In search of some tasty sauces for udon noodles? Here’s 15+ delicious recipes! From creamy sauces, to spicy sauces, tangy sauces and more…
Udon noodles, a staple of Japanese cuisine, are thick and chewy wheat noodles that have gained popularity worldwide.
They offer endless culinary possibilities when paired with different sauces.
From traditional Japanese flavors to international twists, you can explore a wide range of taste sensations.
Whether you prefer a spicy kick, a tangy zest, or a comforting glaze, there’s a udon noodle sauce for every palate.
So, get creative in the kitchen, experiment with these sauces, and enjoy the slurpy world of udon noodles!
The BEST Sauces for Udon Noodles
How To Cook Udon Noodles
- Boil a pot of water and add the udon noodles. Follow the instructions on the package for the cooking time, as it can vary based on the thickness of the noodles.
- Stir the noodles occasionally to prevent them from sticking together. Cook until they reach your desired level of tenderness. Be careful not to overcook them, as udon noodles are best when slightly chewy.
- Once cooked, drain the noodles in a colander and rinse them with cold water to remove excess starch and cool them down.
- If you’re planning to use the noodles in a hot dish, such as soup, transfer them directly to the hot broth to warm them up before serving.
- For cold dishes or salads, toss the cooled noodles with a little sesame oil to prevent them from sticking together.
Udon Noodle FAQs
No, udon noodles are typically made from wheat flour, so they contain gluten. However, you can find gluten-free alternatives made from rice flour or other grains.
While udon noodles have a unique texture, you can substitute them with soba noodles, rice noodles, or even spaghetti or bucatini (thick spaghetti) if needed. However, keep in mind that the flavor and texture may differ from the original dish.
How to Make Ahead & Store
Many of these sauce recipes can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for a few days or even in the freezer. Simply check the individual recipes for full storing instructions and details on how to make ahead.
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Did you Make Any of These Sauces for Udon Noodles?
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15+ Sauces for Udon Noodles (So Good!)
- 3 7.27 oz. packages Fortune Chicken Udon Noodles
- ½ cup peanut butter
- 2 cloves garlic (grated or minced)
- ⅓ cup low sodium soy sauce
- ¼ cup rice wine vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 Tablespoon honey
- 2 teaspoons hot chili oil (plus additional for serving)
- 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
- ¼ cup water
- 2 cups shredded red cabbage
- 4 scallions (thinly sliced)
- Salt and pepper (to taste)
- Black sesame seeds (to garnish)
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the rice vinegar, sugar, sesame oil, garlic and salt. Add the cucumber slices and toss to combine. Set aside in the refrigerator while you prepare the noodles. Note: These can be prepared up to 2 days ahead.
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
- Cook noodles in boiling water for about 3 minutes, until al dente.
- Meanwhile, combine peanut butter, garlic, soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, chili oil, honey, vegetable oil and ¼ cup water in a large bowl. Whisk until combined.
- Drain noodles and rinse with cold water to cool them down. Add the noodles and cabbage to the bowl with the sauce and toss to combine. Serve garnished with pickled cucumbers, green onions, sesame seeds and additional hot chili oil, if desired.