This quick and easy Soba Noodles Recipe is healthy, simple and addicting.  Loaded with tender vegetables, clean flavors and succulent texture- keep it vegan or add your favorite protein.  Make it in 35 minutes! Video. 

This easy Soba Noodles Recipe is healthy and simple. Loaded with tender vegetables, clean addicting flavor and succulent texture.  Keep it vegan or add your favorite protein.

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This Easy Soba Noodles recipe gives all that amazing noodle satisfaction along with a huge boost of nutrition from the buckwheat in the soba noodles.  I think I could eat these noodles every day!  There is just something about the texture and gratifying mouth feel of noodle dishes that is so comforting.  I love that soba noodles are such a powerhouse of sustenance, making them a healthy indulgence!

This stirfry comes together really fast.  Once all of the ingredients are prepped and ready, it takes just minutes to cook.  The sauce is simple and really highlights the flavor of the buckwheat in the soba noodles and enhances the fresh veggies perfectly.

You can switch out vegetables to whatever you have on hand.  Cutting the veggies in thin strips allows them to cook quickly and makes it easier to get noodles and veggies together in each bite.  I find this Soba Noodle Stirfry most comforting when served warm but it is also quite delicious at room temperature.  My kids eat the leftovers cold right out of the fridge!

Quick & Easy Soba Noodles Video

Leftovers are best eaten in a day or so after making. Unfamiliar with Soba noodles? Here are some frequently asked questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are Soba Noodles?

  • Nutty and earthy in flavor, soba noodles are made of buckwheat and may be one of the healthiest noodles to eat!
  • They are similar to a spaghetti noodle in size, a bit more tender, and a whole lot more nutritious!
  • Soba translates to buckwheat in Japan where soba noodles originate.  Buckwheat is a pseudocereal grain, harvested from the seeds of non-grasses.  (Quinoa and amaranth are other common examples of gluten-free pseudocereals).
  • Buckwheat flour is incredibly nutritious, containing fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and protein, as well as a great prebiotic, feeding all the good gut bacteria and they also have a low glycemic index helping maintain healthy blood sugar levels.  That is a lot of goodness!
  • Soba noodles are pretty easy to find in the Asian section of most grocery stores, natural markets, and Asian markets.

Are Soba Noodles gluten-free?

Yes! Authentic soba noodles are made from 100% buckwheat flour.  Buckwheat is gluten-free!  Though most commonly, buckwheat soba noodles contain 20-40 percent wheat flour.   Make sure to check the ingredients!

What is the difference between ramen udon noodles and soba noodles?

Udon Noodles

  • Udon noodles are most commonly are served hot.
  • A hearty thick noodle made from wheat flour, not gluten-free.
  • Mild and neutral flavor with a chewy texture.

Soba Noodles

  • Soba noodles are used in both hot and cold dishes.
  • Similar in shape to a spaghetti noodle.
  • Many varieties are gluten-free.
  • High in fiber and protein.
  • Earthy, nutty flavor with a soft texture.
  • The darker the noodle the more buckwheat it contains.

What is the difference between soba noodles and spaghetti?

  • Though they are very similar in size, soba noodles tend to cook more quickly.
  • Soba noodles can be gluten-free.
  • Typically spaghetti is made with flour that contains gluten.
  • Soba noodles have a softer texture, a more earthy flavor and are higher in nutrients.
  • Spaghetti has a slightly chewier texture and a more mild neutral flavor.

 

Ingredients in soba noodles: colorful bell peppers, napa cabbage, carrots, green onions, shiitake mushrooms, soba noodles.

Ingredients

How to Make Soba Noodles

shredded vegetables

Step One

Thinly slice all your ingredients.

I like cutting the carrots in thin strips either using a julienne peeler, a mandolin or a spiralizer.  Cutting them with a knife is fine too!  Keeping them evenly cut will ensure a uniform texture.

Cooked and rinsed soba noodles

Step Two

Bring water to a boil and cook the soba noodles according to the package, just slightly on the al dente side.

If using 100% buckwheat soba, do not add salt to the cooking water, it can effect the texture and sturdiness of the noodle.

Drain in cool water to remove gluten and starchiness.  This helps the texture and prevents the soba noodles from getting gummy and gluey.  Set aside.

sauce ingredients

Step Three

Stir together the sauce ingredients: sesame oil, rice vinegar, maple syrup, soy sauce.

Step Four

Heat oil over medium-high heat in a wok or skillet.  Add napa cabbage, shiitake mushrooms, carrot strips, and a sprinkle of salt.  Stir constantly for 2-3 minutes.  Stir in garlic and ginger for 1-2 minutes.

stir frying vegetables

Step Five

Add bell pepper and white part of the green onion, and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes until just tender but still crisp.

Adding soba noodles to the stirfry.

