Noodles with Mushrooms and Lemon Ginger Dressing

Photography Credit: Jaden Hair

Please welcome guest author Jaden Hair of the ever-so-Steamy Kitchen. Jaden and I have been visiting Seattle recently, take a look at the interesting scenery we encountered there. ~Elise

Because I’m the resident foodie here in my neighborhood, I’m usually the one hosting dinner parties. And that’s totally fine by me because of all the recipe development and testing that I have to do every week. I’d rather feed my friends than to see all the food go to waste.

But sometimes, the recipe development goes awry and the dish just fails. Yes, so bad it would ruin my rep as the kitchen superstar.

In those moments, I whip out my never-fail-save-my-dinner-party dish. Of course, I hide all evidence of the earlier recipe disaster in the trash.

So, what’s that dish? Well, honestly it’s not even MY recipe, it’s part of a recipe from Heidi’s 101 Cookbooks blog called Otsu. I’ve committed to memory the lemon-ginger dressing that’s in the Otsu dish and use it for everything – tossed with warm noodles, drizzled on roasted cauliflower, as a salad dressing and even to top grilled fish.

Yes, it’s that good.

I’ve left the recipe really flexible for you – in case you want this as your emergency back-up dish too! In this dish, I used some really nice Japanese shimeji mushrooms, but you can use any type of fresh mushrooms that you want, even thinly sliced button mushrooms.

The pasta that I used in the photo is dried Japanese udon noodles, but standard dried spaghetti is just as good. For the fresh herbs, just use what you have either growing in the garden or bagged in the refrigerator.

Noodles with Mushrooms and Lemon Ginger Dressing Recipe

  • Yield: Serves 4


Lemon Ginger Dressing

  • 3/4 teaspoon Asian chlli powder (or cayenne)
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 inch section of ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

The Noodles

  • 9 ounces dried noodles (spaghetti, linguine, udon, soba)
  • 7 ounces fresh mushrooms (enoki, shimeji, sliced button, sliced shitake)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh herbs (parsley, green onion, cilantro or basil)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds


1 Make the dressing by combining all ingredients, except for the sesame oil and olive oil in a food processor or hand blender. Run the blender for a few seconds, until all ingredients are combined. With the machine running, drizzle in the oils.

2 In a pot, cook the dried noodles according to the package instructions. Drain and set aside.

3 Heat a frying pan over high heat. Add the butter and when the butter starts bubbling, add the mushrooms. Saute the mushrooms for 2 minutes.

4 In a large bowl, toss the cooked noodles with the mushrooms, fresh herbs, sesame seeds and some of the dressing (to taste.)

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Jaden Hair

Jaden publishes recipes and drool-worthy food photography at Steamy Kitchen. Born in Hong Kong and raised in North Platte, Nebraska, Jaden's specialty is Asian cooking that's fast, fresh, and simple. Jaden's cookbooks are Healthy Asian Favorites and Steamy Kitchen Cookbook.

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  • Ann Marie

    I have made this many times. It’s one of those dishes that’s as pleasurable as eating dessert. Can’t get enough of it. Sometimes I use Cilantro, sometimes Basil, but the herbs must be fresh. I like to eat it room temperature. I usually use a whole wheat linguine, but any pasta would do.

  • sue eckroth

    This was delicious! My husband said “it’s a keeper!!” Love the lime, ginger and pepper spicy taste. My only question is; is there a trick to cooking fresh udon noodles??

  • Louise

    This. This was perfect! I will be making this one over and over. There really should have been more leftovers, but we just couldn’t stop eating it. This will be on the menu the next time we have guests, for sure.

  • Cornelia Durrant

    I am baffled by the rave reviews. It has a lot of soy sauce, vinegar and lemon and only 4 tbs of oil. Comes out very thin, watery and salty. Not something I would want to put on pasta. I threw it away. Did I miss something?

  • Cristina L

    I loved this recipe and I make it regularly, I’d like a little more thickness in the dressing, should I add an egg?

    Hi there, you can add a fresh egg yolk to dressing to emulsify if you’d like! ~jaden

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