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Asian salmon and noodles

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Asian salmon and noodles, Asian pasta

This week turned out to be quite busy again, and it’s during the weeks like this one that I love simple weeknight dinners, such as this Asian salmon and noodles. You might have noticed that this pasta dish is strikingly similar to my recent recipe for spicy Asian noodles with mushrooms and snow peas, including the trivia that I manually counted 60 snow peas. In fact, the only difference between these two recipes is the presence of salmon in our today’s dish. The fact that I am this non-creative with the today’s recipe underscores how tired and short on time I am this week.

The salmon and noodles cooked Asian style that you see on the photos are so flavorful, that this dish quickly became a favorite in and outside of our home! And, it take such a short time to make this that I’ve been feeding this dish to my family LOTS of times. I am surprised they are still not tired of it. So, I know your family will love this recipe if you like good Asian food! And, like it should be on a busy weeknight, the recipe is quick, easy and requires no mental power!

Salmon is seared, then broiled with a little bit of honey and soy sauce just for the right amount of time, then it is left to sit on the counter, covered, to continue cooking. As a result, the salmon comes out full of flavor, soft and juicy. I don’t tolerate overcooked salmon (which can be dry and flavorless), so in this recipe your salmon will be perfect! Asian-style noodles with vegetables complete picture perfect for this easy-to-make weeknight dinner!




Asian salmon and noodles

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Asian salmon and noodles


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  • Ingredients for noodles:
  • 1 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 5 green onions, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 7-10 regular button mushrooms, sliced, or 1 Portobello mushroom, sliced
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock
  • 1 or 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha sauce (substitute with any other hot sauce if you don't have Sriracha)
  • 60 snow peas, ends trimmed (sorry, I didn't have a scale, so I counted them :)). I think it's about 2 or 3 cups
  • 1/2 lb pasta, preferably Fettuccine (half a pound)
  • Ingredients for salmon:
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 pound salmon
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce


  1. Heat cooking oil in a large frying pan on medium heat. Add chopped green onions and sesame seeds and saute for 2-3 minutes. Add sliced mushrooms and cook for another 2 minutes on medium heat. Remove the pan from the heat, and add soy sauce, honey, chicken stock, sesame oil, Sriracha - mix everything well to combine.
  2. In a separate pan, boil snow peas 3-5 minutes until tender but still crunchy. Drain.
  3. In another large pan, bring water to boil and cook pasta for 10-12 minutes or longer (according to pasta instructions) al dente. Drain.
  4. Add drained snow peas and pasta to the vegetables and sauce in the large frying pan with vegetables from step 1. Mix everything well and heat everything through on medium-low heat.
  5. To cook salmon:
  6. Preheat broiler. Heat large skillet on high heat. Season salmon on non-skin side with salt & pepper, generously. Add oil to the hot skillet: the oil should sizzle. Add salmon to the skillet non-skin side down (skin side up) and sear for 4 minutes, moving the fish around the skillet to make sure oil coats the surface of the fish and that the fish is not sticking to the pan while searing.
  7. After these 4 minutes, turn the fish over to the skin side and sear for another 3 minutes on high heat. After searing on the skin side, you can actually remove salmon skin easily at this point and discard, if you don't like to eat it.
  8. Mix honey and soy sauce together, heating it a little bit in microwave or on stove top to soften the honey. Brush top of salmon with the honey-soy sauce. Place salmon under the broiler for 3 minutes, watching carefully not to burn salmon. Brush with more sauce midway through broiling, if desired. Broil for a total of 3 minutes until the top of salmon becomes a little charred.
  9. At this point, salmon is ready to be served. Or, you can keep salmon covered until you're ready to serve. If your salmon is a little bit undercooked in the middle, then keeping it covered for several minutes before serving will also allow the salmon to continue cooking and it will be perfectly done and not dry when you're ready to serve!


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{ 73 comments… add one }
  • Monique April 10, 2013, 8:40 am

    We’re having salmon tonight and we were supposed to finish off my rice from last night ..but I may just make your noodles:)
    You eat VERY well ..Many busy busy people don’t take the time..:)

  • [email protected]'s Recipes April 10, 2013, 9:37 am

    You call this a simple meal? If I were that busy, some crackers and fruit might just do the trick for me.
    The pasta looks droolworthy!

  • Tash April 10, 2013, 9:51 am

    I do love salmon in many different ways and I agree that it lends itself to quick cooking and Asian flavours. Your dish looks delicious and a bonus that it’s quick. I imagine it would also taste nice with some chicken or even fried tofu, given the same treatment!

