Spicy Mandarin Asian Salmon with Chow Mein


My Mom believed that foods have relieving and sometimes healing properties, and her diet was always healthy, basic, and 'close to the earth' ~ probably one reason she lived so long. Traditional Chinese medicine has long used mandarin oranges to treat various ailments. During her 86 years of life, Mom only traveled once outside of the United States and that was to Asia, where she fell in love with the people, their customs, the serenity of living, peacefulness, wisdom, and traditions. It makes me happy thinking Mom would be smiling about my Asian recipes.


    • 1 can (15 oz.) Dole mandarin oranges
    • 2 snack cups (4 oz.) Dole mandarin oranges, divided
    • 1 1/2 - 2 pound thick cut fresh salmon filets, trim off thin sides, skin on
    • 10 large green onions with green stems, divided
    • 1 teaspoon Korean sweet & spicy sauce, or similar Asian-style hot sauce
    • 5 tablespoon orange marmalade
    • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
    • 2 teaspoon sea salt
    • 2 1/2 teaspoon coarse ground pepper
    • 3/4 cup celery, chopped
    • 5 ounces chow mein noodles
    • 2 green onions, with tops, sliced thinly on the diagonal for garnish
  • Preparation
    1. Open & drain mandarin oranges reserving the liquid. Place salmon in a shallow glass dish. Prick flesh with a fork , drizzle on one-fourth cup of the mandarin juice and about one teaspoon each salt/pepper. Set aside for 15 minutes.
  • Making Sauce
    1. Heat the gas grill to 400. Coat a skillet with cooking spray and put one and one-half cups of the mandarin oranges in. Place skillet on medium hot grill blaze and sauté five minutes. Put six green onions on the hot grill, turn and cook until they are charred. Chop onions into pieces. Put oranges & onions into a food processor and blend. Put mixture in a saucepan and heat on a medium high blaze on grill.
    2. Add to this saucepan the remaining mandarin juice, sweet and spicy sauce, marmalade, salt and pepper. Reduce heat to medium low. Stir occasionally and let this cook about 20-30 minutes to thicken. Remove from heat. Add mayonnaise and blend. Slice the remaining green onions/tops and add to sauce.
  • Grilling Salmon
    1. Coat grill with cooking spray. Heat to 400. Place salmon (skin side up first) on grill and cook on each side about 4-5 minutes. Remove & let cool slightly. Remove bottom skin. Break salmon into random chunks. Put in a large mixing bowl. Add celery and toss. Drizzle the thickened sauce over salmon/celery and toss.
  • Plating and serving
    1. Put equal amounts of chow mein noodles on small plates. Top with equal amounts of the salmon mixture and the remaining drained mandarin orange slices. Chiffonade slice the 2 green onions and use as garnish atop the salmon.

Crafted By

Ally Phillips

Yield6 servings

Prep Time25 min

Cook Time45 min


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