Pan Fried Salmon with Noodle Broth

There’s something really special about a nice piece of well cooked fish over a rich, warming broth. It’s one of my favourite types of meal, and this pan fried salmon with noodle broth is one I make time and time again.

This is something I always crave when I’m not quite feeling right. The salmon is obviously wonderfully healthy, packed full of protein and healthy oils. The broth contains garlic, ginger, coriander and lemongrass – they also contain lovely, healthy things (I swear by ginger when I’m not well; I’ll chop fresh ginger and have it in a cup of boiling water – it will cure anything). Mix this with noodles and coconut milk and you have a hug in a bowl.

When I say I make it time and time again, I mean it. It’s an absolute regular on my meal rotation and I would say I’ve made it upwards of 100 times. It’s well tested! Part of the reason for that is because it’s ready in just 15 minutes. Winner.

Ingredients, Substitutions and Variations

  • Salmon fillets – use the freshest you can get. Try to get two that are a similar thickness – this way, they’ll cook in the same amount of time.
  • Olive oil – you could also use vegetable oil or groundnut oil.
  • Ginger, garlic, lemon grass, tamarind paste – for the base of the broth. Try to get all of these ingredients for the perfect balance.
  • Fresh coriander – leave out if you hate coriander.
  • Coconut milk – use full fat if you can, it’s much tastier.
  • Soy sauce – you can use dark or light in this recipe.
  • Fish sauce – available in any supermarket.
  • Palm sugar – switch for caster sugar if you can’t get any.
  • Noodles – use any kind of straight to wok noodles (I used rice noodles). You could also precook dried noodles and use those.
  • Sugarsnap peas – or use frozen peas.
  • Spring onions and peanuts – optional, but recommended!

Tips for success:

  1. Cooking the pan fried salmon

    Make sure you start by cooking it skin side down until the skin is beautifully crisp. This will give it the best texture. You only need to flip it for the last minute or so.

  2. Make in advance

    You can make the coconut milk broth in advance. Cook up until the end of step 2, bring to a simmer then remove from the heat. Use within 24 hours.

  3. Try other types of fish

    Sea bass, prawns and cod all work really well in this dish!

Pan Fried Salmon with Noodle Broth

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Harriet Young
Crispy pan fried salmon fillets on top of a fragrant noodle broth
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Thai
Servings 2 people


  • 2 salmon fillets
  • 2 tbsps olive oil
  • 1 thumb sized piece ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 stick lemongrass
  • 2 tsps tamarind paste
  • 1 small bunch fresh coriander
  • 400 ml coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp palm sugar
  • 300 g straight to wok style or pre-cooked noodles any type will do
  • 200 g sugarsnap peas
  • Spring onions and peanuts to serve


  • Start by finely chopping the ginger and garlic, and adding it to a large pan over a medium heat with half of the olive oil.
  • When it starts to sizzle, bruise the lemongrass with a knife and add this to the pan, along with the sliced coriander stalks and tamarind paste. Cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes, then add the coconut milk and the same amount again of water. Add the soy sauce, fish sauce and palm sugar.
  • Bring the broth to a simmer then add the sugarsnap peas and noodles. Simmer for 5-7 minutes, while you cook the salmon.
  • To cook the salmon, heat the remaining oil in a frying pan and add the salmon, skin side down. Cook for 5 minutes, until the skin is crisp, then flip over and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
  • Stir the chopped coriander leaves into the broth. To serve, ladle the broth into bowls and top with the salmon. Sprinkle over some chopped spring onion and peanuts. Enjoy!
Keyword noodles, salmon

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20 responses to “Pan Fried Salmon with Noodle Broth”

  1. Hope you’re back to 100% soon! Missed seeing your posts 🙂

    1. Thanks Susan, definitely on the mend 🙂

  2. This sounds delicious! Hope you get well soon!

  3. Hug in a bowl, indeed! I did wonder if my Reader had readjusted itself when I didn’t see your posts. Glad you are on the mend 🙂

  4. looks delicious and healthy, the perfect combination!

  5. This sounds divine. Can’t wait to make it! Just have to convert your metric to my US measurements. <3

  6. Hope you get well soon & this looks great!

  7. recipesfromapantry

    You cant go wrong with good pan fried salmon right?

  8. Am totally making this, sans salmon tho… Thanks for posting!

  9. 5 stars
    Pan-fried salmon with noodle broth sounds like a comforting and flavorful dish! Can’t wait to try your recipe. Thanks for sharing this delicious idea!

  10. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for the recipe. The coconut broth was superb! Would highly recommend this recipe to anyone!

  11. 5 stars
    Such an exquisite recipe – the salmon the sauce – perfection! Thanks for this!

  12. 5 stars
    I can never say no to a pan fried salmon recipe like this. Definitely one of my favorites now!

  13. 5 stars
    This is such a beautiful recipe. I love salmon but am never sure how to serve it, this is perfect. My family loved it!

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