    Since visiting Sweden so much in the last three years, I have become even more fond of cured salmon dishes such as Gravad lax and salmon poached and served with a dill and mustard sauce (Hovmรคstarsรฅs), new potatoes and a simple green vegetable accompaniment. It is surprisingly tasty and accounts for the lithe, healthy nature of the Swedes!

    All this talk of salmon has made me hanker after some… I’ll have to get some out of the freezer and see what I can rustle up!

    Have a lovely (and less busy!) week!

  • Brianna April 10, 2013, 10:29 am

    I love fresh salmon! Whenever Grey and I go to the coast we make it a point to eat nothing but seafood (because it is so fresh) plus we bring some home! This recipe looks delicious and fancy enough for a dinner party…oh wait…no…then I’d have to share. Haha. Thanks for posting this. Cheers!

  • sally @ sallys baking addiction April 10, 2013, 11:07 am

    We’ve been trying to eat more fish in my house and this is the perfect dish! Salmon is my favorite fish and the Asian flavors work so nicely here. Reminds me of an Asian salmon salad I get at my favorite restaurant. Can’t wait to try this!

  • Juliana Walters April 10, 2013, 11:38 am

    My in-laws have a place in Canada where the go to deep sea fish. Therefore, at the end of every summer, they stock my freezer with salmon and halibut. I just threw some fillets in the fridge to try this. Don’t know if I will get to the noodles. But the salmon is a GO! Thanks!

  • Denise [email protected] Brazil To You April 10, 2013, 11:58 am

    Gosh! This looks so appetizing, Julia!!! And I am not a fan of salmon.
    You did a great jog cooking the salmon. It is GORGEOUS.

  • Laura Dembowski April 10, 2013, 12:05 pm

    I am obsessed with salmon. I have never tried cooking it like that but I will have to. I love the deep caramelization on it.

  • Rimli April 10, 2013, 12:15 pm

    The fish looks so inviting couldn’t resist myself from checking out the recipe. Never had the recipe of salmon which they serve with noodles in Asian shop. Gonna try this one! between how could you count those peas!!!

  • [email protected] April 10, 2013, 1:09 pm

    Yum! I love salmon and cook it all the time but I’ve never served it over noodles. Looks divine!

  • Deb April 10, 2013, 6:23 pm

    Our local salmon season begins next month and I can’t wait! What an enticing recipe to begin the season!

  • Monet April 10, 2013, 6:50 pm

    Easy and delicious! I’ve been craving salmon lately, so I think we’ll be making this as soon as possible! Thank you so much for sharing!

  • Aimee @ ShugarySweets April 10, 2013, 8:29 pm

    Ooooh I love everything about this. We love salmon and new ways to prepare it!!! PINNED.

  • [email protected] April 10, 2013, 8:54 pm

    I change out ingredients in recipes all the time! If I like something, just a little change can make it seem new again. And the salmon is a pretty big change. Really nice – thanks for this.

  • Ari @ Ari's Menu April 11, 2013, 10:00 am

    Seared salmon? Mushrooms? Sriracha?? Ummmm, can it be dinner time now? This looks awesome Julia!

  • Tina @ Tina's Chic April 11, 2013, 12:56 pm

    I love salmon and Asian food so this looks like the perfect dish to try!

    • Julia April 12, 2013, 8:54 pm


  • Ellie @ Ginger Bear Kitchen April 13, 2013, 2:11 pm

    Your salmon looks beautiful! I don’t cook salmon often but I love it and try to find the perfect recipe for when I do make it. I’m definitely saving this one for my next salmon dish.

  • Suzanne Perazzini April 14, 2013, 3:31 am

    I love salmon and you have made this look delicious. I hope life slows down for you soon.

  • Stephanie June 10, 2013, 12:59 pm

    Made this the other night, just the salmon. It now my husbands and I favorite way to make salmon. I am gonna try and attempt the noodles soon. So good!

    • Julia June 10, 2013, 2:48 pm

      So glad you liked it and stopped by to let me know! ๐Ÿ™‚ Definitely try the noodles – they are also very good and simple to make!

      • Silvia December 31, 2014, 12:29 pm

        Can’t wait to try this & it’s only 10 in the morning! Sounds sooo good!

  • Judy July 14, 2013, 5:05 pm

    People, she has served this to me and it is yummylicious!!

