Easy Udon Noodle Recipe

2-Ingredient 10-Minute Stir-Fried Udon, the Dish Tastes Like from Japanese Restaurant, Can Be Made at Home with Very Low Budget

Easy udon noodle recipe is a great, quick and easy dinner idea. The best of all, it tastes like a dish made by a Hibachi Japanese restaurant chef. That's how awesomely delicious it is.

Easy Udon Noodle Recipe | 2-Ingredient 10-Minute Stir-Fried Udon

Total Time:
10 Minutes
Prep Time
: ZERO   

Active Cook Time: 10 Minutes  
Serving: 2-4

Fresh udon is not easy to come by in any supermarkets. I believe that it is because of the short shelf life. However, the way how it is package, it gives wrong impression to people. I have been buying cole slaw mix for a while because I love having cabbage in my daily diet. It is packed with a lot of fiber. Cole slaw mix saves me a tons of time to cut or shred a cabbage.

One day I was in a Chinese market, I saw fresh udon and thought that cabbage is a typical ingredient to pair with this noodle. As a result, the idea came up. I went back home and made this delicious and insanely easy udon noodle recipe. I couldn't get over how yummy it was. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.


If you get this dish from any restaurant, it is typical that there are big chunks of cabbages and carrots. And I am always about quick and easy. Cole slaw mix has all the vegetable ingredients. Since the size of the vegetables in the mix gives the advantage to make it cooked instantly.

This noodle recipe can easily be doubled or tripled the quantity. Bear in mind that with a bigger volume, it will take longer to cook before serving on the table.

"Can I cut my own vegetables and add more into this easy udon noodle recipe?"  Oh, absolutely. In that case, I highly recommend to slice up a small green cabbage with carrot matchsticks. You can also add some thinly sliced red cabbage as well. Most of the time, it's hardly to find a small cabbage from the store no matter what color you are looking for. Then, you will adjust by adding half or a quarter of a cabbage.

The recommended quantity to make this noodle dish with that amount of udon, sliced cabbage and carrot combined quantity should be one pound max.  Beware that the time to prepare and cook this dish will take longer because you will spend time in slicing up the vegetables vs store-bought cole slaw mix had already done this for you. Even you will thinly slice the cabbages, the vegetables are thicker than the cole slaw mix.

Difference between Fresh and Dry Udon

Fresh udon is thick and round in shape. It is bouncy when you bite into it. But it has short shelf life. On the other hand, dry udon is the opposite of everything of the fresh one. It’s very flat and never looks like the fresh one even it is cooked. But the shelf life is way longer.

Both fresh and dry udon can be overcooked easily. So, my recommendation is that cut the package recommended cook time into halves. This will allow room for the noodles to absorb the sauce when you stir-fry them later.

For those who live in the countryside, looking for fresh or dry udon in the grocery store could be a challenge. Bucatini, a type of pasta, has the shape and texture closest to udon. However, egg is one of the ingredients in Bucatini that udon does not have. If that's a deal breaker to you, look for other Chinese noodles without egg as ingredient.

Easy Udon Noodle Recipe and Directions

22oz Fresh Udon
1 bag (14oz) Cole Slaw Mix (Not the kind which comes with the dressing. This should only be the shredded vegetables.)
1 Scallion (optional and chopped)
1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 tsp Salt
2 tsp Chinese Light Soy Sauce
1 tbsp Chinese Dark Soy Sauce
Chili oil or Sriracha Sauce (optional)


  1. Follow package instructions to cook/boil udon and strain noodles. (I highly recommend to cut down the cook time in halves per package instructions.) Put them aside.
  2. Use the same skillet and add extra virgin olive oil, salt and light soy sauce. Turn it up to high heat and stir in cold slaw mix.
  3. Once everything is combined, a minute max. , stir in cooked udon and dark soy sauce. Stir until everything is well combined. Add chopped scallions (optional) to garnish. Serve udon with chili oil or sriracha sauce. Enjoy immediately.

Easy Udon Noodle Recipe Steps with Photos

2 main ingredients to make udon noodle dish2 easy ingredients to make this udon noodle recipe
Fresh udon in boiling waterFresh udon in boiling water
Fresh udon loosen upUdon noodles are loosened up. (In my opinion, when the noodles get to this stage, they are ready to strain through a colander.)
Cole slaw cabbage mixAdd cole slaw mix vegetables into the same pot
Vegetables mixed with seasonings and sauceStir and cook vegetables with seasonings and sauces. (This step should be a minute max. to keep the vegetables crisp tender.)
Cooked udon into the pot with vegetablesStir in cooked udon noodles
All ingredients are mixed togetherSalt and pepper to taste
2-Ingredient 10-Minute Stir-Fried Udon is ready for dinnerGarnish with scallions (optional) and ENJOY!

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