These Vegan Stir Fry Noodles are incredibly easy to make, packed with flavor, and the perfect recipe for busy weeknights! It features perfectly stir-fried veggies, tasty tofu, and delicious noodles coated in a simple, flavorful homemade stir-fry sauce!
What's best is that this recipe is incredibly versatile, making it perfect to use up any extra veggies you may have lying around! It's entirely vegan and can be easily adapted to become gluten-free as well.
Plus, this nutritious, veggie-packed dinner meal is ready in under 30 minutes!
It's one of the most comforting dinner meals you'll ever have that's perfect for even the most picky eaters!
The savory sauce is perfectly balanced with some sweetness and coats all the ingredients beautifully.
I'm sure this recipe is about to become your next favorite! Read on to learn exactly how to make these delicious Vegan Stir Fry Noodles easily at home.
- What are Vegan Stir Fry Noodles?
- Why This Is The Best Vegan Stir Fry Noodle Recipe
- What You Need to Make Vegan Stir Fry Noodles at Home
- How to Make Vegan Stir Fry Noodles Step by Step
- Other Protein Options for Vegan Stir Fry Noodles
- What Vegetables Work Well In This Vegan Stir Fry Noodles Recipe?
- Ingredient Substitution Ideas for Vegan Stir Fry Noodles
- Recipe Variation Ideas for Vegan Stir Fry Noodles
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Similar Recipes
What are Vegan Stir Fry Noodles?
Vegan stir-fry noodles are a delicious and easy way to put together a hearty meal with minimal effort.
Stir-frying is a traditional Chinese cooking technique that involves quickly cooking vegetables and proteins in hot oil.
Vegan versions of this classic dish can be made using noodles, vegetables, and vegan protein substitutes such as tofu or seitan.
The noodles used in vegan stir fry dishes can vary depending on your taste and preferences, but the most popular choices are rice noodles, udon noodles, and soba noodles.
This dish is truly a delicious and healthy option for anyone following a plant-based diet who's looking for a flavorful and satisfying meal that is quick and easy to prepare!
Why This Is The Best Vegan Stir Fry Noodle Recipe
Quick and easy: This recipe is perfect for using up any extra veggies you might have in the fridge. Plus, it's an ideal busy weeknight meal since it can be made in under 30 minutes from scratch!
Packed with flavor: Who said eating a plant-based diet means you need to compromise on flavor? That's not the case with this recipe at all. It's packed with flavor in each bite and is made using wholesome, plant-based ingredients that you probably have in your pantry already!
Well-balanced: This recipe is incredibly well-balanced and nutritious. The noodles are a great source of carbohydates, the protein from the tofu will keep you full and satiated, while the healthy fats in sauce add nutrition and tons of flavor.
Versatile: There are tons of variations you can try since this recipe is incredibly versatile. I've included veggie variation ideas, and even mentioned what other plant-based protein you can use for this dish! The options are truly endless!
Crowd-pleaser: The flavors in this dish are incredible. Even if you have family members that aren't vegan, they will absolutely love this dish and not even notice that it lacks meat! It's perfect for even picky eaters!
What You Need to Make Vegan Stir Fry Noodles at Home
Making this delicious Vegan Stir Fry Noodles only requires some simple, pantry staple ingredients that you probably already have at home. Let's look at each of these in more detail:
For the Stir Fry:
- Noodles: First of all, you'll need some noodles for this stir fry! You can use any of your favorite noodles. Some good options include udon noodles, rice noodles, soba noodles, ramen noodles, or even spaghetti or linguine! It's truly a versatile dish!
- Tofu: For the protein, we'll use some extra-firm tofu drained and pressed. We'll dice it to get the perfect flavor in each bite.
- Garlic: We'll also be using some two cloves of garlic to add extra depth in flavor and take this dish to the next level.
- Ginger: You'll also need ginger, which is the perfect stir-fry aromatic! It adds a spicy aroma with a sweet, peppery flavor that works incredibly well in this recipe.
