Soft, fall-apart salmon with a soy sauce and brown sugar glaze, nestled on a bed of Asian-style noodles.
It just needs to be eaten for dinner, and then for lunch the next day and for a bit of Nigella-style fridge snacking in between. The noodles are sweet, salty and just a little spicy.  The perfect flavour combination!

Overhead image of Asian salmon on a bed of noodles on a dark blue plate with lime wedge and chopsticks on the plate. The plate is on a dark background and there are bowls of garnishes around the central dish.
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Gotta love a quick and tasty salmon recipe.
I’m ALWAYS on the lookout for new things to do with Fish and Chicken. Both tend to be quick and easy to cook with – my favourite kind of recipe 😁

This is actually a really old recipe on the blog, but I’ve updated it for 2021 with new photos, video and a few tweaks to the noodles to make them even more tasty.

📋 What do we need?

For the Salmon

Ingredient for Asian salmon on a wooden table

I like to use tail-end salmon pieces for this (rather than the regular narrow pieces) – as it gives you more room to spread the glaze on, and I think it looks better on a bed of noodles.
You can use regular salmon fillets it you like, or you could even use a side of salmon instead, then cook it and slice it after cooking.

For the Chilli Lime Noodles

Ingredients for chilli lime noodles on a wooden table.

I’m using fresh egg noodles in this recipe, but you can use dried noodles. There’s some more info in the recipe card on cooking the egg noodles and keeping them from sticking together.

🔪 How to make this Asian Salmon Noodles recipe

**Full recipe with ingredient amounts and timings in the recipe card further below.**

  • Start by grilling (broiling) the salmon skin-side up for just a couple of minutes. This just cooks through that skin (and will make it easier to peel off if you want to remove it.)
  • Mix up the glaze then turn the salmon over and spread the glaze on top.
  • Grill (broil) again for 4-7 further minutes, until just cooked through.
  • Remove from the grill and cover with foil while you fry the noodles.
4 image collage showing how to make Asian salmon
  • For the noodles, we first fry the vegetables – thinly sliced onion, carrot and bell pepper in a little sesame and sunflower oil.
  • Add in sliced cabbage, sliced chillies and garlic and fry for another couple of minutes, then add in the noodles and toss everything together.
  • Now we add the extra flavour! In goes light and dark soy sauce, chilli sauce, a little ketchup, lime zest and juice, white pepper and a few chopped spring onions (scallions).
  • Fry it all up, moving it about the pan or wok regularly, until hot throughout.
6 image collage showing how to make chilli lime noodles.

Then divide the noodles between four plates and top each with a piece of salmon.
I like to garnish with black and white sesame seeds, a few spring onions and a wedge of lime.

Asian salmon topped with spring onions on a bed of stir-fried noodles on a blue plate. Further plate with salmon and noodles in the background.

If you prefer, you can use a side or half side of salmon.  That way you can glaze and cook the fish as one piece and then cut it before serving.

Otherwise use salmon fillet pieces from the tail end that are wider and flatter, preferably with the skin on.  The skin helps to keep the fish lovely and moist during cooking, and choosing a wider piece gives you more room to spread the glaze on than the narrower, chunky pieces you get closer to the loin.

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Asian Salmon with Chilli Lime Noodles

Soft, fall-apart salmon with a soy sauce and brown sugar glaze, nestled on a bed of Asian-style sweet and spicy noodles.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Asian


  • 4 tail-end salmon fillets the wider, flatter salmon fillets
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • pinch black pepper
  • 3 tbsp light brown sugar


  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp sunflower or other flavourless oil
  • 1 onion finely sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper finely sliced
  • 1 medium carrot peeled and sliced into fine strips
  • ¼ green cabbage sliced into thin strips
  • 2 chillies sliced (I like to use a one red and one green – Fresno variety)
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 800 g (1.75 lbs) cooked/fresh medium egg noodles (or 400g dried noodles, cooked) – *see tip 1
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp chilli sauce I use sriracha
  • 2 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • zest and juice of half a lime
  • ¼ tsp white pepper
  • 4 spring onions/scallions chopped


  • 1 lime cut into wedges
  • 2 spring onions/scallions chopped finely
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds I like a mixture of black and white sesame seeds
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For the Salmon:

  • Preheat the grill (broiler) to high.
  • Place the salmon fillets, skin-side up on a grill tray lined with foil.
    4 tail-end salmon fillets
  • Place under the grill for 2 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix together the olive oil, garlic salt, light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, sesame oil, black pepper, and light brown sugar.
    1 tbsp olive oil, ¼ tsp garlic salt, 1 tbsp light soy sauce, 1 tbsp dark soy sauce, 1 tbsp sesame oil, pinch black pepper, 3 tbsp light brown sugar
  • Turn the salmon over and drizzle the glaze over the salmon (don’t worry about the sauce pooling on the tray).
  • Place under the grill (broiler) and cook for a further 4-6 minutes, basting once or twice until just cooked.
  • Remove the tray from the grill and cover with foil to rest while you make the noodles.

