Soba and Red Cabbage Stir Fry
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Crunchy Soba Noodle and Red Cabbage Stir Fry

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Kate


Soba Noodle and Red Cabbage Stir Fry

  • 3 bundles uncooked soba noodles (9 oz)
  • water for cooking soba noodles , according to package instructions
  • 1/2 small red cabbage , chopped / sliced
  • 2-3 small carrots , peeled and julienned (or thinly sliced)
  • 1 yellow onion , thinly sliced
  • 4 tablespoons toasted sesame oil , divided
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds

Stir Fry Sauce

  • 1/4 cup oyster sauce
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce (see notes below)
  • 2 tablespoons water (see notes below)
  • 3 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1 inch piece ginger peeled and grated
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 small thai chili pepper, finely diced (or about 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes)


  • Cook soba noodles according to package (typically 3-5 minutes). Drain and rinse in cold water. Set aside.
  • Prepare the sauce: Add all the sauce ingredients to a medium bowl and mix well. If your honey is very thick, microwave it for a few seconds to thin it out so it mixes better.
  • In a large wok or a large skillet with high sides, heat up 2 tablespoons of sesame oil. Add the sliced onion, and stir fry for about 3 minutes over high heat, or until the onion starts to brown. Add the sliced cabbage, julienned carrot, and the remaining sesame oil and stir fry for about 3 minutes, or until desired done-ness of cabbage. I wanted to leave the cabbage and the carrots crunchy for a bit of texture, so 3 minutes over high heat was enough.
  • Add about half of the stir fry sauce and stir fry for 1 minute, coating the cabbage mixture in sauce.
  • Add the cooked soba noodles and the remainder of the sauce. Stir fry for about 2 minutes, or until the sauce fully coats the noodles, the cabbage and the noodles are well mixed, and the noodles are warmed through.
    Serve warm with a sprinkle of sesame seeds.


You can toast the sesame seeds in a skillet for a few minutes (no oil needed) to bring out their tasty aroma.