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Homemade Yakisoba Sauce Recipe

14/09/2016 (Last Updated: 18/07/2019)
 

This recipe for homemade Yakisoba Sauce is ready in less than 5 minutes. It’s the perfect blend of sweet and savoury to bring out the flavour in your Yakisoba Noodles, or you can even use as a marinade for beef or pork, or a barbecue sauce substitute. 

A jar of homemade yakisoba sauce with a spoon.

Why We Love This Recipe

The best thing about making homemade yakisoba sauce is that it’s so easy to tweak the ingredients to suit your flavour/diet preferences. If you’re vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free minded, it’s easy to substitute with alternatives to oyster sauce such as this vegan shiitake ‘oyster’ sauce, or gluten free soy sauce instead of regular soy sauce.

Okay yes. You could buy Yakisoba sauce pre-made in a bottle. BUT what if you can’t find one, or don’t want the hassle of ordering online?

With today’s tasty recipe you can easily make your own homemade yakisoba sauce – in less time than it takes to read this blog post. 😉

Yakisoba sauce jar in front of all the ingredients needed to make it.

 

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Yakisoba sauce jar with a handwritten label.

What is Yakisoba?

Yakisoba, literally grilled (yaki) noodles (soba), is a super popular street food snack or quick and easy lunch. Don’t worry, here’s the full recipe for Yakisoba Noodles so you can get your munch on. 😀

But first things first, let’s nail the sauce!

Why Is Yakisoba Sauce So Special?

The recipe for homemade yakisoba sauce is actually quite similar to other Japanese sauces like tonkatsu or okonomiyaki sauce. The difference is they’re made with different ratios of similar ingredients, so their overall flavours suit their intended foods.

Trust us, your homemade sauce for homemade yakisoba noodles will blow any standard bottled sauce out of the water, because you can tweak the flavour to suit your taste.

Yakisoba sauce beside a spoon with drips of sauce on the table.

What noodles should I use with Yakisoba sauce?

We made ours with fresh ramen noodles from our local Asian grocer, but you can use any egg or wheat based noodles. Hokkien or Singapore noodles could also be good substitutes here.

Using thinner style noodles can be a could idea as we find they go crunchier after cooking in the pan for a few minutes with the sauce. Of course – if you do have dietary requirements, feel free to substitute to suit your needs.

What else can you use Yakisoba Sauce with?

Now, this homemade sauce isn’t just amazing for Yakisoba. You can pair it with other Japanese recipes like takoyaki (golden fried octopus balls), or okonomiyaki (‘as you like it’ savoury pancakes).

Or you can pair it with anything that needs a little help from Asian inspired salty ‘n sweet flavour profiles. Try it as a dressing on meats like steak, pork or chicken, slather it over oysters, or toss it around with your own stir-fry creations because this sauce tastes great with everything.

Of course you can even add it to omu-soba (omelette wrapped around yakisoba) or yakisoba-pan (yakisoba served in a fresh bread roll).

Follow your taste-buds!

Jar of sauce with the spoon resting across the top.

How To Make This Homemade Yakisoba Sauce Recipe

  • Measure and mix all ingredients together in a small bowl.
  • Taste, and add a little of any ingredient until you’re satisfied with the flavour. Huzzah!
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge until you’re ready to use. Aim to use within a couple of days for the best flavour.

Let’s Make Homemade Yakisoba

Woohoo, you’ve mastered your Yakisoba Sauce Recipe, now it’s time to make the ultimate batch of Yakisoba Noodles.

And in the meantime, if you’ve got a hankering for Japanese cuisine don’t forget to check out a couple of our favourites – Japanese Pork Dumplings, Mapo Tofu Udon and Ponzu Dressing & Dipping Sauce.

A glass jar of japanese barbecue sauce for yakisoba with a spoon next to it.

RecipeTips

  • Want a little more acidity? Add a little extra rice vinegar.
  • Need it a little sweeter? Try another drop of hoisin, or an extra sprinkle of sugar.
  • Mix and taste and mix some more.

Just make sure you save some for your noodles!

 

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Homemade Yakisoba Sauce Recipe - It's like barbecue sauce on steroids. Mix a few easy ingredients together and this bad boy is ready for your noodles, beef & pork or even on an omelette. Get on it! | wandercooks.com

Yakisoba Sauce Recipe

This Homemade Yakisoba Sauce Recipe is like barbecue sauce on steroids. Mix a few easy ingredients together and this bad boy is ready for your noodles, beef, pork or even on an omelette. AND - it's ready in less than 5 minutes.
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: Japanese
Servings: 1 batch
Calories: 157kcal
Author: Wandercooks

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp oyster sauce (or vegetarian oyster sauce)
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp tomato sauce / ketchup
  • 2 tsp raw sugar
  • 1 tsp hoisin sauce
  • 1/2 tsp minced ginger
  • Sprinkling pepper or chilli flakes to taste

Instructions

  • Measure and mix all ingredients together in a small bowl.
  • Taste, and add a little of any ingredient until you're satisfied with the flavour. Huzzah!
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge until you’re ready to use. Aim to use within a couple of days for the best flavour.

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Notes

RecipeTips

  • Want a little more acidity? Add a little extra rice vinegar.
  • Need it a little sweeter? Try another drop of hoisin, or an extra sprinkle of sugar.
  • Mix and taste and mix some more. Just make sure you save some for your noodles!

