Craving > Garlic Soba Noodles with Grilled Shrimp

by heidi on March 22, 2012

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Wow, what a week its been. And before I can even think of digging into one of my favorite recipes, I have to say thanks. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

This week Maria and I launched Cookie Cravings, Two Peas and Their Pod’s first foray into the cookbook arena and another publishing adventure for me. We both agree its been such a rewarding project to create and finally share with our readers.

So again, thank you, thank you, thank you for all of you for your amazing feedback and support; I can finally uncross my fingers and toes thanks to the digital delivery process going off without a hitch. If you haven’t already, visit my cookbook page for all of the cookie details.

Besides the cookbook, and my craving for noodles, there were a few other cool things I discovered this week, like…

Who didn’t clap their hands and grin real wide when the tweets were flying with James Beard nomination announcements and we discovered some of our favorites were on the list. Congrats to our nominated blogging buddies: Gwen of Bunkycooks, Aran of Cannelle et Vanille and Elissa of Poor Mans Feast. You’ve helped elevate food blogging to a higher level.

On a less serious, but equally delightful note, I found Cooking Minute, a new discovery via Stephane of Zen Chef. All I had to see in the tweet was the words ‘stop-motion’ and I was like, what? I must investigate this Williamsburg-hipster-cooking-doc-photo site that interviews foodies in their kitchens and shows their recipes in progress. It has all the ingredients of a smash hit: hipster Williamsburg + food + voyeuristic glimpses into ‘the other cook’s’ kitchen.

I’m forever obsessing about getting organized, so much so that I often find myself spending more time fretting about how to do it than actually doing it. But Melanie’s post from Inward Facing Girl gives some tips that I hope make getting it together online might help get me in action. In hopes to transition to online list making I’ve been using Teux Deux for some time, but can’t quite lose my good old notebook. I’m looking for suggestions if you have one.

And here’s an online tip for bloggers: Chartbeat. A different form of analytics than Google Analytics, it gives real time stats of who is on your site at that very moment. Yes, I said THAT VERY MOMENT. As in a GPS tracker of your readers revealing what they’re looking at, how they got there and when they bounce off. So if you’re one of those bloggers who is obsessive about keeping track of their reader’s habits, jump in with that barrel of monkeys. Yea, I might be. There’s a 30 day trial…

Oh, and I’m totally digging The Voice. Talent galore—sorry Phillip Phillip lovers, the poor guy is totally on the wrong talent singing show. I wait for each episode to see what will become of Xtina’s eyelash malfunctions and dashing UFO inspired hats. Will she eventually just lift off into space?

And now on to two of my favorite ingredients. Garlic. Shrimp. Noodles. Oh wait. That’s three. Well, you’re going to have to work with me here, I’m an art person not an accountant.

This recipe sings spring: light and easy with bright notes and just the right amount of savory belly filling buckwheat noodles. If you have a hard time finding soba noodles, although it seems most grocers carry them these days, use whole wheat spaghetti noodles. BTW, did we ever decide who invented the noodle anyway? I think the Italians and the Japanese are still arm wrestling for that claim d’ fame.

FoodieCrush Garlic Soba Noodles with Shrimp

Sometimes I toss the shrimp on the barbeque grill, sometimes I broil them in the oven at 400 degrees F for 10-12 minutes. But most of the time I pull out my stovetop grill pan (the bottom of my panini press) season with a bit of salt and a swath of grapeseed oil and off to the fire they go.

But my love for this dish truly lies in the simple sauce. Ponzu is the body, the less salty cousin to soy sauce and infused with citrus, usually orange or lemon, and with a hint of sweetness thanks to a sprinkling of sugar and this topping gently envelops each toothy noodley strand.

Garlic Soba Noodles with Grilled Shrimp

Serving Size: Serves 4

Garlic Soba Noodles with Grilled Shrimp


Garlic Soba Noodles with Grilled Shrimp
for the sauce
1/4 cup ponzu sauce, found in the Asian aisle of most grocers
1/2 teaspoon dark sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon sugar
the juice of one lime
for the noodles & shrimp
1 8 or 9 ounce package of soba noodles (substitute whole wheat spaghetti if needed)
3/4 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons grapeseed or vegetable oil, divided
1 shallot, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon ginger, chopped
8-10 brown mushrooms, sliced
1/2 jalapeno, thinly sliced
1/4 cup cliantro, chopped
1 green onion, chopped for garnish
1 lime, quartered and sliced


  1. In a small bowl, combine all sauce ingredients and mix until sugar dissolves. Set aside.
  2. Fill a large pot 2/3 full of water and bring to a boil. Season water with 1 to 2 tablespoons of salt and add soba noodles. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until noodles are tender. Drain in colander, rinse well with cold water and set aside.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a skillet on medium-high heat until oil slithers about the pan and add garlic, shallots and ginger. Cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently taking care that garlic doesn't burn. Reduce heat to medium, add mushrooms and cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms are tender and shallots a bit crispy. Remove from heat and let cool.
  4. Meanwhile, heat a skillet or grill over medium high heat and lightly coat with cooking spray. Add remaining tablespoon of oil to shrimp, season with 1 teaspoon kosher salt and cook for 3 minutes on each side or until just opaque on the inside. Shrimp will continue to cook once taken off the heat so cook carefully or they'll become tough.
  5. Transfer noodles and mushroom mixture to a bowl, season with sauce mixture and combine. Plate noodles in mounds and top with grilled shrimp. Serve with cilantro, green onion and jalapeno slices.

