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Sticky Apricot-Glazed Salmon

Sticky Apricot-Glazed Salmon with Garlic Rice and Kale

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Recipe Details


Whenever Chef Michelle goes to a Japanese restaurant, it's always a toss-up between salmon teriyaki and miso cod. Both dishes combine tender fish and a sticky, sweet sauce on top—what could be more delicious? In this Popular Recipe, she channels those flavors and textures, coating salmon with a sweet and salty glaze of apricot jam and soy sauce. A heap of vegetables and crispy garlic rice round out this swoon-worthy dinner.


  • Stovetop Only

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By Chef Michelle

By Chef Michelle

Nutritional info

  • Calories 870
  • Protein 39g
  • Total Carb 82g
  • Total Fat 43g

Given the cook-at-home nature of Plated and natural variation in ingredients, nutritional information is approximated. See details.

Ingredients & Equipment

What we send

  • baby bok choy
    8 ounces
    baby bok choy
  • dinosaur kale
    6 ounces
    dinosaur kale
  • scallions
  • shallot
  • garlic
    4 cloves
  • salmon
    10 ounces
  • jasmine rice
    3/4 cup
    jasmine rice
  • unsalted butter
    2 packets
    unsalted butter
  • apricot preserves
    3 packets
    apricot preserves
  • gluten-free soy sauce
    2 packets
    gluten-free soy sauce
  • sesame seeds
    1 teaspoon
    sesame seeds

What You’ll Need

  • canola oil
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper
  • 6" small pot with lid
  • 12" large nonstick pan with lid
  • aluminum foil

Cooking Steps

  1. Prepare ingredients

    Prepare ingredients

    Halve bok choy lengthwise and rinse thoroughly—it tends to hide a lot of dirt between its leaves. Cut crosswise into 1-inch pieces, keeping bulbs and leaves separate. Rinse kale, trim and discard long stems, then thinly slice crosswise. Rinse scallions, trim and discard roots, and thinly slice. Peel shallot and thinly slice into rings. Thinly slice garlic. Pat salmon dry with paper towel. 

  2. Cook rice

    Cook rice

    In a small pot, combine rice, 1¼ cups water, and ¼ teaspoon salt and bring to a boil over high heat. Stir once, reduce heat to medium low, cover pot, and simmer until water is fully absorbed, 10-12 minutes. Remove pot from heat and let stand, still covered, for 10 minutes. Fluff rice with a fork, then cover again to keep warm until ready to serve.

  3. Fry garlic and shallot

    Fry garlic and shallot

    While rice cooks, heat 3 tablespoons canola oil in a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat. When oil is shimmering, add 1 slice garlic. If it sizzles immediately, add shallot and remaining garlic; if not, try again once the oil is hotter. Fry, stirring constantly to prevent burning, until lightly brown and crisp, 1-2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer garlic and shallot to a paper towel–lined plate to drain. Reserve oil in pan.

  4. Cook vegetables

    Cook vegetables

    Return pan with garlic-shallot oil to medium-high heat. When oil is shimmering, add bok choy bulbs and kale and cook, stirring, until softened, about 3 minutes. Stir in bok choy leaves and half of scallions and cook until softened, about 2 minutes more. Season with ¼ teaspoon salt. Transfer vegetables to serving plates and cover loosely with foil to keep warm. Reserve pan for next step.

  5. Sear salmon

    Sear salmon

    Season salmon all over with ¼ teaspoon salt and pepper. Heat pan from vegetables over medium heat with 2 teaspoons canola oil. When oil is shimmering, add salmon skin-side down and sear until skin is golden and crisp, 5 minutes. Flip salmon and cover, keeping lid slightly ajar for steam to escape. Continue searing until cooked through and opaque, 3-5 minutes more. Remove pan from heat and transfer salmon to plates with vegetables. 

  6. Make apricot glaze and plate

    Make apricot glaze and plate

    Add butter, apricot preserves, and soy sauce to pan from salmon, still off heat, and stir to combine. Uncover rice and stir in fried garlic and shallot, then divide between plates with vegetables and salmon. Spoon apricot glaze over salmon, garnish with sesame seeds and remaining scallions, and dig in!

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