Thursday, June 30, 2011

Stirring the Soul

Quick Salmon and Soba Noodle Stir Fry
The weather around here is trying desperately to resemble something like summer. You remember summer, don't you? Blue skies? Barbecues? Other fun outdoor activities? While consistent blue skies remain elusive at the moment, the air around here is hot, thick, and muggy. It's the air that makes it impossible to sleep and unpleasant to eat. Lighter, quick-cooking recipes are definitely in order and so I went to my favorite go-to fish for help. There's nothing like a belly full of salmon to make everything seem right in the world . . . grey skies or otherwise! It's just good for the brain and the soul! This recipe for two is a snap to whip up. Dinner was on the table in about twenty minutes. Perfectly paired with a glass of crisp white wine or a frosty bottle of your favorite lager.

- 2 6-7 oz. salmon fillets
- 2 Tbsp. butter
- 3 small bunches of baby bok choy, rinsed and chopped
- 6 green onions, trimmed and cut crosswise into 2-3" pieces
- 3 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar
- 3 Tbsp. grape seed or vegetable oil, divided
- juice from one lemon
- 2 tsp. grated fresh ginger
- large garlic clove, grated
- 3 Tbsp. soy sauce
- 1 c. edamame beans
- 1 tsp. sesame seeds
- 3 oz. soba noodles
- 2 Tbsp. teriyaki sauce
- salt and pepper

In a small bowl, whisk together ginger,  lemon juice, soy sauce, garlic, and 2 Tbsp. of the oil. Set aside and save for the stir fry. This is also a great dressing for a cold salad!

Pat the salmon fillets dry with a paper towel and season on both sides with salt and pepper. Melt butter in a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add salmon fillets and sear about 3 minutes per side until fish is slightly browned on the outside and cooked through. Remove from heat and place fillets on a plate tented with foil to rest while preparing the stir fry.


While cooking the salmon bring a heavy-bottomed pot of water to a boil and cook soba noodles according to package directions, usually about 3-4 minutes. Drain, rinse with cold water, and set aside. Meanwhile, heat remaining Tbsp. of oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add green onions and bok choy and cook in oil for about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add cooked soba noddles and soy ginger dressing to the skillet,  combining ingredients with a pair of tongs. Cover and cook over medium-low heat for another 3-5 minutes until noodles are heated through and vegetables are softened and bright green. Divide stir fried noodles among two plates, top noodles with salmon fillets and brush each fillet with about a Tbsp. of teriyaki sauce. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and edamame beans. Eat up! It's good for you!

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