Soba Noodles and Tofu with Spicy Peanut Sauce

by Kelli on September 14, 2012

Soba Noodles and Tofu with Spicy Peanut Sauce is perfect for a quick (vegan & gluten free) weeknight meal! | #vegan #weeknightmeal

I’m a little bit ashamed and embarrassed to admit this, but I feel like we’ve reached a point where I can really open up and talk to you.  Just doesn’t give me the face of judgement, ok.  I really hate that face.  You know the face I’m talking about.  Laugh if you must, but just don’t give me that face.

So, soba noodles….they are pretty darn delicious (but you already know this).  Somehow I only just discovered them a few weeks ago.  Apparently I’ve been living under a rock for the past 32.5 years.  I’ve never tasted them before….not once, ever.   Until now.   Crazy, I know!!

You’re not giving me the face, are you?  I thought we agreed you wouldn’t do that!


Anyway, I finally got my act together, bought some soba noodles and had one of those ‘wow-where-have-these-been-all-my-life’ moments!  (They’ve been in the middle of aisle 6 at the grocery store, right next to the soy sauce.)

Soba Noodles and Tofu with Spicy Peanut Sauce is perfect for a quick (vegan & gluten free) weeknight meal! | #vegan #weeknightmeal

This dish comes together faster than you’d expect, and makes for a great weeknight dinner.  If getting dinner on the table in 30 minutes is your thing, then these noodles are for you!    And, if you’re like me & enjoy leftovers, make extra because this is even better the next day!

Edamame, carrots and cabbage are my favorite veggies to use in this dish, but you’re certainly not limited to this selection.  There are so many other fresh vegetables that would work great in this meal – squash, zucchini, corn, broccoli, snap peas.

Soba Noodles and Tofu with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Yield: Serves 4


  • 1 package extra firm tofu, drained, pressed and cut to 1-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 5 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon orange marmalade
  • 2 heaping tablespoons fresh grated ginger
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 8 ounces soba noodles
  • 1 cup edamame
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrot
  • 1 cup red cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup scallion, sliced, for garnish


Heat canola oil in a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Add cubed tofu in a single layer, and season lightly with salt & pepper. Sear tofu until the bottom is golden brown. Flip, and repeat until all sides are golden. Remove pan from heat and set aside.

While the tofu is cooking prepare the peanut sauce. In a blender combine peanut butter, rice vinegar, soy sauce, water, sesame oil, marmalade, ginger, garlic and black & cayenne peppers, and purée until smooth. If necessary, add an additional 1/2 to full tablespoon of water to thin the consistency of the sauce.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add soba noodles, and cook to al dente, about 4 minutes. Transfer noodles to a colander to drain.

Return the pan with the tofu back to the stove, over medium heat. Working in batches, if necessary, (depending on the size of your pan) add soba noodles, peanut sauce, edamame, carrot and cabbage to the pan, mixing thoroughly to combine all ingredients. Heat for 2-3 minutes.

Load up your plate and top with sliced scallions.

Soba Noodles and Tofu with Spicy Peanut Sauce is perfect for a quick (vegan & gluten free) weeknight meal! | #vegan #weeknightmeal


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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Binomial Baker September 14, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Wow this looks tasty! You should like this up with the Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party!


amy @ fearless homemaker September 14, 2012 at 2:06 PM

I've actually never made soba noodles at home, but I love them at restaurants, so I've gotta try this. It looks amazing!


Leah @ foodforthefresh September 16, 2012 at 4:16 AM

I love peanut sauces!! Can't wait to try!


Danielle June 5, 2013 at 6:23 PM

It was super tasty! Thanks!


Kelli June 7, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Yay, so happy you liked it!


Justyna June 6, 2013 at 12:31 PM

I tried this the other day, and ohmygosh, it was fantastic! The peanut sauce was perfect. it will be my go to from now on, so much better than any store-bought peanut sauce! The leftovers were even better the next few days! I’ve never tried soba noodles or cooking tofu before, but this recipe was super easy and delicious. Thank you!!


Kelli June 7, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Thanks, Justyna…so glad you enjoyed it! Glad it’s not just me who thinks this is even better the second day around :)


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