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Mint and Cilantro Shrimp With Soba Noodles

Mint and Cilantro Shrimp With Soba Noodles
Los Angeles Times

The key to this speedy shrimp dish is the cilantro sauce--a puree of fresh mint, cilantro and lime juice. Half the sauce becomes a marinade for the shrimp, half is tossed with the cooked soba. Serve this dish hot, or ... Read more

Total time: 30 minutes | Serves 4 to 6
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves, loosely packed
  • 1 large bunch cilantro, leaves and soft stems only
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 pound large (21-25 count) shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 pound soba noodles
  • 1/2 tablespoon canola oil
  • 4 plum tomatoes, seeded and diced

Step 1Place the mint leaves, cilantro, lime juice, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and the pepper in a blender. Start blending, then slowly drizzle in the olive oil. Puree until smooth, about 1 minute.

Step 2Pour half into a large bowl, add the shrimp and marinate for 10 minutes. Reserve the remaining half of the marinade for the noodles.

Step 3Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil and add the remaining 1 tablespoon of salt. Break the noodles in half and cook until al dente, about 4 minutes. Drain and keep warm.

Step 4Heat a large skillet on high and add the canola oil. Drain the shrimp and discard the marinade. Cook the shrimp until pink and slightly firm, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the diced tomatoes and cook for 1 minute. Add the hot noodles and reserved marinade and stir until incorporated and steaming hot. Serve immediately or let cool, then refrigerate.


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