Nutrition

Calories: 157kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 5559mg | Potassium: 478mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 85IU | Vitamin C: 4.5mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 3.5mg
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34 Comments

  • Reply
    ali randall
    18/07/2019 at 8:38 pm

    I am so excited to say I have all of these ingredients at home. Homemade is so much better than store bought. I love the idea as a marinade for so many kinds of meat. This recipe is a keeper.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      19/07/2019 at 9:47 am

      Woo hoo, same here! It’s good knowing these flavours are ready for us whenever we need them!

  • Reply
    Danielle Wolter
    18/07/2019 at 8:12 pm

    I just love yakisoba. I never thought to make the sauce in advance for use – what a great idea! Can’t wait to try it.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      19/07/2019 at 9:47 am

      It’s so versatile too – I’m thinking we should batch up a few recipes to use this with and have some fun with it. 😀

  • Reply
    Katherine
    18/07/2019 at 7:21 pm

    I had no idea homemade yakisoba sauce would be so easy!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      19/07/2019 at 9:46 am

      I know! I really love that most things turn out to be really easy once we give them a try!

  • Reply
    Tisha
    18/07/2019 at 7:21 pm

    Combination of sweet and savory in this sauce sounds amazing!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      19/07/2019 at 9:48 am

      It really is haha, such a handy recipe to have on hand.

  • Reply
    Farah
    18/07/2019 at 3:33 pm

    Your recipes are all so exotic! I love yakisoba sauce and never imagined it could be so easily recreate at home. thanks for this!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      19/07/2019 at 9:38 am

      Aww thanks Farah, glad you enjoy them! x

  • Reply
    Jim
    13/06/2019 at 7:13 am

    Yakisoba was always my favorite meal when I was stationed in Okinawa. Good stuff thanks for sharing.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      17/06/2019 at 6:45 pm

      Agreed Jim, there’s nothing better than a fresh plate of Yakisoba noodles. So good to be able to make it at home!

  • Reply
    s84
    23/10/2018 at 8:43 am

    It’s tagged vegetarian but there is oyster sauce in it. Can you give me a replacement for the oyster sauce to make it veggie/vegan? Thanks!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      23/10/2018 at 9:11 am

      Hey there! Absolutely, you could substitute with a store-bought vegan or vegetarian ‘oyster'(style) sauce, or even try making your own homemade version – why not check out this recipe from Omnivore’s Cookbook? If you make you’re own, we’d love to hear how you go! 🙂

  • Reply
    Karen
    20/03/2017 at 1:53 pm

    I made yakisoba with this sauce and it was delicious! Thank you for sharing!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      20/03/2017 at 2:14 pm

      Aww Karen you made our day, so happy to hear you enjoyed it! Did you find the recipe video helpful when whipping up the sauce? 🙂

  • Reply
    Yaron
    06/02/2017 at 9:34 pm

    I’ve been looking for a good Yakisoba sauce recipe for ages, thanks!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      06/02/2017 at 9:41 pm

      Yay, so glad we could help Yaron, enjoy! 🙂

  • Reply
    Theresa
    02/02/2017 at 6:51 am

    We picked up all the ingredients today. Thank you for sharing this. We cant wait for dinner tonight

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      02/02/2017 at 7:10 am

      Woohoo fantastic Theresa – enjoy your dinner! Are you having it with the noodles? Let us know how you go 🙂

  • Reply
    Kate
    30/11/2016 at 11:16 pm

    Ha to BBQ sauce on steroids. It looks seriously delicious and I can imagine wanting to have it on so many dishes!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      01/12/2016 at 11:02 am

      Haha thanks Kate, we think it’s pretty tasty! Hope you enjoy.

  • Reply
    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    30/11/2016 at 9:34 pm

    That is so cool! I love making my own sauces and usually have to to make them “free-from”!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      01/12/2016 at 11:01 am

      Glad we could help Rebecca!

  • Reply
    Bintu - Recipes From A Pantry
    24/11/2016 at 11:47 pm

    Love the description of this being a barbecue sauce on steroids 🙂 It’s so simple to make too!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      25/11/2016 at 2:36 pm

      Haha thanks Bintu – it’s the new household favourite! 😀

  • Reply
    Platter Talk
    24/11/2016 at 2:53 pm

    Thank you so much for this recipe. I’m going to surprise my Japanese friend with it!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      24/11/2016 at 2:54 pm

      Oh cool! I hope they enjoy your creation! Let us know how it goes, we’d love to hear. ????

  • Reply
    Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine
    24/11/2016 at 1:48 pm

    Homemade is always so much better! This sauce looks great. I’ve never thought of putting it on an omelette though!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      24/11/2016 at 2:47 pm

      Totally, it’s a great way to save money too, especially if you already have the base ingredients on hand. 😀

  • Reply
    Cricket Plunkett
    24/11/2016 at 1:09 pm

    Wow, this sounds like a great way to add flavor to all my favorite dishes! Keeping this in the fridge would be a great way to make dinners more delicious!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      24/11/2016 at 2:47 pm

      Absolutely! Why not try it as a marinade or even an asian salad or stir fry dressing? The options are endless. 🙂

  • Reply
    Camilla
    24/11/2016 at 10:36 am

    I really want to try this sauce as I just love your description of it:-)

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      24/11/2016 at 12:49 pm

      Aww thanks Camilla, glad you liked it. Let us know how you go with it! 🙂

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