how to cook udon stir fry | Family Cuisine

Udon is a Japanese noodle that has a chewy texture and flavor. It is traditionally served in cold broth with various toppings, but stir-frying udon noodles with vegetables makes for a quick and healthy meal.

Yaki Udon is an easy & delicious one-pan meal loaded with vegetables, mushrooms, and your choice of protein, all coated in an incredibly flavorful sauce that will have you craving for more. This recipe calls for a handful of ingredients to make the best stir-fried udon noodles in just 15 minutes!

Stir-fried udon noodles are, without a doubt, one of my favorite meals to make during the week due to their ease of preparation and scrumptious taste.

15-Minute Yaki Udon with Shrimp

The thick, chewy texture of Japanese udon noodles often makes them my go-to choice for a quick stir-fry, as they are truly the best at soaking up all the flavors of the sauce, and I always have packs of udon noodles ready to go in my freezer.

I’ve shared a few renditions of stir-fried udon noodles previously in my blog including Kimchi Udon and Bulgogi Udon, but this Yaki Udon recipe is one that I make the most often.

What is Yaki Udon?

15-Minute Yaki Udon with Shrimp

Yaki Udon (焼きうどん) is a Japanese stir-fried udon noodle dish, traditionally made with an assortment of vegetables and meat coated in a slightly sweet and incredibly savory soy and mirin based sauce.

The name of the dish translates to “fried udon” (“Yaki” meaning fry or grill), which also indicates the type of noodles being used. A similar rendition of this dish is Yakisoba, which is another well-known Japanese noodle dish.

Yaki Udon is also an incredibly popular street food item in Japan that can be often found at festivals (omatsuri) across the country, which has also claimed massive popularity at Izakayas (Japanese pubs) around the world.

What do I need to make Yaki Udon?

The best part about this dish is that it only requires a few basic ingredients from your pantry, and the choice of vegetables and protein can be easily altered to your liking. Here is a list of items you will need for this recipe:

  • Udon noodles: fresh or frozen. I prefer using the frozen kind as they store for months in the freezer, and I found that the frozen kind is actually more ideal for stir-fries.
    • Frozen udon noodles often have a nice chewy texture, and less prone to getting mushy and overcooked when stir-frying.
  • Shrimp: or any choice of protein. Other popular additions include chicken, beef, and pork. Some vegetarian options include tofu, extra vegetables, and/or mushrooms.
  • Onion, cabbage, garlic, carrot, mushrooms, and green onions. Feel free to be creative with this! Stir-fries are a great opportunity to use up leftover vegetables from your fridge.
  • Dark soy sauce, oyster sauce, mirin, honey, diluted with a bit of water to make the sauce. You can optionally add a small amount of Gochugaru or red pepper flakes if you like a hint of spice.
  • Green onions and sesame seeds for garnish.

Helpful tips & tricks

15-Minute Yaki Udon (Stir-Fried Udon Noodles)

Although this recipe is so easy to follow, there are definitely a few tips that will help ease your cooking process. Here are some helpful tips to make the best Yaki Udon:

  • Prepare your ingredients in advance including the sauce, prior to heating up the wok. Stir fry dishes are meant to be quick and seamless and preparing all components in advance will make your process a lot easier!
  • Quickly thaw your frozen noodles by using hot tap water.
    • To thaw your frozen noodles, run hot water (at the highest temperature setting) over the frozen noodles prepared in a large bowl, and let rest for about a few seconds, or up to a minute depending on the temperature of your noodles.
    • Once the noodles have softened, use a pair of chopsticks to loosen them, being careful not to break the noodles. Rinse under cold water, drain, and set aside to be used in your stir fry.
    • You can also do the boiling water method, but I found that preparing them this way is a lot more convenient, saves time, and yields amazing texture in the noodles.
  • I highly recommend using a wok to ease your cooking process.
    • This is essential cookware to use for any stir-fry dishes, including this one. A wok distributes heat quickly & evenly on the entire surface, and the curvature allows the food to be tossed around without causing a mess.
    • This will also help in caramelizing the noodles as the high heat will create a delicious charred flavor as the sauce hits the wok.

And there you have it! One of the best features of this dish lies in its simplicity, as it calls for ingredients that are most likely already in your kitchen.

15-Minute Yaki Udon with Shrimp

Best of all, this stir fry dish is prepared in a single wok or large pan, which makes cleanup a breeze! Let’s be honest, we are all struggling with an endless amount of dishes, and simple recipes like this are truly a breath of fresh air. 🍃

For visual instructions, please refer to the video tutorial above (you will need to disable AdBlock if you are on your computer!).

I hope you enjoy this easy and delicious recipe, and please feel free to leave a comment below or message me on Instagram for any questions!

Other easy Dinner recipes you may like:

  • 10-Minute Garlic Chili Oil Noodles
  • Easy Shrimp Fried Rice
  • 15-Minute Pad See Ew (Thai Stir-Fried Noodles)
  • Chinese Tomato Egg Stir Fry
  • 15-Minute Creamy Shrimp Pasta

0 ( 0 votes )

Family Cuisine
Family Cuisine - Instructions, how to, recipes for delicious dishes every day for your loved ones in your family

Readers' opinions (0)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related Posts


Home Canned Marinara Sauce | Family Cuisine

11/08/2021 22:13 1621

Marinara sauce is a staple in many Italian households and it's easy to make. This recipe for home canned marinara sauce is simple and delicious.

How to make homemade marinara sauce using fresh tomatoes

20/08/2021 11:49 1372

This is a quick and easy recipe for homemade marinara sauce. It's made with fresh tomatoes, garlic, onion, basil leaves, oregano, salt and pepper.

How to make spaghetti sauce from fresh tomatoes for canning

20/08/2021 17:51 1338

Making your own spaghetti sauce from fresh tomatoes is easy and delicious. This recipe is a great way to use up those tomatoes that are too ripe for eating, but not quite ready to be canned. In the process of making this sauce, you

How to make orange chicken sauce from panda express

22/08/2021 06:07 1239

The Panda Express Orange Chicken Sauce is a must-try dish. The orange sauce is made from sweet and sour chicken, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, orange juice and corn starch.

Best Damn Air Fryer Pork Tenderloin

12/08/2021 00:27 945

A review of the best air fryer pork tenderloin you can find.

desserts to make with dessert shells

07/10/2021 23:33 880

Desserts to make with dessert shells can range in complexity, but they are all delicious and fun to make. Whether you want a quick snack or an elaborate dinner party dessert, these desserts have something for everyone!

How to build a santa maria grill

16/08/2021 22:01 848

Santa Maria Grill is a restaurant in the heart of downtown. We serve up delicious, healthy food in a comfortable setting.

Best Ever Enchilada Sauce Recipe (Tex Mex Chili Gravy) | Family Cuisine

12/08/2021 06:37 725

If you love Tex Mex and Mexican food, then this is the recipe for you. This best ever enchilada sauce recipe has just the right amount of spice with a hint of sweetness to make it perfect for any meal. It's

Load more