June 20, 2017

Dinner in a SNAP! Pan Fried Salmon with Soy Bean Linguini

Dinner in a snap, made from scratch! Pan fried salmon with tomatoes, asparagus, kalamata olives and vegan soy-bean linguini. It really is amazing what you can make in 20 minutes when you get creative!

I have a confession to make! I have this vision of myself swanning home after work, donning a cute and oh so pretty apron and preparing a Masterchefesque dinner that I proudly present to my adoring family. Oh no – the vision is not over yet folks, hang in with me awhile longer while we sip wine and chat about all the food, exotic destinations and fun we had that day. It’s a lovely idea huh? I’ve never been able to figure out why I play with that fantasy, perhaps it’s because I was brought up believing that canned soup and packet mixes are evil and I just can’t shake that habit!

Truth is, and more often than not, I’m ravenously hungry because I’ve skipped meals, I’m verging on hangry and if I don’t get food into me now, now, now… there could be a little acting out going on! I’m fundamentally lazy at heart when it comes to cooking, so a slight dose of maturity over the years and possibly some stern feedback from he who shall not be named many, many moons ago taught me the value of planning and preparation when it comes to home cooking on week nights.

The trick is to keep it simple friends, and not fall into a rut, keep a handy list you constantly add to and use for planning and shopping, and try to cook a few extra portions a week for the freezer. One of my go-to recipes that fit the bill is pan fried salmon with tomatoes, asparagus, kalamata olives and vegan soy-bean linguini. It’s fancy enough to satisfy the taste buds (and my fantasy) and so quick it ticks all the boxes.

I’d love to hear what some of your ‘dinner in a snap’ weekday meals are? 

Dinner in a SNAP! Pan Fried Salmon with Soy Bean Linguini. Anna Johnston - https://shenannagans.com

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time:  15 minutes

  • 200g soy bean/black bean vegan spaghetti (I use Eco Organics, they have amazingly delicious gluten free / vegan pasta)
  • 2 x 200gm boneless salmon fillet
  • 1 tspn salt
  • 1/4 tspn white pepper
  • 2 large tomatoes quartered or 12 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 bunch of asparagus, quartered
  • 1 cup kalamata olives (but if you prefer another variety, use them)
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 3 tbsp thinly sliced garlic
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped brown shallots
  • 1 tbspn finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 1 1/2 tbsp rice wine
  • 1 tbspn soy sauce
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • Chives to garnish

Dinner in a SNAP! Pan Fried Salmon with Soy Bean Linguini. Anna Johnston - https://shenannagans.com

  1. Sprinkle the salmon evenly with salt and pepper, then dust with flour and shake off excess. Heat a large frying pan until very hot. Add oil then salmon pieces and pan fry for 3 minutes each side.
  2. Meanwhile, cook pasta in a large saucepan of boiling, salted water following packet directions until tender. Drain. Cover to keep warm.
  3. Remove the salmon, drain on paper towel and keep it warm. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon of the oil, add garlic and ginger and stir fry for 1 minute.
  4. Add the tomatoes, asparagus, olives, rice wine, soy sauce, lemon juice and sugar and simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Add pasta to pan. Cook, tossing, for 1 minute or until combined.
  6. Serve pan fried salmon on top of pasta. A little of the sauce. Garnish with chives.


shenANNAgans is Anna Johnston, a 30 - something Aussie gal with an unwavering passion for the Hospitality industry. I love the quirky and unusual, designing events, travelling far and wide and eating food from all around the world. I am coffee blooded, a craft beer enthusiast, wine drinking yogi who enjoys writing about her adventures.

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Denise Browning - October 27, 2017 Reply

Nothing like something made from scratch… and love. It looks quite delish! Sending ya hugs from TX.

Jem @ Lost in Utensils - July 3, 2017 Reply

This looks delicious Anna. I just love Salmon and it is such a quick, satisfying dinner to whip up. I often cook it in the oven which is even easier!

Rosemarie - July 1, 2017 Reply

I love salmon but I’m not very good at cooking it. This dish looks absolutely amazing and I wish I could have a taste!

Elissa - June 29, 2017 Reply

This looks fab! I haven’t seen that pasta before, will have to track it down. We love a good simple & tasty midweek meal, as there’s plenty of hangry going on otherwise in a household of 3 teenage girls. Last night’s dinner was a good example of dinner in a snap, (after my plans to leave work earlier needed to change at the last minute!): we often have frozen rice sitting in the freezer so we pulled a few parcels out to microwave, stir fried a few veggies and made a Japanese style omelette.

