Sesame Salmon with Cold Soba Noodles and Pickled Ginger

12 Apr


I know this is nearly the same as my miso mackerel. But honestly, this can be ready in thirty minutes or less, is ultra nutritious and comforting. You don’t have to make your own ginger… Just pop in to your nearest Asian grocer or use fresh grated ginger.

For one serve, you’ll need…
1 fillet or steak of salmon
2 tbsp mirin
4 tbsp soy sauce or tamari
1 tbsp water
A few shakes of sesame oil
1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
Soba noodles – 1 bundle
a sliced spring onion

1. Boil soba noodles until tender – about 2 mins. Strain and rinse with cold water. Strain and place in a dish. Toss with spring onions and dress with 1 tbsp of soy, mirin mix.
2. Marinate salmon in soy, mirin mix for a few minutes. Heat a pan over medium heat. Add a little oil and pan fry salmon on both sides until cooked to your liking. I like mine quite soft so only cook it for about 5 minutes.
3. Sprinkle sesame seeds on a plate and roll the salmon in the seeds until coated on all sides with sesame seeds.
4. Serve salmon on the bed of noodles with a side of steamed greens and some sliced pickled ginger. A wedge of lime is nice, or a sprinkle of Japanese red chilli powder!


You need to make the pickled ginger at least a day ahead but it is truly worthwhile. You will have to find some very young ginger. In Australia, the first harvest is usually January-March, I think. But if you see ginger with very thin skin which is shiny and waxy looking it should be juicy and tender without the stringy, woody fibres that more mature ginger has. Bring 1 cup of rice vinegar to the boil with a quarter cup of sugar. Slice one large piece peeled ginger with a vegetable peeler and pack loosely into a sterilised jar. Pour hot vinegar over ginger, cover and seal you jar. Watch the magic as your ginger turns a beautiful pale pink! I haven’t been specific about quantities. You may need more or less vinegar depending on how much ginger you have. Leave in the cupboard for a few days.


3 Responses to “Sesame Salmon with Cold Soba Noodles and Pickled Ginger”

  1. Rach April 13, 2013 at 10:22 am #

    This sounds AMAZING!

    • Claire April 13, 2013 at 11:30 pm #

      You should try it Rach and let me know what you think! X

      • Rach April 14, 2013 at 7:51 pm #

        That was SOOOOO good! That’ll be a regular in our house now. Cheers, Claire! xx

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