This Udon Noodle Stir Fry with veggies is delicious! The noodles have a naturally sweet flavor that requires very little extra seasoning.
Stir-fries are a regular dinner item at my house because we love them so much. Though you can use any pasta or rice with stir-fries, udon noodles are a favorite of mine.
You’ll love this stir fry because it’s…
- Loaded with flavor
- Super simple to make
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There are many different types of pasta possibilities for this recipe–rice pasta, lo mein, or spaghetti. The udon noodles that I like to use are pasta from Japan.
What is udon?
I find udon noodles in my local grocery store’s Asian section near the soba noodles. They can also be easily found at health food stores and Asian markets or even ordered online.
Unlike soba, udon noodles are made from wheat and are much thicker. Soba noodles are made from buckwheat and so are gluten-free.
In contrast, udon noodles are made from three ingredients–wheat, salt, and water. They are thick, glossy, and white and tastes amazing in soups and stir-fries. They have a mild flavor and a springy doughy texture.
How to cook udon noodles
To cook dried udon noodles, simply place in a pot of boiling water for approximately 8 minutes or less. Once they are cooked, rinse them in cold water to stop the cooking process.
A cold water rinse also helps remove some of the starchy coating which keeps them from sticking together.
A full list of ingredients, measurements, instructions, and a print button can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of the page.
Nutrition in udon noodles
Udon noodles — a type of buckwheat noodle — make up an important part of Japanese cuisine.
A 2-ounce serving of dry udon noodles contains 7 grams of protein. As a plant-based source of protein, udon noodles do not provide all of the essential amino acids. But if you eat a balanced diet that includes vegetables and whole grains, you will adequately meet all of your amino acid needs.–LiveWell
Vegetables in this stir fry
For the vegetables, I use whatever I have on-hand. In the picture above, you will notice that I used mushrooms, carrots, bok choy, and baby corn. The picture below shows another time where I used broccoli in place of the bok choy.
This is a great way to use up whatever vegetables available in your refrigerator.
Another dish that I like to use udon noodles in is this Vegetable Stir Fry with Rice Noodles. It’s a vegan dinner that can be ready in minutes and hearty enough for the whole family to enjoy.
Your Questions Answered:
Q: What’s the difference between udon and soba noodles?
A: They really are quite different. Udon noodles are thick wheat noodles that have a soft chewy texture. Whereas, soba noodles thin nutty-flavored pasta that is gluten-free and made of buckwheat.
Q: Are udon noodles vegan?
A: Yes, they are. The simple ingredients include wheat and salt.
Q: Is udon healthier than ramen?
A: Yes, udon is much healthier than traditional ramen because it is much lower in salt and has fresher ingredients. Ramen is usually fried in oil and udon is oil-free.
Q: How long do you cook udon noodles?
A: Udon noodles typically take about 6 minutes to cook in boiling water.
Other great Asian noodle recipes
- Veggie Udon Noodles with Sweet Ginger Sesame Sauce
- Baby Bok Choy & Veggie Stir Fry
- Udon Noodles With Cashews and Veggies
- Vegetable Stir Fry with Rice Noodles
- 5 Tofu Marinades for Grilling, Baking, & Stir-Fries
- 1 package of 10 oz. Udon Noodles, found in Asian section of most grocery stores
- Veggies of your choice. I used fresh broccoli, Napa cabbage, sliced Portobello mushrooms, sliced onions, water chestnuts, baby corn, and tofu.
- 1/2 cup raw cashews, (optional)
- veggie broth
- 1/4 cup soy sauce or Tamari
- 1/2 tsp. rice vinegar
- 1 tbsp. sugar, I used unrefined sucanat
- Cook Udon noodles according to package instructions.
- Drain, press, and cube tofu.
- Place tofu in a flat dish and sprinkle with some soy sauce and allow to marinate.
- In another bowl, whisk together soy sauce, rice vinegar, and sugar, and set aside. Adjust the measurement to your taste.
- In a large wok or another pan, add veggie broth for stir-frying veggies. I added broccoli and onions first because they take a little longer to cook, allow to cook uncovered until slightly tender, making sure broccoli is still bright green and not overcooked. Add all other veggies, cashews (if using), and sauce mix from bowl and cook approximately 5 minutes. Add tofu and cook another 5 minutes.
- Serve veggies over Udon noodles (after they are drained and rinsed in cold water).
Detailed instructions, in-process photos, and my personal helpful tips can be found in the article above.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 295Total Fat: 2.2gCarbohydrates: 52gFiber: 5.8gProtein: 12.8g
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