Spicy Black Pepper Beef Udon Recipe

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Black pepper beef udon noodles are the perfect combination of black pepper beef and udon noodles. It is packed with juicy, tender steak and a savory, peppery sauce. Make your takeout favorite at home in 20 minutes!

black pepper beef udon

Start by boiling udon noodles in hot water and strain immediately. Next, in a pan, fry your chopped beef with the minced garlic and spices in oil. Then you’ll throw in your udon noodles and the rest of your ingredients, mix everything and cook it over medium-high heat. Once everything is mixed, serve to enjoy! 

You can use any other thick and chewy noodles if you don’t have udon noodles. You can also make a vegetarian version of this recipe using scrambled tofu instead of beef for a savory, sweet and crunchy taste.

Let us dive into the instructions and learn the essential equipment and ingredients for making this delicious black pepper beef udon recipe. So, get started today, and see how easy and enjoyable it can be!

What Equipment Will You Need To Make Black Pepper Beef Udon?

  • Pot – Cook the udon noodles in the pot until they loosen and separate.
  • Spatula – Combine all the ingredients well with the help of a flat-surfaced spatula for better taste. 
  • Saucepan – Cook the sliced beef and sauté the dry ingredients in a saucepan until crispy and brown. 
  • Strainer – Strain the cooked and separated udon noodles with the help of a strainer.  
  • Knife – Chop the beef into small pieces and mince the garlic with a sharp knife. 
  • Chopping Board – Chop the beef and mince the garlic by placing a chopping board to avoid mess. 

How Much Time Will You Need To Make Black Pepper Beef Udon?

Preparation TimeCooking TimeTotal Time
5 Minutes15 Minutes20 Minutes

What Ingredients Will You Need To Make Black Pepper Beef Udon?

  • Beef – Place the beef slices on a cutting board and slice them across the grain into small pieces.
  • Udon Noodles – Udon noodles will give a mild flavor when cooked with other ingredients to shine. They’re slightly chewy with a bouncy texture. 
  • Dark Soy Sauce – It will not only add salt and sugar but also give the dish an attractive dark color.
  • Garlic – Peel and finely chop the garlic and cook until fragrant and translucent. 
  • Salt – Without salt, your dish will taste bland no matter what kind of sauce you add on top of the noodles. 
  • Black Pepper – It will enhance flavor or add color to the recipe. 
  • Red Pepper Flakes – Crushed red pepper flakes will give a slightly sharp and a little earthy taste with a decent dose of spicy taste.
  • Olive Oil – Cook the beef stripes and minced garlic until brown and fragrant. 
  • Cornstarch – Cornstarch will help cook beef faster, ensuring it doesn’t dry out. It will also help keep the juices in your beef udon from getting lost or evaporating too quickly, so you’ll have more flavorful broth to pour over your noodles.
  • Cilantro – Topping the noodles with cilantro will give a fresh, citrusy, nutty- and spicy taste.
black pepper beef udon noodles

Steps To Make Black Pepper Beef Udon 

1. Chop-Chop The Ingredients And Cook The Udon

Start by slicing the beef into small pieces and mince the garlic for sauteing. 

In a large pot filled with hot water, bring udon noodles to boil until loosened or up to 30 minutes, and separate and strain immediately. Set it aside. 

2. Sear The Beef

Heat two tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat in a large saucepan. Add chopped beef and cook until browned on all sides, about 3 minutes per side (for medium-rare). 

Add garlic, black pepper powder, and red pepper flakes, and cook for about 2 minutes on low heat.

3. We Are Almost Done

Add soy sauce, cornstarch, and water to make the sauce in a small bowl. Transfer cooked udon noodles and the sauce mix to the pan, turning the heat to medium-high. Stir everything together and bring this sauce to a boil (keep stirring). Let it boil for about 30 seconds.

Remove the saucepan from heat, transfer to a bowl and garnish with chopped cilantro leaves.

Nutritional Information

Calories359 kcal
Fat5.8 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium1796.8 mg
Carbohydrates 68.4 g
Fiber9.1 g
Sugars10.3 g
Proteins11 g
Vitamin A389.7 iu
Vitamin C6.1 mg
Iron1.7 mg
Potassium 414.7 mg

How Will Black Pepper Beef Udon Look And Taste Like?

Bouncy, chewy, caramelized, slippery, and browned udon noodles are slathered with an umami-rich sauce and speckled aggressively with freshly ground black pepper. These are stir-fried with the hint of vinegar combined with the flavors from the beef, giving this dish its ultimate taste.

Recipe Card

Black Pepper Beef Udon Recipe

Black pepper beef udon noodles are a spicy, piping-hot dish. Cracked black pepper adds a subtle heat to this fragrant beef udon. Add garlic and soy to your noodles for added umami touch, and sprinkle with cilantro to garnish.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Servings 2
Calories 359 kcal

Equipment

Pot
Saucepan
Strainer
Spatula
Chopping Board
Knife

Ingredients
  

  • 500 g Beef (thinly cut marbled beef)
  • 1 ½ kgs Udon Noodles
  • 2 tablespoons Dark Soy Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Olive Oil
  • 2 teaspoons Cornstarch
  • ¾ teaspoons Red Pepper Flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Cilantro
  • 1 clove Garlic (minced)
  • ½ teaspoon Salt

Instructions
 

  • Start by slicing the beef into small pieces and mince the garlic for sauteing.
  • In a large pot filled with hot water, bring udon noodles to boil until loosened and set aside.
  • Heat two tablespoons of olive oil in a large saucepan, and add chopped beef. Cook the chopped beef until browned on all sides.
  • Now add minced garlic, black pepper powder, and red pepper flakes and cook for about 2 minutes on low heat.
  • Add soy sauce, cornstarch, and water to make the sauce in a small bowl.
  • Transfer cooked udon noodles and sauce mixture to the pan, turning the heat to medium-high.
  • Stir all of it together and bring it to a boil (keep stirring). Let it boil for about 30 seconds.
  • Remove the saucepan from heat, transfer to a plate or bowl and garnish with chopped cilantro leaves.

Nutrition

Calories: 359kcal | Carbohydrates: 68.4g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 5.8g | Sodium: 1796.8mg | Potassium: 414.7mg | Fiber: 9.1g | Sugar: 10.3g | Vitamin A: 389.7IU | Vitamin C: 6.1mg | Iron: 1.7mg
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Conclusion

Hopefully, you enjoyed this recipe. I tried to keep everything as simple as possible so that anyone can follow along with the ingredients, but if you have any questions about the process or want some extra advice from our team, please feel free to reach out. We are here for you!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is udon sauce made of?

Udon sauce is sweet and has a rich flavor. It is made from sesame oil, dark soy sauce, mirin, sugar, oyster sauce, rice wine vinegar, and sugar tossed with cooked udon noodles and makes a delicious stir-fry dinner. 

Can you substitute regular soy sauce with dark soy sauce?

Regular soy sauce will still taste great if you can’t find dark soy sauce. However, dark soy sauce is more concentrated and does make a difference in how much the flavor saturates the noodles.

How do you boil udon noodles?

To cook udon noodles, add the thick noodles to a pot of boiling water and bring them back to a boil. Make sure you stir the noodles, add more cold water to the pot, and return to boil again. Then, reduce the heat and cook the noodles until tender. Drain noodles and run them under cold water. 

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