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Yakiudon (Stir-Fried Udon)

Yakiudon is stir-fried Udon noodles with meat and vegetables.  It is so easy and quick to make that it is more home cooking rather than restaurant food.  Even though Yakiudon isn’t fancy Japanese food, with a lot of vegetables and meat, it is still a very good thing for you to eat.  Perfect lunch or a great alternative to a fast food dinner.

Yakiudon is very similar to Yasai Itame (stir-fried vegetables), but it is a more filling meal cooking with Udon noodles.  As with Yasaiitame, you can use any leftover vegetables you have in your fridge.  Typical meat you use in Yakiudon is thinly sliced pork or beef, but a different cut of meat works.  Chicken would be delicious here too, if you like.  Usually Yakiudon is seasoned very simply with soy sauce. Worcester sauce can be used instead if you like that kind of flavor.

When you want to finish up left over ingredients in the back of the refrigerator and to eat a quick but tasty meal, this is the one to try!

Yakiudon (Stir-Fried Udon)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 7 minutes

Yield: 2 servings



  1. Defrost Udon noodles under running water. Strain water very well. Or prepare dried Udon noodles according to the directions on a package. Cut pork and vegetables into bite size pieces.
  2. In a frying pan, heat oil well at medium high heat. Add pork, and cook until brown. Add carrot, green pepper, and onion and stir fry for a minute. Add cabbage and cook further until vegetables get lightly wilted. Add Udon into the same pan and cook for a couple of minutes. Season with soy sauce and white pepper if you have it. Top with Katsuobushi and Benishoga if you like.

Yakiudon (Stir-fried Udon noodles)

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  • Grace Russell
    June 23, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    I love this recipe i use it all the time after work and it always is super tasty, healthy and quick! Thank you

    • Noriko
      September 13, 2014 at 10:51 pm

      glad you like our Yakiudon recipe! Quick, easy and tasty, it is after work kind of dish!

  • Noreen
    September 17, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Thanks Noriko for the recipe! Simple and easy to cook! I was looking for ways to cook simple udon noodle stir fry and this is the best! Good work!

    • Noriko
      September 17, 2014 at 5:34 pm

      glad we can help! Hope you like our Yakiudon recipe, and check out more Udon recipes too!

  • MaryAnn Flournoy
    September 19, 2014 at 12:49 am

    Looked for a recipe for Miso Soup.I fell in love and found so much more. Thank you for teaching us all Japanese Cooking.

    • Noriko
      September 19, 2014 at 11:45 am

      glad we can help! We add a new recipe every week, so come back soon!

  • Sena
    September 25, 2014 at 1:20 am

    can i also use the teuchi udon for stir frying

    • Noriko
      September 25, 2014 at 3:49 pm

      yes, you can!

  • Tomer
    September 25, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Looks great!
    Is it possible to use chicken/meat instead of pork.

    • Noriko
      September 25, 2014 at 3:50 pm

      of course!

  • Julia
    October 23, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Hi Noriko,

    I have tried making yaki-udon with fresh udon, but after frying, the noodles become sticky. Would you recommend blanching and rinsing fresh udon before frying it?


    • Noriko
      October 24, 2014 at 9:33 pm

      remove as much moisture as you could. You may need extra oil to stir-fry fresh noodles.

  • Michael Jokl
    September 25, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    Do you follow the same steps as the frozen udon if you have fresh udon?