Whenever I'm craving noodles, I cook a big bowl of Teriyaki noodles. Today, however, I added a bunch of air-fried tofu and veggies to make this teriyaki noodle recipe extra special. Easy teriyaki noodles are so easy to make, and adding additional toppings creates a fabulous meal in no time at all.
Although served in many Asian-themed restaurants, Teriyaki is a cooking technique used in Japanese cuisine in which foods are broiled or grilled with a glaze of soy sauce, mirin, and sugar.
Of course, Japanese Teriyaki noodles are made with rice or Shirataki noodles. Also called a miracle noodle, Shirataki noodles are made from the Konjac plant, 97% water, and 3% soluble fiber. Because shirataki noodles are both low in calories and digestible carbohydrates, they're often called "miracle noodles."
But, if you can't find Shiraki noodles, rice noodles work perfectly for this vegan noodle recipe.
How to make Teriyaki Noodle Recipe
Basically, teriyaki noodles are simply noodles, teriyaki sauce, and sesame seeds. But, most bottled teriyaki sauce is made with oil and a ton of sugar.
Healthy, oil-free teriyaki sauce is the first step to easy teriyaki noodles.
- Tamari or soy sauce
- Fresh pineapple juice
- Rice vinegar
- Arrowroot powder (or corn starch)
- Sesame seeds
Once the noodles are prepared, toss in a small sauce, only lightly coating the noodles.
What noodles are used for quick teriyaki noodles?
If using Shirataki noodles, first, it's important to remove the fishy smell from the noodles. Don't worry, though; the fishy smell is plain water that has absorbed the odor of the konjac root, not fish. So, yes, they are vegan!
After rinsing, boil the yam noodles for two to three minutes, making sure to drain away any water you cooked the noodles in. Also, this process gets rid of the fishy odor.
Another noodle option, which I enjoy with this recipe is rice noodles. Also plant-based and oil-free, rice noodles come in a variety of thicknesses and textures. Then, cook by following the package instructions.
Quick and easy teriyaki noodles or adding a little veggie love
Since I love my veggies as much as I love noodles, I chose to add air-fried tofu and a variety of sauteed vegetables to my noodle recipe.
First, I marinated my tofu in my homemade teriyaki sauce overnight.
Then, I chose some vegetables to add to my noodles.
- Green Onions
- Mame (shelled edamame)
Or, enjoy the easy teriyaki noodle recipe in its simplest form.
- Whenever sauteing vegetables to add to noodles or stir fry, I highly recommend NOT cooking the vegetables in sauce. Instead, saute the vegetables in a small amount of water or vegetable broth to avoid sogginess and an overpowering taste from the sauce.
- Toss the noodles in a small amount of sauce (about 1/4 cup) to coat them, not drown them. Once the noodles are tossed, add the vegetables and cooked tofu. Then, drizzle with a small amount of extra sauce, if any.
- Sprinkle with sesame seeds after plating to keep sesame seeds crunchy, not soggy
- Add a little Thai basil for additional flavor.
- Sauteed or roasted mushrooms, onions, eggplant, snap peas, or any favorite vegetables.
- Portobello mushrooms or Shirataki mushrooms
- Root vegetables
- Soy curls
- Spicy Asian Salad
- Asian Salad with Peanut Dressing
- Asian Coleslaw
What do Shiraki noodles taste like?
- Despite their bland or tasteless flavor, Shiraki noodles absorb flavor like a sponge. The texture of the noodle, however, is a bit chewy and rubbery.
Where can I buy Shiraki noodles?
- Nasoya is a well-known Asian food brand that makes vegan products. Nasoya Pasta Zero products are shirataki noodles, and they come in two varieties: shirataki spaghetti and shirataki fettuccine! These noodles are not made with any soy, and they are vegan, gluten-free, and fortified with iron.
What does Teriyaki Taste like?
- Teriyaki boasts a sweet and tangy flavor. Savory and sweet, authentic teriyaki sauce delivers an umami flavor from its simple soy sauce and rice vinegar base.
If you love fabulous, vegan oil-free Asian dishes, check out these recipes
- Asian Bowtie Pasta Salad
- How to Make Yum Yum Noodles
- Spicy Peanut Noodles
- Dan dan noodles
- Yaki Udon Noodles
- Garlic Noodles
- Vietnamese Noodles
- General Tso Cauliflower Recipe
- Zoodle Pad Thai Recipe
- How to Cook Vegan Pad Kee Mao With Seared Tofu (Plus Magic Marinade!)
Hi! My name is Kathy, I am a retired high school English teacher & vegan enthusiast and blogger. My entire blog is fully plant-based vegan. I truly believe what we eat & how we live determines our health & the preservation of our planet! 🙂