Monday, 16 November 2015

Fish with Soba Noodles

A very quick and delicious way to cook fish. With proper organisation and all ingredients to hand, this dish can be achieved in around ten minutes. It is also an excellent way to cook fish that has been frozen. When I purchase fish I mostly buy whole fillets such as rockling and then trim the fillets into a decent sized piece(s) and then smaller pieces and the thin ends or trimmings which I freeze. These bits are great for stir fry or pasta marinara. The remaining ingredients are pantry and fridge staples. This recipe is just as good with prawns or chicken.

As with any form of seasoning personal taste is important. If you like a bit more chilli increase the amount of SriRacha sauce, or leave it out. The amount of garlic and green ginger can also be altered to suit your palate. Sesame oil can be an aquired taste, use less to start with and add more at the table.

 The staples
all from the supermarket
Soba noodles, soy sauce, oil (I like grapeseed), sesame oil, Sri racha sauce, garlic and green ginger.

Hint for the ginger.
I cut a large piece of green ginger into small knobs, peel it and then place the knobs in a small ziplock bag and freeze. It is easily grated frozen.

The key to cooking this dish is the sequencing of steps. If using frozen fish it needs to be defrosted. I usually take it out of the freezer in the morning and let it defrost in the fridge.

It Is This Easy - Just Follow These Steps

 Bring a pot of water on to boil.

While waitng for the water to boil place fish in a bowl with a tablespoon of soy sauce.

Slice a red onion into slivers, heat a teaspoon or so of oil in a non stick pan, add the onion and reduce heat, stir and allow onion to soften.

Add a teaspoon or two of grated green ginger, a clove of garlic and lots of Asian greens. Stir and cook until they just wilt.

Remove from pan and put vegetables onto a clean plate.

Put soba noodles into the boiling water and cook, usually 3-4 minutes.

Heat the pan that was used for the onion and vegetables, add another teaspoon of oil and then add the fish. It will cook in two minutes and should be just cooked. Take care not to break it up. When cooked turn the heat off and add the cooked greens to the fish.

Drain the noodles and dress with the soy. sesame and SriRacha dressing

Add the noodles to the fish mixture and gently toss or mix.

Adapt the recipe to chicken, it will take a bit longer for the chicken to cook but the process is the same.

Use other vegetables such as thinly sliced beans and broccolini. I always quicly blanch these vegetables in boiling water or give them a zap in the microwave.

Sometimes I use leftover cooked greens and mushrooms. It is easy to slice them up and reheat for a minute in the microwave.

Fish with Soba Noodles
2 filets of white fish or equivalent
1 tablespoon soy sauce
oil for cooking
1 bundle soba noodlesP
1 -2  cloves garlic, crushed
1 small knob of ginger grated
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 -2 teaspoons Sesame oil
1- 2 teaspoons Sri Racha sauce

*A packet of Soba noodles usually has 3 bundles

1/2 red onion, sliced into slivers
1-2  bunches Asian greens / green vegetables of choice

Serves 2 people

Put a large pot of water on to boil.

Slice fish into small/bite sized pieces

Combine fish and 1 tablespoon of soy in a bowl and marinate.

When the water is boiling add noodles and cook as per directions, usually 3-4 minutes. Drain. Combine the soy sauce, SriRacha sauce and sesame oil and toss through the noodles

Heat non stick pan/wok until very hot; add a little oil and then onion. Toss/stir for a minute or two until lightly browned and starting to soften. Add washed greens, garlic and green ginger, cook until just starting to wilt. Remove to a clean plate/bowl.

Heat pan, add a little oil and then fish, cook for a minute or so, turn over and cook a further minute. Turn off the heat.

Add vegetables and noodles to fish, toss or gently mix.

Add additional sesame oil or Sri Racha sauce to taste.

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