Fast and Cheap Browned Noodles Recipe - Quick Japanese Dish

Fast and Cheap Browned Noodles

Fast and Cheap Browned Noodles Recipe - Quick Japanese Dish
Region / culture: Japan | Preparation time: 5 minutes | Cooking time: 15 minutes | Servings: 6


Fast and Cheap Browned Noodles
Fast and Cheap Browned Noodles

Fast and Cheap Browned Noodles is a quick and easy dish that is perfect for busy weeknights. With just a few simple ingredients, you can have a delicious meal on the table in no time.


This recipe is a popular dish in many Asian cultures, where noodles are a staple food. The process of browning the noodles adds a depth of flavor and texture that is both satisfying and comforting.


How to prepare

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Break up the noodles and add them to the skillet, cooking until they are browned, while stirring constantly.
  3. Add the noodle seasoning packets and water; cook until all the water is absorbed and the noodles are tender, stirring occasionally.
  4. Serve immediately.
  5. Makes 6 servings.


  • Add cooked chicken, shrimp, or tofu for added protein.
  • Stir in your favorite vegetables, such as bell peppers, broccoli, or snap peas.
  • Top with a fried egg for a delicious twist.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Be sure to break up the noodles before adding them to the skillet to ensure even cooking.

- Stir the noodles constantly while browning to prevent them from burning.

- Adjust the seasoning to your taste preferences by adding more or less of the noodle seasoning packets.

Serving Suggestions

Fast and Cheap Browned Noodles can be served as a main dish or as a side dish alongside your favorite protein and vegetables.

Cooking Techniques

The key to this recipe is browning the noodles in oil before cooking them with water. This step adds a rich, nutty flavor to the dish.

Ingredient Substitutions

If you don't have noodle seasoning packets, you can use soy sauce, garlic powder, and onion powder for flavor.

Make Ahead Tips

Fast and Cheap Browned Noodles are best served immediately after cooking. However, you can prepare the noodles ahead of time and reheat them in the skillet before serving.

Presentation Ideas

Garnish the noodles with chopped green onions, sesame seeds, or a drizzle of sriracha for a pop of color and flavor.

Pairing Recommendations

Serve Fast and Cheap Browned Noodles with a side of steamed vegetables and a protein of your choice for a complete meal.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop until heated through.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of Fast and Cheap Browned Noodles contains approximately 250 calories.


Each serving of Fast and Cheap Browned Noodles contains approximately 30 grams of carbohydrates.


Each serving of Fast and Cheap Browned Noodles contains approximately 10 grams of fat.


Each serving of Fast and Cheap Browned Noodles contains approximately 5 grams of protein.

Vitamins and minerals

Fast and Cheap Browned Noodles are not a significant source of vitamins and minerals.


This recipe contains wheat and soy allergens.


Fast and Cheap Browned Noodles are a moderate source of carbohydrates and fats, with a low protein content. They are a quick and easy meal option for busy weeknights.


Fast and Cheap Browned Noodles are a simple and satisfying dish that can be made in minutes. With just a few ingredients, you can enjoy a delicious meal that is perfect for busy weeknights.

How did I get this recipe?

The first time I saw this recipe, I knew it was something I had to make. It was a simple dish called Fast and Cheap Browned Noodles, and it caught my eye in an old cookbook that belonged to my dear friend Millie. Millie was a fantastic cook, and she had a knack for finding delicious recipes that were both easy to make and easy on the wallet.

I remember the day I first came across the recipe like it was yesterday. Millie and I were sitting in her cozy kitchen, sipping on cups of tea and flipping through her collection of cookbooks. As we chatted and laughed, my eyes landed on a page that had a picture of a steaming bowl of noodles that looked absolutely divine. The recipe called for just a few simple ingredients – noodles, butter, garlic, and soy sauce – and promised to be ready in a matter of minutes.

Millie noticed my interest and with a twinkle in her eye, she said, "Oh, you have to try this one, dear. It's one of my favorites and it's so quick and easy to make." She handed me the cookbook and pointed to the recipe, urging me to give it a go. I could tell by the way she talked about it that this dish was something special, and I couldn't wait to try it out for myself.

That evening, I gathered the ingredients and set to work in my own kitchen, following the recipe step by step. I boiled the noodles until they were al dente, then drained them and set them aside. In a hot skillet, I melted a generous amount of butter and added in the minced garlic, letting it sizzle and become fragrant. Then, I tossed in the cooked noodles and a splash of soy sauce, stirring everything together until the noodles were coated in the rich, savory sauce.

The aroma that filled my kitchen was absolutely mouth-watering, and I couldn't wait to dig in. I served myself a heaping bowl of the browned noodles and took my first bite. The flavors exploded in my mouth – the nutty butter, the sharp garlic, the salty soy sauce – it was a symphony of tastes that danced on my taste buds. I knew right then and there that this recipe was a keeper.

From that day on, Fast and Cheap Browned Noodles became a staple in my kitchen. Whenever I needed a quick and satisfying meal, I would whip up a batch of these noodles and savor every bite. I loved how versatile the recipe was – I could add in whatever veggies or protein I had on hand, making it a great way to clean out the fridge and use up leftovers.

As I continued to make the browned noodles, I started to experiment with the recipe, adding in my own twist here and there. Sometimes I would throw in some sliced mushrooms or bell peppers for extra flavor and texture. Other times, I would sprinkle in some red pepper flakes for a spicy kick. No matter how I changed it up, the dish always turned out delicious.

Over the years, I shared the recipe with friends and family who were always amazed at how something so simple could taste so good. I even passed it down to my own children, who now make the browned noodles for their own families. It has become a beloved tradition in our household, a dish that brings us together and fills our hearts and bellies with joy.

Looking back, I am grateful to Millie for introducing me to the recipe for Fast and Cheap Browned Noodles. It may have been a simple dish, but it brought me so much happiness and satisfaction over the years. It taught me that sometimes the best recipes are the ones that are quick, easy, and made with love. And for that, I will always be thankful.


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