As promised! This is the made-from-scratch version of the teriyaki stir-fry that my husband whipped up with our leftover veggies. He’s so good at improvising meals with what we have on hand.
I loved it, and decided to come up with my own homemade teriyaki sauce to replace the jarred kind. This dish is inauthentic (maybe we can call it Asian fusion), but definitely delicious and healthier than take-out.
This stir-fry has a lot going for it. It’s simple to make, especially if your sauce is ready to go. It’s loaded with fresh vegetables—in fact, it’s made with more veggies than noodles. Lastly, it packs great for lunch.
You can change up this recipe however you see fit. You could substitute leftover brown rice for the noodles. Add crispy baked tofu, steamed edamame, scrambled eggs or a crispy fried egg for extra protein. How about a stir-fry for dinner tonight?
Veggie Teriyaki Stir-Fry with NoodlesCourse: EntreeCuisine: asian
Make this quick and delicious vegetarian stir-fry with noodles for dinner tonight! It’s a healthier spin on take-out that is easily made vegan and/or gluten free (see notes). Recipe yields 4 main dish servings.
4 ounces soba noodles, brown rice noodles, spaghetti or long noodle of choice
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil or avocado oil
1 medium red or white onion, halved and thinly sliced
½ teaspoon fine sea salt
6 cups thinly sliced mixed vegetables*
½ cup teriyaki sauce, or more as needed
1 to 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil, to taste
1 teaspoon sesame seeds, plus more for garnish
¼ cup thinly sliced green onion, for garnish
- Bring a pot of water to boil and cook the noodles until al dente, according to package directions. Drain and rinse well to remove any excess starch. Set aside.
- Meanwhile, warm a large skillet over medium heat. Add the oil, onion and salt. Cooking, stirring occasionally, until the onion is tender, about 4 to 6 minutes.
- Add the remaining vegetables and cook until they are tender and caramelizing on the edges, stirring every minute or two. Given the volume of vegetables, this will take about 10 to 15 minutes.
- Once the vegetables are done, add the noodles and ½ cup teriyaki sauce to the pan. Stir to combine, and cook just until the ingredients are all warmed through, about 1 minute. Feel free to add more teriyaki sauce if you like your noodles extra-saucy.
- Remove the skillet from the heat. Add toasted sesame oil, to taste (a little goes a long way/toss with tongs if you need help mixing the noodles into the veggies). Add the sesame seeds.
- Serve the noodles in bowls with sliced green onion and a little sprinkle of sesame seeds on top. Leftovers keep well, covered and refrigerated, for up to 4 days.
- *VEGETABLE SUGGESTIONS: Aim to slice your veggies into ¼-inch wide strips for even cooking. Use any combination of portobello or baby bella mushrooms, bell pepper, snap peas (halved vertically), cabbage, carrot (cut thin on the diagonal), or kale.
- MAKE IT VEGAN: Make or buy vegan teriyaki sauce. My teriyaki sauce recipe has a vegan option (simply use maple syrup instead of honey).
- MAKE IT GLUTEN FREE: Be sure to use gluten-free teriyaki sauce (most aren’t gluten free, but my recipe has a gluten-free option). Also choose gluten-free noodles, such as brown rice noodles (available at Whole Foods) or spaghetti noodles (I’d probably use a corn and quinoa blend because they tend to retain their shape better than others).