If you are looking for a simple and healthy vegetarian recipe, here it is! This recipe has a great variety of colorful and crunchy veggies (feel free to add more or less of any of the veggies pictured below) and don’t worry if you aren’t a fan of tofu, you can easily swap it out for seafood, chicken or beef. I happen to love the taste of tofu and soba noodles smothered in the peanut sauce!
Soba noodles have a delightfully nutty flavor. Soba is actually the Japanese word for buckwheat. Soba noodles are made from buckwheat flour and are used in a variety of different recipes but most often you’ll find them in soups, salads and stir-frys.
Here are a few other tasty recipes using soba noodles!
Spicy Soba Noodle Salad from MJ and Hungryman
Sesame Soba & Cucumber Noodles from Vanilla and Spice
Asian Chicken Soba Noodle Soup from Once Upon A Cutting Board
- Remove tofu from package and rinse under cold water. Pat dry with a clean paper towel, then wrap with paper towels and lightly press on tofu block to release some of the water. Allow tofu block to sit on a clean counter wrapped in paper towel for 10-15 minutes to allow more water to drain.
- Cut block of tofu in half, then half again, then half again and once more to get 16 pieces of equal size.
- In a large non-stick pan or wok, heat 2 t of canola oil on medium/high heat and then cook the tofu about 4 minutes each side until golden brown.
- Remove the cooked tofu from the pan and set aside.
- In a wok or large non-stick skillet, add 1 t canola oil and garlic and cook on medium heat 2-3 minutes until fragrant and golden/brown.
- Add peppers, broccoli, water chestnuts, bamboo, mushrooms, baby bok choy and snow peas. Cover and allow to cook for 5-7 minutes until vegetables become tender and bright in color.
- In a separate sauce pan, cook soba noodles until al dente. Drain and set aside.
- Peanut sauce can be prepared ahead of time or as tofu is cooking. Combine peanut butter, water, soy sauce, lime juice, garlic and ginger in a medium mixing bowl. You may need to add more water depending on how thick you want the consistency of the sauce.
- Serve tofu and vegetables on top of cooked soba noodles. Pour peanut sauce over top of stir-fry. Garnish with diced scallions or fresh chopped basil or cilantro. Enjoy!