Southeast Asian-Inspired Salmon Soup


A touch of chile-garlic sauce and hot sesame oil add heat to this delicately flavored salmon soup without being overpowering.

Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
6 servings, about 2 cups each


  • 2 ounces bean thread noodles (see Note)

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil

  • 3 tablespoons thinly sliced garlic

  • 7 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • 1 15-ounce can petite diced tomatoes

  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce (see Note)

  • 1 tablespoon chile-garlic sauce (see Note)

  • 2 teaspoons hot sesame oil, or to taste

  • 1 ¼ pounds wild salmon fillet, skinned (see Tip) and cut into 1/2-inch cubes

  • 1 cup thinly sliced scallions

  • ½ cup loosely packed cilantro leaves

  • Lime wedges, for garnish


  1. Place noodles in a large bowl, cover with hot tap water and soak until softened, 20

  2. to 25 minutes. Drain.

  3. Meanwhile, heat canola oil over medium heat in a Dutch oven. Add garlic and cook, stirring often, until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel with a slotted spoon. (If the oil is too hot, the garlic will burn and become bitter so try a "tester" slice first before frying the rest.)

  4. Carefully pour broth into the pan (it may spatter a little); bring to a boil. Stir in tomatoes and their juice, fish sauce, chile-garlic sauce and hot sesame oil. Stir in salmon, reduce heat to a gentle simmer and cook until the salmon is nearly cooked through, about 2 minutes. Stir in the drained noodles and scallions and simmer 1 minute more.

  5. Top with cilantro and the crispy garlic. Serve with lime wedges, if desired.


Notes: Look for bean thread noodles (sometimes labeled mung bean, glass or cellophane noodles) in the Asian section of most large supermarkets or at an Asian market.

Fish sauce is a pungent Southeast Asian condiment made from salted, fermented fish. Find it in the Asian section of large supermarkets and in Asian specialty markets. We use Thai Kitchen fish sauce, lower in sodium than other brands (1,190 mg per tablespoon), in our nutritional analyses.

A blend of ground chiles, garlic and vinegar, chile-garlic sauce is commonly used to add heat and flavor to Asian soups, sauces and stir-fries. It can be found in the Asian section of large supermarkets (sometimes labeled as chili-garlic sauce or paste) and keeps up to 1 year in the refrigerator.

Tip: Place the salmon fillet on a clean cutting board, skin side down. Starting at the tail end, slip the blade of a long, sharp knife between the fish flesh and the skin, holding the skin down firmly with your other hand. Gently push the blade along at a 30° angle, separating the fillet from the skin without cutting through either.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

284 Calories
13g Fat
16g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size about 2 cups
Calories 284
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 26g 52%
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 61mg 20%
Vitamin A 848IU 17%
Vitamin C 17mg 19%
Folate 31mcg 8%
Sodium 1140mg 50%
Calcium 41mg 3%
Iron 2mg 10%
Magnesium 33mg 8%
Potassium 649mg 14%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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