Sweet-and-Spicy Salmon Rice Bowl
If you have never cooked with sambal oelek, here is the 411 on this flavorful ingredient. Sambal oelek is simply a ground fresh chile paste - crushed raw red chiles, a little vinegar, and salt. Sambal oelek can be found in most grocery stores in the Asian food section, right next to the sriracha. Use sambal oelek straight from the bottle as a condiment. Instead of grabbing your favorite hot sauce, drizzle sambal oelek over burgers and chicken wings. For this recipe, the paste is blended with vinegar, honey, and other ingredients to make a glaze for the salmon. A teaspoon or two is usually all you need, so a bottle of sambal oelek will last a while. Stir it into mayonnaise for a sandwich spread with a kick or add it to your stir-fry dishes. You can substitute the brown rice with quinoa or another whole grain. Purchase salmon that is about 1 1/2 inches thick and avoid the fillets that are from the tail flap.