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This Shrimp & Sesame Soba Noodle Salad makes a perfect quick and easy meal! Healthy noodles are tossed in a garlic sesame sauce and mixed with shrimp!
If you are on a health-kick but don’t want to deprive yourself from eating carbs, this Shrimp & Sesame Soba Noodle Salad is perfect for you because soba noodles are actually good for you! I was wanting to make a substantial Asian dish with Soba Noodles and this Shrimp & Sesame Soba Noodle Salad came to mind. It is light, wholesome and will keep you feeling satisfied for several hours.
What are Soba Noodles?
Soba Noodles are packed with fiber, protein, and b vitamins and made from buckwheat and wheat flours. The noodles have a nutty flavor similar to whole wheat spaghetti-YUM.
I received these Fortune Gluten Free Noodle products and you can purchase them too at your nearest Albertsons, Von’s, Safeway, Dierbergs Markets and Cub Foods. These Fortune Gluten Free Noodles are NEW to the market, and can also be found in the Asian Dry Grocery section in stores. You can follow and keep up with their new products here and here!
*I did not use the Shoyu flavor seasoning that came with the soba noodles because I wanted to make my own flavors with the dish.
With less than 10 ingredients you can make this dish in minutes! If you are really wanting to take a shortcut and make this in even less time, you can buy cooked shrimp instead of having to cook them yourself.
I love to buy raw shrimp for this recipe so I can cook them myself and season them to my liking with garlic, salt and pepper. However- I am allll about buying cooked shrimp if I am in a rush and it is totally OK!
Can I Use Regular Noodles?
Yes you can! These Soba Noodles are a healthy alternative with some added nutrition but regular or whole wheat spaghetti noodles will work as well.
What Other Proteins Can I Add Instead of Shrimp?
Any of the following would make a great addition to this recipe. If you prefer to go meat-less just leave out the protein and add vegetables instead.
- Baked chicken
- Sliced steak (any kind!)
- Sliced pork
Can I Add Vegetables Instead of Meat?
YES! Some favorites of mine are mushrooms, asparagus, and zucchini, would all work with this recipe. Think of your favorite veggies that you typically get in chowmein…any of those would be great additions!
These noodles make the best leftovers and you can prep these a day in advance! There are so many savory Asian flavors in each bite from the sesame oil, garlic, nutty sesame seeds, soy sauce and the delicate flavor of green onions.
You can eat this Shrimp & Sesame Soba Noodle Salad cold or hot, either way this dish will be sure to satisfy everyone’s taste buds. Another reason to make this.. you can whip up this dish in under 30 minutes if you need a quick meal, appetizer or side dish. Win, win!
Shrimp & Sesame Soba Noodle Salad
- 8 ounces soba noodles
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 2 tsp. rice vinegar
- 2 Tbsp. sesame oil
- 1/4 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
- 1 Tbsp. sugar
- 1 Tbsp. canola oil plus 2 tsp. to cook the shrimp
- 1 cup green onions; sliced into 1/4 inch pieces
- 3 Tbsp. sesame seeds
- 1 lb. raw shrimp; peeled and tails removed
- 1 /2 tsp. crushed garlic
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the soba noodles until al dente, according to package. Be sure to NOT overcook them. Drain the noodles and rinse under cold water until all starch is removed and noodles are not sticky.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, black pepper, and sugar. Set aside.
- Heat a large skillet or frying pan on medium and add the canola oil and heat until shimmering. Add chopped green onions and stir for about 30 seconds until fragrant.
- Add the sesame soy sauce mixture and stir until combined. Cook for about 30 seconds and then toss the noodles into the mixture. Stir until all of the noodles are evenly coated. Add in the sesame seeds and stir. Remove from heat and set aside.
- To cook the shrimp, heat a frying pan on medium and coat with 2 teaspoons of canola oil and crushed garlic. Add the shrimp and sprinkle salt on top. Cook shrimp for about 3-4 minutes on each side until pink.
- Once the shrimp is cooked, add to the noodles and toss. Season to taste with salt and pepper and add more sesame seeds as desired.