Maple Teriyaki Salmon with Soba Noodles


Helen says "I would even go as far as to say that this dish is pretty fool proof. So long as you don’t overcook the salmon, which you won’t if you stick to the suggested cooking times. For me, this is pretty much a perfect mid-week meal. Not just because it’s easy, but … THE TASTE! It’s sweet (from the syrup), zingy and refreshing (from the chili, ginger, garlic & wine), classic Asian (from the soy), nutty (from the sesame oil) and tangy (from the lime). It also feels sort of ‘clean’, if that makes sense – the flavours aren’t too complex but there’s just enough ‘ooomph’ in the dish to make you want to make it again and again."


  • Vegetable or olive oil (for cooking)
  • 1 x 3cm or so chunk of fresh ginger, peeled and finely sliced or grated
  • 1 large clove of garlic, finely sliced or crushed
  • 1 small chili, very finely sliced (I used a red one, but any is fine)
  • 2 fresh salmon fillets
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon mirin (Japanese rice wine)
  • 1 lime
  • About 150 grams soba noodles
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • A handful of fresh coriander, chopped 

To serve on the side (optional)

  • Asparagus or green beans


  • Put a pan of water on ready to boil for the noodles.
  • Heat up a little oil, then lightly pan-fry the ginger, garlic and chili together in a wok or deep-sided frying pan. After a couple of minutes or so, add the soy sauce, maple syrup, mirin and lime juice from half of the lime and let it bubble away and reduce.
  • Meanwhile, heat up a good drizzle of oil in a griddle pan or frying pan and pan-fry the salmon for a couple of minutes on each side or until just cooked through.
  • While the salmon is cooking, add the noodles to the boiling water and cook according to the packet instructions (they only take a few minutes).
  • Add the cooked salmon to the pan of sauce and spoon some of the ‘bits’ over it. Take it off the heat and put aside for a moment while you get everything else ready.
  • Drain the noodles, tip them back into the pan, then stir in the sesame oil and most of the coriander.
  • Share the noodles between two large bowls, carefully lift a piece of salmon onto the top of each and drizzle over the rest of the sauce. Squeeze over more lime juice to taste, then garnish with the reserved coriander. Serve immediately (something green like asparagus or green beans on the side is nice


Tags: Dinner
Category: Recipes

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