15-Minute Garlic Shrimp Soba Noodles are light, fresh, and even better than takeout. Gluten free soba noodles are tossed in a savory sesame sauce before being topped with tender garlic shrimp. It’s an easy and versatile meal that’s perfect for healthy lunches or quick dinners!Jump to Recipe
Easy Shrimp and Noodle Recipe
Are you craving something light, flavorful, and versatile? These quick and easy 15-Minute Garlic Shrimp Soba Noodles are made with fresh ingredients and a savory sesame sauce that are so much more exciting than a green salad.
I’m all about making fun and fresh noodle bowls at home. Whether they’re served cold or hot, with meat or veggies, or with or without spice, they’re always easy to put together and way more tasty than takeout.
You’re going to love these easy shrimp soba noodles because:
- They’re made with gluten free soba noodles.
- Fresh garlic and ginger add an aromatic touch.
- The whole meal is ready in just 15 minutes!
Last but not least, you can spruce up your soba noodle bowl recipe with anything you like. Top the savory and sweet shrimp and noodles with edamame, cilantro, pickled red onions, or red chili flakes for a touch of spice!
What Are Soba Noodles?
Japanese soba (meaning “buckwheat” in Japanese) noodles are thin, brown noodles made from buckwheat flour and water. They’re naturally gluten free and have a light earthy flavor.
Serve your soba noodles both cold and hot! Toss them in some sauce before topping the cold noodles with salmon and crisp veggies or add them to a bowl of hot broth with eggs, greens, tofu, or pork.
How To Cook Soba Noodles
- Boil a pot of water and cook the soba noodles according to the package instructions. Soba noodles overcook very easily, so watch them carefully!
- After about 4 to 5 minutes, drain and rinse the noodles in cold water to stop them from cooking.
How To Make Soba Noodles And Shrimp
- Dry the shrimp and season with salt.
- Heat some oil in a skillet over medium-high heat and add the shrimp.
- After a few minutes, lower the heat and add in the garlic and ginger. Turn the heat off when they’re soft.
- Make the sweet sesame sauce by whisking all of the ingredients together in a bowl.
- Toss the cold noodles in the sauce, add to bowls, top with shrimp, green onions, and sesame seeds, then enjoy!
Tips and Substitutions
- Soba noodles – If you don’t have soba, you can use any other noodle you love. Rice noodles and zucchini noodles will keep the dish gluten-free or use ramen, udon, or any long pasta noodle instead.
- Shrimp – Make this recipe as-is with any protein you love. Tofu, scallops, chicken, salmon, or even steak would be delicious!
- Gluten-free – Replace the soy sauce with tamari to make this dish entirely gluten-free.
- Swap the sauce – Replace the sesame sauce with a Thai peanut sauce to give the dish a little more substance.
- Add-ins – Add some extra nutrition into your meal with some edamame, corn, cilantro, snap peas, pickled red onions, mushrooms, and any other vegetables you like!
- For a pop of rich flavors, toast the sesame seeds beforehand.
- Don’t skip out on drying the shrimp! It helps the seasoning stick and produces a more caramelized shrimp.
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15-Minute Garlic Shrimp Soba Noodles
- 10 oz buckwheat soba noodles, (GF certified if gluten-intolerant)
- 1 lb shrimp, extra large, peeled and deveined
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp ginger, grated
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- ¾ tsp kosher salt
- ½ cup green onions, divided
- 2 tbsp sesame seeds
- ⅓ cup soy sauce
- 2 tbsp sesame oil
- 2 tbsp lime juice
- 1 tbsp honey
- Dry the shrimp with a paper towel before seasoning with salt on both sides.
- Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add olive oil, then shrimp. Cook for about 2-3 minutes. Flip, turn down the heat to medium-low, add garlic and ginger, cook for another 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
- Bring a pot of water to a boil and cook your soba noodles as per packet instructions. They overcook easily so I tend to err on the side of caution and cook them for a little less, say 4 minutes (even if the packet says 5).
- Rinse the noodles in cold water to stop the cooking process.
- Whisk all of the sauce ingredients together until fully combined. Add most of the ¼ cup of green onions. Reserve a bit for topping.
- Toss the noodles with sauce, add to bowls, top with shrimp, the remainder of green onions, and sesame seeds.