Easy Japanese Curry Udon Recipe

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Fill your cravings with this delicious and easy-to-follow Curry Udon Recipe! Enjoy an inviting combination of chewy udon noodles in a flavorful curry soup.

Looking for easy udon recipes? Try my Kake Udon, Zaru Udon, or Kitsune Udon!

two bowls of curry udon.

I’ll walk you through the ingredients and step-by-step instructions. I hope you enjoy it!

Why You Will Love This Recipe 

  • Enjoy a hearty broth of homemade Curry Udon.
  • In just 10 minutes, transform leftover curry sauce into a delicious noodle dish!
  • This Japanese classic is simple but satisfying and the perfect busy weeknight meal.

Udon Noodles

Udon noodles, the classic Japanese noodle made with wheat flour and water, are a staple of Japanese cooking. These thick and white noodles have a chewy texture and can be enjoyed both hot and cold. Learn more about udon noodles in “What are Japanese udon noodles: A Beginner’s Guide

Recipe Ingredients

You’ll need the following ingredients to make this Curry Udon Recipe:

Curry udon ingredients.
  • Udon noodles: Dried, fresh, or frozen udon noodles are available at grocery stores. I use frozen udon noodles in this recipe. Learn more about udon noodles in “What are Japanese udon noodles: A Beginner’s Guide
  • Japanese curry: I use leftover curry in this recipe. Check my easy vegetable curry recipe if you will make it from scratch.
  • Mentsuyu is a multipurpose noodle soup base with a savory flavor made from dashi broth (Japanese soup stock), mirin, and soy sauce. Use store-bought mentsuyu to save time.
  • Toppings: I picked scallions, which is a classic topping for noodle dishes (you can find the topping variations below)

How To Make Curry Udon: STEP BY STEP 

Here are some quick visual instructions! For the video and all the detailed ingredients and instructions, go to the printable recipe card below.

How to make curry udon.

Step 1

Chop scallions for toppings.

How to make curry udon.

Step 2

Cook udon noodles according to the package instructions.

How to make curry udon.

Step 3

Make the soup with leftover curry, mentsuyu, and water.

How to make curry udon.

Step 4

Serve the noodles in a bowl, and pour the soup.

A bowl of curry udon with chopsticks.

Here you go! Once it’s served, please eat immediately. Otherwise, the udon noodle soaks up the soup and becomes soggy. If you like a little spice, sprinkle with shichimi togarashi (Japanese spice mix) and enjoy!

Recipe Tips

  • If the curry soup is too salty, dilute it with water. If it’s too light, add more curry or mentsuyu.
  • Udon noodle cooking time – a couple of minutes for frozen ones. 10 minutes or more for fresh and dried ones.
  • Try various toppings from the “Topping variations” below.
  • If you use store-bought mentsuyu, follow the instructions on the package. How much water to add depends on the product.

Vegan Adaptable

Mentsuyu is not vegan-friendly as it’s made from katsuobushi (bonito flakes). But you can easily substitute it with dried shiitake mushrooms. Click here for a vegan dashi recipe.

Topping Variations

Topping idea list for curry udon.

Looking for delicious topping variations? Here are my favorite ones:

  • A half-boiled egg is a delicious addition to curry udon.
  • Green leafy vegetables – spinach, bok choy, and mizuna
  • Cheese – pick your favorite cheese and savor the deliciously melted texture.
  • Kamaboko is a fish cake and a classic topping for udon noodle dishes.
  • Green onions – or scallions, spring onions, and long onion
  • Tempura – Try crunchy shrimp or vegetable tempura for an additional treat.

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curry udon in a serving bowl.

Easy Japanese Curry Udon Recipe

5 from 2 votes
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Prep: 2 minutes
Cook: 8 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Juri Austin
Fill your cravings with this delicious and easy-to-follow Curry Udon recipe! Enjoy an inviting combination of chewy noodles in a flavorful curry soup.

Equipment

  • 1 Medium saucepan 18 cm/7 inches
  • 1 Strainer

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Chop scallions.
  • Cook udon noodles: Boil plenty of water (not in the ingredients list) in a medium saucepan, add udon noodles, and cook according to the package instructions. Stir the noodles with chopsticks to separate them while cooking.
  • Drain the noodles: Drain using a strainer and quickly rinse under running cold water to remove the extra starch.
  • Curry soup: Put leftover curry, mentsuyu and water in the same saucepan and warm it up.
  • Serve: Serve the drained noodles in a bowl, pour the soup, and place the scallions on top.

Video

Notes

  • If the curry soup is too salty, dilute it with water. If it’s too light, add more mentsuyu or leftover curry.
  • Udon noodle cooking time – a couple of minutes for frozen ones. 10 minutes or more for fresh and dried ones.
  • Try various toppings from the “Topping variations” section.
  • If you use store-bought mentsuyu, follow the instruction on the package. How much water to add depends on the product.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 492kcal | Carbohydrates: 70g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 14g
Course: Noodles
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: curry udon, udon noodle soup
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