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Salmon Bun Cha

Salmon Bun Cha Recipe

Our annual member recipe contest is an exciting occasion here at Sitka Salmon Shares. It gives our loyal members a chance to let their culinary talents shine while sharing their own recipes with our community of seafood lovers and conscious consumers. We reward the member that provides the very best entry with a trip to Sitka, Alaska. Enjoy this recipe from member Mike Rosenholtz, and as always, stay wild.

Salmon Bun Cha | Sitka Salmon Shares

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 15 min
Total time: 45 min
Serves: 4


  • For the Salmon Patties:
  • 1 lb salmon burger meat
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1-2 garlic cloves minced (about 1 Tbsp)
  • 1 large shallot, minced
  • For the Sauce (Nuac Cham):
  • ½ c warm water
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 Thai chile, seeded and minced (or substitute ½ tsp red chile flakes or 1 tsp garlic chile sauce) (optional)
  • For Serving:
  • 1 package thin rice vermicelli noodles (or substitute angel hair pasta)
  • Carrots, cut into matchsticks
  • Cucumbers, sliced
  • Scallions, chopped
  • Basil
  • Mint
  • Thai chiles, sliced (optional)


Create Patties

Combine all patty ingredients in a medium bowl. Mix thoroughly with your hands until the mixture starts to stick together. Cover and set in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes (can be kept for up to a day).

Mix Sauce

While the meat is resting, combine all the sauce ingredients in a bowl or measuring cup and set aside (this can also be made a day in advance).

Cook Noodles

Prepare the rice noodles according to the package instructions and then drain and run cool water over them to stop the cooking. Set aside.

Cook Salmon Patties

Divide the salmon into 8 pieces. Roll them in a small ball and flatten slightly.

Heat a nonstick or cast iron skillet with 1 tbsp neutral oil over medium high heat. Cook until well browned on both sides (about 4 minutes each).

Plate & Serve

To serve, add the cooled noodles in a bowl and top with 2 of the patties. Serve with herbs, and other garnishes along with the nuoc cha to spoon over the top and/or for dipping.


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