Spicy Udon Stir-Fry

Serves 4

 

In its original form, this recipe uses ground pork. Here you can start with beefy plant-based ground, go straight to plant-based chorizo, or make your own Tempeh and Mushroom Chorizo. Whichever you opt for, the spicy “meat” mingling with thick udon noodles and plenty of cabbage makes for an easy, hearty dish with plenty of personality.

 

INGREDIENTS

1 (8-ounce) package udon noodles or 8 ounces linguine

2 tablespoons safflower or other neutral vegetable oil, divided

5 cups coarsely chopped green cabbage

2 to 3 cloves garlic, minced

10 to 12 ounces plant-based ground or chorizo

1/4 cup good-quality natural ketchup

2 teaspoons sriracha or other hot sauce, or more to taste

2 teaspoons smoked paprika or barbecue seasoning

1/4 cup bottled teriyaki sauce or more to taste, divided

2 teaspoons grated fresh or squeezebottle ginger

4 to 5 scallions, thinly sliced, divided

Crushed peanuts or sesame seeds for topping

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Cook the noodles according to package directions until al dente, then drain.
  2. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a stir-fry pan. Add the cabbage and garlic and stir-fry over high heat until the cabbage is crip-tender and just starting to be touched with brown spots, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium-high and add the remaining oil to the pan. Add the ground (break up with a spatula if clumpy), ketchup, sriracha, paprika, and about 1 tablespoon of the teriyaki sauce.
  4. Stir over medium-high heat until well-blended. Let cook undisturbed for a minute or two, until the underside  is browned, then turn the mixture over with a spatula and let the underside brown again. Break up the mixture again if necessary.
  5. Add the cooked noodles, ginger, remaining teriyaki sauce, and a bit more than half the scallions to the pan. Use a large fork to distribute the spicy ground through the noodles while stir-frying over medium-high heat for 2 to 3 minutes.
  6. Serve straight from the pan, topping each serving with crushed peanuts or sesame seeds.