Stir-fried Noodles Recipe

Yields: 4 servings
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes



  • 8-12 ounces dried noodles (like udon, soba, ramen, rice, lo mein, or thin spaghetti)


  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast or thighs, cubed or thinly sliced
  • 1 pound extra-firm tofu, pressed and cubed
  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined (or other protein of your choice)


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped vegetables (broccoli, carrots, bell peppers, snow peas, mushrooms, etc.) – select what you like!
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger


  • 1/3 cup soy sauce (or tamari for gluten-free)
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional, for a kick)

Garnishes (optional):

  • Chopped green onions
  • Sesame seeds
  • Chopped peanuts


Prep work:

  • Cook the noodles according to the package directions. Drain and toss lightly with a little oil to prevent sticking.
  • Slice or cube your protein.
  • Chop vegetables of your choice.
  • Whisk all your sauce ingredients together in a bowl.

Cook your protein (if using):

  • Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large skillet or wok over high heat.
  • Cook protein in batches until cooked through and slightly browned. Remove and set aside.

Stir-fry the vegetables:

  • Add the remaining tablespoon of oil to the pan.
  • Add the onion and cook for 1 minute until slightly softened.
  • Add your other chosen vegetables (start with harder ones that need longer cooking). Stir-fry 3-5 minutes, or until just tender-crisp.
  • Add the garlic and ginger, cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly.

Combine everything:

  • Return the cooked protein to the pan.
  • Add the cooked noodles and the sauce.
  • Toss everything together over medium-high heat, stirring constantly until the sauce thickens slightly and coats everything evenly (about 1-2 minutes).

Garnish and serve:

  • Serve immediately, garnished with green onions, sesame seeds, peanuts, or your desired toppings.

Tips & Customizations:

  • Noodle choices: Experiment with different noodles to see what you prefer!
  • Vegetarian/Vegan: Substitute tofu or omit protein entirely. Add extra vegetables for a hearty dish.
  • Spice things up: Add more red pepper flakes, a drizzle of sriracha, or chili oil.
  • Make it saucier: Double the sauce recipe for extra-saucy noodles.
  • Leftovers: Leftovers are tasty but store noodles and sauce separately to maintain texture.


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