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Udon Noodle Stir Fry

This Udon Noodle Stir Fry with veggies is delicious! The noodles have a naturally sweet flavor that requires very little extra seasoning.

udon noodle stir fry in bright blue plate with chopsticks on side

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…

  • Vegetable-packed
  • Hearty
  • Salty
  • Saucy
  • Loaded with flavor
  • Super simple to make
veggie udon noodle stir fry in wok

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.

cooked udon noodles being held in chopsticks over bowl of soup

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.

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. You will notice that I used mushrooms, carrots, broccoli, and baby corn. However, other times I use bok choy and other greens. Tofu is another great optional addition.

This is a great way to use up whatever vegetables are available in your refrigerator.

How to make udon noodle stir-fry

Begin by cooking the udon noodles. I like to drain mine in a colander and then run cool water over them.

udon noodles in white colander

In a wok or large stir-fry pan, add veggie broth for stir-frying veggies. I like to add the onions and mushrooms first because they take a little longer to cook.

After about 5 minutes, add the broccoli and other veggies and allow them to cook uncovered until slightly tender, making sure broccoli is still bright green and not overcooked.

stir fried veggies in stainless wok with spoon

While the vegetables are cooking,  whisk together the stir-fry sauce ingredients, and set aside. Adjust the measurement to your taste.

stir fry sauce in stainless mixing bowl with whisk

Once the vegetables are done, add the noodles and sauce to the pan and allow it to thicken. Serve warm.

udon stir fry on brown plate with tea pot in background

Other udon noodle stir-fry recipes

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? 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? Yes, they are. The simple ingredients include wheat and salt.
  • Q: Is udon healthier than ramen? 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? Udon noodles typically take about 6 minutes to cook in boiling water.

Other great Asian noodle recipes

veggie udon noodle stir fry in wok

Udon Noodles & Veggies

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

These Udon Noodles & Veggies are delicious! The noodles have a naturally sweet flavor that requires very little extra seasoning. We will definitely be making these again!

Ingredients

Stir-Fry

  • 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

Stir fry sauce

Instructions

    1. Begin by cooking the udon noodles. I like to drain mine in a colander and then run cool water over them.
    2. In a wok or large stir-fry pan, add veggie broth for stir-frying veggies. I like to add the onions and mushrooms first because they take a little longer to cook.
    3. After about 5 minutes, add the broccoli and other veggies and allow them to cook uncovered until slightly tender, making sure broccoli is still bright green and not overcooked.
    4. While the vegetables are cooking,  whisk together the stir-fry sauce ingredients, and set aside. Adjust the measurement to your taste.
    5. Once the vegetables are done, add the noodles and sauce to the pan and allow it to thicken. Serve warm.

Notes

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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Lyn

Wednesday 24th of April 2019

Hi, which type of tofu do you use. Thank you lyn

EatPlant-Based.com

Thursday 25th of April 2019

I use different brands of tofu, but Nasoya is the one I have on-hand most of the time.

Susie NUSS

Sunday 14th of April 2019

I am allergic to Tofu .. is there any substitute?

EatPlant-Based.com

Monday 15th of April 2019

Yes, tempeh, soy curls, or seitan would all be great substitutes in this stir fry.

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