5 from 11 votes

Beef Udon Stir Fry

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You can whip up this beef udon recipe in under 20 minutes! Flavourful and nutrient-packed, you'll love this recipe!
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
£2.12
Makes: 5
mains, meal prep
Chinese
Freezable

This beef udon recipe is incredibly flavourful, offering a sweet, salty, savoury and slightly spicy taste. The ease of making this dish and the short prep time and cooking time make this a great meal prep recipe. 

Beef udon noodles close up shot

Why you’ll love this recipe

Typically, you think of beef udon in a soup format. While delicious, I typically only enjoy udon noodle soup during colder months. This recipe for udon noodles with beef provides a delicious twist you can enjoy year-round, regardless of the weather.

I’ve packed this beef udon stir fry dish with vegetables to up the intake of nutrients, vitamins and minerals. The thinly sliced beef strips help increase the protein, whilst the udon noodles help you stay full after enjoying this meal. 

Other recipes to try using beef; Simple Slow Cooker Chilli Con Carne, Dorito Taco Salad Recipe and One Pot Meatballs and Rice

If you’re cooking for your partner, you can easily double this udon beef stir fry and have lunches ready for both of you for the entire week!

What are udon noodles?

Udon noodles are delicious, chewy noodles that originated in Japan. These thick, chewy udon noodles are made from wheat flour, water and salt. Udon noodles are a staple in Japanese cuisine, as they’re made into many recipes such as beef udon soup, beef yaki udon stir-fries and more. 

There are a few varieties of udon noodles, either flat or rounded. Each type of udon noodle has a specific purpose, depending on its shape. For example, some udon noodles are better for slurping due to their shape, so they’re served in a hot broth (like dashi broth).

close up shot of udon noodles with beef strips in the pan with pak choi, red onion and coriander.

Where can I buy udon noodles?

Most supermarkets carry udon noodles in the Asian section, near other available noodle varieties. If your local store doesn’t carry udon noodles, you can also find them at Asian or Japanese markets. 

If all else fails, you can easily order udon noodles online and have them delivered to your door, so you can create beef udon (aka beef yaki)!

Ingredients

udon noodles recipe with beef tenderloin and other Ingredients laid out on a pale blue background and labelled.

Udon Noodles
Udon noodles help make this beef udon noodles dish more filling! If you can’t find udon noodles, soba noodles will also work. Alternatively, you can use pasta, though the consistency and flavour will be slightly different.

For noodle lovers try these recipes : Chicken Vermicelli Noodles, Simple Red Thai Prawn Curry and Spicy Chili Oil Ramen Noodles

Beef Tenderloin
I love adding beef tenderloin to this recipe as a source of protein. You can also use chicken, pork, tofu or any protein you have.

Garlic
Like ginger, garlic adds a yummy aroma and helps provide the flavour base for this dish. You can always use powdered garlic, though the flavour will be stronger with the powdered form.

Pak Choi
Pak choi is also known as bok choy, boosts nutrients in this dish and its flavour is similar to cabbage, so it absorbs the other seasonings and sauces well.

See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.

How to make beef udon stir fry

  1. Start the udon beef dish by adding the beef strips into a large bowl and tossing with cornflour until well-coated (Image 1).
  2. Then, add half of the rapeseed oil into a pan and heat it on high heat. Once the oil is hot enough, transfer half the beef into the pan. Cook the beef for about two minutes on each side, ensuring you flip halfway through.

    Once the first batch of beef is ready, set it aside and continue with the second half of the beef. Set all the cooked beef aside once fully cooked and sprinkle salt over the top (Image 2).
Step by step process; 1 photo with mince and cornflour in bowl mixed with tongs and 1 with mince in pan.

3. Chop the pak choi, slice the red onions and wash the mange tout (Image 3).

4. Continue the chow udon recipe by adding the second half of the rapeseed oil to the pan. Next, add the mange tout and onion, sprinkling salt and chilli flakes. Saute these ingredients until they soften, for a few minutes (Image 4).

Step by step process :1 photo with vegetables on chopping board and 1 with vegetables in pan.

5. Then, add the thick udon noodles in a layer and top with the pak choi. Add a tablespoon or two of water, cover with a lid and decrease the heat to medium (Image 5).

6. The noodles should take about four minutes to separate (without breaking into smaller pieces). Finally, add the sauces into the pan, including the soy sauce, sweet soy sauce, rice vinegar, and an extra pinch of salt. Give the pot a good stir to ensure the flavours are incorporated well (Image 6).

