These better-than-takeout Vegan Stir Fried Udon Noodles with Scallions are a super delicious and easy meal that’s ready in under 30 minutes. Comforting, hearty, and totally slurpable!
With this dish, I kept it simple and used crumbled tofu, scallions and green onion. It’s so versatile to add in your choice of vegetables if you like.
Also, if you’re not the biggest fan of tofu (but this recipe may change your mind, just sayin’…) then you can use any protein including beans!
The spice level on this is somewhere between mild and medium. The spicy heat comes from the chili-garlic sauce, which by the way, you can find in the international aisle of food stores. Start with 1/2 teaspoon for a slight kick, or you can omit it altogether.
How this dish comes together
- Put water on to boil for cooking the noodles.
- Start browning the crumbled tofu.
- Whisk together the sauce.
- Chop the scallions and grab the sesame seeds.
- Add sauce to pan to thicken up, then add noodles.
- Serve, top with scallions and sesame seeds!
Delicious Options to Add ingredients!
Delicious additions are endless for this Vegan Stir Fried Udon Noodles with Scallions dish! You can add vegetables like carrots, broccoli, cauliflower and even greens like kale or chopped collards.
To make the dish even heartier, you can add chickpeas or black beans and top with crushed cashews or peanuts.
Cooking the tofu for this dish
You’ll want to make sure that the tofu is very nicely browned for this dish. The way to get a good head start can actually begin prior to the cooking process. After you take the tofu from the package, pat it down very well with kitchen/paper towel, then wrap the tofu in towel and put it on a plate.
Stack a frying pan on top and place a can or something similar on top, and leave the tofu there for 15 minutes. This removes some moisture from the tofu, which will definitely help with the browning process.
BUT if you want to skip the whole “pressing” process, that’s no problem. You may just need to brown the tofu for an extra few minutes in the pan.
Also, be patient during the browning process. You’ll cook on medium heat, and stir the tofu every few minutes, and it takes about 12 to 15 minutes to get it properly browned.
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products for this dish
Noodles are a staple in this house, and so a stainless steel colander is usually in frequent rotation.
My obsession with chopsticks is real…
Vegan Stir Fried Udon Noodles with Scallions
- 10 oz. tofu extra firm, organic drained and pressed to remove excess water
- 2 tsp oil
- 1 tbsp dark soy sauce
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 3 servings udon noodles
- 1/3 cup green onions thinly sliced
- 1 tbsp sesame seeds
- 2 tbsp sesame oil
- 4 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
- 1/2 cup vegetable broth
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 1 tbsp mirin
- 1 tsp chili garlic sauce
- 1 tbsp agave
- 2 tsp cornstarch + 3 tsp water whisked together
- 1 tbsp dark soy sauce
- Put on a pot of water to boil for the noodles, and cook according to package directions and set aside.
- In a large pan, add tofu and oil, and crumble the tofu with your hands or spatula.
- Cook on medium heat for 12 to 15 min, stirring frequently. During last few minutes of cooking, add the dark soy sauce, garlic powder, and onion powder.
- While tofu is cooking, whisk together the sauce ingredients.
- Once the tofu is quite browned, push the tofu to the side of the pan and add the sauce. Let it thicken somewhat.
- Add the noodles and scallions, and stir everything together.
- Top with sesame seeds.