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Looking for a delicious soba noodle recipe? Much like a stir-fry, these sesame soba noodles are a delicious meal eaten both warm or cold! Packed full of veggies and spice you will come back to this soba noodles recipe time and time again.

Soba noodle recipe in a miniature pot.
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Anyone else get tired of their usual stir-fry routine? I know I do! That’s why I’ve made it my mission to change it up by using buckwheat noodles (aka soba noodles) instead of my usual rice or wheat noodles.

Soba noodles are so delicious and pack a ton of nutrition. They’re also a great base for stir-fry or this simple soba noodle salad. This hearty vegetarian meal is packed-full of veggies and flavor and is entirely gluten-free (yes buckwheat is gluten-free!). After several rounds of recipe testing I know I nailed this recipe. Let me know what you think!

What Are Soba Noodles?

Soba is a variety or Japanese noodles made from buckwheat flour. Despite the name, buckwheat is not a type of wheat flour and is actually gluten-free. It tastes earthier and has a nutty flavor, which is a delicious addition to this soba noodle recipe.

Buckwheat noodles can easily be substituted for other types of Asian noodles including ramen, udon or brown rice noodles.

Ingredients Needed

  • Soba Noodles – cook according to package instructions (typically 5-7 minutes on a steady boil for al dente). Be sure to rinse the noodles in cold water immediately after you drain them to prevent the starches from sticking together.
  • Sesame Oil– for cooking your veggies. You can also drizzle a little extra on top.
  • Garlic – Pairs beautifully with the sesame flavors.
  • Fresh ginger – try to use fresh rather than dried ginger.
  • Red Bell Pepper – Sliced into thin strips
  • Carrot – peeled and sliced. I like to slice on a diagonal.
  • Baby Bok Choy – 2 heads of baby bok choy
  • Tamari – use low sodium tamari or low sodium soy sauce if gluten isn’t an issue.
  • Chili Paste – For a little kick. Feel free to omit if you don’t like spice.
  • Rice vinegar – to bring a little acidity to the sauce.
  • Green onion, sesame seeds and red pepper flakes – for garnish.

How to Make Soba Noodles Recipe

STEP 1: COOK SOBA NOODLES

Cook soba noodles according to package instructions in a large pot of water. Run soba noodles under cold water immediately after straining.

Soba Noodles in a colander

STEP 2: MAKE SAUCE

In a small bowl combine tamari, chili paste and rice vinegar. Set aside.

STEP 3: COOK VEGGIES

To a large pot or wok add your sesame oil over medium high heat. Add garlic, ginger, bell pepper and carrot and cook for 5-7 minutes. Stir in bok choy and cook until ends wilted.

Carrots, red bell pepper, bok choy, garlic and ginger cooked in a wok.

STEP 4: COMBINE EVERYTHING + GARNISH

Add in soba noodles and sauce and cook to coat. Top with sliced green onion, sesame seeds and/or red pepper flakes for garnish. Serve immediately or allow to cool in the fridge before serving.

Sesame soba noodles in a large metal wok.

FAQs

Is this soba noodle recipe served hot or cold? You can serve this dish straight from the pot (warmed) or as a cold soba noodle salad. It is entirely your preference.

Can I add protein? Absolutely! You can add any desired protein. Tofu, edamame, chicken or beef are all great options.

Can I use different vegetables? For sure. Feel free to replace veggies with your preference or whatever you have on hand. Some ideas include cabbage, radishes, broccoli or broccolini.

Is this soba noodle recipe gluten-free? Yes! It is completely gluten-free. Be sure to use tamari instead of soy sauce if avoiding gluten.

Is this recipe vegan? Yes! This soba noodles recipe is also entirely vegan.

Storage Instructions

Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Reheat leftovers on stovetop or in microwave.

I would not recommend freezing this recipe as soba noodles do not freeze well once cooked.

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Sesame Soba Noodles

Looking for a delicious soba noodle recipe? Much like a stir-fry, these sesame soba noodles are a delicious meal eaten both warm or cold! Packed full of veggies and spice you will come back to this soba noodles recipe time and time again.

  • Author: Davida Lederle
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Cook
  • Cuisine: Japanese
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

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  • 1 package soba noodles (8 oz)
  • 1/3 cup low-sodium Tamari (or soy sauce)
  • 1 tbsp chili paste
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated or minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded + sliced
  • 1 carrot, sliced
  • 2 small heads baby bok choy, ends removed
  • Sliced green onion, sesame seeds, red pepper flakes, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Cook soba noodles according to package instructions in a large pot of water. Run soba noodles under cold water immediately after straining.
  2. In a small bowl combine tamari, chili paste and rice vinegar. Set aside.
  3. To a large pot or wok add your sesame oil over medium high heat.
  4. Add garlic, ginger, bell pepper and carrot and cook for 5-7 minutes.
  5. Stir in bok choy and cook until ends wilted.
  6. Add in soba noodles and sauce and cook to coat.
  7. Top with sliced green onion, sesame seeds and/or red pepper flakes for garnish.
  8. Serve immediately or allow to cool in the fridge before serving.

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Hi! I'm Davida and welcome to my corner of the internet. I'm a wellness blogger, yoga teacher, certified herbalist, and green beauty lover.

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