wash and cut the chili and spring onion into small pieces.

Fry the chili, spring onions and hot bean paste

Fry the chili, spring onions and hot bean paste

Heat up some garlic/ginger oil in a frying pan. Add the Korean hot bean paste, chopped chili and spring onion and fry until it is fragrant. Ooooh…the smell is soooo good.

Add salmon and continue to fry

Add salmon and continue to fry

Add the salmon and sugar and keep frying until it’s cooked. Salmon cooks very fast so don’t over cook it.  Dish up and serve hot.

Do you like salmon? How would you lke it cooked? Is salmon easily available in your place? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.

Other salmon dishes that you may be interested in:
Teriyaki Salmon
Baked Salmon And Noodles
Healthy Salmon Salad
Spicy Salmon Fillets

Other recipes with Korean bean paste that you may be interested in:
Fried And Delicious Fried Lamb With Bean Paste
Spicy Seafood Kimchi Soup

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Divina  on December 11th, 2009

This looks great. Quick, easy and delicious. I agree with the quote above.

Sook  on December 11th, 2009

Ooh it looks spicy and that’s what I want! :)

Anna  on December 11th, 2009

Oh Mary! You always make me hungry with your delicious ideas.

Christine@Christine's Recipes  on December 11th, 2009

Yum, yum…Spicy Salmon.
Give me a big bowl of rice, please. :)

We can have really fresh salmon here. When I want to eat fish, the first come up in my mind is SALMON !

Mary  on December 11th, 2009

@Divina - I think I only have time for something quick these days being so busy. But also have to be delicious otherwise I have to eat along…LOL. I love the quotes. They are daily reminders to myself… to motivate, inspire and encourage.

@Sook - I’m sure you will like it cos I’m sure you always use Korean hot bean paste. It’s really the best….lovely flavour and taste.

@Anna - LOL….next time you have to eat first before visiting. It happens to me too!

@Christine - That makes me jealous. I wish there are lots of fresh fish here…very limited. I didn’t like salmon last time but I have come to like it a lot now….just the way of cooking it. This one is really good. We liked it.

Swedish Mike  on December 11th, 2009


This looks really awesome. I must try this soon.

Thanks for the inspiration!

// Mike

Mary  on December 11th, 2009

@Mike - Thanks for visiting. Hope you try out soon. If you like hot, spicy food and salmon, I’m sure you will like this dish.

Ellie  on December 11th, 2009

Chilli salmon!! The colour of this dish is so inviting. I want some now :)

Jeannie  on December 11th, 2009

Hmm… Certainly looks good to me. I could try using the local fish here as it is cheaper than salmons.

Sanjana  on December 11th, 2009

Mary the hot bean paste sauce looks incredibly spicy and tasty! I would love to try this same thing with mushrooms. Yummy!

foodlovee  on December 11th, 2009

looks very tasty.

Wendy  on December 11th, 2009

That looks gorgeous, Mary - I am going to search for the Korean Hot Bean Paste and make that this weekend!

Andrea@WellnessNotes  on December 11th, 2009

The salmon looks & sounds delicious! I LOVE Korean hot bean paste! Great quick & delicious recipe!

3hungrytummies  on December 11th, 2009

salmon n chili beat friends!!! :)

anncoo  on December 11th, 2009

This looks so yummy that I must eat extra rice for this. I always like to bake or pan fry the salmon steak. We can get very cheap salmon fish head here in one of the Japanese store and I usually bake the fish head with salt or cook in miso soup with Chinese cabbage.

Olive  on December 11th, 2009

Hi Mary! :)

I like this dish, it looks delicious, quick and easy to make and SPICY!!! I just can’t seem to find red bean it okay to sub tomato paste and red pepper sauce?

Mary  on December 11th, 2009

@Ellie - I love the colour too….attracts the eyes first before it attracts the taste buds…haha

@Jeannie - Oh yes, I’m sure it will tastes very delicious too. Only the colouy will be different I think. Salmon itself has it bright orange colour so the dish came out really bright and beautiful.

@Sanjana - I believe it will taste very good fried with mushrooms too. I have to try that one day.

@foodlovee - Thanks you. I can’t wait to cook it again. I have just bought another 4 pieces of salmon this morning.

@Wendy - You can get this Korean chili bean paste from Chinatown.