For the Noodles:

  • Heat the 1 tbsp sesame oil and 1 tbsp sunflower oil in a wok or large frying pan over a high heat.
    1 tbsp sesame oil, 1 tbsp sunflower
  • Add the sliced onion, sliced bell pepper, and sliced carrot and fry for 2 minutes, moving everything with spatula regularly.
    1 onion, 1 red bell pepper, 1 medium carrot
  • Add the sliced cabbage, sliced chillies, and minced garlic. Stir fry for one minute.
    ¼ green cabbage, 2 chillies, 3 cloves minced garlic
  • Add the noodles and toss everything together for 2 minutes. (I find it's easier to use a set of tongs for this).
    800 g (1.75 lbs) cooked/fresh medium egg noodles
  • Add the light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, chilli sauce, tomato ketchup, the zest and juice of half a lime, white pepper, and chopped spring onions.
    1 tbsp light soy sauce, 1 tbsp dark soy sauce, 1 tbsp chilli sauce, 2 tbsp tomato ketchup, zest and juice of half a lime, ¼ tsp white pepper, 4 spring onions/scallions
  • Toss together, heating for a further 2-3 minutes until hot throughout.

Serve it up:

  • Divide the noodles between 4 plates or bowls and top each with a piece of salmon. Drizzle over any remaining sauce from the salmon tray if there's any left on there.
  • Serve topped with wedges of lime and a sprinkling of chopped spring onions, and sesame seeds.
    1 lime, 2 spring onions/scallions, 1 tsp sesame seeds


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*TIP 1: Using dried noodles instead of fresh
Cook the noodles as per the pack instructions. Once they’re soft, drain the noodles and run them under cold water until they’re completely cool. This stops the noodles sticking together whilst you’re preparing the rest of the meal. Leave the noodles in the strainer until you’re ready to use them.
Can I use a different fish?
Yes – trout works great! You could also do it with sea bass or white fish fillets such as cod or pollack.
If you’re using trout or sea bass fillets, cook for a minute or two less, as they’re very thin fillets, so will cook quickly.
Eat it cold for lunch!
Although this recipe is for a serving hot, it also tastes great cold for lunch. 
Simply cook the salmon, then cool, cover and refrigerate for up to a day.
The noodles can be cooked, cooled, covered and refrigerated for a day too. 
Nutritional information is per portion (this recipe serves 4).


Calories: 775kcal | Carbohydrates: 81g | Protein: 48g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 152mg | Sodium: 1378mg | Potassium: 1399mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 4094IU | Vitamin C: 108mg | Calcium: 129mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

This recipe was first posted in September 2014. Updated in January 2021 with new photos, video, a few tweaks to the recipe and some general housekeeping.

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  1. Sue says:

    5 stars
    Have just made this, added sugar snaps and mushrooms and used chilli infused oil to stir fry with…very nice

  2. Clare Maskell says:

    5 stars
    Delicious 😋 added extra veg mushrooms, sugar snap peas

  3. Natalie says:

    5 stars
    This was DELICIOUS!!

  4. Melissa says:

    5 stars
    In preparation for an overseas move, we’re trying to use up all the ingredients in our fridge/freezer and pantry. In a “Chopped”-like adventure, I stumbled upon this recipe, which only required I pick up a lime and red pepper on my way home from work (actually forgot the green onion, but it was fine). I used a pretty hefty filet of frozen salmon, added ginger, broccoli, fish sauce, and used tomato paste instead of ketchup. I also topped it all off with chopped peanuts in addition to the sesame seeds. GF hubby loved it! Will definitely make again with more spice and maybe cilantro!

  5. Fiona Hendry says:

    5 stars
    This was absolutely Delish, followed the recipe exactly, definitely going to make this a weekly meal in my house, don’t usually like noodles but now I’m converted ❤️

  6. Karla says:

    2 stars
    I followed the recipe exactly. Lot of work and a very messy kitchen. The salmon was quite good. The noodles, however, were very very bland. I’m not talking about lack of heat bland, I’m talking depth of flavor bland. Can’t think what would improve them. Too bad. The recipe read like it would be very tasty. It wasn’t. Obviously my husband and I have different taste buds than the folks who left all these rave reviews. Oh well . . . .

  7. Leigh says:

    5 stars
    Absolutely the best recipe I’ve come across, ever. We are obsessed with this dish and have made it five times since discovering it two weeks ago! Served hot for dinner or eaten cold out of Tupperware as a snack (or breakfast because we can’t wait until lunch) it’s great fresh and as leftovers! Nicky, thank you for sharing this amazing dish!!

  8. mel says:

    4 stars
    Very tast☺️I will make this over and over