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I am going through a little phase right now.

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Basically all I want to make is bowl food.

You know what bowl food is right?

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Noodle bowls, rice bowls, burrito bowls, soup bowls.

I am a little bowl obsessed, but geez, bowl foods are fabulous. Ah huh, fabulous.

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Also, how do you guys feels about soba noodles?

This was my first soba noodle experience and to be honest, I am not sure how I feel about them. I mean, the noodles with the dressing, the salmon and roasted veggies were so good, but I had a hard time with the color.

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Look at them.

They are not that golden white color I am used too. No, they are more like a mix between brown, black and gray. And I was a little freaked. So freaked that I totally thought I bought the wrong kind of soba noodle so I ran to the store to buy another. Well that was obviously a huge waste of time. All soba noodles are buckwheat (I do believe some come half buckwheat half flour and next time I will try to find those) and they are all generally the same color no matter what brand you buy.

So I just said to myself either get over the color or reach for my standard angel hair pasta that I use ALL. THE. TIME.

Going against basically everything in my body and brain, I actually went for something different for once. I stuck with the buckwheat. My mom is going to be so proud. Although she really, really loves angel hair, so this might be the one time where she wished I would have gone with the usual.

Oh well, oh well. The buckwheat was actually really awesome. Totally different, but still awesome.

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I can’t say that normal noodles would not be delicious with this because they would, and if the soba noodles are not your thing or you cannot find them just use some angel hair or spaghetti, but I like them with these flavors. Plus, they are loaded with fiber, which is really good for us.

Which is just awesome.

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The one thing I have to mention about the noodle is just be sure to not over cook them. I am pretty sure that I let mine go a minute too long and they were a little bit mushy, so just pay attention them.

Apparently, I am easily distracted. Err, that has been apparent for a while and if you were around me for like five minutes you would know that.

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These bowls come together super quick and are the perfect healthy weeknight meal.

Although, I feel that I should mention, I also had to make steak to go a long with these bowls. No one but my dad and I will even come close to fish in my family. Wait, that is not true my brother Brendan loves fish, but he left a few days with his kitten, Pandagucci.

Have I told you guys about Pandagucci?

Let me just give you a little info. Pandagucci is maybe the world’s cutest little kitten out there. See, Brendan is a weird one. In the snowboarding world he is known as the “Nicest Bad Guy You Will Ever Meet”. He looks a little tough around the edges, but he is a total softy and truly the nicest guy you will ever meet. This was especially proven over Christmas when he just showed up with his new kitten in tow. He took really good care of him too and of course, the cute little kitten was extremely popular. So much so that grown adults were fighting a five-year old to hold him. Pretty funny sight! Originally the cat’s name was Todd, but the family decided that Todd was just not a good name for the kitten. Somehow everyone decided on Pandagucci. No idea how, but it works, and that would be the story of Panagucchi.

Seriously, check out how cute he is. I miss him.

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Anyway, my point was supposed to be (see – easily distracted) that if you are not a salmon eater you can make this meal with steak too, but the hoisin caramelized salmon is better.

So do the salmon.

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Hoisin Caramelized Salmon and Sesame Soba Noodle Bowls.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories Per Serving: 549 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.



  • 1 pound skin on salmon cut into four filets (preferably wild caught)
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 4-6 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Noodles + Veg


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Add the broccoli and brussels sprouts to a baking sheet. Toss the broccoli and brussels with 2 tablespoons olive oil, the grated or minced garlic and a pinch of salt and pepper. Toss the mixture well to make sure the veggies are completely coated. Roast for 15 minutes and then give them a good toss and roast another 10 minutes or until the veggies are soft and crisp. Remove from the oven and keep warm.
  • Meanwhile combine the sesame oil, tahini, honey, lime zest and lime juice, ginger, soy sauce, crushed red pepper flakes and 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce. Whisk until smooth. Set aside.
  • Now grab the salmon and sprinkle it with a good dose of black pepper. Rub each filet with a tablespoon of just plain hoisin sauce. Add more if the hoisin is not fully coating the salmon.
  • Preheat the broiler to 450 degrees.
  • Heat a little a drizzle of olive oil in a large oven-safe skillet over medium heat (do not go above medium heat). When the oil is hot, add the salmon, skin side down in the pan, and cook for about 3-5 minutes, cook 3 minutes if you like your salmon a little underdone.
  • Carefully flip each salmon filet and cook for another 2-3 minutes. If the filets are thick (mine were not) flip to the side and cook each of the sides for another 2 minutes and then carefully flip the salmon so the skin is facing down (meaning the skin should be touching the bottom of the pan).
  • If some of the hoisin mixture has fallen off the salmon rub a little more on the fillets and then sprinkle the top of each salmon filet with a sprinkle of sugar. Transfer the pan from the stovetop into the oven. Let the salmon broil for 5 minutes (10 if you like your salmon a little more done or if you have thick filets), checking often to make sure it’s not burning. Just do not overcook the salmon, if anything undercooking is always better. Remove the salmon from the oven and loosely cover with foil.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the soba noodles according to package directions, but be careful not to overcook. They cook in less than 3 minutes, so do not forget about them! Drain the noodles.
  • Toss the warm noodles with half the dressing, roasted veggies, green onions and half of the cilantro. Toss well and add more dressing if desired. I used about 3/4 of the dressing. Divide the noodles among four bowls. Gently peel the skin away from the salmon (it should come right off) and chop into chunks. Top each bowl with chunks of salmon. Garnish with fresh cilantro and toasted sesame seeds. Serve immediately.


