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Washington's Winning Recipe: Salish Sea Kedgeree

“I first tasted Kedgeree, a classic British dish with Indian roots, at a friend's house. We couldn't find smoked haddock. My mom thought our local smoked salmon might work. I love kale, which grows like crazy in Washington, so we added it. Washington is also the perfect climate for mushrooms. We added crimini for their woodsy, creamy taste. Instead of the traditional English peas, we used asparagus. I think wonderful and tasty things can happen when cultures mix together. This Northwest take on a British-Indian dish was a hit with my picky 7-year-old sister. My mom was happy to get my little sister to eat more veggies and said the garlic and spices might strengthen our immune systems. I plan to serve this dish with wild blackberries when they are ready to be picked.”

Lukas Anderson, Age 10, the 2016 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge winner from Washington

Makes 4 Servings


For the Kedgeree:

  • 6 cups water
  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • ½ yellow onion, peeled and diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon cardamom
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus additional
  • ¼ teaspoon clove
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • Salt
  • 2 teaspoons mustard seeds
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 bunch asparagus, tough ends removed, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 6 ounces crimini mushrooms, quartered
  • 1 bunch kale, stems removed, roughly chopped
  • Juice of 1 fresh lemon
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 ounces smoked wild salmon
  • Garnish: Green onions, chopped (optional) 


  1. In a large saucepan, bring salted water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add rice, cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 30 minutes. Meantime, in a medium saucepan, cover the eggs with cold water and bring to a boil. Cook over medium-high heat for 12 minutes, or until cooked through and hard boiled. When cooled, peel eggs and quarter.
  2. In a nonstick skillet, melt butter on medium-high heat. Add the onion, cook for 2 minutes, then add garlic. Cook 1 minute more, then add all of the spices. Stir and cook for another 2 minutes. Add the asparagus, mushrooms, and kale. Season with the lemon juice, and cook about 5 minutes more, or until asparagus and kale are tender. Transfer to bowl.
  3. In the same pan, warm the olive oil over medium heat and add the salmon. Cook until cooked through, about 3 minutes per side (if there is skin, remove and discard). Flake the salmon into bite-sized pieces, or keep whole. Add the cooked rice and the vegetables, and mix well. Divide into 4 bowls and top each bowl with 2 egg quarters. Garnish with scallions, if desired. Enjoy!  

551 calories 11g fat 89g carbohydrates 24g protein