Are you looking for new and delicious recipes to spice up your dinner rotation? Look no further than yaki udon, the savory Japanese noodle dish that’s easy to make and perfect for home cooks who want to try something new. This is a classic dish at its core, but we’ve compiled a list of our favorite recipes, which range from traditional to modern fusion. In this post, we’ll bring you 11 must-try yaki udon recipes that will have everyone coming back for seconds (or thirds!). So get ready to explore the delectable world of Japanese stir fry noodles with us!
1. Pickled Plum‘s Yaki Udon with Dashi Butter
If you’re looking for a legit, easy, homemade, traditional recipe, look no further than Pickled Plum’s rendition! The mix of butter, dashi powder, bonito flakes, scallions, soy sauce, and nori makes for the perfect bowl every time. Get the recipe here.
2. Omnivore’s Cookbook‘s Easy Fried Udon
We love this one because Omnivore’s Cookbook puts a delicious Chinese spin on traditional yaki udon by adding cabbage, ground beef, and a sweet and savory sauce. It’s a definite must-try! Get the recipe here.
3. Carmyy‘s Spicy Peanut Udon
Now, here’s a truly unique recipe! While it doesn’t fit exactly into the definition of yaki udon, Carmyy adds a spicy peanut sauce to her noodles, which we love. Don’t miss it! Get the recipe here.
4. Cookerru‘s Yaki Udon Recipe
If seafood is your jam when it comes to Asian noodles and fried rice, Cookerru’s yaki udon recipe has the shrimp you’re looking for! Get the recipe here.
5. Drive Me Hungry‘s Yaki Udon
This one is another tasty variation on the theme. The addition of bok choy and mushrooms gives this yaki udon recipe a Chinese vibe, but the sauce is still very Japanese-inspired, so it’s an awesome fusion of flavors. Get the recipe here.
6. Khin’s Kitchen‘s Beef Udon Stir Fry
We’ve seen recipes that use ground beef so far, but here’s a fantastic one that uses sliced beef. Get the recipe here.
7. Mango’s Home Kitchen‘s Miso Carbonara Udon
There are must-try recipes and then there are “OMG you need this in your life” recipes. We first tried an udon carbonara at an Izakaya in the SF Bay Area, and after being officially wowed, we went on the hunt to find a recipe we could make at home, and this one is incredible! The miso mixed in elevates this recipe even past the restaurant version we tried. Don’t sleep on this! Get the recipe here.
8. Nomadette‘s Black Pepper Beef Udon Noodles
Nomadette’s Black Pepper Beef Udon Noodles is another version that’s a bit of a stretch, but we had to include it because it’s close enough and absolutely drool-worthy. It’s a bit on the saucier side, but the black pepper sauce, made with dark sweet soy sauce, tomato paste concentrate, and oyster sauce, is one we’d want to put on literally everything. Get the recipe here.
9. Pups With Chopsticks‘ Teriyaki Chicken Yaki Udon
If you love the flavor of teriyaki and are looking for a more Asian-American take on a yaki udon recipe, Pups With Chopsticks has an amazing one! The shredded chicken really makes this one. Get the recipe here.
10. Recipe Magik‘s Chili Garlic Udon Stir Fry
Yep, it’s another saucy udon recipe! But this one is truly unique and delicious. Recipe Magik’s Chili Garlic sauce is sweet and savory, and garlic literally makes everything better, so you already know this will become a go-to. Get the recipe here.
11. Short Girl Tall Order‘s Vegan Yaki Udon
Even if you’re totally plant-based, we’ve got an unbelievable yaki udon recipe for you! Short Girl Tall Order’s vegan yaki udon includes crisp veggies like red peppers, snow peas, cabbage, and carrots so you get some nice variation in texture with each bit. Get the recipe here.
So that’s a wrap! We really wanted to include a wide variety ranging from the traditional to the truly unique, and we hope you found at least one of these yaki udon recipes you’re excited about trying. Each recipe creator is awesome in their own right, so be sure to check them out and support them, as well. Which one looks the most mouth-watering to you? DM us on Instagram and let us know!