Now that we’ve mastered Homemade Chinese Noodles, the next quest is to find the best way to serve them, or what sauce to douse them in. Your precious homemade noodles deserve the utmost respect!
As you can guess from the title above, I’m going with soy sauce and butter on this. There’s no other more successful marriage than soy sauce + butter in the culinary world. That may be a bit of an exaggeration, but I can’t help being excited.
Soy sauce and butter are like old reliable friends. When in doubt, try reaching out to them, that’s my advice to you. Something magical happens when you combine soy sauce and butter.
Soy Sauce + Butter Makes a Sublime Sauce
Just look at how the sauce coats these noodles. Glistening and silky… I want to take a big mouthful and slurp, that’s what I wanna do.
In my college days, in order to stave off hunger, I used to heat up leftover rice, piled on some steamed vegetables, then quickly made a sauce of melted butter and soy sauce. Delicious!
Now I’m calling out to these old friends again to help elevate these Homemade Chinese Noodles.
Besides soy sauce and butter, what else is in this dish?
We’re off to a great start with soy sauce and butter. But let’s build on that with a few other innocuous ingredients, to round everything up. I’m thinking of ingredients like garlic and salmon.
What, you can’t stand salmon?! You almost sound like I did in 2020, a rookie when it came to salmon consumption. This is now 2021, the year of embracing salmon. Let’s all be more salmon-friendly. It’s so good when cooked properly, and it’s so good for you.
As far as garlic is concerned, if you don’t like it, I’m not sure what to say to you. It’s pretty much in everything, except maybe ice cream. Well, no, I’ll take that back. It IS in ice cream!
I’m not entirely sure I would recommend garlic ice cream to you, but I would not hesitate to recommend this Soy Sauce Garlic Noodles with Salmon to everyone who would listen.
Here’s the Handy-Dandy Recipe For the Soy Sauce Garlic Butter Noodles with Salmon:
- 2 portions (4 oz. each) of Homemade Noodles
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 4 - 6 garlic cloves, minced
- ½ teaspoon red chili flakes (optional)
- 2 salmon fillets (3 oz. each), cut into bite-size pieces
- 2 tablespoons light or low-sodium soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- 2 - 4 tablespoons butter
- Up to ½ cup of warm chicken stock or the water from boiling the noodles
- 1 bunch leafy green vegetable (bok choy, choy sum, or spinach) or broccoli
- In a big pot, bring 10 cups of water to a boil.
- Meanwhile, in a big skillet or wok, heat oil on medium-high. Add garlic, stir and cook until it’s golden and slightly crisp. Watch closely so you don't burn the garlic.
- Sprinkle chili flakes, let them sizzle in the oil for just several seconds.
- Add the salmon pieces, cook, turning once, for about 1 minute on each side, until they just turn opaque, but are still pink in the middle. They will continue cooking and will be perfect by the time the rest of the ingredients are mixed in. Push them to one side of the skillet/wok.
- Now add all the sauces, then the sugar. The sauce will be thick. Add a couple of tablespoons of chicken stock or the boiling water from the noodles to thin it. Turn down the heat to low and keep the sauce warm.
- Boil noodles in the boiling water for just 1 minute. Strain and add them to the sauce. Toss the noodles in the sauce, adding butter 1 tablespoon at a time, until they’re coated nicely with the sauce and look glistening. If sauce is too dry, add more chicken stock/boiling water as needed.
- While noodles are cooking, blanch vegetables or you can boil them in the same pot that’s been used to boil the noodles in.
- Serve the noodles with salmon pieces on top and vegetables on the side.
If you like this recipe, please give it a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ rating in the comments section below. Thanks!
Jhuls | The Not So Creative Cook says
Angie, I am so happy to see this post. I missed reading your recipe post. And this noodle dish makes me really hungry. It looks amazing and beautifully prepared. I know it’s delicious just by looking at the ingredients. Yum!!?
