Healthy Dinner for One: Salmon Soba Noodle Miso Bowl

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Crispy Salmon Soba Noodle Bowl

My eyeballs sting and my feet sort of ache from standing all day but it’s ok because a rendition of this bowl is in front of me and Broad City is on the TV. Have you watched?

I watched Girls for the first few seasons but there was always something I didn’t like. I couldn’t really put my finger on it until I started watching Broad City, which I like a million times more, and then it dawned on me: I wouldn’t be friends with any of the women in Girls. Not one of them. They all complain about their lives and it’s annoying and boring and gets old. But Abi and Ilana, THEM MY GIRLS! I wanna hang out with them all day long.

Moving onto this bowl, it’s a single person’s dinner, though it could easily be doubled if you’re into that sort of thing.

Crispy Salmon Soba Noodle Bowl

It’s a super fast dinner; probably will take you under 20 minutes to get it together. Pictured you see it with a bit of baby bok choy and some leftover florets from yesterday’s recipe, but really add what you like or have. Dandelion greens, mustard greens, Swiss chard, maybe some mushrooms…you know, add what you like.

Technically, proper miso soup begins with kombu, but I didn’t have any and for some reason the Asian grocery store near me was closed when I went to go get it but I didn’t really miss it, if I’m being honest. If you have it, start the broth with it! If not, no bigs. I always have miso paste in my fridge and since I’m a bit of a freak about having good quality miso paste, I go for this kind.

Crispy Salmon Soba Noodle Bowl

If you have miso in your fridge it means this soup and salad dressings and lots of other things are literally minutes away—it’s a good fridge staple!

Now, if you haven’t watched Broad City, you have work to do. This is permission to go procrastinate at work and watch TV!

Crispy Salmon Soba Noodle Bowl

Healthy Dinner for One: Salmon Soba Noodle Miso Bowl

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Serving Size: 1 bowl

Ingredients

  • Salt
  • 1 ounce dried soba noodles
  • 1 tablespoon white miso paste
  • 3 cups filtered water
  • 2 teaspoons mirin optional
  • 4 to 5 cauliflower florets or whatever else you have in your fridge
  • 3 ounce filet of wild caught salmon*
  • 1/2 baby bok choy ends trimmed
  • Sesame seeds

Directions

  • Bring a medium pot of salted water, set over medium heat, to a moderate boil. Add the soba noodles and cook for about 4 to 5 minutes (the package always says like 10 minutes and that is WAY too long, so give it a taste at the 4-minute mark to make sure it’s all good). Remove when it’s very al dente since we’ll be cooking it again at the end. Drain and set aside.
  • In the same empty medium pot (no need to wash it out, too lazy!) you cooked the soba noodles, add the miso paste and water. Turn the heat to medium and give it a stir until the miso paste has dissolved, about 5 minutes. Add about 1/2 teaspoon of salt and mirin. Mix and give it a taste; adjust the salt according to taste. Turn the heat to low and set aside.
  • Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Sprinkle the salmon on both sides with a few pinches of salt. Heat the olive oil in a small sauté pan set over medium-high heat. When the oil is glistening, add the cauliflower florets and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove and set aside. Add a teaspoon or two more of oil to the pan. When the oil was hot, add the salmon skin-side down; cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Flip the salmon to the other side and transfer to the oven to cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, add the bok choy, reserved soba noodles and cauliflower to the miso mixture, cook for an additional 2 minutes, until the bok choy turns a bit soft and the color goes bright green. Ladle into a bowl and top with the salmon. Sprinkle with a bit of sesame seeds and that’s it—dinner!

Notes

A lot of the times, salmon still has its pin bones in. To remove, run your finger along the center, you should feel them! Take a clean pair of kitchen tweezers and pull them out, one by one. With a gentle tug they should come out pretty easily. You could also ask the fishmonger to remove them for you.
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20 Comments

  • Reply Michelle March 12, 2015 at 8:03 am

    Thanks for the miso recommendation. I want some but I stare awkwardly at the varieties on the shelf and have no idea what I’m looking for.

    I wouldn’t even consider this healthy food. It’s just good!

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme March 12, 2015 at 11:22 am

      I found this kind at Whole Foods but they also sell it at other gourmet-ish healthy stores too!

  • Reply Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) March 12, 2015 at 10:03 am

    That is one BEAUTIFUL piece of seared salmon! You win at life. Love this dish! I’m 30 days away from my wedding, so I need all the healthy dishes in the world right now! Keep ’em coming.

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme March 12, 2015 at 11:21 am

      Thanks girlfriend! Ooof 30 days is a looong time, but you can do it!

  • Reply Chrissy March 12, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    I haven’t watched Girls, but I felt the same way about the Sex and the City girls. I just couldn’t relate to them. I was a Friends one all the way, and would have been BFFs with them all. And this would have been the perfect dish to eat watching!

  • Reply Rachel March 12, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    I can’t ever find soba noodles.

  • Reply Rachel March 12, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    I can’t ever fin soba noodles.jui

  • Reply Ileana March 13, 2015 at 6:57 am

    Yeah, I don’t think of Lena Dunham as the “voice of my generation.” Something about her just seems off to me.. so I’m not a Girls fan here, either. I’ll have to check out Broad City! Thanks for the tip. (Also, one of the character’s name is so close to mine — that never happens!)

    Anyway, love the look of this soup. You make cooking for one look so good!

  • Reply bev @ bevcooks March 13, 2015 at 9:43 am

    I haven’t even heard of BC! I’m on it.

    I’m also on this soup. Maaaama.

  • Reply Kelsey M March 13, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    Yummy! I love a good ‘n healthy dinner for one!

    And I watched Broad City for the first time a few weeks ago AND LOVED IT- omg so hilarious and truthful about life in the city…Girls on the other hand…well I watched one episode finally to see what all the hype was about and honestly, I got some parts, but overall wasn’t really convinced, nor interested in watching another episode. I’m really open with my good friends, but who showers together with their best friend/roommate? I mean really….

    -Kelsey

  • Reply Kari March 14, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    Looks so yummy!
    Kari
    http://www.sweetteasweetie.com

  • Reply Justin @ KitchenSanity March 15, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    Hi Adrianna!

    I spent 3 years living in Japan and l often try to recreate dishes that I ate there. It’s not always easy, but I feel like my life changed a lot since living there and it makes me feel good to eat like I used to.

    This dish definitely makes me feel like I’m back in Japan. I guess it’s because many soup bases in Japan have miso and mirin. This is so tasty and so quick to make.

    Thanks so much! Looking forward to your next dish 🙂

    Cheers!

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme March 16, 2015 at 12:29 pm

      Oh I love this! Mirin to broth is so good! It just gives it that slight tartness that’s really needed. Thanks for reading!

  • Reply Elena March 16, 2015 at 9:50 am

    This is absolute zen. I’m a little confusing with Soba Noodle Miso Bowl at first. But your straightforward introducing i finally jump to the conclusion that it will be on my next weekend meal. Thank you so much.

  • Reply Kristin April 11, 2015 at 7:18 am

    love broad city!

  • Reply Amanda from Canada April 22, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Pretty obsessed with this dish. I’ve made it so many times now that my partner has asked me “how can you not be sick of this?” mmmmmm….it’s delicious, healthy and easy. I usually stick in some broccoli and top it off with enoki and half the times I”ve made it, I’ve used trout. No Broad City though, I’m binge watching Downton Abbey at the moment.

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  • Reply Cate June 24, 2015 at 4:47 am

    Looks simple, fresh and wonderfully tasty!

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