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Oct 15, 2021

Chili-Glazed Salmon for Two

This chili-glazed salmon with bok choy is crispy on the outside and perfectly cooked on the inside. 

Chili-Glazed Salmon for Two on a platter

This salmon dinner takes just minutes to make and is the perfect romantic dinner for two. You don't have to spend much time in the kitchen to create this delicious and nutritious dish. 

This combination of salmon and bok choy, both glazed in a sweet chili sauce pumped up with fish sauce and fresh ginger, is so tasty. Serve it as is, or with rice, garlic mashed potatoes, or noodles. 

You and your sweetie will love every bite. 

Chili-Glazed Salmon for Two with bok choy

Ingredients you will need for this chili-glazed salmon:

Two salmon filets: It's best to get center cut filets that are pretty much the same size so that they will both be ready at the same time. 

Bok choy: You can use either two heads of baby bok choy or one head of "regular" bok choy. You will love the contrast between the crispy centers and the wilted leaves. 

Sweet chili sauce: Don't substitute a hot chili sauce. Go for the sweet stuff, sometimes called sweet chili Thai sauce. It also makes a great dipping sauce for dumplings and wontons, so it won't go to waste. 

Fish sauce: My two favorite brands are Red Boat and Megachef. In a pinch, you can substitute Worcestershire sauce. 

Freshly grated ginger: For zing!!

Cornstarch: To help thicken the sauce. 

Chili-Glazed Salmon with bok choy

How to make chili-glazed salmon for two:

The trick for making this delicious salmon dish is to use a nonstick skillet. You will still get a crispy outside without the salmon sticking to the pan. You can make this salmon with or without the skin. It's up to you. 

First, whisk together the sauce ingredients. 

Next, heat a tablespoon of oil in a nonstick skillet and quickly brown the edges of the bok choy and remove it to a plate. 

After that, cook the salmon quickly, about 3 to 4 minutes a side depending on the thickness, and then add the glaze to coat the salmon. 

Finally, remove the salmon and return the bok choy to the pan to quickly toss in the remaining glaze. You will love this simple and delicious skillet meal for two. 

Salmon is so versatile. You can also slow roast it for a fuss free meal. 

Chili-Glazed Salmon for Two with limes.

This month, the Fish Friday Foodies, hosted by Sue of Palatable Pastime, are cooking with the theme, "Salmonchanted Evening." In other words, the theme is Salmon Dinner for Two. 

Salmon is one of my favorite fish dishes and it's so nutritious. Smoked, made into a spread or soup, or included in quiche, and even tossed with pasta or in potato salad, you can't go wrong. 

Last month for Fish Friday Foodies, I tried slow roasted salmon, and this month, I went for a quick sauté. Both were delicious. Salmon is so versatile! 

Be sure to check out everyone's recipes for Salmon for Two!


Chili-Glazed Salmon for Two on a plate.

Chili-Glazed Salmon for Two

Chili-Glazed Salmon for Two
Yield: 2 servings
Author: Karen's Kitchen Stories
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 10 MinTotal time: 25 Min
This chili-glazed salmon with bok choy is crispy on the outside and perfectly cooked on the inside.


  • 2 tablespoons Asian sweet chili sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 heads baby bok choy or one head full-sized bok choy, split in half, lengthwise
  • 2 (6 to 8 ounce) salmon filets, about 1 to 1 1/2 inch thick, patted dry and seasoned on both sides with salt and pepper
  • Lime slices


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the chili sauce, fish sauce, ginger, and cornstarch. 
  2. Heat one tablespoon of vegetable oil in a 10 inch nonstick skillet over medium heat. 
  3. Add the bok choy and cook for about 2 minutes per side. Remove the bok choy to a plate. 
  4. Add the other tablespoon of oil to the pan and, when fully heated, cook the salmon on medium-high heat for 4 to 5 minutes per side, depending on the thickness of the salmon. Cook until still transluscent in the center. The temperature should be 125 degrees F in the center. 
  5. Turn off the heat and add the chili sauce mixture and flip the salmon a couple of times to coat. The mixture may splatter a bit, so have a lid handy if necessary. Transfer the salmon to a platter. 
  6. Add the bok choy back to the pan and toss with the remaining sauce. 
  7. Serve with lime slices. 

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Recipe adapted from The Complete Cooking for Two Cookbook: 650 Recipes for Everything You'll Ever Want to Make. Worth every penny. This cookbook is an amazing resource for making dishes for two. You won't get stuck with leftovers for days. 

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  1. Delicious, nutritious Asian flavored Salmon on a bed of bok choy.....I know what I want for dinner tonight!!

  2. Love the red chilly color and sauted bok choy, mouthwatering and delicious!

  3. This salmon looks amazing. I bet that chili glaze sets it over the top.

  4. That's wonderful! Love the glaze!


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