Sesame-Hoisin Salmon & Rice Bowls with Fairy Tale Eggplants & Sunny Side-Up Eggs

Sesame-Hoisin Salmon & Rice Bowls

with Fairy Tale Eggplants & Sunny Side-Up Eggs

55 MIN
4 Servings
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From the Test Kitchen

Chefs, tonight we’re creating an incredibly satisfying version of a Japanese comfort food classic: “donburi.” Much like Spanish paella or Korean bibimbap, it’s a hearty rice-based dish, to which delicious toppings are added. Our rice bowls are brimming with a symphony of Asian-inspired flavors, like ginger-sautéed bok choy and pan-seared salmon, flaked and dressed in a savory, sweet and slightly spicy sauce. For a summery touch, we’re also including fairy tale eggplant—a petite, creamy variety. Silky fried eggs make the ultimate garnish for these irresistible bowls.

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  • Nutrition
    PER SERVING
  • Calories
    790 Cals (est.)
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Cook the rice:

1 Cook the rice:


In a medium pot, combine the rice, a big pinch of salt and 2 cups of water; heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, cover and reduce the heat to low. Cook 12 to 14 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Remove from heat and fluff the cooked rice with a fork. Set aside in warm place.

Prepare the ingredients & make the sauce:

2 Prepare the ingredients & make the sauce:


While the rice cooks, wash and dry the fresh produce. Cut off and discard the scallion roots; thinly slice on an angle, separating the white bottoms and green tops. Peel and finely chop the ginger. Cut the eggplants into ¼-inch-thick rounds. Cut off and discard the bok choy root; separate the leaves. In a bowl, combine the hoisin sauce, sesame oil, vinegar and as much of the sambal oelek as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be.

Cook & dress the salmon:
3 Cook & dress the salmon:

Pat the salmon fillets dry with paper towels; season both sides with salt and pepper. In a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the fillets, skin sides down. Cook 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until browned and cooked through. Transfer to a large bowl; set aside to cool for 5 minutes. Rinse and wipe out the pan. Remove and discard the skin from the fillets; using a fork, flake the fillets into large pieces. Add the white bottoms of the scallions, ¼ of the ginger and ¾ of the sauce. Toss to coat; season with salt and pepper to taste.

Cook the eggplants:

4 Cook the eggplants:


While the salmon cools, in the same pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the eggplants in a single, even layer; season with salt and pepper. Cook 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until browned and slightly softened. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to a plate. Wipe out the pan.

Cook the bok choy:

5 Cook the bok choy:


In the same pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the bok choy and remaining ginger; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until fragrant and the bok choy leaves are slightly wilted. Transfer to the plate of cooked eggplants. Wipe out the pan.

Fry the eggs & serve your dish:
6 Fry the eggs & serve your dish:

In the same pan, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium until hot. Crack the eggs into the pan; season with salt and pepper. Cook 3 to 4 minutes, or until the whites are set and the yolks are cooked to your desired degree of doneness. Remove from heat. Divide the cooked rice, cooked vegetables and dressed salmon between 4 dishes. Drizzle with the remaining sauce. Top with the fried eggs. Garnish with the green tops of the scallions. Enjoy!

Tips from Home Chefs

Cook the rice:

1 Cook the rice:


In a medium pot, combine the rice, a big pinch of salt and 2 cups of water; heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, cover and reduce the heat to low. Cook 12 to 14 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Remove from heat and fluff the cooked rice with a fork. Set aside in warm place.

2 Prepare the ingredients & make the sauce:


While the rice cooks, wash and dry the fresh produce. Cut off and discard the scallion roots; thinly slice on an angle, separating the white bottoms and green tops. Peel and finely chop the ginger. Cut the eggplants into ¼-inch-thick rounds. Cut off and discard the bok choy root; separate the leaves. In a bowl, combine the hoisin sauce, sesame oil, vinegar and as much of the sambal oelek as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be.

3 Cook & dress the salmon:

Pat the salmon fillets dry with paper towels; season both sides with salt and pepper. In a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the fillets, skin sides down. Cook 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until browned and cooked through. Transfer to a large bowl; set aside to cool for 5 minutes. Rinse and wipe out the pan. Remove and discard the skin from the fillets; using a fork, flake the fillets into large pieces. Add the white bottoms of the scallions, ¼ of the ginger and ¾ of the sauce. Toss to coat; season with salt and pepper to taste.

4 Cook the eggplants:


While the salmon cools, in the same pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the eggplants in a single, even layer; season with salt and pepper. Cook 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until browned and slightly softened. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to a plate. Wipe out the pan.

Cook the eggplants:

Cook the bok choy:

5 Cook the bok choy:


In the same pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the bok choy and remaining ginger; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until fragrant and the bok choy leaves are slightly wilted. Transfer to the plate of cooked eggplants. Wipe out the pan.

6 Fry the eggs & serve your dish:

In the same pan, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium until hot. Crack the eggs into the pan; season with salt and pepper. Cook 3 to 4 minutes, or until the whites are set and the yolks are cooked to your desired degree of doneness. Remove from heat. Divide the cooked rice, cooked vegetables and dressed salmon between 4 dishes. Drizzle with the remaining sauce. Top with the fried eggs. Garnish with the green tops of the scallions. Enjoy!

Fry the eggs & serve your dish:
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