Udon Noodle Stir-fry

January 24, 2013

A simple dinner!!!


I love the chew of udon and soba noodles. They both have a bit more heft over semolina pasta.

I also REALLY REALLY love sunflower butter!! Big surprise there.


We took some stir-fry veggies (broccoli, mixed mushrooms, sliced peppers) and cooked them in a bit of soy sauce and water on the stove-top until tender. Plus garlic gold flakes and red pepper flakes.


On the side: toasted sesame seeds


And the sunflower version of this sauce.


Some tofu, shrimp or chicken would have also been nice for a bit more protein, but we dropped the ball on that one.


Still delicious – just required an evening snack.


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1 Judi January 24, 2013 at 6:34 pm

I just wanted to say, first Yum! And second. I am LOVING your new blogging style!


2 Melissa @ HerGreenLife January 24, 2013 at 6:45 pm

Oh, good — when I saw this dish in the “Lately” post, I was hoping you would post the recipe. Asian noodles with soy sauce and nut butter sauces are major comfort food in my book, with the bonus of being healthier than most traditional comfort foods.


3 Vivi January 24, 2013 at 6:46 pm

The photo of the noodles is awesome! Great, dramatic perspective.


4 Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health January 24, 2013 at 6:47 pm

Hi Kath! I have been a reader for a while and wanted to say hi and congratulate you on Mommyhood. And to let you know I ordered my second shipment of No Bull Burgers which I am officially addicted to, thanks to you!
They are so good. :)


5 Sarah January 24, 2013 at 6:54 pm

Oh, how I wish I hadn’t already made dinner. I think I want to drink that sauce as an after dinner drink anyway.


6 Grace January 24, 2013 at 6:55 pm

Yum. Does the sunflower butter have a much different nutrition profile than peanut butter, i.e. less fat? Or is the sub just for fun/flavor?


7 KathEats January 24, 2013 at 8:18 pm

They are pretty comparable


8 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat January 24, 2013 at 7:23 pm

I love udon noodles too! My favourite ways to use them are in miso soup, or in a stir fry similar to yours with a peanutty ginger sauce. I just had dinner but looking at these pics is making me crave noodles! :)


9 ES January 24, 2013 at 7:38 pm

I’ve never made udon noodles! I should try it.

Is there a reason you rarely (if ever?) use real garlic vs. these “nuggets”?


10 KathEats January 24, 2013 at 8:19 pm

Real garlic lingers much more. I’m very sensitive to it (and onions)


11 Anna @ On Anna's Plate January 24, 2013 at 7:41 pm

Yum! Love udon and soba noodles.

I can totally tell that you’re having fun with your new blogging format. :-)


12 Liz @ Tip Top Shape January 24, 2013 at 7:48 pm

This looks delicious! I love soba noodles :)


13 Katie @ SkinnyMinnieMoves January 24, 2013 at 7:59 pm

I’ve been meaning to try udon noodles!


14 robin January 24, 2013 at 8:01 pm



15 Kristen@Change of Pace January 24, 2013 at 8:43 pm

That sounds awesome! You could also use spaghetti squash in place of the noodles


16 Amelia January 24, 2013 at 9:09 pm

Yay! Finally able to read your post! :) This recipe looks SO good. I too love TJ’s sunflower butter. I can eat it straight from the jar.


17 Alyssa January 24, 2013 at 9:38 pm

I wish I could have tried soba noodles before going GF. Sometimes they’re made from buckwheat I think?


18 KathEats January 24, 2013 at 9:39 pm

Yes they are


19 Amy January 25, 2013 at 12:43 pm

soba noodles are made from buckwheat, which despite it’s misleading name, is very much gluten free! I’m studying to be an RD and it’s amazing the things we learn!


20 Kate January 26, 2013 at 1:06 am

In theory they are GF, yes, but you have to be careful and read the label of each package. Some soba noodles have wheat or other flours in combination with buckwheat.


21 bj milne January 24, 2013 at 9:44 pm

Looks delicious!

Did you by chance attend the GE Food Labeling Kickoff today? I would think that would be a passion of yours since you like “real food.” Vani Hari is someone I really admire when it comes to walking the walk, talking the talk and she’s extremely knowledgeable about the health of our food supply.


22 Tracy January 24, 2013 at 10:09 pm

I’m making stir fry for dinner this weekend, yours looks delish. I never thought of adding sesame seeds and I just added them to my grocery list! Thanks! :-)


23 a farmer in the dell January 24, 2013 at 10:17 pm

This is my kind of dinner recipe! yum!


