This awesome shrimp yaki udon recipe is ready in less than 30 minutes! With chewy noodles, sweet shrimp, and veggies in a delicious one-pan sauce, this is an absolutely perfect dinner for weeknights.
Stir Fry Noodles
Noodles are a great staple of many Asian cuisines. One of the best things about noodles is how much they fill you up, and how they soak up all the tasty sauce. When you’re eating a tangy, sweet and savory sauce, you want to get as much of that goodness in your mouth as you can. Perhaps best of all, this recipe is much lower in fats and oils than many other ones. With veggies and shrimp, your dinner will be ready in less than 30 minutes.
What To Love About This Recipe
- Ready in less than 30 minutes!
- Plenty of options to vary the recipe, like gluten free, vegetarian, or vegan. Simply add or remove ingredients as required.
- The sauce is tangy, zesty, and perfectly coats the noodles.
- Udon is healthier than takeout stir fry with way less oil.
- You can have your favorite takeout Asian meal in the comfort of your own home!
Shrimp Yaki Udon Noodle Ingredients
- Vegetables of your choice
- Udon noodles
- Salt and pepper
Yaki Udon Sauce
- The best udon noodles should come in airtight vacuum sealed packages. They’ll be in the produce section or the Asian section of your local grocery store or Asian supermarket. You want to get the plain noodles without seasoning.
- When purchasing, look for the words “Fresh Udon Noodles”, rather than the dried kind or a more heavily processed alternative. Asian grocers often sell a wide variety of udon noodles, so you can try a few out and see which one you like best!
- We recommend low sodium soy sauce, and you can find soy sauce varieties in most Asian stores and even in some of the big box supermarkets.
- Hoisin sauce is made from fermented soy beans, which are then mixed with sugar and spice. Its sweet, rich flavor adds a lot to any recipe and this is no exception. You can usually find it in Asian grocers or in the Asian section of a regular grocery store.
How To Make Shrimp Udon
- First, remove your udon noodles from its package and soak in very hot water for about a minute. Use a pair of chopsticks to loosen them carefully. Rinse with cold water and set aside.
- Whisk together your sauce ingredients. That’s the soy sauce, oyster sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, rice vinegar, hoisin sauce and corn starch. This shouldn’t take too long.
- Next, season your shrimp and cook in a skillet or pan over medium heat. Cook them until the shrimp turn pink, which if you’re using the smaller varieties, should only take about a minute per side, or 90 to 120 seconds if you toss the shrimp in the pan as they cook. Transfer to a plate.
- Add the veggies to the same skillet and the remaining oil and cook for 2 minutes, stirring continuously.
- Add the udon noodles and sauce, and toss to coat everything. Cook for about 1 minute.
- Return the shrimp back to the skillet and mix to combine.
- Garnish with scallions.
Recipe Tips and Tricks
We’ve got a few handy tips for you to follow when making this recipe.
- Be gentle with your noodles. They will soften as they warm up and this makes it easier to break them apart. Don’t mash or overpower the noodles, though!
- You can use long pasta like spaghetti or bucatini instead of yaki udon noodles if you like. You might not be able to find the right udon noodles for this recipe and that’s OK! Boil your pasta before cooking, which adds some cooking time, but you’ll still be eating within thirty minutes.
- You can use frozen vegetables rather than fresh vegetables too.
Storage and Reheating Shrimp Yaki Udon
You can store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. Seafood does not keep for long after cooking, so be sure to eat your leftovers quickly.
To reheat your udon noodles, you only need to return the noodles to the pan and re-stir fry them, this time for about two minutes. This should be enough to heat the noodles through, and you can add a splash of water or soy sauce if you need to, which will speed up the reheating process. You could reheat the noodles in a microwave-safe bowl for a minute or two, too.
Additions and Substitutions
You can add a few extra vegetables for sure. Things like bell pepper, baby corn, snow peas, bok choy, yellow onion and crunchy bean sprouts are all great in a stir fry! Stir fry is a really good way to just use up any vegetables sitting in your fridge.
You can sprinkle some chilli flakes or add some sriracha to your sauce if you want to increase the spice factor.
Don’t like shrimp? You can use pretty much any protein with this recipe and it will work well. Chicken, beef, and even tofu are all awesome with this recipe.
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