More Foodie Crush Asian-inspired recipes
Pad Thai with Tofu and Shrimp
Pho Ga Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup
Grilled Salmon with Thai Red Curry

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Posted in: entrees,meat and seafood,noodles, rice and grains,recipes

{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

Cassie March 22, 2012 at 6:49 am

The sauce sounds so unique, Heidi! I love the use of dark soy sauce and ponzu, it’s simple but sounds so flavorful. Can’t wait to try it, I love soba noodles!


Nicole, RD March 22, 2012 at 7:19 am

Very exciting about the book! Congrats! The soba noodles look great, too! Need to get my hands on some ponzu sauce!


Sarah from 20something cupcakes March 22, 2012 at 8:12 am

LOVE the Voice! Can’t even believe people still watch Idol. These noodles look great, too – I’ve been dying to try soba, maybe I will soon!


heidi March 22, 2012 at 2:57 pm

I am so with you on Idol. They’re all like 12 years old.


Bev Weidner March 22, 2012 at 8:46 am

HAHAHA! I’m dying. Did you watch him last night? UHMUHGUH.

These noodles are absolutely gorgeous. Just like Phillip.


Megan @ Country Cleaver March 22, 2012 at 8:48 am

I might not be the world’s biggest shrimp fan – but when I do crave them, it’s on an unnatural level – and right now I want to plant my whole face in this plate and devour this all! Beautifully shot as well.


heidi March 22, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Thanks Megan, you can always substitute with fried tofu or a different protein. Or just go veg.


Kris Mullen March 22, 2012 at 8:51 am

I love ponzu sauce! Your noodles look great. I find once the weather gets nice, I almost instantly start to crave seafood and fresh veggies. We don’t own a BBQ, so when we want to grill something we often go to the closest lake and use the grills there. This would be perfect for a ‘lake meal’! Make the pasta before we leave and all we’d have to do is grill the shrimp! You just made my life easier. Thanks!


heidi March 22, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Oh I live the idea of picnics at the lake, so ready for summer now!


scarlett March 22, 2012 at 10:04 am

exquisit blog! i wish i knew how to take pictures like you. now i feel REALLY bad.
thx for the inspiration!


Melanie March 22, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Hi Heidi! Thanks for mentioning my online organization post. I’m glad you found it useful! Take care.


heidi March 22, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Thanks for the great info, I’ve become a real fan of your blog.


Elizabeth @Mango_Queen March 22, 2012 at 3:20 pm

This garlic soba noodles with grilled shrimp are perfect for a quick weeknight! I love these flavors & always make this. I must try this version soon. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Lovely photo!


Erin March 22, 2012 at 5:09 pm


I’m just curious if you have looked into the “real-time” google recently launched on analytics? It seems that you can get a lot of the same stuff and more (for free!) Is is different?

This noodle bowl looks delicious!


Barbara @ Barbara Bakes March 22, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Such a great, quick meal.


Lisa @ The Cooking Bride March 22, 2012 at 6:21 pm

Holy cow, this looks fantastic. Love me some Asian food!


Ingrid March 22, 2012 at 7:23 pm

Do you by any chance know the calorie content of this dish? Looks SO yummy!


Ingrid March 22, 2012 at 7:25 pm

Do you by any chance know the caloric count in this dish?


Alyssa (Everyday Maven) March 22, 2012 at 8:52 pm

Wow this soba noodle dish looks fantastic. I am not really an analytic’s stalker but I can see how it could be addictive! Thanks for all the great links :)


thelittleloaf March 23, 2012 at 3:20 am

This is my absolute favourite kind of speedy supper – looks delicious! And big congrats on the book :-)


TastefullyJulie March 23, 2012 at 7:15 pm

Mmmmm, you had me at ponzu. I’m pinning this for later!


Erica March 24, 2012 at 11:34 am

Really found this post interesting! I’ll be pinning this on pinterest!


Zoe March 24, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Hey, this might seem like an odd question, but I was wondering, if you don’t mind me asking, what are the names of the fonts you use on your photos?


Meg March 24, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Congratulations on the book project ~ it looks great! I also love the soba noodle + shrimp combo. Haven’t tried ponzu sauce yet, I’ll have to see if I can find it. Thanks!


marla March 25, 2012 at 6:04 am

Love all the fun tid bits in this post. I am happy to see that someone else roams the internet as freely as I ;) Gorgeous soba ~ love the grilled shrimp.


Deborah March 26, 2012 at 10:15 pm

I am so in love with this recipe – I need some now!! And I loved that video – how fun!


Aaron March 29, 2012 at 4:43 pm

Hi Heidi,

Thank you so much for mentioning my project Cooking Minute in your post. What you wrote about it was very nice.


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