@Andrea@WellnessNotes - It is. It’s super quick to cook.

@3hungrytummies - Haha…it does.

@anncoo - Salmon heads here are also cheap. Sometimes the fishmongers here even give them away for free. Very delicious to make curry fish head. But most of the time I go for the flesh, for quick cooking. Oh…I would like to try it with miso soup one day.

@Olive - I doubt there’s a good substitute for it. The closest I can think of is brown bean (or miso) paste and chili paste mixed. I don’t think you should add tomato. That will spoil the taste.

deeba  on December 11th, 2009

Nice & easy …and ever so flavourful! I love it Mary! I fell like a bowl of it right now! mmmmmmm….

Amy @ Simply Sugar & Gluten Free  on December 11th, 2009

We’ve been *trying* to eat more salmon lately. I don’t cook with it often and although it’s delicious when I pan sear it and pop it in the oven for a few minutes, I’m always looking for new ways to cook it. This is a great recipe.

cheah  on December 11th, 2009

This dish is really suitable for the cold weather. Quick and simple that’s the whole idea.

Mary  on December 11th, 2009

@Deeba - Thanks for for your compliment. When time is short and you need something quick, delicious and nutritious, this is a very good one.

@Amy - I also try to make my family eat more fish. It’s better for health. Salmon is very beautiful in its colour and I really like that. I hope to elarn more ways to cook it.

@Cheah - Yes, agree with you….spicy and hot…so warming :)

Sarah, Maison Cupcake  on December 11th, 2009

Delicious! Are you taking dinner bookings yet?

Janice  on December 11th, 2009

Looks great, will look out for the bean paste.

Mary  on December 11th, 2009

@Sarah - Haha….by the time it gets to you, it will be icy cold. You need to move here :)

@Janice - I hope you can find this Korean hot bean paste over at your place. Try Chinese shops if there’s no Korean shops.

penny aka jeroxie  on December 11th, 2009

Another spicy dish that I love. I can be your daughter too… heh

plamarie  on December 11th, 2009

I need to find hot bean paste. I am intrigued. I can’t wait to try this recipe because I have never cooked salmon like that and love it!

peachkins  on December 11th, 2009

this dish looks very tasty..

Blackswan  on December 11th, 2009

I’m sure this goes well with any kind of seafood or even meat. Love it!

Mary  on December 12th, 2009

@Penny - Oh, I think you are too big to be my daughter…haha. You can be my sister…hehe

@Plamarie - Depending on where you stay, you should be able to get it from Chinese shops or best, from Korean shops. I use it a lot in my cooking.

@Peachkins - Thank you. I will be cooking it often cos it’s really quick to cook and salmon is good for health too.

@Blackswan - Absolutely right. This hot bean paste is good for any meat or fish. Hope you try it soon.

Shirley  on December 12th, 2009

When you say chilli do you mean red bell pepper? This looks like it.

Mary  on December 12th, 2009

@Shirley - This red chili is the long, slender, hot type. Not sure whether there’s another name for it. It’s not capsicum or bell pepper. So, this dish is actually very spicy.

pigpigscorner  on December 12th, 2009

This is a simple and delicious meal! Great with rice!

Mary  on December 12th, 2009

@pigpigscorner - Agree with you. I actually ate a lot of rice which is very rare.

deana@lostpastremembered  on December 12th, 2009

Found you through food buzz… love the salmon… I have never
tried cooking it this way…thanks for the great recipe and idea!!

Light Delight with TouTou  on December 12th, 2009

I had never really try to fry the salmon. normally I bake them in the oven (that’s my wired habit i guess, somehow I feel the salmon will fall apart if I fry them in a pan!).

I love chili flavored everything - this recipe seems very easy , and luckily I have red and green peppers, and salmon at hand. Yeah! my next meal!

Mary  on December 13th, 2009

@Light Delight with Tou Tou - Give a try at frying the salmon. It won’t fall apart. Just don’t overfry it then it should be fine. This is a super easy recipe. Give it a go :)

kristy  on December 14th, 2009

Wow sounds delicious! I must get a packet of those Korean bean paste as well. Have no idea which is the best paste coz too many brands!

Mary  on December 14th, 2009

@Kristy - As long as you get a brand made from Korea it should be fine. There are 3 types of the bean paste…hot, mild and not hot. It’s a must in my fridge. It’s really good.

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