Feb 18, 2019

Sweet and Sour Salmon with Colorful Bell Peppers

Been cooking dark colored Chinese food, that means dishes flavored with soy sauce, maybe some spicy bean paste, with reduced sauce to enhance the flavors. To me, darker food mostly translate into even more delicious result. But once in a while, I'd love to have something bright and colorful on the table, like this sweet and sour salmon with multi-color bell peppers.

Sweet and sour salmon with colorful bell peppers -


  • 3 medium or 2 large colorful bell peppers
  • 2 salmon fillets
  • 1/2 onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 stalk scallion
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon black vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon tomato paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • Some olive oil
  • Some corn starch


Slice the salmon fillets into smaller chunks and dust with corn starch.

Peel and cube the onion. Peel and finely chop the garlic cloves. Cut the bell peppers into smaller chunks too, remember to remove pith and seeds. Destem and chop the scallion.

Combine below ingredients in a container for the sauce mixture: 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 1 1/2 tablespoons ketchup, 1 tablespoon black vinegar, 1/4 teaspoon tomato paste, 1/4 teaspoon grated ginger, and 1/2 teaspoon sugar. 

Drizzle some oil in the pan and turn to medium high heat, wait till the surface gets hot. Carefully transfer salmon chunks over and sear till all sides are slightly colored. Scoop out and set aside first.

Using the same pan, add in onion along with salt and black pepper. Drizzle more oil if appears too dry and hard to stir-fry. Cook till the onion turns translucent, then add in garlic and cook for another 30 seconds or so.

Add in bell peppers and cook for another minute.

Pour in pre-mixed sauce and pre-seared salmon chunks. Cook till the sauce has been reduced, more so condensed, it'll appear slightly sticky due to the corn starch dusted on salmon.

Plate and garnish with chopped scallion.

Some yellow, some orange, plus a pop of green. Hope that such colorful combinations can further brightens up your day.

And my day too (I'm searching for a rainbow).

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