This simple salmon miso soup with soba noodles is about as healthy as it gets! Healthy oily fish, green vegetables, ginger, garlic and of course the soba noodles. This Japanese inspired soup is as nutritious as it sounds!
This is the type of meal you want to make if you are trying to be super healthy. Just eating, even slurping it makes you feel good. Healthy salmon, green vegetables and brown soba noodles in a miso broth. Of course, you could use rice noodles or egg noodles instead but there's something about brown carbs that just makes me feel virtuous: brown pasta, brown rice, chocolate cake. Sorry, not all brown carbs, not chocolate cake, chocolate biscuits or treacle tart. Or anything with caramel in come to think of it.
Oooops. Now I'm stuck thinking about the wrong kind of carbs. If only they had a different name. Well, it's not really a problem for me, I've already eaten this lovely soup. I was virtuous at the time. It's you I'm worried about. I don't want to ruin any healthy eating plans you've got before you've even started!
For me, this soup was a new challenge. I've made a lot of noodles soups in the past but usually with lots of chilli and garlic in. This time I left the chillies in the fridge and decided to experiment with miso as I had a jar of Miso Paste I wanted to try. I'm definitely not an expert at Japanese food. It's probably one of the cuisines I know least about. I rarely cook Japanese food and I don't eat out at Japanese restaurants very often. This means I haven't had many miso soups and so I didn't want the miso flavour to be overwhelming.
What is this miso soup like?
I don't often do subtle flavours but that's what I wanted this time. So, I just used 1 tablespoon of miso paste but you could use more or less depending on how gentle a mood you are in. I couldn't be altogether meek and mild though. I couldn't resist throwing in some ginger and garlic and a little sesame oil on the noodles which also added extra flavour. As I said at the start, you do feel healthy eating this soup. The miso flavour is subtle but it's still a flavourful soup. It might have been my first miso soup but it will not be my last.
Can you adapt this salmon miso soba noodle soup?
By all means feel free to experiment a little. Go on, add that sliced red chilli pepper if that's your thing. I might add one next time.
If you have different vegetables then don't feel you can't add them as well. Mange tout or baby corn would be great in this.
If you want to turn it into a vegan soup then substitute the salmon for tofu. Or just substitute the salmon for another fish. Cod or pollock would also work really well.
Recipe for Salmon Miso Soup with Soba Noodles
Salmon Miso Soup with Soba Noodles
- 1 tablespoon miso paste
- 1 tablespoon root ginger grated
- 1 clove garlic crushed
- 150 g salmon
- 50 g mushrooms sliced
- 25 g spinach
- 80 g soba noodles
- 2 teaspoon sesame oil
- Put 600ml water from the kettle into a saucepan. Add the miso, ginger and garlic and bring back to the boil.
- Lower the salmon gently into the water and simmer until the salmon is just cooked and begins to flake when you touch it with a fork. It'll take about 5 minutes.
- At the same time cook the soba noodles according to the pack instructions. They'll take about 5 minutes. When they are ready, drain them, toss them with a little sesame oil and put them in the bottom of the soup bowls.
- Lift the salmon out of the water and divide it between each bowl.
- Add the mushrooms and spinach to the pan. Cover the pan and cook for a couple of minutes. Ladle some of the soup and vegetables into each bowl.
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