Seared Rockfish with Soba Noodle Salad

Perfect for a picnic

Seared Rockfish with Soba Noodle Salad

Serves: 4 | Difficulty:

With minimal cooking time and maximum flavor, this dish proves a winning weeknight meal (especially when you enjoy the Zen of food prep). The color and short time on the stove top gives you a wonderful salad for summer, too, perfect for enjoying outside.


2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 tablespoon tamari
1 teaspoon honey
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon minced ginger
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons sesame oil

1 medium carrot, cut in long, thin strips using a vegetable peeler
2 red bell peppers, thinly sliced
1 garlic clove, minced
4 scallions, divided
1 8-ounce package of soba noodles, cooked to package directions
2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds, optional

4 8-ounce rockfish fillets
olive oil, as needed
salt and pepper, to taste


For the vinaigrette
In a medium bowl, whisk together rice vinegar, tamari, honey, garlic, ginger, olive oil, and sesame oil.

For the scallions
Slice scallions in half to separate light green and white parts from dark green parts. Slice dark green parts in thin strips lengthwise. Thinly slice light green and white parts into rounds.

For the rockfish
Heat in a large, preferably non-stick skillet over medium heat, and add enough olive oil to coat the bottom. Season rockfish with salt and pepper. Sear, skin-side down for 4-5 minutes. Turn, cooking for an additional 3-4 minutes until fish begins to firm around the edges and is about to flake. Set aside to rest.

For the salad
In the same pan, quickly sauté red pepper strips for 1-2 minutes, until softened. Stir in garlic clove. Toss peppers and garlic with carrots and dark green parts of scallion over soba noodles. Coat with vinaigrette; top with sliced scallion rounds and sesame seeds, if using. Serve rockfish with noodles and enjoy immediately. We might have dipped our fish in remaining vinaigrette, too.