Japanese Grilled Salmon on Soba Noodle Salad

by Krista Davis on May 13, 2012

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Recipes

A tasty and healthy salmon recipe, that uses the tastes of Japan and makes 4 servings. This Japanese Grilled Salmon on Soba Noodle Salad is adapted from John Ash’s “Japanese Style Grilled Salmon” on www.foodnetwork.com and has the substitutes listed for ease of shopping.


  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup mirin (sweet Japanese rice wine ), substitute with dry sherry and sugar mixture
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 green onions including white and green parts, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced
  • Zest and juice of 1 small lemon
  • 4  (5 ounce) salmon fillets with skin, substitute with halibut or sea bass

Soba Salad:

  • 4 ounces of soba noodles (buckwheat noodles) COOKED  per package directions and cooled, substitute with whole-wheat pasta (linguine or spaghetti)
  • 1/2 cup julienned carrots
  • 1 can bamboo shoots, well-drained (or asparagus)
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • Fresh spinach


  • 1/4 cup chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey or sugar
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil

Grilled Salmon Directions:

  1.  Remove the skin of the salmon and marinate and grill the skin separately to use as a garnish. (Optional)
  2. Remove any salmon bones, if necessary.
  3. Season salmon with salt and set aside.
  4. In a small sauce pan, combine all marinade ingredients, except lemon slices, and bring to a boil. Remove marinade from heat and allow to cool.
  5.  Add lemon and pour cooled marinade over salmon and refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours in a large sealable bowl. Flip fish periodically.
  6. Remove salmon from marinade and pat dry.
  7.  Grill approximately 4 to 5 minutes on each side until  done.
  8. Serve warm or at room temperature on top of Soba Noodle Salad.

Dressing  and Soba Noodle Salad Directions:

  1. Combine dressing ingredients in a small, sealable container, shake well to mix, and set aside.
  2. Place spinach leaves into bottom of a large bowl and arrange cooked soba noodles/whole wheat pasta on top and garnish with carrots, bamboo shoots/asparagus, and green onions.
  3. Place salmon on top and pour dressing over all.

I hope you enjoy your Japanese grilled salmon on soba noodles salad. What type of substitutes would you recommend?

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Olli Warelius May 27, 2012 at 2:54 AM

It took me time to read all the tips, but I clearly loved the post. It proved to be very helpful to me and I’m certain to all of the commenters here!


Krista Davis May 27, 2012 at 3:18 AM

Thanks! I wanted to make sure the tips allowed people to make Japanese Grilled Salmon more traditionally or with ingredints that are easier to find. When people don’t live near a big city, it can be hard to find Asian ingredients.


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