Yaki Udon (Japanese Stir-Fried Udon Noodles)

March 26, 2022

Prepare a hearty and delicious meal in just 20 minutes with this Yaki Udon recipe. Enjoy the udon noodles with meat and vegetables.

Yaki Udon is a noodle dish prepared with stir-fried udon noodles, protein, vegetables, and a special sauce. This recipe, which is one of the most popular dishes in Japanese cuisine, can be prepared with meat, seafood, or vegetables.

Try this recipe to make restaurant quality Chicken Yaki Udon at home. Use tofu instead of chicken in the recipe to make Vegan Yaki Udon Noodles. If you like to make Asian food, you will love this noodle recipe.

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Taste Score: %80
Difficulty Easy
Servings 2 people
Preparation 10 mins
Cooking 10 mins
Total 20 mins

Tips

  • Seek out vacuum-packed udon noodles. These are typically pre-cooked and sealed in individual, portioned-out packets. You can find them in the refrigerated or frozen section of Asian grocery stores.
  • You can use fresh, packaged or frozen udon noodles. Fresh udon noodles are uncooked. Frozen or packaged udon noodles are precooked. For this reason, it will be sufficient to dissolve them in boiling water for about a minute.
  • You can use dried Udon noodles, but they take a little longer to cook, which may not be ideal for a quick stir-fry.
  • You can use any type of protein like chicken, beef, pork, or shrimp. You can also make vegetable yaki udon noodles.
  • If you can't find dark soy sauce, you can replace it with regular soy sauce. In the end, the color of the dish will not be that dark, but it will still taste great.
  • To make your own dark soy sauce, you can boil regular soy sauce with a pinch of sugar and some molasses. For this, wait for the ingredients to boil, and turn off the heat when the mixture thickens a little.
  • Oyster sauce has a sweet, umami flavor similar to hoisin or teriyaki sauce. Replace the oyster sauce with raisins, teriyaki, or any sweet and savory brown stir-fry sauce.
  • If you're looking for a vegan alternative, most supermarkets (especially Asian supermarkets) have vegan oyster sauce. If you prefer to use a traditional option, hoisin is naturally suitable for vegans and vegetarians.
  • Mirin is a Japanese cooking wine that tends to impart a restaurant-quality flavor to dishes, but it can be difficult to find. You can use cooking wine, sake, or soju instead of mirin. For a non-alcoholic version, replace it with stock or water with a few drops of lemon juice or vinegar.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Start with the yaki udon sauce. Mix all sauce ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. Then take the udon noodles out of their packages and add them to the pot of boiling water. Frozen udon noodles can be added directly to boiling water.
  3. Gently stir the noodles for about 30 seconds. This will allow them to separate and be completely flexible. Cook the noodles for 1-2 minutes according to package instructions.
  4. Wash and drain the noodles in cold water. If you are not going to use it right away, fry it in a little oil to prevent it from sticking together.
  5. Heat the pan to very high heat and then add the oil to heat it completely.
  6. Add the minced meat and fry for one minute, stirring constantly as the meat cooks.
  7. Add the rest of your vegetables and fry all the ingredients for 2-3 minutes before adding the noodles and yaki udon sauce.
  8. Sprinkle it with bonito flakes and serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Yaki Udon (Stir-Fried Udon Noodles)
Serves 2
Amount Per Serving
Calories681
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10.3 g13.2%
Cholesterol 102 mg34%
Sodium 1625 mg70.7%
Protein 45.1 g90.2%
Potassium 587 mg12.5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

What Is Yaki Udon?

Yaki udon is a simple, stir-fried Japanese udon noodle dish. It’s made with all sorts of different veggies and proteins, which means that it can be tricky to nail down precisely what the ingredients are.

Japanese udon noodles are chewy wheat noodles. They are made with wheat flour, water, and salt. This noodle variety is generally vegan and dairy-free, but not gluten-free. Still, always check the ingredients before purchasing any brand of noodles.

The defining characteristic of this dish is a savory sauce that’s made, principally, from soy sauce and mirin. This, combined with the chunky udon noodles, leads to a dish that couldn’t be mistaken for anything else.

What Is the Difference Between Udon and Yaki Udon?

This is a simple one, and it’s a language problem that you’ve likely run into before with other unfamiliar cuisines.

At the base of it, Udon is a type of noodle—wheat-based, thick, and quite chewy. Yaki udon, though, is a stir-fried dish that makes use of these noodles, as well as assorted veggies and meat.

A great way to keep this in mind is by considering the difference between spaghetti and spaghetti carbonara. The former is a type of pasta, while the latter is a dish that makes use of that pasta.

What To Serve with Yaki Udon?

Here are our delicious recipes that you can serve with Yaki Udon Noodles:

How To Store Yaki Udon?

You are unlikely to have many leftovers for this dish as it is so delicious. You can still store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It lasts up to 3 days. Since you are using meat in this dish, be careful not to leave the dish for more than three days.

Recipe byPetite Gourmets

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