Sesame Tofu and Shrimp Soba Noodles

I almost feel like a broken record with that one. I dunno… I sort of get the impression that I’ve done a million different variations on this same subject. Asian inspired dishes including broccoli, tofu, shrimp and sesame.

Well, what can I say? To me, this is the perfect “quicky meal”, the perfect “let’s-eat-some-veggies-and-clean-up-the-fridge-a-little” dish. Or, the perfect “darn-I-have-no-idea-what-to-make-tonight-let’s-see what’s-in the-fridge-and-whip-something-up” dinner plan.

*No, that’s not a tentacle that grew on the side of the bowl… it’s a green onion who, apparently, decided to jump out… The shrimp must’ve said something scary to him!

AND, it appears that I tend to always have broccoli, bell peppers, tofu and ginger in my fridge… ;) Oh well! But it doesn’t matter what’s in your fridge really. The beauty of this is that you can use whatever veggies you want or have. Everyone ALWAYS has something in their fridge to whip up some kind of an Asian inspired rice or noodle based stirfry resembling dish, now, don’t they? ;)

Bottom line is, you don’t really need to follow a recipe here. If you don’t have the exact vegetables that are in this recipe, don’t sweat it. Use what you have. You don’t like shrimp? No problem! Use chicken, or eggs, why not?. You don’t care for soba noodles? Use rice instead…

This is one dish where a little bit of this and a little bit of that will get the job done!

INGREDIENTS
(Serves 1)

  • 80g soba noodles
  • 75g extra firm tofu, cut into ½” cubes
  • 6 tail on cooked shrimp (size 31-40)
  • 5 mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • ¼ red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 carrot, peeled and sliced
  • 2 bird’s eye chili peppers
  • 2 green onions, chopped (save some to garnish if you want)
  • 10g ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp tamari sauce
  • A drizzle of sesame oil
  • Sesame seeds, to garnish

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Cook noodles per instruction on package. Throw in your broccoli when your noodles are 30 seconds away from being done, just to give it a quich blanch. Drain and set aside when done.
  2. Meanwhile, coat a large skillet with cooking spray and heat it over high heat. When it’s really hot throw in the tofu cubes and mushroom slices and turn the heat down to medium-high.  Cook from 5-10 minutes, until nice  and golden brown.
  3. Add shrimp and the rest of your vegetables and saute for a minute or two, then add tamari sauce, broccoli and noodles. Drizzle with sesame oil and toss quickly just to combine everything.
  4. Transfer to serving bowl (or plate!) and garnish with sesame seeds and green onions.

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Comments

  1. says

    Not only do your meals look really appetizing, but you also make me want to buy pretty dishes! This meal looks so fabulous. I can almost taste it!

    • says

      Thanks Libby! And be careful! Pretty dishes are highly addictive. Especially BOWLS! I swear, there is something about bowls. My son once challenged me to go 30 days without buying a single bowl. I failed! ;)

  2. says

    Sonia – I just discovered your blog and I am so glad I did! You are full of healthy inspiration for me! Much like yourself, I also decided to turn my eating around, meeting the healthy-focused from the other side of the spectrum. Turns out eating ONLY celery and lettuce is not all that healthy either! I will continue to browse through your recipes because I find them most delightful! Thanks!

    • says

      I’m real happy you found this place, and to be a source of inspiration for you, especially if you were living off celery and lettuce!!! ;) Not only is it not that healthy, but it’s so boring, you’re bound to eventually crack and binge on all the nasties that come across your path! I sure am glad I eventually came to realise that eating heatlhy can be much better and tastier than indulging on all the junk food of the world. :)

  3. says

    Just clicked on your blog from somewhere else – I couldn’t tell you the path that brought me here! lol I was looking for some tofu recipes and found yours. Looks awesome! I mean seriously awesome! I have to make this over the weekend, I have it save to my favorites. Thanks for sharing!

    • says

      Wow, thank you so much Nora. I truly appreciate that and am real glad you landed here from somewhere else, looking for tofu recipes! That reminds me, I really don’t make enough of those. Will have to incorporate more tofu into my regular diet! :D

  4. says

    I like to do a vegetarian version using smoked tofu and shiitake mushrooms. And this is not a dish just for vegetarians; the mixture of the the smoked tofu and shiitakes has so much satisfying meaty flavor you’d hardly miss the meat at all

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