Soba Noodles with Sesame-Lime Dressing

soba noodles with sesame-lime dressing
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  • 4Servings


  • 1 package (12 oz.) soba (buckwheat) noodles
  • Ice water
  • 3 sesame oil
  • 3 1/2 ounces shiitake mushrooms, stems removed, caps thinly sliced (2 cups)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 8 ounces napa cabbage, thinly sliced (4 cups)
  • 2 carrots, cut into slivers or shredded on the large holes of a box grater
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 lime, zested, plus 1 tbsp. juice
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon prepared fish sauce


In a large pot of boiling water, add the soba noodles, stirring to separate. Return the water to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer until the noodles are fully cooked, about 8 minutes. Drain, then plunge into an ice water bath, using your fingers to separate the noodles. Transfer to a colander and rinse with plenty of cold water until the water runs clear; drain well.

In a large skillet, drizzle in 1 1/2 tbsp. sesame oil over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, until lightly browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.

Add the cabbage, carrots, scallions, lime zest and drained noodles to the mushrooms and toss well.

In a small bowl, whisk the remaining 1 1/2 tbsp. sesame oil with the lime juice, soy sauce and fish sauce. Drizzle over the noodles; toss gently.