Chilli Soy Salmon with Sesame Noodles is an easy go to weeknight dinner packed with flavour bombs, omega 3’s, and sesame noodle goodness.
How to cook the perfect pan fried Chilli Soy Salmon
- The trick is to do the salmon first and apply the glazed at the end. Let me explain. Heat a non stick frypan up – no oil needed as the oil from the salmon will be more than enough to create the golden brown crustiness on the outside of the salmon.
- Once you have the pan heated, salt the salmon using a pinch or two of sea salt and make sure to pat dry if there is a lot of moisture.
- Place the salmon flat side down and put a lid half on , half off to trap some of the heat so that it cooks through evenly. I usually use a medium high heat and leave it on the first side for a good 5 to 7 minutes.
- Try not to keep turning it. I find it crisps best when you leave it one side down, allowing all the heat to seep through.
- Once the first side is browned, use tongs or an egg flip to turn it over, making sure to half cover with the saucepan lid to retain the heat – again for about 5 minutes or so, depending whether you like it a bit underdone in the middle, or you prefer it completely cooked through
There are literally dozens of different types of noodles you could use with this dish from the ones you find in the cold section, to ones in the pantry isle, to ones you get from a specialised Asian grocer.
For me, I like to keep things simple and I always have wonka noodles in the cupboard and the wholemeal ones worked a treat in this dish.
I’ve actually recently taken to buying my salmon from the local seafood market rather than from the supermarket where I do my normal weekly shop. I find that it’s a bit more expensive, but the freshness is better, and since we live right on the coast in one of Queensland’s most beautiful spots, really there is no excuse for not buying right off the boat!
Speaking of boats, I hope to be able to report soon that the boat my husband has been restoring will be ready for its first test on the water since it has been re-kitted out. I am so excited at the prospect of (hopefully) having a freezer full of seafood on tap – some of which with any luck I will have caught myself!
That’s the plan anyway. I’m sure there will be a learning curve since my fishing experience is practically zero, my boating experience not much better. Oddly enough though I do have a boat license that enables me to drive a boat out on the water. Not sure I remember all the road water rules though. Might need to brush up on those if I’m to catch me a fish masterpiece!
Not a salmon fan? I dare you then to try this blow your socks off Fish Stew! Ready in 30 minutes and perfect to satisfy those cravings for a warming and hearty weeknight meal. The fish used in this dish, my husband caught when he was out on a fishing charter day trip. There really is something to be said for hunting and gathering your own food, and serving up to those close to you.
Even the four legged ones. Yep. That’s the way it rols in our household. Our furkid Charlie loves cooking days, baking days, breakfast time, BBQ lunches, dinner parties – anything really that involves food. Can’t blame him really. He’s just like his mum!
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Chilli Soy Salmon with Sesame Noodles
- 2 x 225 gram portions/ 2 x 0.5 lb. portions Fresh Salmon
- 3 tablespoons Light Soy
- 2 teaspoons Black Sesame Seeds
- 1 tablespoon White Sesame Seeds
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1 teaspoon Mild chilli paste
- 1 teaspoon crushed garlic
- 2 Fresh shallot
- 200 grams / 7 oz. wholemeal ready made wok noodles (I use Wokka brand) -
- Dried Shallots to garnish
- Heat frypan on medium heat and pat salmon dry with paper towel
- Place salmon flat side down in frypan with a lid over and cook for about 10 minutes
- Make the chilli soy glaze: in a small measuring cup, place 2 tablespoons of light soy, 1 teaspoon chilli paste, 1 teaspoon of garlic paste, 1 teaspoon each of white and black sesame seeds. Stir to combine.
- Turn salmon over and cook the other side. On flat side up of salmon, using a glazing brush (I have a silicone one), brush on the glaze. Also brush on the sides
- Leave salmon to cook on the second side for about 6 to 7 minutes, depending on how well done you like it.
- Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, add the noodles, 1 tablespoon of light soy and 1 teaspoon each of the black and white sesame seeds. Heat through and stir until all combined. Ad in some chopped shallots at the end for colour.
- Once salmon is done, remove from heat. Place noodles in bottom of bowl and lay salmon on top with some more fresh shallot, and dried shallot if you have it.
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