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Sesame Noodles with Spicy Pickled Shrimp

June 22, 2011
Author Notes

My mother's go-to picnic dish is the sesame noodle recipe from Martha Stewart's Entertaining (the original edition, obviously, featuring many 80s hairstyles), and for good reason: it's tasty, simple, cheap, and easily doubled or tripled or quintupled. This version tweaks the original and adds spicy pickled shrimp and vegetables to sharpen the flavor and provide some heft. Bonus: it gets better as it sits. - MeghanVK —MeghanVK

Test Kitchen Notes

MeghanVK’s Sesame Noodles with Spicy Pickled Shrimp is a tasty dish. There’s a lovely combination of spices and the noodles alone are really delicious. I found the onion overpowered the rest of the elements and so another time I’d marinate the yellow onion for 24 hours or use a red or maybe even a sweet onion. And as this recipe is made ahead, it leaves you time to prep other more last-minute dishes just before you set off for the picnic. - thehappycook —Victoria Ross

  • Serves 6-8
  • For the Noodles
  • 1 pound linguine
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons sesame oil
  • toasted sesame oil, for drizzling
  • 1/2 cup shredded green cabbage
  • 1 scallion, sliced (white and green parts)
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • For the Pickled Shrimp
  • 1 pound fresh shrimp, peeled and cleaned
  • 1/2 pound sugar snap peas, trimmed and cut in half
  • 1 teaspoon each of whole fenugreek, fennel seed, coriander seed, black peppercorns, and cloves
  • 1/2 cup neutral oil, such as grapeseed
  • 1/4 cup champagne vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced into half moons
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