Grilled Candied-Garlic Salmon on Crispy Rice Noodles and Baby Asian Greens

  • Yield : 6 servings
  • Prep Time : 13m
  • Cook Time : 14m
  • Ready In : 57m
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  • 10 cloves garlic, sliced very thin, plus 2 cloves garlic (pressed or minced)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons Asian fish sauce
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons ginger, minced
  • 2 teaspoons curry paste
  • 6 (6-ounce) salmon fillets
  • Oil, for frying
  • 8 ounces dried rice noodles (mai fun or rice sticks)
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced shallots
  • Flour, for coating
  • 2 cups halved snap peas
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced scallions
  • 5 cups baby greens
  • Salt and pepper


Step 1

Prepare candied garlic by combining garlic, water, wine, sugar, and butter in a small saucepan and simmer for 10 minutes or until syrupy, but the garlic should not be mushy. Remove garlic to cool. Reserve syrup for the dressing.

Step 2

Marinate the salmon: Combine the fish sauce, lime juice, 1 clove of pressed garlic, ginger, and curry paste and mix well. Remove 1/4 cup of the mixture and set aside. Place the remaining mixture in a shallow bowl and add the salmon. Marinate in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.

Step 3

To the reserved marinade, add the reserved syrup from the candied dressing and the remaining clove of pressed garlic and whisk well. Set aside.

Step 4

Preheat the grill.

Step 5

Heat 2-inches of oil in a large, deep pot to 350 degrees F. Fry rice noodles according to the package directions, a few at a time, draining on paper towels. (They'll look like Styrofoam.) Set aside. Keep oil hot for the next step.

Step 6

Coat the thinly sliced shallots with flour, shaking off any excess and fry until golden and crisp. Drain on paper towel and set aside.

Step 7

Mix the snap peas, scallions and greens in a bowl.

Step 8

Remove the salmon from the marinade and grill about 5 minutes per side, or to desired degree of doneness.

Step 9

Putting it together: Toss greens with dressing and divide among 6 plates. Top each serving with crispy noodles, then top with a serving of salmon. Top each salmon with fried shallots and candied garlic. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

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