Super-Fast Asian Salmon Pasta with Easy Peanut Sauce

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Super-Fast Asian Salmon Pasta with Easy Peanut Sauce Recipe {Two Healthy Kitchens}

~ This luxuriously creamy Salmon Pasta recipe can be ready in way under 30 minutes! Impressive enough to wow guests, yet quick enough for busy weeknights! Asian Salmon meets an easy Peanut Sauce in a nutrient-rich dinner you’ll make again and again! ~

This Recipe Is:     Ready in 30 Minutes or Less    Includes Make-Ahead Steps  

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It was a problem …

After Gretchen and I photographed our Asian Salmon Burgers with Avocado and Hoisin Sauce (one of our top recipes last year!), I was left with an entire second batch of unused ingredients. They were beautiful. But what to do with them? (My favorite kind of problem!)

I stared down into the bowl …

… chunks of perfectly fresh salmon …

…. vibrant, green cilantro and scallions …

… all studded with Asian flavors and pretty bits of ginger and garlic.

I could’ve made another batch of salmon burgers. That would have been the obvious thing to do. We adore those burgers.

But …

My mind wandered and my eyes glazed over. (I may have murmured, “Get in my BELLY!”) And suddenly, I had a vision of what else those ingredients could become … Mmmmmmm …

Asian Salmon Pasta!

I’m a sucker for peanut sauces, and as I dreamed of salmon pasta, I remembered a delicious peanut sauce I’d loved years ago from Cooking Light. Right!

Super-Fast Asian Salmon Pasta with Easy Peanut Sauce Recipe {}

With a few adjustments to the sauce from their April 2001 recipe for Fettuccine and Tofu with Finger-Licking Peanut Sauce (here), and after just a couple of moments in the pan … my vision for this pasta was a reality, and even better than I’d imagined!

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This Asian Salmon Pasta is crazy good. I can’t say that loudly enough. CRAAAAAAZY GOOOOOOD!

Rich and creamy and super-flavorful. You really don’t even have to like salmon to love this. Seriously.

It’s a major hit at my house every time I make it, even with Amy (who’s definitely my “oh-no-it’s-fish” kiddo). Yeah – it’s that good. Even the skeptics are converted (ahem … Amy).

Plus, it’s loaded with whole grains, high-quality proteins, and hearty-healthy omega-3s. Which kind of turns “Get in my BELLY” into “Get in my ARTERIES” … but we just don’t say that, because that’s weird.

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Love Salmon? This is your new, slap-me-a-high-five favorite. Trust me!

Not so sure about salmon (or have your own “oh-no-it’s-fish” kid)? Make this anyway. Only takes about 20 minutes, so it’s worth a shot, right? And after you make this the first time, there’ll be high-fives all around. Yep – you’ll be bookmarking this one! Perfect way to get the family eating more heart-healthy salmon!

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It’s just that ridiculously good. And hey – good for you, too!

‘Cause that’s how we do things here at THK!

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Super-Fast Asian Salmon Pasta with Easy Peanut Sauce

Preparation 15 min. 2017-08-17T00:15:00+00:00 Cook Time 5 min. 2017-08-17T00:05:00+00:00
Serves About 9 cups     adjust servings


Easy Peanut Sauce

  • 1/2 cup nonfat milk
  • 1/4 cup natural, creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce (such as Kikkoman Light)
  • 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 1/2 - 2 teaspoons chili garlic paste (see note)

Salmon and Pasta

  • 16 ounces whole wheat spaghetti or linguine
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless salmon filets, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 4 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 4 teaspoons minced, peeled fresh ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro


  1. In a medium bowl, combine milk, peanut butter, soy sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, and chile paste, whisking until smooth. Set aside.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain.
  3. While pasta cooks, in a large nonstick skillet, briefly heat oil over medium-high heat. Add salmon, green onions, garlic, ginger, pepper, and salt, and cook for about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add peanut sauce to skillet and cook for about 3 minutes more, stirring occasionally, until salmon is cooked through but still tender and flaky and the sauce has thickened slightly.
  4. Serve salmon mixture over pasta, sprinkled with cilantro.


Recipe Notes

Chili garlic paste: For some reason, any time I see this ingredient listed and I need to pick up some for a recipe, I always feel like it's a confusing ingredient to shop for in American grocery stores, probably mostly because every brand seems to call it something slightly different. It's sort of a cousin to sambal oelek and the ever-popular sriracha. Over the various times I've made this recipe, I've purchased both Annie Chun's Go-Chu-Jang (Korean Sweet and Spicy Sauce) and Dynasty's Thai Chili Garlic Paste. Different brands may taste just slightly different (and spell it differently – sometimes spelled as chile instead of chili). Basically, though, they all offer a bit of heat and the flavors of peppers and garlic. If you're concerned about the heat (which may vary by brand), you could always cut the chili paste back slightly the first time you make this recipe, but my family finds 1½ - 2 teaspoons to be a great amount – flavorful, yet not too spicy.

Make-ahead tips: If you'd like to help this recipe come together even faster at mealtime, you could mix up the peanut sauce up to a day ahead and store it, covered, in the refrigerator. You could also mince the ginger and garlic, slice the green onions, and cube the salmon earlier in the day, storing the fish separately from the ginger, garlic and onions, covered, in the refrigerator.

