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Homemade Yakisoba Sauce Recipe

14/09/2016 (Last Updated: 06/06/2022)

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. 😉

Related: Yakisoba Noodles / Yaki Udon (Stir Fried Udon Noodles)

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

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!

Yakisoba sauce jar with a handwritten label.

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

  • 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.

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.

Wandercooks’ Tips

  • 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!

★ Did you make this recipe? Please leave a comment & star rating below!

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
Cost: $5

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Add the soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, oyster sauce, rice vinegar, tomato sauce (or ketchup), raw sugar, hoisin sauce, ginger and Japanese 7 Spice powder into a small bowl and mix well.
    4 tbsp soy sauce, 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce, 2 tbsp oyster sauce, 1 tbsp rice vinegar, 1 tbsp tomato sauce / ketchup, 2 tsp raw sugar, 1 tsp hoisin sauce, 1/2 tsp minced ginger, pinch Japanese 7 Spice
  • Taste, and add a little of any ingredient until you're satisfied with the flavour.
  • 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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Recipe Notes

  • 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

Nutrition Facts
Yakisoba Sauce Recipe
Amount per Serving
Calories
157
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
1
g
2
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Cholesterol
 
1
mg
0
%
Sodium
 
5559
mg
242
%
Potassium
 
478
mg
14
%
Carbohydrates
 
30
g
10
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
19
g
21
%
Protein
 
8
g
16
%
Vitamin A
 
85
IU
2
%
Vitamin C
 
4.5
mg
5
%
Calcium
 
62
mg
6
%
Iron
 
3.5
mg
19
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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44 Comments

  • Reply
    Jules
    26/11/2021 at 10:21 am

    5 stars
    This was such a quick and easy mix that is so much better than any store bought sauce. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      26/11/2021 at 3:11 pm

      Awesome Jules, thanks for sharing!

  • Reply
    Ariel
    21/10/2021 at 3:59 am

    Do you have a suitable sub for the Worcestershire Sauce? It has anchovies in it and is therefore not vegetarian.

  • Reply
    D. Johnson
    25/07/2021 at 7:10 am

    5 stars
    I love this recipe, is easy to make and easier to adapt to my taste buds. First review I’ve ever posted about a recipe. This one is worth it. I’ve spent a fortune buying Yakisoba over the years them it occurred to me maybe I could make it! My first one turned out great! The second I used Ramen Noodles and it was a disaster to look at but tasted great in large part due to this sauce! I will continue to use this recipe and make my own Yakisoba in the future!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      26/07/2021 at 5:02 pm

      Ah that’s so awesome to hear! Thanks for the lovely feedback – totally with you on the amount saved since we’ve been making it ourselves!

  • Reply
    Kim
    01/05/2021 at 4:43 am

    5 stars
    Hi Laura and Sarah, I am so excited about this sauce! Yakisoba chicken is my favorite, so I can’t wait to try this sauce out the next time I make it. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      04/05/2021 at 12:03 pm

      Awesome to hear Kim! This is a nice quick one to whip up and pop in the fridge. Hope you enjoy trying the homemade version of your yakisoba chicken! 🙂

  • Reply
    Toni
    09/01/2020 at 4:54 pm

    5 stars
    Thank you very much for this. I lived in Japan for a few years when I was young. Sometimes I crave something from there! But products at home are pricey. I tried this and it happily reminded me. Bang on! (-:

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      10/01/2020 at 12:03 pm

      Hey Toni, that would have been amazing to live in a Japan for a few years. So glad you were able to recreate it at home – we completely agree that the import prices of the sauces or Japanese ingredients can be quite expensive. Having the option to make it with everyday ingredients is so good! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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

    5 stars
    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

    5 stars
    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. 😀

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