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Homemade Udon

Making your own udon noodles is easier than you might think, and the results are well worth it! These noodles are made with wheat flour and salt, and can be served hot or cold with dipping sauce. They're perfect for a quick and easy meal and give you a taste of Japan right in your own kitchen!
Course Healthy Weeknight Dinner Recipes
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword homemade udon, how to make udon noodles, japanese recipes, udon noodles
Prep Time 4 hours
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings 6
Author Lauren Keating


  • 2 ¾ cups bread flour
  • cup corn or tapioca starch
  • ¾ cup warm water
  • 1 ½ tsp sea salt


  • In a small bowl, dissolve the salt in the warm water. Sift the flour and starch into a second bowl.
  • Make a well in the flour bowl and pour about 1/2 of the water into the well. Mix with your hands scraping the bottom of the bowl as you mix until the water is incorporated – use a swift upward motion to "toss" the water into the dough, creating a sandlike mixture.
  • Add about 1/2 of the remaining water and continue to mix until the dough begins to separate into strands. Finally, add the rest of the water and mix and squeeze the dough together until it binds into a ball. The dough will not be smooth at this point. Let the dough rest in the bowl for 30 minutes.
  • Knead the udon dough until very smooth and shiny, either by hand or using a stand mixer. This will take a full 8 to 10 minutes using a stand mixer. Once the dough is smooth, form it into a tight ball and rub with a little olive oil. Place the dough ball into a clean bowl, cover with a cloth and allow to rest at room temperature for 3 to 4 hours.
  • Sprinkle your counter with flour and place the dough onto it. Roll to a 1/4–inch thickness.
  • Sprinkle the dough with starch, then fold the dough in half. Sprinkle with more starch and fold in half again. Let the dough rest 30 minutes.
  • With a sharp knife, cut the dough crosswise into noodles about 1/4–inch to 1/2-inch wide. Separate the noodles to prevent them sticking together

To cook:

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the noodles and cook until they float, about 3 minutes.

To freeze:

  • Place small portions of noodles on a plate or sheet pan and place in the freezer. Once noodles are frozen, transfer them to ziptop freezer bags or a similar airtight container. To cook, add frozen noodles directly to boiling water.