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Sesame Ginger Soba Noodles

Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Vegan optional

Have you met Buckwheat noodles yet? Because if you haven’t let me introduce you!! Buckwheat noodles are an excellent alternative to gluten-free ones, and unlike its name, which uses “wheat” in it, buckwheat is not actually a wheat…..it’s a seed, which makes this ingredient naturally gluten-free! Buckwheat is also referred to as a pseudograin, or pseudocereal just like quionoa and amaranth and is a great option for celiac disease or gluten intolerances.
Buckwheat comes in different forms. You can buy the flour, which I use in pancakes and muffins,or you can buy buckwheat groates that are great to add in your oatmeal and smoothies. But what’s even easier it to buy a good quality product, ready to use, like these soba buckwheat noodles I used these noodles for this recipe and it turned out great!! I highly recommend for anyone lookinig for gluten-free subs, however these are commonly used in Asian dishes anyway. Double bonus!

So what are soba noodles?

“Soba” comes from the japanese word for buckwheat noodles. Therefore Soba noodles are Buckwheat noodles. Many health stores carry these noodles now, maybe even your local grocery store. But you can definitely find them on Amazon. Just be careful to check the ingredients before picking out your buckwheat noodles, because many of them have added wheat.

I like to use King Soba noodles as pictured above. They are combined with sweet potatoes and have a nice texture and taste. There is a brand called Eden Selected that is 100% buckwheat flour. Either one will work for this recipe.
But enough about the tasty noodles already, let’s get to the main event!
I came up with this recipe for Sesame Ginger Soba noodles, it is really easy to make, tastes suberb, is gluten-free & vegan (if you choose not to add meat or fish protein) and it is really presentable to serve for guests. I made this recipe for a lunch with my sister, who is, by they way, the ultimate food critic. And she loved it! That’s how I know this is a keeper lol. If you are not vegan, this is still a great dish because you can add any protein you like, such as salmon, shrimp, chicken or beef.

How to make Sesame Ginger Soba Noodles

There are only 3 easy steps! Make the sauce. Boil the noodles. Fry your veggies. Combine it all.

The first step is to prepare the sauce so it has a little time to marinate allowing the delicious flavours to combine. I used coconut aminos this time, but if you are not adverse to soy beans, then soya sauce will do just fine, and the same goes for the ginger- if you don’t have fresh then use ground. I wouldn’t recommend subbing the lime as it gives it a distinct flavour that goes well in this sauce.
Next, put on your pot of water (with salt) and let it come to a boil while you begin chopping your veggies. As the soba noodles cook, fry your veggies, and once they are both done, toss them together in the same frying pan, add you sauce you made first and voila! Dinner is done!
Serve it in a nice bowl, and top with sesame seeds and green onions.

I have made this recipe on a few occasions, and love it everytime. It’s nice to top it with freshly chopped green onios and sesame seeds. One time I wanted to add a some salmon, which made it more filling and really satisfying.

Sometimes it’s nice to switch up your noodle and change the sauce, so if you are looking for another fun and easy noodle dish that is also gluten-free AND super low in calories, try my Kelp noodle salad

Sesame Ginger Soba Noodles

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dinner, lunch asian
By Nadia Zanini Serves: 4
Prep Time: 15 mins Cooking Time: 15 mins Total Time: 30 mins

Delicious flavours combined to make an easy gluten-free noodle bowl with a little kick of ginger and chillies!


  • For the Sauce:
  • 1 tbsp grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tbps apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp coconut aminos *see notes for sub
  • 3 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • pinch of red chili flakes
  • For the Noodles:
  • 1 package soba noodles
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped white onion
  • 1/2 inch piece fresh turmeric (can sub 1 tsp turmeric powder)
  • 1 large carrot spiralized or grated
  • 2 cups freshly shredded red cabage
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil for frying
  • 4 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 4 green onions
  • Salt & Pepper to season
  • Cilantro, for garnish if desired



To make the sauce:


Combine all sauce ingredients and whisk together. Let sit to marinade


To make the noodles:


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook Soba noodles according to package directions


Add avocado oil to pan under med-high heat


Add chopped garlic, onion and turmeric and sautee until translucent


Chop or shred cabbage and carrots and add to pan. Season generously with salt & pepper and cook until soft


Drain soba noodles and add to frying pan with the veggies


Add in your sauce and toss to coat everything really well


Serve into four bowls, and top each bowl with 1 tbsp of sesame seeds and one finely chopped green onion. May also garnish with the cilantro or your protein of choice if desired


* you can substitute the coconut aminos for soya sauce

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