Seared Tuna with Citrus Soba Noodles

I love asian noodles. They are super easy to make, hard to perfect I admit but even when you aren't a culinary genius they always taste great. I make them fairly often as once you buy some of the staple sauces and seasonings, countless combinations can be made. Grab some fresh veggies and your favorite noodle type (I'm partial to soba) and you are ready to go. The other night for an easy but delicious night in, I made seared tuna with citrus soba noodles with snow peas and it was delicious.

If the thought of eating delicious noodles wasn't enough, just wait till you hear the health benefits of buckwheat (what my soba noodles are made of). Buckwheat provides more protein then grains and is packed full of fiber, magnesium and zinc. Also, it has been shown to lower cholesterol and help level blood sugars. Best of all, it is GLUTEN FREE! There are so many more benefits that I could list out for you, but this would become a very long blog post.... but you can read up on them 

here!

 Yes, that is right, you can eat noodles to your hearts content and they are GOOD FOR YOU! ... Thank god for that as I eat them a lot. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

What you'll need:

4oz Soba Noodles (100% Buckwheat)

1 cup Snow Peas trimmed

1/4 cup chopped Scallions

Olive Oil for the pan

1 Tuna Steak (sushi grade 1inch thick, cut into 2 portions)

Extra Lemon to squeeze at the end

Sesame Seeds for garnish

Salt and Pepper

You can also add any other seasonal veggies that you enjoy. Just sauté them and mix them in with the noodles. I have used edamame, peas, and carrots, but the options are endless. 

For the Sauce:

Juice from 1/2 an Orange

1 Tbsp. Lemon Juice

1/2 Tbsp. Ponzu

1/2 Tbsp. Soy Sauce

1/2 Tsp. Sriracha (or as desired)

1 Tsp. Sesame Oil

2 Tsp. minced Ginger 

Serves 2 as a main dish

Directions:

1. Mix together all ingredients for the sauce

2. Cook the noodles in a boiling salted water for about 8 min or until tender

3. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over high heat (you want the veggies to sizzle)

4. Saute the snow peas and scallions until the snow peas are tender with a slight char, remove from heat

5. Turn off the heat and let the pan cool slightly, add the sauce to the warm pan but be carful as it may steam. Let the sauce warm (bubbles should form), stir frequently as the sauce thickens. 

6. Once the sauce thickens, be careful not to let it burn, mix it in with the noodles and veggies. Season with a squeeze of lemon and sesame seeds. You can also add a little more heat at this point by adding a little more Sriracha.

7. For the seared tuna, season both sides generously with salt and pepper

8. Heat a large skillet, you want the steaks to hit the pan and sizzle. Once hot, add a little bit of olive oil and cook the tuna on each side for 1 minute. Remove from heat and let rest for a few minutes. 

Once the tuna has rested, slice and serve with the noodles. Enjoy!