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The Easy Peanut Sauce for this recipe was adapted from the sauce in Cooking Light‘s recipe for Fettuccine and Tofu with Finger-Licking Peanut Sauce, which appeared in the magazine’s April 2001 issue.


Super-Fast Asian Salmon Pasta with Easy Peanut Sauce — 41 Comments

    • You’re so welcome, Kristen! I’m not kidding when I say that even my fish-suspicious daughter likes this Salmon Pasta. She’s pretty much my ultimate fish recipe tester. If SHE likes it, it’s a slam dunk, for sure! 😀 Hope you love it just as much! ~Shelley

    • Thanks, Kimberly! If you love a great peanut sauce recipe, this is definitely for you! This is one of the best versions of a peanut sauce I’ve tried – it stays creamy and delicious even as the pasta cools. And it really is a prefect compliment to the salmon! ~Shelley

  1. Ok I LOVE everything about this recipe! I looove salmon but never cut it into small pieces and pan fry the way you have here — cannot wiat to try this! Not a huge fan of peanut butter, so going to try this with almond butter instead and some rice noodles since that;s what I have on hand!! AND heading over to your salmon burgers now too : ))

    • Hi Vicky! I’m so happy to hear from you! And I’m really looking forward to hearing how you like this with the almond butter substitution. If you prefer that to peanut butter, I think you’ll be really, really happy with the swap. And rice noodles should work just fine here. We’re always hoping that our readers will adapt our recipes to fit their own tastes and preferences … and whatever they happen to have on hand. Sometimes you just have to punt and go with what you have to work with, you know?!? 😀 Let me know about that almond butter … I’m so curious to hear! ~Shelley

    • Hi Christina! I’ve been getting soooooo many comments from loads of other people who adore peanut sauce as much as you and I do! It really is sort of magical stuff! And even better when it’s accompanied by so much great nutrition, too! 😀 ~Shelley

  2. Delicious! Just made it for dinner this evening. Steamed broccoli for our veggie, and it tasted so good mixed in with the salmon and sauce!

    • Oh, Sue! It’s always so wonderful to hear from you here – I truly appreciate your feedback whenever you try our recipes! Brilliant idea to add the broccoli – that would be a sensational combo, no doubt! (As in … I need to be sure we’ve got broccoli for our side next time we make this! 😀 ) Thanks for the feedback and the great idea! Hugs … ~S

    • It really is healthy – full of so many nutritious components! But one of the things I adore about it is that it’s so bursting with great flavors that you don’t feel one bit like, “Oh, I’m eating healthy.” You just think, “YUM!” 😀 ~Shelley

  3. Wow – what an intriguing combo! I would have never thought to put salmon and a peanut sauce together. I’m totally going to try this out, though. I love new flavor combinations.

    • Oh, Dana – it’s so delicious together! Like I said in the post, I really am a sucker for peanut sauces, and this is just an incredibly wonderful pairing! I truly hope you love it as much as we do around my house! So glad you stopped by! 😀 ~Shelley

    • “Asian” and “Pasta” are a match made in heaven! Some of my very most favorite Asian dishes have noodles instead of rice … and once you try this I think you’ll be all in, too! So excited for you to try it! And thanks bunches for the pin! 😀 ~Shelley

    • I’m so glad, Megan! It’s a wonderful recipe, and I’m really thrilled for you to try it! Actually, I just made it again for my family a couple of nights ago, and now I’m already craving it again! Mmmmmm … so good! Hey – I hope you won’t mind if I pop by your house for dinner?!?! 😉 ~Shelley

    • Oh hi, Julie! I’m so excited to hear from you! Yes, yes – if you love satay, this definitely has your name written allllll over it! My kids give it a big thumbs-up, so I really think your kiddos will, too! Happy weekend my friend! 😀 ~Shelley

    • I know what you mean, Bintu – I truly do adore peanut sauces, too! Whether they’re in an Asian pasta recipe or stir fry, or maybe served as a dipping sauce – somehow they just elevate any dish they’re part of! And this Salmon Pasta recipe is definitely no exception – that peanut sauce is seriously magical stuff! You’ve gotta try it in this recipe! ~Shelley

    • Me, too, Annie! I’m always looking for that perfect trifecta of easy, delicious AND healthy. This Salmon Pasta recipe definitely has it all! (But let’s be honest … first and foremost my family loves it so much because of the “delicious” part of the equation!:D ) Excited for you to try this! Have a wonderful weekend! ~ Shelley

    • This Salmon Pasta really is such a great go-to weeknight dinner recipe! It comes together in a flash (especially with the make-ahead tips) – total lifesaver on busy nights! (And I don’t know about you, but busy nights are mostly what we have around my house!) So glad you stopped by! 😀 ~Shelley

    • Hi Sharon! This is a concept you’ve definitely got to try! Salmon and pasta are sensational together in so many different sorts of recipes, but I personally adore adding Asian flavors, and this recipe’s Easy Peanut Sauce is just the thing! Jam-crammed with flavor and so satisfying! You’ll love it! 😀 ~Shelley

    • Haha, Jessica – sounds like this Salmon Pasta recipe was literally MADE for you guys! I really just love this recipe so much, and can’t wait for you and your hubby to try it, too! It’s so much fun to share recipes you adore with people you just know will truly enjoy them, as well! Thanks so much for popping by! 😀 ~Shelley

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