Quick Meal: Sweet and Spicy Soba Noodles

Sweet and spicy soba noodles (click through for recipe) More often than not Trey and I come home from work and are super hungry. I'm sometimes on the verge of "hangry". It's that feeling when you start to get grumpy/angry, because you're so hungry. So we need to make dinner, and fast! 

This dinnertime crunch usually results in us making something in the pasta/stir fry department. Trey could eat the same dinner for weeks in a row. I am a little more picky. I am always tweaking or adjusting past dishes we've made. I just like variety, what can I say? Sweet and spicy soba noodles (click through for recipe)This will for sure be making it onto our fast dinners rotation. It's super quick to make, pretty healthy and involves ingredients that we usually have on hand anyway. Except for soba noodles. I will just have to remember to buy those more often. Turns out they are awesome! Since the weather is starting to cool down, I served this dish hot. But this could easily be adapted into a cold pasta dish too, as soba noodles are awesome cold. Warm soba noodle recipeSweet and Spicy Soba Noodles, serves 2-3

6 oz soba noodles
6 oz cooked shrimp (or shredded chicken)
1 red bell pepper
3 cloves garlic
1/4 cup chopped green onion
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (add a little more if you really like it spicy!)
2-3 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

First cook the soba noodles in boiling water for 5-6 minutes. Drain and set aside.Sweet and spicy sauceRemove the tails from the shrimp (optional, but I hate doing this afterwards while eating). Slice up the red pepper. Cook these together in a hot skillet with a tablespoon or so of olive oil just until the peppers start to soften. Then, add the cooked noodles to the pan and turn the heat down to low/medium.

In a small bowl combine the honey, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, ginger, red pepper flakes and minced garlic. Stir to combine. Pour over the noddles, shrimp, and peppers. Cook for 6-8 minutes until the liquid has reduced some. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions.Sweet and spicy soba noodles (click through for recipe)  Dinner is served, in around 30 minutes or less. Score! Enjoy. xo. Emma

Credits// Author and Photography: Emma Chapman

  • I do not eat spicy food but I think my friend would love to eat this. He is really into these types of food.

  • Noodles are never refused in my house and can’t wait to try this recipe out 🙂

  • Awesome! This is perfect. The past few nights I have been so busy and gotten home so late that it’s been drive through or cheese and crackers. This is WAY better!

  • Thank you for posting this recipe! I made it for dinner this evening for my handsome and me. It was so easy which is much appreciated after our hectic work day. I happened to have firm tofu on hand, so I used it in place of the shrimp. Otherwise, I left the rest of the ingredients per your recipe and we both ended the meal with full, satisfied bellies.

    Keep ’em coming!

    Kay Kay

  • i’m a sucker for stir-fries too! this one sounds delicious, simple, and hearty as soba noodles have a deeper, darker flavor than your regular old Italian white pasta. my favorite stir-fry is even SIMPLER, and usually only involves one of us picking up some fresh watercress on the way home (we ALWAYS have flank steak sliced and frozen in 2-person servings in the freezer, frozen flat in plastic bags for very quick thawing):


    also, if you go to an Asian grocery store and you find the skinny egg noodles with a picture of a shrimp on it and see that the ingredients include shrimp powder or something like that, GET IT!! shrimp noodles are becoming a favorite in our house 😉


  • I make basically the same thing at home but with baby bok choy also. Love it!

  • This looks so yummy! Noodles are our quick and easy go to meal – will definitely try this. In uni me and my housemates used to say ‘If in doubt bang on the noods!’

  • I was in a hurry for supper tonight and what did I find on your feed but a yummy, quick recipe. Thanks Emma for saving my supper!

  • i don’t think i have ever heard of soba noodles, but this dish looks delicious!
    xo, cheyenne

  • Being hangry is horrible, but thankfully it can be fixed with quick, simple meals like this one and that fact that it’s healthy makes it so much better! I’ve never tried soba noodles, but they sound like a great noodle for stir fry.


  • Love quick meals like this on week nights 🙂


  • We have this new rule at home where I have to “learn” how to cook because next year I will move out to go to college. I have been cooking once a week for a while now I enjoy it. I will add this one to my list of new things to try! I also made your bagels, not as part of the rule thing, but just because I wanted to. 😀 I made a blog post about them because I adore your food blog posts so much, figured it would be fun to try for once myself!


  • i’m all about these speedy dinners, i get hangry way too quickly.


  • This looks delicious!


  • From afar it kind of looked like Korean Japchae. Looks delicious!

    xo Trisha

  • It looks yummy!!! xx Thanks



  • YUM! This looks great! Love the idea to use shrimp instead of chicken. Great way to change up the recipe. I’ve never had soba noodles before…but I’ll have to try them now! Thanks so much!


  • Oh my. This looks wonderful – and so so easy!


  • yummy! this looks like a cheaper and healthier alternative to ordering chinese!



  • That looks delicious!

    Love and good night from Germany,



  • mmmh. i make something similar to this, but sans honey and shrimp. i like to add pineapple, zucchini, and tofu (yep, vegan).

  • Looks delicious! Will definitely have to try this recipe sometime soon. x

  • I also never has tried Soba noodles! This recipe sounds really interesting, especially because I just returned from a trip to Austria where I had a very traditional Austrian pasta meal: cheese spaetzle (a kind of cheese dumplings) …

    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena


  • I’ve never tried Soba noodles before but by the delicious looks of this quick meal, that has got to change very soon!

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