Hey y'all! Quick recipe post today! I can't believe Christmas is only three weeks away - I'm being reasonably organised this year, and have already baked my Christmas cake (Nigel Slater's one from The Kitchen Diaries), and have even done most of my Christmas shopping! Crazy! But I just foresee it getting busier and busier as Christmas approaches - work, catching up with friends and family, and of course more Christmas baking and cooking.
I posted a pic of this dish on Instagram two months ago, and have been meaning to share the full recipe ever since. I thought now was the perfect time - it's very easy, it's healthy, and it tastes great! Perfect to cook during this busy festive season, and perfect to eat if you've been indulging in a few too many mince pies like I've been - oops! You can literally buy all the ingredients at a supermarket on your lunch break or on your way home, and cook it all in about half an hour. It's substantial but not too heavy, making it suitable for both hot and cold days. (Fantastic for all that variable weather Melbourne's been having lately!)
The idea for this dish came from a few different recipes that I've made frequently over the years and just love: Nigella's mirin-glazed soba (Nigella Express), her cold soba noodle salad (Forever Summer) and Ottolenghi's famous chargrilled broccoli. The specific ingredients, measurements and method, however, are my own - based on my tastes (and what I had lying in the pantry!)
You marinate and then grill a piece of salmon, boil up the marinading liquid and use it to dress cooked soba noodles. Blanched and grilled broccolini add extra deliciousness and vitamins. Full disclosure - you will end up with quite a few dishes, but I think it's worth it! And chargrilled broccolini is so, so tasty. You must try it! In lazier evenings, I've replaced the broccolini with spears of asparagus - just chucking them into cooking water with the soba for the last couple of minutes.
Another good idea is to double the quantities, and have leftovers cold as a salad the next day (I'd suggest cooking the salmon all the way through if you're doing this). So good, and good for you! Enjoy.
Simple Salmon with Soba and Chargrilled Broccolini
An original recipe by Sarah Cooks, idea inspired by Nigella's mirin-glazed salmon, her cold soba salad with sesame seeds, and Ottolenghi's char-grilled broccoli
75 grams soba noodles
1 small salmon fillet
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon mirin
2 tablespoons soy
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon sesame seeds, toasted
1 spring onion, finely sliced
1/2 bunch brocollini
For the noodles: cook the soba noodles in rapidly boiling water for 5-7 minutes (or according to packet directions) until cooked but still retaining a bit of bite. Drain and rinse with cold water to arrest the cooking.
For the salmon: mix together the honey, mirin, soy and sesame oil, pour over the salmon and allow to marinate for 5 minutes. Heat a little vegetable oil in non-stick pan over a medium heat, then fry the salmon for 2-3 minutes a side or until done to your liking. Allow to rest on a plate. Pour the marinade into the frypan and boil for 1 minute. Pour the cooked marinade over the soba, add toasted sesame seeds and chopped spring onions. Toss to mix.
For the broccolini: cook the broccolini in rapidly boiling salted water for 2 minutes. Drain and run under cold water to arrest the cooking. Drizzle with olive oil and toss to coat. Cook on a super hot griddle pan for a minute or two each side until you get marks on the broccolini and it starts to smell amazing!
Serves 1, but quantities can easily be increased to serve more
Love soba like I do? Check out these recipes, from the old old days of this blog!