- Onions: Onions are one of those veggies we always have in our pantry, and it adds a delicious sharp yet sweet flavor that works well with all the other veggies.
- Mushrooms: Mushrooms are a great choice for stir-fries and add a beautiful earthy, meaty flavor that adds a hearty touch to the flavor without needing any meat! In this recipe you can use Portobelloe mushrooms, white mushrooms, button or Shiitake.
- Bell pepper: We'll also be using some red bell peppers that are chopped into julienne for a delicious flavor and crunch.
- Carrots: You'll also need a carrot that we'll also be chopping into juliennes, which are matchstick-shaped cuts. It's the perfect cut for veggies like carrots and allows you to get a mix of veggies in each bite.
For the Sauce:
- Vegetable stock: We'll be using some vegetable stock as the base of our stir fry sauce for this tasty vegan dish. It'll add tons of flavor while still allowing the other sauce ingredients to come through.
- Soy sauce: Next, we'll be adding some soy sauce for that delicious, classic umami flavor that we all know and love in stir fries. You can use regular soy sauce, Tamari or go for low-sodium option if you want to adjust the saltiness yourself.
- Maple syrup: You'll also need some maple syrup to add a subtle sweetness to the stir fry sauce which perfectly balances out the umami flavor from the soy sauce.
- Sesame oil: Adding sesame seed is a secret trick to getting that restaurant-style flavor and fragrance at home. It makes a big difference and also has a high-smoking point, which means it's great for stir frying without burning.
- Cornstarch: We'll also be adding some cornstarch to our vegan stir fry sauce mixture. It's a great thickening agent that'll help you get the right consistency for the sauce. Plus, this helps to allow the sauce to perfectly coat all the stir fry ingredients.
Sesame seeds: We'll garnish our delicious vegan stir fry noodles with some toasted sesame seeds for a delicious, authentic flavor. You can, alternatively, add some thinly sliced scallions as well.
How to Make Vegan Stir Fry Noodles Step by Step
Making these delicious vegan stir-fry noodles at home is easier than you think! Here's how to make it step by step:
- Start by cooking the noodles according to package instructions until they are al dente. Drain and set them aside.
- Next, heat the vegetable oil in a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add the minced ginger and minced garlic and stir-fry for 1-2 minutes or until the garlic is fragrant.
- Then add tofu and saute it for about 2 minutes.
- Add mushrooms and all the vegetables to the wok and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes or until the vegetables are slightly softened.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the vegetable stock, maple syrup, soy sauce, cornstarch, and
sesame oil to make up the stir-fry sauce mixture.
- Pour the sauce over the vegetables in the wok and stir-fry for 1-2 minutes, or until the vegetables are coated in the sauce, and the sauce has thickened slightly.
- Add the cooked noodles to the wok and toss with the vegetables and sauce until everything is evenly coated.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste, and garnish with toasted sesame seeds. Your delicious Vegan Stir Fry Noodles are ready to be served! Serve them hot.
Other Protein Options for Vegan Stir Fry Noodles
My recipe calls for some tofu, but if you're not too fond of it, you can use plenty of other plant-based protein sources instead. Let's look at some of the top ones:
Tempeh: Tempeh is an incredibly healthy fermented soybean cake that can be cubed, cooked, and pan-fried similarly to tofu. You can easily find it in most grocery stores that sell tofu. It's packed with protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats, making it an excellent tofu substitute!
Edamame: Edamame is another excellent plant-based source of protein that contains lots of fiber and healthy fats. Plus, it's also low in carbs!
Seitan: Seitan has a meaty texture and soaks in flavor like tofu does. It's made from a protein found in wheat and can be found in most grocery stores that sell tofu.
What Vegetables Work Well In This Vegan Stir Fry Noodles Recipe?
