This 10 Minute Udon Stir Fry is what I make when I am craving real food, but don’t really feel like cooking. Something similar (and more traditional) might be called Yaki Udon, but this is my American college-student version. Frozen udon is great because it only needs a minute or so in boiling water to defrost, so you can be eating this in just a matter of minutes.
Oh, and this is accidentally vegan!
Tips and Tricks
- Do NOT overcook the udon. It’ll be mushy. I recommend putting the frozen udon in the water about 30 seconds less than the package says to (since we will stir fry them)
- Feel free to adjust to your taste. If you like it more spicy, add some more red pepper flakes or maybe even a chopped up chili! If you can’t handle any heat…stay out of my kitchen! (Just kidding, just leave out any spicy ingredients).
- I like that a bit of peanut butter makes the sauce velvety, but again, you do not need it.
- 1-2 tablespoons cooking oil such as peanut or vegetable
- Handful chopped scallion, onion, or shallot
- 1/2" chopped ginger
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- Red pepper flakes (can use italian or gochugaru - optional)
- A sprinkle of sesame seeds (optional)
- 1/2 cup - 1 cup frozen veggies such as edamame, peas, corn
- 1 package frozen udon noodles (8oz / 250g)
- 1-2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce (or sambal olek - optional)
- 1-2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon peanut butter (optional)
- 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar (or sub with white vinegar or apple cider vinegar)
- Fill a medium saucepan with some warm water and set it over medium high heat (to bring to a boil). On a different burner, add the cooking oil to a skillet with the scallion (or onion or shallot). Cook over low heat.
- You can chop the ginger and garlic while the scallion cooks. Add the ginger, then the garlic and cook until fragrant.
- Add some red pepper flakes and sesame seeds to the scallion/ginger/garlic mixture, and add the frozen veggies.
- Drop the frozen udon into the pot of boiling water and cook about 30 seconds less than the package instructions. It likely only needs a minute or so to defrost. As soon as the noodles are defrosted, drain out the water in the sink and add the noodles to the pan with everything else.
- Mix, then add the chili garlic sauce, soy sauce, sesame oil, peanut butter, and rice wine vinegar. Mix well, and serve.
Jeremy is a student at Cornell University double majoring in Spanish and Italian with significant coursework in classes such as nutrition, food science and culinary science. He has years of experience as a home cook, working at a local bakery, and teaching cooking classes at Williams-Sonoma. After starting a TikTok account in March 2020 while quarantined in his childhood home, Jeremy’s presence grew to over 1.5 million followers in the first 6 months. During that time, he was featured in People Magazine, Fox News, BBC Radio, BuzzFeed, Tasty, Spoon University, and USA Today, among other media outlets.