  • Rylie October 16, 2013, 11:19 am

    Just made this last night and it was fantastic!!!! My husband and I ate every bite! Absolutely delicious- thank you!

    • Julia October 17, 2013, 6:36 pm

      Rylie, so glad you liked this dish! It’s one of my favorite seafood recipes! Thanks for stopping by. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • MaryJane Cooper December 17, 2013, 3:27 pm

    I love these Salmon recipes! I’m bookmarking your site so that I can check out other recipes soon! Thanks for sharing.

    • Julia December 18, 2013, 3:09 pm

      MaryJane, you’re very welcome! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Annie December 18, 2013, 1:04 am

    This looks spectacular. My fiancรฉ and I are absolutely going to try this soon. Can’t wait. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Julia December 18, 2013, 3:08 pm

      You won’t be disappointed! And it’s one of those easy dishes – perfect for busy weekdays!

  • Sarah Johnson January 7, 2014, 8:30 am

    That looks amazing, I can’t wait to try it !

    • Julia January 7, 2014, 3:20 pm

      Thank you, Sarah! ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s a very good and simple dish.

  • Natasha of Natashaskitchen.com February 5, 2014, 2:55 pm

    Wow this looks incredible! Thanks for sharing. Pinned!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jackie February 16, 2014, 11:18 am

    Tried the salmon and noodles last night. My husband and I LOVED it! Easy and makes a lot. Used green beans instead of pea pods, and I’d like to try it with aspargus. I’ll be serving this the next time we have guests.

    • Julia February 17, 2014, 2:51 pm

      Jackie, so glad you liked the recipe! I think just about any green veggies will work here. Green beans, I am sure, were so delicious coated with Asian sauce!

  • Paula February 16, 2014, 7:45 pm

    I made this dinner tonight. It was very very good. I got 5 stars from my husband. I am looking for the nutritional information. I was not able to find anything. Can you let me know the calories, carbs, fat, sodium, sugar and protein for one serving? Thank you.

  • Kathleen April 10, 2014, 6:29 pm

    I love this dish. The flavours are awesome and I love the crispness the salmon takes on under the broiler. Tonight is the 3rd time I’ve made it in maybe a couple of months ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Julia July 23, 2014, 11:57 pm

      Wow, thank you for your comment! So glad you loved this dish.

  • Rachel May 4, 2014, 11:56 am

    I made this last night and it was good. I liked the salmon and the way it was cooked! It sure did smoke up my entire house, but it tasted fantastic and was moist in the middle and a little crispy on the outside. Great flavor. The noodles were ok. I think the sauce needed to be thicker. Next time I will probably saute all the veggies on the side, then double the sauce and boil it awhile and let it reduce and thicken, then it would coat the noodles better. It was a good flavor though. Great meal. Thanks!

    • Julia July 23, 2014, 11:56 pm

      I am glad you liked it! You have very good points on how to improve this recipe!

  • Jackie Mistek July 16, 2014, 6:06 pm

    I have learned that toasted sesame oil is not for frying. It loses it’s flavor. I would suggest using peanut oil for frying. Or canola. I LOVE toasted sesame oil. I could put it behind my ears—or just take sips from the bottle. I choose to sprinkle it over the finished product.

    • Julia July 23, 2014, 11:54 pm

      I’ve learned that too, that it’s a waste to use sesame oil for frying, and I now like to add it to already prepared dish, just for flavor. Very good point! I did not know that when I made this dish originally.

  • Kate August 26, 2014, 6:52 pm

    This was honestly the most delicious fish I’ve EVER cooked. It’s even up there with restaurant dishes I’ve had. I am in love and will definitely make this again! Thanks so much for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Julia September 5, 2014, 2:52 pm

      Kate, thank you so much for such a sweet comment! Salmon goes so well with Asian flavors – this recipe is one of my favorite ways to eat seafood.

  • V November 23, 2014, 2:58 pm

    I tried this for my dinner party Friday night and it was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! Everyone loved it! I plan to try it with shrimp next.

  • Jeanne December 29, 2014, 6:23 pm

    Made it for dinner tonight and we felt like we were eating in a fine restaurant… Delicious! The salmon was succulent and noodles take on wonderful flavor and texture from the sauce..thank you for a “keeper” recipe!,

  • Kerri McGrail January 16, 2015, 8:25 pm

    Hi! I am loving your blog and your recipes! Can I include this one in my Friday favorites some time? This is too delicious!

