Sesame & Cabbage Soba Noodle Stir-Fry

by Michelle on May 6, 2010 · 8 comments

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This is in tribute to blogger Heather from Crystalline Green. Heather got her recipe from Alicia Silverstone’s book ‘The Kind Diet’ and adapted it.  Now I’ve adapted my recipe from Heather’s. As Heather said in her original post this recipe is pretty delicious and relatively quick to cook! It has enough flavour to rival many a take away shop!

About Soba Noodles:

Soba noodles are Japanese noodles that usually contain buckwheat. Soba noodles are usually made of the gluten-free pseudo-cereal, Buckwheat (Soba). Because of the nature of Buckwheat, being gluten-free, it can sometimes have wheat added to it to help it combine in which case they would not be suitable for someone with a gluten intolerance or sensitivity. Though wheat is not always added to soba noodles. Just make sure you check your labels. Soba noodles thankfully cook quite quickly (usually under 10 minutes). The noodles I used are Omen noodles which are quite a thin noodle and probably not really considered a soba noodle as they don’t contain buckwheat.

Sesame & Cabbage Soba Noodle Stir Fry


  • 1/2 red onion, finely sliced
  • olive oil
  • 1/2 cabbage, finely shredded
  • 1 clove of garlic, squashed and chopped
  • 1 1/2 t. paprika powder
  • 1/2 t.  chili powder
  • 1 packet (90g) soba omen noodles
  • 1-3 T. tamari (wheat- free soy sauce)
  • 1 t. maple syrup (optional)
  • 1 t. sesame oil
  • 1 T. sesame seeds


  1. In a wok or frying pan, fry the onion in the olive oil on medium heat till translucent. Add the cabbage, a bit more oil and turn down to low and cover with a lid. Cook for 15 minutes or until the cabbage is very soft.
  2. In the last 3 minutes of the cabbage and onion cooking, cook the soba noodles in unsalted boiling water for around 2 minutes or until cooked.
  3. Continue cooking the cabbage mixture on low heat and add the garlic, paprika and chili powder and cook for a further 2 minutes.
  4. Drain and rinse the noodles with cold water and add to the cabbage mixture. Stir all the remaining ingredients to combine and cook for two more minutes.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

Note: I didn’t add any salt as tamari contains quite a bit of salt in it.


  • Add cooked chicken.
  • Add cooked tempeh or tofu (Like Heather did).
  • Add some sliced chili.
  • Add some chopped coriander leaves.

Added to Fight Back Friday’s May 7th.


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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Heather May 6, 2010 at 12:22 pm

Michelle you are the sweetest! I am so happy you tried this recipe! Thanks a bunch for referring to me in your post, thats so awesome! :D

This looks absolutely delicous!! Nice work! :) xx


Michelle May 6, 2010 at 1:58 pm

Heather that’s quite alright. Thanks for posting the original recipe! So yummy!


Stephanie from Juicy Fresh Bites May 7, 2010 at 3:26 am

Mmmm. This seems really easy to make and sounds so delicious. I love soba noodles but never tried it in a stir-fry before, what a lovely idea!


Michelle May 7, 2010 at 10:06 am

Thanks Stephanie! Today I had it again and I added fried egg as well and that was really nice! Next I want to try it with some cooked chicken! Do try it- it’s quite yummy. Thanks for stopping by :)


Veronica Ryan May 24, 2010 at 7:03 am

Have just changed the way I eat and am on the lookout for healthy, tasty recipes. This looks delicious, can’t wait to test it out. Thanks.


Michelle May 24, 2010 at 8:10 am

I’ve got heaps of recipes and more to come, so check out the others if you like.
Let me know how it goes!


Shannon May 7, 2013 at 8:15 am

Michelle, I love making this recipe and my husband loves it (noodles and cabbage are two of our fave things). So simple, cheap and delicious. BTW, if you have an Asian Grocer nearby you can get a big package of soba noodles (and other goodies, like soy sauce, tea, tofu, mock meats, rice, soy milk, cheap veggies, seitan, etc) for very cheap.


Michelle May 7, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Hi Shannon. I’m so glad you like this recipe! Thanks Shannon, it’s always nice to find out handy tips like that :). Thanks for commenting!



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