asparagus and zucchini stir fry with salmon and soba noodles

asparagus and zucchini stir fry with salmon and soba noodles

asparagus and zucchini stir fry with salmon and soba noodles

Soba noodles have become my favourite noodle to use in Asian recipes. They have a lovely silky texture, and provided you don’t over-cook them, they maintain a firmish texture.

This is a simple recipe that can be made in minutes. These flavours are old friends and work perfectly together. Make sure you get all the elements ready in advance to toss them through your wok at speed. Serve immediately after being cooked.

I used Alaskan wild salmon in this recipe which was given to me by Three Streams at the Good Food & Wine Show. Utterly delicious, and thank you.

I like to cook the noodles in vegetable stock, but you can of course just cook them in lightly salted water.

Recipe | serves 2

  • 150g soba noodles
  • 1T Nomu liquid vegetable stock concentrate (or a veg stock cube)
  • 2 salmon fillets (about 110 – 150g each)
  • 1t and 1T sesame oil, or vegetable oil
  • 70g asparagus (about 6 spears), sliced
  • 170g zucchini (4 medium), sliced
  • 1t ginger, grated
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/2 – 1 green chilli, finely chopped
  • 2T mirin
  • 1T Tomari soy sauce
  • 1t fish sauce
  • wedges of lime to spritz
  • fresh coriander to serve

Cook the soba noodles in the vegetable stock according the packet instructions. This takes about 5 minutes. Drain, refresh under cold water and set aside.

In a large frying pan or wok, brush the salmon fillets with the 1 teaspoon on sesame oil and fry with the flesh side down. Turn over and cook the skin side until it is cooked but still pink in the middle. Remove and set aside.

If the fish hasn’t gone too dark and left behind burnt bits, simply add the 1 tablespoon of sesame soil and heat. If it has black bits, wipe it out before adding the new oil. Fry the asparagus and zucchini until they just start to soften. About 2 minutes.

Add all the aromatics (ginger, garlic & chilli), and toss around the wok for a few minutes.

Add the noodles and sauces and toss around until everything is nicely heated through and cooked. A further 2 minutes.

Dish the noodles into bowls, top with the salmon, garnish with fresh coriander leaves and spritz with lime juice.


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15 Responses to asparagus and zucchini stir fry with salmon and soba noodles

  1. Lisa the Gourmet Wog June 10, 2013 at 1:16 pm #

    oooh that looks most delicious! I actually have never tried Soba noodles before, I really must head to a Chinese Supermarket soon, they look yum!

  2. Gemma June 10, 2013 at 7:34 pm #

    Lovely combo! I am having a bit of a moment with udon noodles at the minute but will definitely be giving these guys a try…minus the salmon as my hubby hates it. Boo

  3. Laura (Tutti Dolci) June 10, 2013 at 11:58 pm #

    Love these flavors!

  4. Maria@PinkPatisserie June 11, 2013 at 3:51 am #

    Such a beautiful dish. I have one that is similar that has a sprinkle of black sesame seeds on top. Need to make this!

  5. Sam June 11, 2013 at 11:56 am #

    Thanks Maria – I love black sesame seeds too 🙂

  6. Sam June 11, 2013 at 11:57 am #

    I must revisit Udon Gemma, do you cook from dry? I tend to find the texture a bit slimey, and prefer a little bit to the noodle.

  7. All that's Jas June 11, 2013 at 8:18 pm #

    Oh my, a trio of my favorite ingredients: salmon, asparagus and zucchini! You rock!

  8. Namritha June 12, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

    Love this simple yet tasty dish.

  9. Sam June 13, 2013 at 1:38 pm #

    Thanks Namritha 🙂

  10. Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence June 14, 2013 at 5:39 am #

    Love these photos Sam! And this recipe sounds tasty too. Soba noodles are one of my favs 🙂

  11. Leslie June 15, 2013 at 5:06 pm #

    I can’t wait to try this recipe. Salmon is my absolute favourite I could eat it every day! The soba noodles look tasty too instead of rice.


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