Step by step process : 1 photo with the pork choi and noodles in the pan and the 2nd with cooked noodles, beef and vegetables in pan

7. When serving, you can add a helping of broccoli and some fresh coriander to help boost the nutrient content. If you’re meal prepping this beef udon noodle recipe, separate it into five servings. Then add broccoli and fresh coriander to each container (Image 7).

5 Meal prep dishes with beef ramen and broccoli on orange background.

Other udon recipe ideas

Substitute the beef for tofu for a vegan/vegetarian-friendly version. You can also make a pescatarian version by using shrimp or fish.

The other ingredients are already vegetarian/vegan/pescatarian-friendly. Try other Udon noodle recipes : Chili Oil Udon Stir Fry and Stir-Fry Pork Udon Noodles

Tips and Tricks

  • Avoid crowding the pan when frying the beef. We want each piece of beef to have enough room to fry without steaming the other pieces. This would prevent browning and reduce flavour.
  • Fry the beef on high heat for a short amount of time. This will maximise browning and prevent overcooking.
  • Don’t try to separate the udon noodles before they have been steamed within the pan. This will cause them to break apart. 
Cose up shot Beef udon noodles with red onions and coriander.

FAQs

What type of beef should I use for beef udon stir fry?

For beef udon stir fry, it is recommended to use thinly sliced tenderloin,flank steak, sirloin, or ribeye. The meat should be cut against the grain to ensure tenderness.

Can I substitute udon noodles with other types of noodles?

Yes, you can substitute udon noodles with other types of noodles such as soba noodles, rice noodles, or even spaghetti. However, keep in mind that the texture and taste may differ from the traditional udon noodles.

How do I cook the beef to ensure it’s tender in the stir fry?

Cook the beef quickly over high heat to avoid overcooking and making it tough. If you cook it for longer over a lower heat, you’ll dry out the beef which would make it chewy and less tender. 

Can I make the stir fry sauce ahead of time?

Yes, you can make the stir fry sauce ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator until ready to use. Just be sure to give it a good stir before adding it to the stir fry.

If you tried this Beef Udon Noodle recipe, it would be mean so much to me if you could leave a review & a star rating to let me know how you found it! I love hearing about your experiences – it motivates me to keep creating more and more recipes for you guys 💛 Let’s get cooking! – Mimi x

Beef Udon Stir Fry

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5 from 11 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
£2.12
mains, meal prep
Chinese
Freezable
Servings: 5
You can whip up this beef udon recipe in under 20 minutes! Flavourful and nutrient-packed, you'll love this recipe!

Ingredients

  • 350 g beef tenderloin, stir fry strips (£3.95)
  • 160 g mange tout (£1.00)
  • 1 large red onion, thinly sliced (£0.15)
  • 600 g Udon noodles, 2 packs (4 sets of noodles) (£1.00x2)=(£2.00)
  • 1-2 tbsp ginger (£0.50)
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, (£0.39)
  • 2 bulbs of pak choi, sliced lengthways into quarters (£1.00)
  • 1 bunch coriander (£0.55)
  • Serve with extra broccoli, in meal prep containers (£0.55)

Cupboard Essentials

  • Salt
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp sweet soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • Optional chilli flakes

Method

  • Start by coating the beef evenly in cornflour. Mixing well in a large bowl.
  • Add half of the rapeseed oil into the pan and increase the heat to high. Evenly distribute half of the beef across the pan and fry for 2 minutes on each side.
  • Repeat with the second batch, setting the beef aside. Season with salt.
  • Next, add the remaining rapeseed oil into the pan and the mange tout, garlic, ginger and onion. Season with salt and chilli flakes and fry for a couple of minutes.
  • To that, layer the udon noodles into the pan, then the pak choi. Add a splash of water into the pan and cover with a lid, reducing the heat to medium. Leave to cook for 4 minutes, or until the noodles are loose enough to separate without breaking.
  • Remove the lid and add the beef, soy sauce, sweet soy sauce, rice vinegar and an extra pinch of salt. Stir to incorporate all of the flavours. Serve with a sprinkle of optional coriander and a serving of broccoli.

Notes

  • Avoid overcrowding the pan while frying beef to prevent steaming and reduce flavor.
  • Fry beef on high heat briefly to maximize browning and avoid overcooking.
  • Don't separate udon noodles before steaming in the pan to prevent breaking.

Nutrition

Servings: 5 servings
Fat: 11g
Calories: 459kcal
Carbohydrates: 57g
Protein: 32g

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  1. Is it just me or did you skip the garlic and ginger?

    1. Mimi Harrison | 2 days ago

      Ah sorry Hayden, that was a mistake! Thank you for flagging, I’ve just added it into the recipe.

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