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Japanese noodle bowls are relatively new to me.  As a kid the closest I came to experiencing a noodle bowl was when my mom would make egg drop soup with ramen noodles (a delicious dish she learned from a friend of hers who was married to a Japanese man).  I had my very first actual noodle bowl at Wagamama in London only a couple years ago.  Since then, I’ve been hooked. 

img_7137-smallNoodle bowls are great for cleaning out the fridge, since you can use just about any combination of veggies and lean protein that you have on hand.  This combination is one of my absolute favorites…and I think it represents me, so it’s the perfect dish for me to submit to the fabulous Sophia’s “You Are What You Cook” Challenge!


This dish is hearty, healthy, and warming.  There is a nice balance between the different elements of this dish…the mild flavored salmon is enhanced by the sweet and spicy glaze, and the earthy greens provide a good contrast to the sweet onions.  This dish mirrors my personality; there’s no place in the world I’d rather be than home with my family, and this is reflected in this earthy, comforting, sweet and spicy dish.     

img_7134-smallFishbowl (Salmon Noodle Bowl with Greens & Garlic-Ginger-Honey Glaze)


(Yield:  1 serving)


2-3 oz whole grain pasta or soba noodles (I used whole grain spaghetti noodles because it’s what I had on hand)

1 (4-6 oz) salmon fillet

1 (about 1/3 lb) baby bok choy, washed and chopped

1 small onion, thinly sliced into half-moons

1 clove garlic, grated

1 tsp fresh grated ginger

1/2 TB honey

1/2 TB soy sauce

2 tsp olive oil, divided

1 1/2 to 2 c chicken, fish, or vegetable stock

Salt and pepper

Sriracha to taste (optional)


Cook the pasta to al dente according to the package directions.  Bring the stock up to a simmer.


In a small skillet, heat 1 tsp oil over medium to medium-low heat.  Add the onion and bok choy and season with a little salt and pepper; sauté (covered) for about 5 minutes until the veggies are tender, stirring occasionally.  Add the garlic, ginger, honey, and soy sauce to the veggies and sauté another 2 minutes, stirring continuously; turn off the heat.


In another small skillet, heat the remaining 1 tsp oil over medium-high heat; season the salmon with salt and pepper and when the oil ripples add the salmon.  Cook the salmon for about 2 minutes on each side, then put a lid on the skillet, turn off the heat, and leave it for 3 minutes to steam the inside of the fish.


Put the noodles in a bowl, add the veggies, and place the salmon on top; pour in enough stock to cover the noodles and veggies.  If desired, add sriracha to taste.


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Faith, author of An Edible Mosaic.
About Faith

I’m the writer, recipe developer, photographer, and food stylist behind this blog. I love finding the human connection through something we all do every day: eat! Food is a common ground that we can all relate to, and our tables tell a story. It’s my goal to inspire you to get in the kitchen, try something new, and find a favorite you didn’t know you had.

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  1. this soup was amazing. I am in love with your blog! so many great ideas. I made this just as you instructed and it was exceptional! YUM! thank you for posting your recipes!

  2. Your recipes are delicious!If you won’t mind, I’d really love to guide foodista readers to your site. All you need to do is just add your choice of Foodista widget at the end of this blog post and its good to go. Thanks!

  3. We love salmon and this would be a great way to enhance the fish.

  4. Kim, I think this would be delicious with udon!

    Ingrid, Bok choy has a very light, clean taste. The dark green leafy part has a subtle earthy flavor (like spinach or other greens) and the stalk is lighter in color and crisp, like celery but without the strings. I’ve also made this dish with baby spinach and it was fantastic, but I think you could probably use just about any greens you like.

  5. I’ve never had a noodle bowl or fish bowl for that matter. This seems easy. I’m very tempted to give it a try. What does bok choy taste like? What can I replace it with?

  6. What a wholesome meal on a wintry day. Do you think this would work with udon too? :)

  7. Noodle bowls are the best. I could eat one for lunch every day for the rest of my life and be perfectly happy!!!

  8. This noodle bowl looks great! I would have to switch out the salmon though :)

  9. This is the type of dish I like, Faith!

  10. Love this Salmon fish bowl!! I could live on this soup. All my favorites are included and usually in the house. I can’t get enough salmon in my life :)

  11. I love salmon. It is my favorite fish and that dish sounds delicious.

  12. Great pairing and healthy dish!



  13. That’s it! I’m going out to dinner for my birthday on Saturday and I am so ordering salmon! My husband doesn’t like it so I haven’t had any in way too long. Your fishbowl looks warm and wonderful!

  14. This looks very delicious. Would be most welcoming at this time when the weather is still freezing cold. Noodles are my family’s all time favourite.

  15. I’ve never made a noodle bowl before. It looks so delicious! I love that it is versatile and healthy too.

  16. This sounds delicious, especially with that glaze :) Yum. And I love those clean-out-the-fridge recipes. It sounds like a winner.

  17. as a self-proclaimed fish-wimp, i can’t say that a fishbowl appeals to me. you’ve managed to make it look quite enticing, though, and i’m all for anything that warms a person, body and soul. :)

  18. Fantastic. Next time I make salmon this will the recipe.

  19. I’ve been seeing noodles bowls all over blogland lately, but haven’t tried one yet. I need to get my butt into gear! I like the addition of salmon to your bowl. I think my fam would really like this.

    Have a grea day, Faith!!

  20. Faith
    You have reminded me I need to seriously start making noodle bowls like these! Perfect combo of flavors and such an easy dish to produce at a moment’s notice

  21. Karyn Bernard (French Charming) says:

    Hello Sweet Friend,

    You are indeed warm and comforting dearest Faith and so is this delicious Noodle Bowl. It looks delicious and I’m looking forward to giving it a whirl!

    Big Hugs,

  22. Fabulous idea Faith and so true, you can really throw whatever you have in the fridge in it! It has turned chilly here so that looks so welcoming! :)

  23. that’s definitely my kind of meal… noodles, salmon and veggies. I think these are the best combo in the world! filling and nutritious! :D

  24. Yay! I’m so glad someone else I know in Blogland submitted a recipe to Sophia’s challenge! I’m so excited to see everything — this looks FANTASTIC!!!

  25. Have I mentioned how much I wish you could come and cook for me? This looks so healthy and delicious. I need some good gluten-free noodles in my life. And some salmon too!

  26. 5 Star Foodie says:

    What a yummy and comforting noodle bowl with salmon! Excellent entry for Sophia’s challenge!

  27. Wow, I love it, Faith!!! It reminds me a bit of this dish I made, but I had mine with rice and green tea. LOVE how the lovely fats of the salmon flavors up the soup! Wonderful submission! Thanks so much!! :D

  28. Veronica M. says:

    I hardly ever go gaga for a “normal” recipe (one that doesn’t involve sugar or baking), but I’m seriously DROOLING over here! Saved.

  29. My husband(Michael too) would love this. I totally love your Knafi recipe. It is our all time favorite dessert. Problem I have is my recipe makes a huge tray and we have a real hard time not eating the whole thing! I think I’ll make it for Easter though.

  30. This looks delicious! I haven’t made salmon in a long time… actually I do have an amazing salmon recipe I need to remember to share!

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