24 Lynn @ the actor's diet January 24, 2013 at 10:19 pm

I swear I could eat that stuff every night. If you add Korean red pepper paste it is really good too!!!


25 mary @ minutes per mile January 25, 2013 at 5:50 am

that looks tasty! whenever i run out of protein, i add in nuts or eggs to my dish.


26 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin January 25, 2013 at 7:42 am

I love Sunbutter in my stir fries! That’s the only way I ever make them these days.


27 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope January 25, 2013 at 7:45 am

I love stir fry! I haven’t had it in so long. Definitely need to make it again :)


28 Emily @ Life on Food January 25, 2013 at 7:54 am

Love the use of sunflower butter in sauce. Never would have thought of that. Yum, yum!


29 Elizabeth @ My Neon Running Shoes January 25, 2013 at 8:27 am

I have tried adding pb to Thai dishes but never sun butter! Looks like a great meal :-)


30 Kate January 25, 2013 at 8:37 am

Hi Kath, what kind of skillet are you cooking in? I’m looking for a new one that conducts heat well (aka, the entire skillet gets hot, not just the portion over the burner). Do you recommend yours?


31 KathEats January 25, 2013 at 10:58 am

I bought this Calphlon set of 2 earlier this year and LOVE them. Excellent nonstock.


32 Tina B January 25, 2013 at 8:42 am

I’ve never had/made Udon noodles. Are they in the pasta aisle at the grocery store? Also, where would I find the seeds? This looks delicious!


33 KathEats January 25, 2013 at 9:56 am

They are with the Asian sauces and flavors. Sesame seeds are often in the bulk spices


34 Tina B January 25, 2013 at 9:59 am

Thank you!


35 Barbara January 25, 2013 at 8:44 am

Great idea to use sunflower butter. I rarely think to include it in recipes.


36 Alisha @ Alisha's Appetite January 25, 2013 at 8:46 am

I have yet to try sunbutter! It’s one of the only nutbutters I haven’t tried.


37 Carrie @ Season It Already! January 25, 2013 at 9:16 am

That looks sooooo good. I have Udon Noodles in my pantry I’ve been meaning to use. Just might be actioning that soon!


38 Maria Tadic January 25, 2013 at 9:26 am

I love sunflower butter. It has such a unique taste. I just did a kids nutrition class where we “tested” different types of nut butters. All the little girls loved the “flower butter!”


39 KathEats January 25, 2013 at 9:55 am

Awww so fun!


40 Rachel January 25, 2013 at 9:32 am

I had stir fry last night! I’ll definitely have to think about adding Sunbutter next time though. I’m OBSESSED with Sunbutter now, thanks to this blog :)


41 Sara @ fitcupcaker January 25, 2013 at 9:46 am



42 Joanne January 25, 2013 at 9:48 am

Lots of flavors in that dish. Maybe tahini paste would work as well as the sunbutter?
As for the soba noodles, I’ve tried them and they’re ok but there is nothing like good
old semolina.


43 Tiffany January 25, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Hey Joanne,

I think tahini would work but you might want to add a little agave or some other sweetener because tahini is a little bitter and the sunflower butter kath used is lightly sweetened :)

(Not sure why but seed butters are a little bitter on their own. Also, try not to use maple syrup as a sweetener because it tends to thicken nut/seed butters)

Thanks for the idea about tahini! Might try it soon!


44 Kate January 26, 2013 at 1:08 am

Ina Garten has an amazing recipe for Sesame Noodles, which uses a combination of tahini and peanut butter. I made it earlier this week, and it was great, though I tweaked a few of the seasonings (less soy sauce, etc.).


45 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles January 25, 2013 at 2:04 pm

I imagine soy butter would work just as well? I have some soba noodles in the cupboard I have no idea what to do with…now I do! Hmmmm. :)


46 Alison January 25, 2013 at 6:15 pm

Yes! This looks SUPER delicious :) I really want to make this soon. Thanks for posting!


47 Fran@BCDC January 28, 2013 at 6:33 am

That looks delicous!


48 Sunnie@moderngirlnutrition January 29, 2013 at 7:52 pm

That is my favorite sunflower butter! And udon noodles are hard to beat:)


49 Justeen February 12, 2013 at 7:55 pm

Just had this for dinner! I used soba noodles, and red bell pepper, snow peas, and mushrooms for the veg. Deeelicious!


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