This Easy Japanese Garlic Noodles Recipe is a one pot side dish that uses udon noodles in a rich and flavorful garlic, ginger and soy sauce.
One of my favorite oriental dishes has to be this Japanese Garlic Noodles Recipe. It’s perfect to eat alone or as a side dish with stir fried meat or seafood. Made with udon noodles in a rich garlic-ginger-soy sauce, this one-pot recipe can easily be made in 20 minutes or less.
It’s true: one of my favorite take out sides has to be Garlic Noodles and for good reason. It’s extremely flavorful soft, fluffy noodles that are cooked in a broth.
So my challenge was to recreate this recipe but with ingredients that most home chefs/cooks would have on hand.
It is a simple recipe that I feel will become your family favorite in no time at all. And, if you want to add some stir fried vegetables, by all means go ahead. You can’t go wrong with these noodles.
Udon or Soba or Ramen Noodle Options
You have many options when it comes to noodles. Both Chinese and Japanese versions use a variety of noodles that you can choose.
My favorite for this recipe are udon noodles.
Udon noodles are made with wheat flour and so they contain gluten. They are white in color and softer in texture. I prefer Udon noodles because they closely resemble Shanghai noodles in taste and texture. You might want to give these a try, too, if you’re adventurous.
That’s why it’s always a good idea to check the ingredients label to make sure that you are buying what you want. Soba is darker in color and chewier to the taste but both gluten free and non-gluten free versions are great options for this recipe.
Ramen Noodles, on the other hand, are pulled noodles that can be soft or dried. I like to use those small packets of chicken ramen noodles sans the flavor packet you find at the grocery store. They are way less expensive than the “formal” brands designated as ramen noodles.
However, because ramen noodles are less dense, you will only need to use 1/2 the liquid (approximately) as you would for Udon or Soba. And, depending upon the consistency of the noodles, you might also need to halve the sauce too.
How to Make Easy Japanese Garlic Noodles Recipe
Start by adding your chicken broth to a large sided fry pan, followed by the noodles. I like to use this type of pan because it cooks the liquid off faster–thus making this recipe very time efficient.
Be sure to stir the noodles periodically. In all, to soften the udon noodles takes 10 minutes.
While the noodles are cooking, make the soy-ginger sauce. I prefer to use minced garlic, rather than peeling or cutting it. Stir well.
You’ll need one half cup of sauce for this recipe.
Add the sauce to the noodles and stir well. Simmer.
Reduce sauce. This step will take approximately five minutes or so.
Remove the noodles from the heat and add butter–yes butter. Butter give the noodles a beautiful sheen, as well as a richer flavor.
Cover noodles and let set for a couple of minutes.
This process allows the noodles to soak in the majority of the leftover sauce and get to the perfect doneness for this recipe. Top with chopped green onions.
Serve these Garlic Noodles as is or alongside Sesame Pork or stir fried meat or seafood.
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Easy Japanese Garlic Noodles Recipe
For the Noodles:
- 10 oz Japanese Udon Noodles Welpac
- 4 cups chicken stock
For the Sauce:
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
- 1 tsp fish sauce
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1/4 cup green onions chopped (green only)
For the Noodles:
- In a large sided fry pan add the chicken stock and simmer.
- Add the Udon Noodles and cook for 10 minutes.
For the Sauce:
- In a bowl, add the rest of the ingredients, except butter and green onions.
- Mix well.
- Once the noodles have cooked, add the sauce to the noodles and reduce sauce by half.
- Take the noodles off the heat.
- Cover and add butter and allow the butter to melt.
- Allow to sit for five minutes. Uncover. Add green onions and stir well.
- Serve warm. Enjoy!