    Anna - June 29, 2017 Reply

    YASSS…. your dinner in a snap meal sounds wonderful. I love eggs so your omelette would be a winner for sure.
    If you are looking for the vegan pasta, they have it at Costco in the health food aisle. Wish I could get my hands on some more as we’ve run our supply dry. Happy cooking lovely lady. 🙂

heather (delicious not gorgeous) - June 28, 2017 Reply

DANG. this is fancier than my dinners in a snap! case in point: i had cold tofu with soy sauce and rice wine vinegar, with a handful of carrots, for dinner today.

    Anna - June 29, 2017 Reply

    Haha… your dinner in a snap sounds very interesting Heather. 🙂 Did you at least garnish with a shallot or something green?

My Inner Chick - June 28, 2017 Reply

Amaaaazing looking meal, Anna.
D R O O L I N G.
Can I hire you as my own, personal cook?
xx from MN.

    Anna - June 29, 2017 Reply

    YES PLEASE! I’d love to be your personal cook, ohhhhh the fun we would have. 🙂 When can I start?

Daphne Goh - June 27, 2017 Reply

This looks too good to be dinner in a snap, more like a gourmet meal. But so easy to prepare, worth a treat for after work. Love salmon and the soy bean/black bean pasta sounds really interesting and looks delicious. My favourite weekday meal will be a quick stir-fried meat or seafood and vegetables.

    Anna - June 29, 2017 Reply

    I think that is what makes this meal so dang amazing, its looks way more difficult than it is, its healthy and on the table in under 30 minutes. Stir fry is a fave of mine too, although I do sometimes find the preparation of a stir fry more work than I want after a long day at work. Captain lazy bones over here! 🙂

      Daphne Goh - July 4, 2017 Reply

      I tend to use frozen vegetables for quick stir-fry. Nowadays you can get all kinds of mixed frozen vegetables at the supermarket and they are frozen fresh, so they taste really good. They are really versatile too and can be used for fried rice, fried noodles, curries and even fish cakes. 🙂

Angie@Angie's Recipes - June 27, 2017 Reply

Salmon is my top favourite fish! Well, who doesn’t love salmon :-)) Yours looks sensational paired with black bean spaghetti!! Awesome flavours and beautiful plating, Anna.

    Anna - June 29, 2017 Reply

    Thanks heaps Angie, it is a winner meal indeed. 🙂

Corina - June 26, 2017 Reply

It’s so important to have some easy recipes for midweek. I often find myself verging on hangry too! I think this salmon looks delicious and I love the combination of flavours with it.

    Anna - June 29, 2017 Reply

    LOL! I know I suffer from the hangries often, but still don’t prepare or take into consideration the issue it can cause me. Lol! Hope this dinner in a snap meal is a winner in your household, like it is mine! 🙂

Tandy | Lavender and Lime - June 26, 2017 Reply

This looks so good! My dinner in a snap is anything Dave cooks haha. Not really … During the week we keep it simple with just a few ingredients 🙂

    Anna - June 29, 2017 Reply

    Hahaha… I love it. That’d be my go to dinner in a snap meal too, Tandy. 🙂

Jasline (Foodie Baker) - June 26, 2017 Reply

Oh this looks so good and delicious! I love cooking salmon, they are delicious and cook so easily. Interesting soy bean noodles, wish I can get my hand on some to give them a try!

    Anna - June 29, 2017 Reply

    Not sure if you have Costco in your neck of the woods, but if you do, that is where I get my vegan pasta from. 🙂 Happy salmon cooking Jasline.

Riz @ Chocolates & Chai - June 26, 2017 Reply

This looks delicious Anna! One of my favourite dinner in a snap meals is a lemon pasta with garlic shrimp – super easy to make, and ready pretty quick! (And yummy too 😉 )

    Anna - June 29, 2017 Reply

    Lemon pasta with garlic prawns…. YES PLEASE!!! Heading over for the recipe now, thanks Riz. 🙂

Tim UrbanDuniya - June 24, 2017 Reply

Yum yum yum! I’ll be trying this once I get to Melbourne – it sounds like my kind of food!

Can you omit the rice wine?

    Anna - June 29, 2017 Reply

    Wawhoooo… hope you love it as much as we do Tim. 🙂 And yes to leaving out the rice wine. You could use an apple cider vinegar in its place. 🙂

Evelyne CulturEatz - June 24, 2017 Reply

That looks too gorgeous for a quick weekday meal lol. But veyr yummy! soy-bean linguini??? yeah same as you I like to keep regular meals quick and simple with extra portions. Funny how peopel thing us food bloggers eat gourmet every night!