This vegan stir fry noodles recipe is incredibly versatile, and tons of different veggies work great for it. You can mix and match any of your favorite veggies from the following list:
- Bell peppers
- Snow peas
- Snap peas
- Green beans
- Bean sprouts
- Green onions
- Bok choy
Ingredient Substitution Ideas for Vegan Stir Fry Noodles
If you don't have some of the ingredients in this recipe, don't worry; I've got you covered! Here are some substitution ideas you can try:
Cornstarch: We need cornstarch as a thickening agent in this recipe for the stir fry sauce. If you don't have it, you can use arrowroot starch instead.
Maple syrup: Instead of maple syrup, you can also use agave syrup or brown sugar to add a subtle sweet flavor to this stir fry!
Sesame seeds: Toasted sesame seeds take this delicious vegan stir fry noodles to the next level! But if you don't have that, add a little tahini to the stir fry sauce mixture instead.
Veggies: I've included a bunch of different vegetables you can use in this recipe. So if you don't have any of the ones mentioned in the recipe card, mix, match, and use whichever you have at home.
Recipe Variation Ideas for Vegan Stir Fry Noodles
This vegan noodles recipe is absolutely perfect as is! But if you're looking to just things up, here are some ideas you can try:
Gluten-free: For a gluten-free option, use tamari instead of soy sauce and gluten-free noodles. And for a soy-free option, use coconut aminos instead.
Spicier: You can add a little heat to your vegan stir-fry noodles by adding a dash of your favorite chili sauce or red pepper flakes.
Low-carb version: Switch out the noodles for some zucchini noodles or butternut squash noodles for a low-carb version of this delicious vegan stir-fry noodle dish!
Frequently Asked Questions
There are tons of great noodles that are vegan and that you can easily use in this recipe. This includes buckwheat noodles, soba noodles, udon noodles, rice noodles, and even ramen noodles!
This recipe isn't gluten-free, but you can easily turn it into one! All you need to do is substitute tamari for soy sauce and use some gluten-free noodles, such as brown rice noodles.
Alternatively, you can even go for grain-free options such as zucchini noodles.
These vegan stir fry noodles are best eaten hot and fresh, but you can easily store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 to 4 days. Reheat them on the stovetop or in the microwave when you're ready to have them.
I don't recommend freezing these noodles as the texture of the vegetables will change substantially when they are frozen and thawed.
Vegan Stir Fry Noodles (Ready in Under 30 Minutes!)
- 8 oz (225 g) noodles such as udon, soba, or rice noodles
- 2 tablespoon neutral cooking oil such as avocado oil
- 1 medium yellow onion sliced
- 1 c mushrooms sliced
- 7 oz 200 g extra-firm tofu patted dry and cubed
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 red bell pepper sliced
- 1 large carrot julienned
- 3 c mixed vegetables of your choice I had green onion, green bell pepper and sprouts
- 2 tablespoon sesame seeds for serving, optional
- Cook the noodles according to the package instructions. Drain and set aside.
- Meanwhile, heat the cooking oil in a large skillet or wok and over a medium-high heat.
- Add minced garlic and stir fry for 1 minute. Add tofu and saute for 5 minutes stirring from time to time.
- Stir in mushrooms and the rest of the vegetables and continue sauteing for another 5 minutes or until the veggies are slightly softened.
- While vegetables are cooking, in a small jar, whisk together vegetable broth, Maple syrup, soy sauce, corn starch, and sesame oil.
- Pour the sauce over the softened vegetables and stir fry for 1-2 minutes or until the vegetables are coated in the sauce, and the sauce has thickened slightly.
- Add the cooked noodles to the wok and toss with the vegetables and sauce until everything is evenly coated.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve hot, and enjoy.
Iryna Bychkiv is the founder and writer of the culinary website Lavender & Macarons, where she shares clean, European-inspired recipes that are delicious, easy to prepare, and made with wholesome ingredients. Iryna loves creating meals that are simple yet healthy and unique, including vegan and vegetarian recipes.
Iryna is also a freelance writer for MSN and Associated Press Wire.