Step Six

Add the soba noodles and sauce.  Toss together 1-2 minutes, letting it thoroughly heat through.

adding sauce to the noodles

Step Seven

Sprinkle with green onions and toasted sesame seeds.

Add a sprinkle of the black sesame seeds if desired.

noodles in the wok ready to serve.

How to Serve Soba Noodles

Serve them hot or at room temperature.

Serve them as a main dish or as a side dish with your favorite protein.

Optional Protein Additions:

  • hard-boiled or fried egg
  • crispy tofu, or Baked Tofu
  • chicken (leftover rotisserie chicken, stir-fried strips or cubes)
  • shrimp
  • steak strips

Easy Soba Noodles -loaded with vegetables, clean flavors, and succulent texture.  Keep it vegan or add your favorite protein.

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This easy Soba Noodles Recipe is healthy and simple. Loaded with tender vegetables, clean addicting flavor and succulent texture.  Keep it vegan or add your favorite protein.

Easy Soba Noodles

  • Author: Tonia | Feasting at Home
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: vegan, main,
  • Method: stirfry
  • Cuisine: Asian
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This easy Soba Noodles Recipe is healthy and simple. Loaded with tender vegetables, clean addicting flavor and succulent texture.  Keep it vegan or add your favorite protein.

 


Ingredients

Scale

Stir Fry:

  • 89 oz. soba noodles
  • 1 tablespoon high heat oil (such as peanut oilcoconut oil or avocado oil)
  • 2 cups napa cabbage, shredded
  • 56 shiitake mushrooms, sliced thin
  • 1 large carrot cut in thin strips
  • 4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1-inch knob of ginger, minced
  • 1 bell pepper, sliced in thin strips
  • 1/2 bunch green onions, chopped fine- separating the white from the green stems
  • 3 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted
  • black sesame seeds for garnish (optional)

Soba Noodle Sauce:


Instructions

  1. Bring water to a boil and cook the soba noodles according to the package, (just slightly on the al dente side).  Drain in cool water to remove gluten and starchiness.  (This helps the texture and prevents the soba noodles from getting gummy and gluey).  Set aside.
  2. Stir together the sauce ingredients: sesame oil, rice vinegar, maple syrup, soy sauce.
  3. Heat oil over medium-high heat in a wok or skillet.  Add napa cabbage, shiitake mushrooms, carrot strips, and a sprinkle of salt.  Stir constantly for 2-3 minutes.  Stir in garlic and ginger for 1-2 minutes.  Add bell pepper and white part of the green onion stir-frying for 2-3 minutes until just tender but still crisp.
  4. Add the soba noodles and sauce.  Toss together 1-2 minutes letting it thoroughly heat through.
  5. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions.  Add black sesame seeds for garnish if desired.

Notes

Serve hot or at room temperature.

Serve as a main dish or as a side dish with your favorite protein.

Optional additions:  hard-boiled or fried egg, crispy tofu, chicken breast, shrimp, steak strips.

Leftovers are best eaten in a day or two after making.

Since the buckwheat does not contain gluten it can break more easily. Best if you don’t stir while cooking and  test for doneness before cooking time finishes.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 380
  • Sugar: 6.5 g
  • Sodium: 692.3 mg
  • Fat: 14.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 56.5 g
  • Fiber: 2.8 g
  • Protein: 11.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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  1. Ka-Me soba noodles are more expensive but texture is better and there is no need to boil first.Available at a small store near me but can be found on Amazon

  2. How would I incorporate baked tofu into the recipe? Does it need to just warm up at the end of the stir fry? It’s not crispy tofu. Thanks.

  3. Yummy. I added some edamame, but otherwise followed the directions as written. I will certainly make it again. Thanks for the great recipe!

  4. I made this for dinner last night. My fam gave it a two thumbs up! I added grilled chicken…..love the shiitakes too!

  5. We really loved the flavor to this dish, but the noodles just fell apart in the pan while mixing. And, it wasn’t at all pretty like your presentation. I followed the instructions for the noodles and rinsed several times under cold water. What should I have done differently? I even went to the store today and purchased buckwheat noodles as that was the only ingredient missing.

    1. Sorry about that Pearl! It sounds like the noodles may have been overcooked. You might try testing them a couple minutes before the stated time to check the texture, keep them on the al dente side. Just curious if they were 100% buckwheat or if they had some wheat flour in them?

        1. Since the buckwheat does not contain gluten it can break more easily. Best if you don’t stir while cooking and keep testing for doneness before cooking time finishes. Thanks for letting us know Pearl, I will make a note of it in the recipe.

  6. This was great! Pretty much made as written. I love how simple the sauce is. FYI recipe calls to add Napa cabbage twice.

  7. Delicious and easy! I added some sambal chili and Japanese bbq sauce to the dressing for the noodles and it turned out great.