Aaw… that’s so sweet. You’re so right, these noodles are so yummy. We’ve had them twice already this week, and we might make them again tomorrow. That’s how good they are! We’ll vary the add-ons, different meat & veggies etc. I think it’ll be a staple from now on. Thanks for stopping by, Jhuls XOXO
Angie, this sounds so good – I think I’ll have to make it this lent. I never knew that butter and soy sauce could get married – but I’m totally up for supporting that union! Thanks for sharing it!
Oh gosh, Maggie, you need to make up for lost time. Quickly do yourself a favor and grab your butter & soy sauce, just mix them with anything! Great for finishing steaks, btw. So excited to see your comment here, been too long!!
I can almost taste this amazing sauce. I would never have thougt of soy sauce and butter but when I read it I wondered why! Why?! How many years have I missed out on this? 🙂 Thank you for sharing! I will absolutely make this and I can’t wait to eat it!
Omigosh, I’m so excited for you to try this! I know you’ll like it. Let me know please how it turns out for you XO
I wonder if this would work with chicken and if it would taste good!!
It’s delicious with chicken. Just make sure you adjust the cooking time.
Of Goats and Greens says
Oh, this looks great! I LOVE salmon, and always have. I saw your noodle recipe on Pinterest and have saved that; this one is a saver, too. I have a tiny pasta machine (hand run) that I’ve yet to use…. About time, right?
Thanks so much! My pasta machine is also a manual one, and is very old. But these old machines still work great; they’re so well-built. I’m sure you can churn out great quality noodles with yours. If it hasn’t been used, it’s definitely time!
Doesn’t get any easier than soy sauce and butter. Thanks.
Thanks so much!
Melanie Williams says
We tried the salmon without the noodles but with side salad. My husband and I are on fairly low carb diet. Let’s just say between the two of us, we gave it 10 stars. Very easy recipe and it was really delicious.
I’m so glad to hear, Melanie! Thanks for leaving a comment.
Taylor D says
This is really tasty. I added sriracha and mushroom to the sauce doubled the recipe and ate leftover with rice. It was so good.
So glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for leaving a comment! ?
Fauziah Marzuki says
I never leave a comment online but this is a great recipe I have to say something. The sauce is so delicious it goes with everything, the salmon and the noodles are all very good with the sauce, I use dry ramen noodles dipped in boiling water for 3 minutes then drain then continue with the rest of the steps. Thank you for the wonderful recipe.
That’s so great to hear! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment.
Soy sauce and butter, that’s a marriage made in heaven LOL. I’m so glad to come across this recipe. It’s amazing, Angie ??
I’m so glad you like it, Jen. Thanks for giving it a try and leaving a review! XOXO
Zeba Durrani says
This is such a beautiful dish Angie, all aspects of it, the homemade noodles, the bite-size salmon, and then the sauce. I am totally inspired for this weekend. Thank you for sharing.<3
Thanks, Zeba! It really is one of the best things I’ve cooked, if not the best. I’ve made it many times now and each time I keep thinking of ways to improve it, but guess what? It’s perfect as it is! Maybe you can make it spicier, add more garlic, more butter, etc., to suit your preference but other than that, I can’t think of any other ways to improve it!
Omigosh!!!! This was soooo good! I guess this is when you use the word umami, indescribably delicious! I did use dried Chinese noodles that I get at my local Asian store, didn’t have time to make my own. I will be using this sauce recipe anytime I am making those noodles. Instead of salmon, I will substitute cooked chicken, shrimp, pork, and some different veggies. Or just make the noodles and sauce all by themselves!
Sorry I missed your comment, Barbara. But I’m so glad you enjoyed this. I’ve since repeated this recipe with other ingredients – chicken, shrimp, mushrooms etc. and they ALL turned out excellent. Thanks so much for leaving a comment and 5-star rating.
Nadine M. says
I want you to know that I tried this recipe over the weekend and everyone thought it’s was fantastic. My boyfriend said you should bottle up the sauce ?
Thanks so much for your comment and 5-rating. And for the chuckle over your boyfriend’s suggestion ?