    Anna - June 29, 2017 Reply

    The vegan pasta I found at Costco, its amazing Evelyne. We love it, and goes with so many things too. And yes, if only they knew just how badly we food bloggers eat at times, huh?!

Sabrina - June 23, 2017 Reply

Wow, this salmon looks incredible, Anna! I’m intrigued to try that bean spaghetti, too.

    Anna - June 29, 2017 Reply

    Thanks gurlfren! Its one of our faves. Hope you love as much as we do. 🙂

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella - June 23, 2017 Reply

I get super hangry too and seafood as you’ve said is such a good idea for a quick dinner! 😀

    Anna - June 29, 2017 Reply

    Haha… Being hangry is REAL! 🙂

Denise Browning - June 23, 2017 Reply

I agree… creativity can make great things. Love how easy is to prepare this chef quality dish that looks delish and healthy.

    Anna - June 23, 2017 Reply

    It totally makes you want to eat better when it looks so pretty, huh?

John/Kitchen Riffs - June 22, 2017 Reply

Looks wonderful! If I skip meals during the day I get impatient and can’t bother to take time to make a decent dinner. So I try not to skip meals. Easier said than done, isn’t it?

    Anna - June 23, 2017 Reply

    Thanks heaps John. 🙂 And yes, it is much easier said than done when it comes to not skipping meals, or putting thought into what you eat, cook etc. I actually have to actively remind myself to do so.

The Hungry Mum - June 21, 2017 Reply

I long ago gave up the idea of quickly and calmly whipping up dinner after a long day slaving over a keyboard. Dinner prep involves me yelling at gals to so homework, while tripping over Popcorn the mini schnauzer – who is usually sniffing around for a treat – and bunging something together. Veggie tacos with black beans is a fav as is salmon – but my salmon never looks at good as yours!

    Anna - June 23, 2017 Reply

    Popcorn the mini schnauzer… what an amazing name for a pooch pal, hard to say no to the big puppy dog eye tho, well at least I find that to be so when Little Chef looks lonely at me for treats.

    Veggie tacos sound the business, I love Mexican food, will have to make me some again asap.

Mabel Kwong - June 21, 2017 Reply

Another amazing dish, Anna. Didn’t know soybean and black bean pasta existed. It really sounds yummm…. And salmon is a great fish and goes well with so many veggies! Interesting to hear you coat it with flour…I wonder what that does… I agree with planning and prepping weeknight meals. I didn’t do it until a year ago, and when I didn’t it was always something unhealthy for dinner like takeout or instant noodles. These days, I plan and prepare in bulk on Saturday, maybe cooking a couple or more dishes to tide my over the next five days – so it’s quick and easy for me after work. Pasta is my go-to meal, and so is a sizable salad with peas, broccoli and cucumbers 🙂

Hope you are well, and lots of hugs to you x

    Anna - June 23, 2017 Reply

    Thanks little sis, glad you enjoyed. And yes… the soybean and black bean pasta is amazingly delicious, and healthy too. Agreed about salmon, it is a diverse fish indeed. I coat with the flour to assist with thickening the sauce. But you can omit it and it won’t matter at all.

    Bulk Saturday cook ups are the best, and will ensure that you eat well all week long too. Good job, really good job.

    Love and hugs to you too. xox

Gary Lum - June 20, 2017 Reply

Great looking meal Anna. My make in a snap meal is also salmon based but I just coat it in some flour and pan fry and serve it with salad.
While it’s not a snap, my other go to is banging a few chicken wings in a small nonstick frying pan that has some cooked instant noodles in it and put it in the oven for 50 minutes and out comes perfectly juicy chicken and crispy noodles that can be enjoyed with some avocado or salad.

    Anna - June 21, 2017 Reply

    Gary, you are the master of snap meals, I really like the sound of your chicken wings and noodles, what a cool idea. And avocado in anything makes its AMAZING in my mind.

Kris - June 20, 2017 Reply

Hot dam. This is a winner of a dish. Actually going to give it a try. Love the idea of the vegan pasta. Dish looks fresh. Thanks for sharing

    Anna - June 21, 2017 Reply

    Nizz, you can get the vegan pasta at Costco, they have 3 different types. Its bangin!!! SO GOOD.
    Let me know what you think of it aight?!

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