Shrimp Recipe: Shrimp and Cabbage with Soba Noodles

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I didn’t know what to cook the other night. This is a common occurrence around here and it often leads to some of my favorite meals like poached chicken with fruit salsa or scallop risotto. I had half of a cabbage that had to be used and this shrimp recipe was created from that. It’s funny how a whole dinner can be created from the need to use a vegetable before it goes bad.

This is a meal that is great for when you need to get dinner on the table in a hurry. The part that takes the longest is waiting for the water to boil to cook the soba. While I still hate this range I have in my new house I have come to appreciate how fast the “quick boil” burner does indeed boil quickly.

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shrimp and cabbage with soba

Shrimp Recipe: Shrimp and Cabbage with Soba Noodles

Serves 2

  • 1 9.5 oz package of soba noodles
  • 1/2 head of cabbage
  • 10 large shrimp
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup oyster sauce
  • 2 TBS white wine or rice wine 
  • 3 TBS sugar
  • 1 TBS canola oil
  • salt to taste
cut shrimp into pieces
I save the peels in the freezer for making stock
  • Peel and devein the shrimp. Cut each shrimp into three pieces.
  • Mix the soy sauce, oyster sauce, rice wine and sugar together. Set aside.
  • Roughly chop the cabbage.

cook the soba

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the soba and cook per the package instructions. Save about 1/2 cup of the soba water then drain.

cook the cabbage

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  • Heat the oil the pot used to boil the noodles.  Add the cabbage and stir fry until it starts to wilt.

add the shrimp, noodles and sauce

  • Then add the shrimp and continue to stir fry until the shrimp are just about cooked.
  • Pour in the soy/oyster sauce and stir.
  • Add the soba noodles. If needed add a little of the reserved cooking water.
  • Plate and serve.

How Was the Shrimp Recipe?

The shrimp and cabbage with soba was really quite tasty. I love soba noodles and they pair so well with seafood. The cabbage still had a nice crunch and everything just came together very well.  This would also work with scallops or chicken.

This is a quick and easy recipe which makes it great for a weeknight meal or when you are in a hurry. It’s also quite filling due to the buckwheat noodles. I like to keep them on hand so I can whip up a noodle dish when ever the mood strikes. It’s a one pot meal as well so that makes clean up easy too.

What Are Soba Noodles?

If you have not had them before soba noodles are delicious! If you get soba made solely with buckwheat flour they will be gluten free but many brands do include some wheat flour so if this is a concern be sure to check the ingredients. The ones I use do contain wheat as gluten is not a concern for us. 

Buckwheat flour is very nutritious and high in protein. It also has been shown to have a cholesterol lowering effect. I just know that they taste good.

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