Fried Salmon Cubes in Schezuan Pepper Salt

Credit: Norwegian Seafood Council

Hello, gorgeous salmon! There is something quite celebratory and special about serving salmon don’t you think. From gorgeous steamed salmon head with salted soya bean garlic chilli sauce to slow-cooked salmon in a tomato base, there’s just so many decadent ways to enjoy this popular fish, right? We certainly think so and that’s why there is really no such thing as too many salmon recipes!

If you are like-minded, here’s yet another salmon recipe you’ll be happy see.


Fishy Prosperity

For those who are not informed about Chinese New Year celebrations, it is a must for families to be served fish-based dishes. Dishes can be simple or quite complex but typically, you’ll find some form of steamed fish on the table during the family dinner on the eve of the new year.


Well, the explanation is quite simple really. Fish (鱼 / Yú /yoo) in Mandarin, sounds very much like a word meaning abundance, riches and surplus. So, according to tradition, if you eat fish, especially during the New Year, you will be blessed with extra good fortune, health and prosperity. But the best reason to enjoy fish is simply that it is delicious!


Beauty in the Fish

Besides fulfilling the one criteria of a must-have Chinese New Year dish, salmon is known to be beneficial to your health due to its high omega-3 content and vitamin B. Did you know that omega-3 is linked to beautiful skin? It helps you to retain moisture in your skin while at the same time calming down inflammation. By the way, inflammation can disrupt collagen and elastin which is essential to maintain our awesome youthful good looks! Heh. We’ll certainly be consuming more salmon from now on.

So, try out this delicious very simple salmon recipe by the Norwegian Seafood Council and impress your family members with it! You’ll be offering them something delicious which will also make everyone glow.

So, let’s get cooking.



  • 1 kg of salmon belly and top loin, cut into 3cm cubes
  • 150g of corn flour
  • 2 teaspoons of Szechuan pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of Togarashi chilli
  • a pinch of white pepper
  • a pinch of 5 spice powder
  • Peanut oil, for deep frying



  1. Season the salmon cubes with a sprinkle of salt and then coat with corn flour.
  2. Heat oil and fry the salmon cubes to a golden brown colour. Set aside.
  3. Lightly toast Szechuan peppers till fragrant and then pound them.
  4. Mix crushed Szechuan peppers with salt, 5 spice, Togarashi chilli and white pepper.
  5. Serve on the side with pan-fried salmon. You can also opt to pour over the top and serve.


Gong Xi Yummy

Can you believe how easy this recipe sounds?! It really is! It is so simple that you might end up making it over and over again! It is perfect for those who are just beginners at cooking or not keen to get too fussy with recipes or are simply far away from home but still want to celebrate. Trust us, it will not disappoint.

Do not forget to put the hashtags #butterkicap and #norwegianseafoodcouncil and #norwegiansalmon when sharing the tempting pictures on social media. We look forward to seeing your cooking results.

Better yet, share this wonderful Chinese New Year recipe with family and friends to spread the prosperity around!


Cook with Norwegian Salmon This Chinese New Year

There are many sources of salmon here in Malaysia but specifically the Norwegian Salmon marketed here is vetted out by the Norwegian Seafood Council. They work to ensure that you, your family and your friends consumes salmon that is safe and fresh. So, if you are particular about these details, that is something to consider.

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