How to make Yaki Udon – Stir-Fried Thick White Noodles Recipes

James’ new favorite weeknight meal. How to make Yaki Udon Step-by-Step. Flavorful, filling & faster than delivery.

Hey y’all, it’s James here from Food And Meal. As many of you know, I’m passionate about cooking and sharing delicious Japanese recipes. Lately I’ve been experimenting more with Asian cuisine, and I have to tell you – I’m hooked!

One dish in particular that has captured my heart is yaki udon. In case you’re not familiar, Stir fried udon is a Japanese stir fry made with thick, chewy udon noodles, meat and veggies, all coated in the most incredible sweet and savory sauce. The second I took my first bite, I was transported. Those springy noodles, the umami-rich sauce, the satisfying crunch of the vegetables…let’s just say this recipe is going on regular rotation at my house from here on out!

I love that japanese stir fried comes together in just 20 minutes. It’s my new favorite weeknight meal when I’m crunched for time but still want something filling and flavorful. And you can customize it by switching up the protein or veggies based on what you have on hand. Total crowd pleaser!

The best part is, this how to make yaki udon guide is easy to cook at home. I’ll walk you through step-by-step so even novice cooks can nail it. Fair warning though, once you try homemade yaki udon, you may never want to order takeout again. It’s that good.

So come along for the ride as I share my adventures cooking noodle dish for the first time! I’ll cover everything from how to cook udon noodles properly to putting together the sweet & savory sauce that makes this dish sing. Let’s do this!

How to make Yaki Udon Noodles

Yaki udon is a popular Japanese stir-fry dish. It consists of white udon noodles stirred with soy-based sauce, meat, vegetables, and other ingredients. It is similar to yakisoba, a Korean-influenced dish, which uses ramen-style wheat noodles. But unlike ramen, yaki combines a variety of flavors and textures.

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This quick and easy yaki udon recipe is one of the simplest and tastiest yaki udon recipes available. You can prepare it in as little as 15 minutes, and it will taste delicious. It's made from a thick, silky noodle, so it's ideal for a vegetarian diet, and it's also an excellent choice for a quick meal after a hard day at work.
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Course: Noodle
Cuisine: Japanese
Diet: Low Calorie
Keyword: udon, yaki udon
CookingStyle: Slow cooking
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 3 servings
Calories: 510kcal
Author: James Anderson and Yukiko
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  • 2 packages udon noodles
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • ½ pound pork belly cut into bite-sized pieces NOTE: You may substitute other meats, seafood or vegetables of choice
  • 1 small onion sliced
  • 1 cup cabbage cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 medium carrot julienned
  • 2 shiitake mushrooms destemmed and sliced
  • 2 green onions 2 inches of the tips set aside, the rest cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons mentsuyu sauce or leftover sukiyaki sauce
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons bonito flakes or katsuobushi


  • Prepare the noodles according to the packaging instructions. Frozen noodles should be boiled to loosen them, then rinsed and drained.
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  • Heat the oil in a wok or frying pan over medium heat, and saute the pork until browned.
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  • Add the onion and cook until translucent (about 2-5 minutes). Add the cabbage, carrots, shiitake, and green onion. Cook until the vegetables are wilted.
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  • Add the noodles, mentsuyu, soy sauce, and black pepper, and mix well.
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  • Adjust the flavor with more seasonings, as needed.
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  • Transfer to a serving dish and top with bonito flakes and chopped green onion.
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If you are not a big fan of udon, try making your own with a mixture of vegetables and proteins. Shiitake mushrooms are a great choice. They are flavorful and meaty, and they have a thick, meaty texture. These are high in guanosine monophosphate, which triggers the umami taste in the mouth. Other flavorful mushrooms that work well in yaki udon include maitake, button, and shiitake.
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Serving: 3servings | Calories: 510kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 49g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Monounsaturated Fat: 21g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 166mg | Potassium: 353mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 3508IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg
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Alternative Method: Yaki Udon in a Wok

How To Make Yaki Udon At Home
How to make yaki udon at home


  • 8 oz (225g) udon noodles
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 lb (225g) boneless chicken breast, sliced into thin strips
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup sliced bell peppers (red, green, or both)
  • 1/2 cup sliced carrots
  • 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon mirin (Japanese sweet rice wine)
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • Green onions, chopped, for garnish


  1. Cook the Udon Noodles:
    • Boil the udon noodles according to the package instructions. Drain and rinse them under cold water. Toss them with a bit of oil to prevent sticking and set aside.
  2. Prepare the Sauce:
    • In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, oyster sauce, hoisin sauce, mirin, and red pepper flakes (if using). Set the sauce aside.
  3. Stir-Fry Chicken:
    • Heat the vegetable oil in a wok over high heat. Add the chicken strips and stir-fry until they are no longer pink, about 2-3 minutes. Remove the chicken from the wok and set it aside.
  4. Vegetable Stir-Fry:
    • In the same wok, add a bit more oil if needed. Stir in the minced garlic, bell peppers, carrots, and mushrooms. Stir-fry for about 4-5 minutes until the vegetables are tender.
  5. Combine and Stir:
    • Add the cooked udon noodles, cooked chicken, and the sauce to the wok. Stir everything together and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes until everything is heated through.
  6. Garnish and Serve:
    • Garnish your Yaki Udon with chopped green onions and serve hot.

