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Bowl of homemade curry udon.
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Easy 15 Minute Curry Udon

Warm up with a big bowl of spicy homemade Curry Udon. This Japanese classic is super quick (just 15 minutes!) AND only 7 ingredients!
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Japanese
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 Bowls
Calories 544kcal
Cost $8

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place a medium saucepan over medium high heat. Add the vegetable oil, then toss in the onion and fry for 2-3 minutes until translucent. Add beef mince and continue to fry for 3-5 minutes until browned.
    1 onion, 1 tbsp vegetable oil, 200 g beef mince
  • Pour in the dashi stock and bring to the boil. Add in the udon noodles and boil for a couple of minutes to cook and soften (frozen udon will take a couple more minutes). Use a chopstick to jiggle and gently loosen as they cook.
    3 cups dashi stock, 400 g udon noodles
  • Break up the curry roux, adding in a few pieces at a time until you're happy with the thickness. Stir through gently to melt and thicken.
    1 curry roux
  • Serve immediately while nice and hot! Garnish with spring onion.
    1-2 spring onion

Notes

  • Spice Level - Add heat with rayu chilli oil, chilli powder or shichimi togarashi, or use a hot curry roux base.  
  • Garnishes - Serve topped with extra spring onion slices, sprinkle with furikake, bonito flakes or aonori flakes. For extra texture try it with crispy fried shallots. You could even try it with a soft boiled egg on top!
  • Toppings - Place a crunchy piece of chicken katsu, tempura or popcorn chicken pieces on top to make it go even further.
  • Thicken Curry - You can thicken the curry one of two ways - by cooking it down further on a low simmer, or by adding a few more chunks of curry roux.
  • Like it soupy? Add more stock for a runnier dish, and make it a curry soup.
  • Missing the MSG? Add a splash of soy sauce or salt and pepper to get that extra salty kick.
  • Udon Noodles - Fresh, homemade udon noodles are always best. If you don't have the time, frozen is second best and dried udon is the cheapest.
  • Dashi - Use powder, make homemade dashi, or substitute with chicken or vegetable stock.
  • Beef - Beef mince works best, can also use pork or chicken. Sub with thin slices of pork or beef, shabu shabu style. If you're vegetarian, opt for tofu or shiitake mushroom!
  • Curry Roux - Use homemade curry roux or store bought S&B Golden Curry.
  • Onion- Brown or white onions. Sub with leek or shallots if you need.

Nutrition

Calories: 544kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 1817mg | Potassium: 341mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 77IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 1mg