  • Nanette January 25, 2015, 9:38 pm

    This was one of the best meals I’ve ever made! My husband said he almost cried when he ate it. Hehe!

  • Lauren April 14, 2015, 3:04 pm

    I stumbled upon this recipe months ago and just wanted to say thank you! It is so absolutely delicious. I’ve changed it quite a lot over the last few months, but the original recipe is almost perfect ๐Ÿ™‚ I use the honey/soy glaze almost every time I make salmon now, even if I’m not making the snow peas, mushrooms, and noodles.

    The biggest change I’ve made that has really simplified this further (and reduced the number of pots and pans) is sauteing the snow peas with the mushrooms. They turn out perfectly crunchy and flavorful this way.

    Tonight I’ll be trying this with broccoli instead of snow peas and mushrooms, because broccoli is on sale. Why not! I’ve used various kinds of noodles, even zoodles (zucchini noodles) and have loved it all. Thank you!

  • RealFoodStephanie June 18, 2015, 6:25 pm

    Hi, I was wondering if you have ever tried to freeze this? My hubby is gone 5 days a week, and I am working on sending a variety of frozen dinners with him for the week…

  • Candi August 7, 2015, 10:55 pm

    Got my husband to like salmon with this dish. I don’t cook with sesame oil, I used a little canola to cook fish. But drizzled the finished dish with sesame oil. Used whole wheat linguini. Threw in some thinly sliced baby red bell pepper, too. Great dish!

  • Kristen September 4, 2015, 6:30 pm

    I want to make this recipe but don’t have chicken stock, will it still taste okay?

  • Helen November 21, 2015, 2:58 pm

    This was delicious, and I’ll be making it again, husband and kids all loved it. I didn’t have the exact ingredients on hand, so I substituted a few things. I used asparagus, I used sake in place of the chicken stock, udon noodles, and since my family likes things spicy I used a half tablespoon of Sriracha. I also added in some mushrooms. Fantastic!

  • Melissa March 15, 2016, 4:15 pm

    We tried this last night and it was absolutely fabulous. Definitely my favorite salmon recipe from now on. Didn’t have the peas so used edemame instead, wonderful!

  • Kristin March 22, 2016, 9:26 pm

    Just wanted to say thank you for the recipe AND it got me a round of applause Delicious!

  • Ayanna Wiggins April 15, 2016, 7:23 pm

    For the salmon – Do you cook the salmon in regular oil or sesame oil?

  • Ayanna Wiggins April 15, 2016, 8:49 pm

    Please disregard last question about the salmon / oil. I was multitasking so I didn’t realize that my answer was listed. ๐Ÿ™‚ Tonight was “experimental,” which is always my blanket statement/warning to my family when I’m preparing something a new way–just in case it doesn’t turn out as expected. This, however, was REALLY good. I will definitely be adding this to the lineup and can’t wait to cook it again. Thanks for sharing!

  • Marla May 10, 2016, 11:09 am

    Looks delicious. You said in response to one of the previous comments that you have learned since originally making and posting this recipe not to fry/cook in sesame oil. Would you mind updating the recipe to explain what you use in place of the sesame oil and if and how you still use sesame oil in this recipe? I can’t wait to try this. Thank you!

  • Diane May 22, 2016, 7:20 pm

    This was so good! Made exactly as instructed and it was incredible! We used brown rice pasta from trader joes. My husband is not a big fan of salmon, but gave it a “pretty good”. I gave it an excellent!

    • Julia July 1, 2016, 11:01 pm

      So glad you guys enjoyed it!

  • Aurora June 16, 2016, 12:28 am

    This was so good! I made the sauces as shown in the recipe but put it over brown rice since I’m trying to stay away from pasta, grilled the salmon and used zucchini for my vegetable because that’s what I had on hand! The sauce and the vegetables over rice was very tasty! A much healthier version of Asian take out! Thanks for the recipe!!

    • Julia July 1, 2016, 11:01 pm

      Wonderful additions and substitutions! Brown rice and zucchini sound delicious in this recipe!

  • Cathy October 29, 2016, 9:54 pm

    I made this, no not quick but very good. I used a bit less sriracha sauce cause my husbands a wimp when it comes to spicy. We both agreed that it was delish but next time I would use less soy sauce and honey as the flavors were a bit over powering. (His comment was…good but what is making it so sweet?) I also used chow mean noodles which worked great. Served with grilled Bok Choy, good complement. Definitely a do again!

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