By Karen Gaudette Brewer

What Are Udon Noodles?

Udon is the ultimate comfort noodle: pleasantly toothsome and plump. Slurp these thick, Japanese wheat-flour noodles in soups, add them to stir-fries, or toss in salads for a quick weeknight meals. Find them fresh, frozen, or dried in the Asian foods section of most supermarkets.

The Best Quick Weeknight Dinners with Udon Noodles

1. Peanut Butter Noodles

Boiled udon noodles combine with a delectable simple, sauce made of creamy peanut butter, sweet honey, salty soy sauce, fresh ginger simmer, and chicken broth. "Excellent, quick recipe! Added some chicken, carrots, bean sprouts, and green beans, and it reminded me of the Thai chicken from The Cheesecake Factory," says VIRGINIA ADDIS.

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2. Udon Noodle Soup

This udon noodle soup is packed with vegetables and seasoned with sambal and yakisoba sauce. "I love udon noodles," says Diana71. "It's perfect with all the vegetables, and I also added tofu. I wish I had snow peas on hand!"

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3. Japanese Nabeyaki Udon Soup

This one-pot meal is Japanese-style comfort food that stars udon noodles, chicken, tofu, and colorful vegetables. There's something for everyone. "This is very close to the nabeyaki udon my grandma used to make," says MrsSalty. "The dashi stock is important, but if unavailable, chicken stock can work. It is very important to use fresh udon noodles. If you use packaged dry noodles, they will get very soggy and the texture ruins the dish. I like to crack the eggs into the boiling broth and stir it a bit, then there are no big yolk balls."

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4. Asian Steak and Noodle Bowl

Slices of grilled marinated flank steak are served with udon noodles and vegetables. "A delicious combination of Asian flavors infused in lean meat, vegetables, and Japanese udon noodles," says Chrissy. "So comforting, you won't even know this was low-fat!"

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5. Kimchi Udon Noodle Stir-Fry

This super-fast stir-fry features fresh udon noodles with bacon, kimchi, and garlic in a sweet-and-spicy Asian-inspired sauce. "This is a sweet, nutty, and spicy kimchi udon stir-fry your whole family will love -- and it takes mere minutes to make from start to finish!" says chpmnk42. "Top with cooked eggs and shredded nori if you like."

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6. Chicken Yaki Udon

Ready in 30 minutes! "This delicious stir-fry is similar to yakisoba, but is made with thick, white udon noodles and tossed with a much simpler sauce," says Diana71. "Often used in soups, udon noodles are also delicious fried--the texture is just awesome because they are chewy. Try to find frozen or fresh udon noodles. Dried udon noodles will work, too, but you'll lose some of the signature texture."

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7. Japanese Pan Noodles

Udon noodles are stir-fried with broccoli, bell peppers, and zucchini and coated with a chili-garlic sauce. "This is a great recipe to make any time," says Kristen Wolfinbarger. "Lots of flavor. Top with cilantro and bean sprouts."

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8. Sesame Udon Noodles

"The dressing is very good. You can easily adjust the veggies to suit your tastes," says Jillian.


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