Cold Peanut Soba Noodles with Grilled Shrimp
- 1 large head broccoli, cut into florets and blanched
- 1 (9.5 ounce) package soba noodles
- ½ cup natural (unsweetened) smooth peanut butter
- ⅓ cup hot water
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon fresh chili paste (optional)
- 4 scallions, thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
- 1½ pounds large peeled and deveined shrimp
- sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil; blanch broccoli florets in boiling water until just heated through, 2 to 3 minutes; drain and immediately rinse in cold water to cool completely.
- Bring a separate large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Boil the soba noodles until al dente, 5 to 8 minutes; drain and rinse with cold water to cool. Transfer soba to a large serving bowl.
- Stir the peanut butter, water, soy sauce, honey, and chili paste together in a small bowl; pour over noodles and toss to coat. Sprinkle scallions over noodles and toss.
- Heat a small skillet over medium-high heat. Toast sesame seeds on hot skillet just until brown. Transfer seeds to a plate to cool.
- Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat. Grease the grates with oil. Season shrimp with salt and pepper.
- Grill shrimp until lightly charred and cooked through, 90 seconds to 2 minutes per side.
- Toss the noodles with the peanut mixture and scallions until well combined. Top with broccoli and shrimp. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
Vegan or vegetarian? Skip the shrimp and add extra broccoli, or replace with pan-fried eggplant or tofu. If you're not a fan of seafood, try sautéed chicken. The noodles keep well in the refrigerator for up to three days. Serve cold or at room temperature.
What others are saying
Jacqulyne de Jardins says:
This was another recipe that I substituted the peanut butter for almond butter. I topped this with quite a bit of shrimp so I can get that flavor in each bite. Had quite a bit leftover and it was still just as tasty the next day.
Jessica Scott says:
I usually eat my soba cold, but warmed this one up and it tasted just as good. My boyfriend loves extra shrimp in his bowl when I make this recipe. The peanut butter sauce is my favorite! If you haven't tried soba, this is a good place to start.
Meredith Smith says:
Delicious recipe! The peanut sauce was so tasty with a little kick to it.
Anthony Cohen says:
Not a vegetarian but skipped the shrimp and added extra broccoli and pan-fried eggplant. Delicious served at room temperature.
Steven Gomes says:
Made this with tofu and it was really good. Used sriracha instead of chili paste, and it was nice and spicy. Great lunch dish.