Tips for making Yaki Udon

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Serving Suggestions

Some serving suggestions that would pair well with yaki udon include:

  • Gyoza dumplings – The pan-fried potstickers are a nice contrast in texture to the soft noodles. Pork, chicken or vegetable-filled dumplings are all classic options.
  • Karaage – These are Japanese style fried chicken pieces that are crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. The crunch pairs perfectly with saucy noodles.
  • Tempura vegetables – Lightly battered and fried vegetables like carrots, broccoli, sweet potatoes or green beans make a colorful and tasty side.
  • Miso soup – The salty, savory broth and soft tofu nicely balance out the sweetness of the yaki udon.
  • Small mixed green salad – A simple salad with a light dressing adds some freshness and vegetables to complement the rich noodles.
  • Onigiri – Japanese rice balls wrapped in nori seaweed make for great handheld finger food alongside the noodles. Fillings like salmon, tuna or pork are classic.
  • Edamame – The popular boiled and salted soybeans make for a protein-packed, nutty and crunchy snack alongside the noodles.

I tried to suggest a variety of dishes that would offer different flavors, textures and ingredients to accompany yaki udon noodles for a well-rounded and delicious Japanese-inspired meal. Let me know if you need any additional serving suggestion ideas!

Cooking Tips

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Enjoy the flavors of yaki udon in the comfort of your home.
  • High Heat: When stir-frying in a wok, ensure the heat is high. The key to achieving the perfect Yaki Udon is a quick, high-heat cook.
  • Prep Ahead: Have all your ingredients ready before you start stir-frying. This includes sliced chicken, chopped vegetables, and the sauce mixture.
  • Don’t Overcook: Be cautious not to overcook the udon noodles. They should be cooked until just tender, as they will continue to cook in the wok.
  • Overcrowding the Wok: Overcrowding the wok can lead to steaming instead of stir-frying. Cook in batches if needed to avoid this.
  • Soggy Noodles: Overcooking the udon noodles can make them soggy. Follow the package instructions for cooking time, but often, a quick boil is sufficient.
  • Neglecting the Sauce: Ensure you evenly coat the noodles and ingredients with the sauce mixture. Neglecting the sauce can result in uneven flavor distribution.

9 FAQs about stir fried Udon noodles

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Yaki udon – where flavor meets the wok.

1. What is yaki udon made of? Yaki Udon is a Japanese stir-fried noodle dish that typically includes udon noodles, vegetables, and protein (such as meat or seafood). It is seasoned with a savory and slightly sweet soy-based sauce.

2. What is the difference between udon and yaki udon? Udon refers to thick wheat noodles commonly used in Japanese cuisine. Yaki Udon, on the other hand, specifically refers to a stir-fried dish where udon noodles are cooked with various ingredients like vegetables, meat, or seafood and a flavorful sauce.

3. How to make yaki udon from a package? To prepare udon noodles from a package, follow these general steps:

  • Boil water in a pot.
  • Add the udon noodles and cook according to the package instructions.
  • Drain and rinse the noodles under cold water to stop the cooking process.
  • Use the udon noodles in your desired recipe.
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4. How should udon noodles be cooked?

  • Boil water in a pot.
  • Add udon noodles and cook for the time specified on the package.
  • Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.
  • Once cooked, drain and rinse under cold water.

5. Can I store leftover Yaki Udon? Absolutely! Store any leftover Yaki Udon in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Reheat it in a wok or skillet with a touch of oil to maintain its texture and flavors.

6. Can I make Yaki Udon with seafood? Certainly! You can substitute chicken with your choice of seafood like shrimp or scallops. Just adjust the cooking time accordingly.

7. What kind of udon noodles should I use? Fresh, frozen, or dried udon noodles all work well for Yaki Udon. Choose your favorite or use what’s readily available.

8. Can I make Yaki Udon vegetarian or vegan? Yes, you can make Yaki Udon vegetarian or vegan by omitting the meat and using plant-based ingredients and sauces. It’s a versatile dish.

9. Can I customize the spiciness of Yaki Udon? Absolutely! You can control the level of spiciness by adjusting the amount of red pepper flakes or adding hot sauce according to your preference.


Well folks, that wraps up my first foray into learning how to make yaki udon at home!. I hope you enjoyed following along on my journey to recreate this delicious Japanese stir fry. It was so fun to experiment with those chewy udon noodles and put together a flavorful sauce from scratch.

This dish definitely exceeded my expectations – it was every bit as tasty as the yaki udon I’ve had at restaurants. And so easy to customize with different veggies and proteins based on what I had in my fridge. I can see this becoming a regular weeknight meal in rotation.

I’d love to hear if any of you try making yaki udon at home after reading my post. Feel free to hit me up on social media and share pics of your creations! And stay tuned for more global recipe inspirations coming your way soon. Happy cooking, everyone!

I'm James F Anderson, a noted sous chef from London and a Le Cordon Bleu alumnus. My career began in a Michelin-starred Parisian eatery, where my blend of classic and contemporary cooking, using seasonal ingredients, earned accolades. Recognized in culinary publications and on cooking shows, I’m committed to mentoring aspiring chefs and delivering memorable dining experiences, marking me as a standout talent in the culinary world.
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