A generous splash of fresh-squeezed orange juice gives a lift to traditional peanut soba noodle salad. Leave off the shrimp if you want to make this vegetarian. Or top with grilled chicken strips, pork, or steak for another variation.
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
3 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce
3 tablespoons peanut butter
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
2 teaspoons grated orange zest
1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
10 ounce soba noodles or spaghetti
1 cup snow peas
1 carrot, cut into matchsticks
1 1/2 pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
How to Make It
Combine first 7 ingredients in a large bowl.
Boil noodles according to package directions. Before draining, add snow peas and carrot. Let cook 30 seconds.
Drain pasta, peas, and carrot, and toss immediately with orange juice mixture. Set aside.
Brush shrimp with sesame oil, and grill over medium-hot coals 3 to 5 minutes.
Arrange pasta on serving plates, and top with shrimp.
Wine note: Spicy foods marry well with Riesling wines. Here are a few wallet-friendly bottles that balance this savory dish: Blackstone Winery 2005 Monterey County Riesling, Covey Run 2005 Columbia Valley Dry Riesling, and Hardys Stamp of Australia 2005 Riesling Gewürztraminer.
Pretty good recipe. Only change I made was using 1 tbsp sesame oil (instead of 2) and cooking on a grill pan on the stove (it was raining outside). Sesame oil is very strong, and considering that you're also basting with sesame oil, I was concerned that it would just dominate the dish. Next time I'll probably cut back the cayenne to 1/8 tsp...definitely has a kick to it. Served with a cold sweet-sour cuke/onion salad.
All I had was crunchy peanut butter, so maybe that overdid it, but it reminded me of a chinese reese cup, sans chocolate ;). It HAS potential. I think some garlic and more heat needs to be incorporated, and les peanutty taste...it was just way too much.
This was pretty darned good - I made it thinking my teenager would especially like it. It was fairly simple and yummy. I use Dreamfields pasta because it's 1/2 carb and doesn't taste like it. I will make this again for sure. The teenager liked it - we had friends over and everyone cleaned his/her plate.
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