*The cooking method for the salmon was adapted form [Pinch Of Yum. |]
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  1. This looks amazing! I’m confused by the amount of Soba noodles, as it says “1 ounce package soba noodles 12.” Is it supposed to be a 12 ounce package of the noodles? Thank you so much for your help and your amazing recipes!

    1. Hey Laurie,
      Sorry for the confusion, you want to use 1-12 ounce package of soba noodles! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  2. 5 stars
    Call oh my goodness this is so fabulous! My family absolutely loved it! I was a little weary of the two-step process for the salmon but it made for a perfect glaze on top. Love how quickly the soba noodles take and I’m not sure if there’s anything yummier than salmon and brussels sprouts! Thanks for another amazing recipe!!

    1. Hi Anderson! I am really glad this recipe turned out so amazing for you! Thank you so much for trying this one! xTieghan

  3. 5 stars
    Soooo good. The sauce is incredible. What a meal!!! Fairly healthy and insanely tasty. Rather quick and easy to make. Perfect.

  4. 1 star
    Unlike 99% of the comments here, I actually made this recipe. The ratios are way off. This is inedible. I find it hard to believe any of these comments are from people other than the blog owner.

    Of course, this comment will never get approved. I’m reporting this blog.

    1. Hi Carole! I am sorry this recipe did not turn out well for you.. Is there anything that you changed in the recipe? Many other people have made this recipe with success, and no it is not me commenting on my own site. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help you.. Otherwise, I hope your day gets better from here ? xTieghan

  5. My son and I made this with his girlfriend last night. It was so amazingly good! The sauce he wants to keep a jar of in the fridge permanently. We just dumped everything in a ball jar and shook it.

    So so good! Thanks as always!

  6. 4 stars
    This was really delicious. I loved the combination of flavours. SUCH a good bowl! Thanks for the recipe!

  7. 5 stars
    Was looking for something on the healthy side that involved salmon so I made this tonight for dinner. A few things: I only roasted the veggies for about 15 minutes (turning at around 10) because my broccoli was starting to burn. Also, I halved the dressing recipe because I was low on sesame oil) and still had plenty! Finally: I have a question- and this is the reason I shy away from doing my salmon in the pan even though its delicious- my skin always sticks!!!! Am I not waiting for the oil to get hot enough? I heard a sizzle when i placed it down so I figured I was okay, but then spent the next 3 minutes frantically scraping salmon skin off the skillet while the other side cooked. Help! Anyway, the dish was absolutely delicious. LOVED it and will be putting it on the regular rotation. Thank you!!!!!!

    1. Hey Kristen! I recommend searing the skin at a high heat and potentially for a longer time. The skin should easily lift once it is ready to be fliped. If cooking over high heat in oil this should take 4-5 minutes. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

  8. I made this for lunch today except I used steak as well instead of salmon. Nothing against salmon, it’s just that my husband prefers steak over salmon! Super delicious and filling, we loved it! Thank you!! 🙂

  9. I just have to tell you, this dish is epic! I have made it several times. And every time I make it I revel again at how amazing it is!

  10. Made this last night! Soba noodles came out perfectly. I did make the salmon with the original pinch of yum caramelization method– sugar and salt on all sides then fried in light olive oil. Then I brushed on the hoisin for the broiling part. My dad didn’t want me to muck up the cast iron skillet with super sticky hoisin, as we don’t wash it. I also used 1 tsp of sambal in the sauce instead of crushed red pepper. It worked really well! Everyone loved it, and my family keeps asking me “when are you making a recipe from that website again?” After several months of making various things, I now have to keep “margaret’s weird asian sauce collection” in the door racks of the drinks fridge as I have run out of room in the main one.

  11. This was great! I used some pre-cooked rice noodles from the product section, but definitely hope to make it again with soba noodles. Can’t wait to make this again! Even without salmon it would be such a comforting dinner.

  12. This looks AMAZING! I have one ever so slightly strange question though – could I reheat this? Or would it be better to eat it cold? The thing is, it would be too much for just me and my boyfriend so I’d love to have it for lunches. Do you think it would be possible? Thank you 🙂

    1. Hey Alice! I think you could eat it warmed or cold. I would eat it warm, but this is only because I really do not love cold foods.
      Thanks so much and I hope you love this!

  13. Hi Tieghan! I made this yesterday for my family and we loved it. I used sugar snap peas instead of broccoli because that’s what I had. The dressing was phenomenal! Thank you so much for sharing : )

  14. Eating this as I type. Great recipe and directions. Nailed cooking times and flavors are great. Skin fell of the fish as I pulled it off the pan and went straight to the plate. Hope to see more like this.

    P.S. Don’t be scared of soba noodles no matter how weird they look. They make for some awesome recipes. Especially hot summer day meals.