Easy Soba Noodles with Peanuts and Seitan


This super Easy Soba Noodles with Peanuts and Seitan is THE delicious, healthy plant-based solution for a busy weeknight dinner that you never knew about. You really can whip this soba noodles main dish up in a single skillet in about 20 minutes, with ingredients you can find in most supermarkets. This vegan soba noodles recipe is rich in plant protein, healthy carbs, and healthy fats. Best of all, this flavorful entrée, which is based on buckwheat soba noodles, is a meal in one, providing a protein source, carb source, and veggie source—all in one dish.

Seitan Nutrition

You’ll find oodles of protein, because seitan is a plant protein source made from wheat, and it’s available in seasoned packs (look for it where they stock tofu in markets), such as seitan chicken flavored. Seitan has been part of traditional Asian diets for centuries. Learn how to make your own seitan here. This dish also gets a healthy dose of protein and healthy fats from peanuts. You can swap out the peas for another veggie, such as green beans or asparagus, too. Look for soba noodles—Japanese noodles traditionally made from buckwheat—at most markets, and certainly specially stores. You can cook this healthy dinner recipe up and serve it all in one dish too—less cleanup required.

After you learn how to make this dish, you won’t need to rely on highly processed noodle mixes, because you can whip up this economical, family-sized, healthy noodle dish in minutes. I love to pair this vegan dinner with a crisp salad or slaw (though you don’t have to). Pack away the leftovers for lunch the next day–they’ll be delicious served hot or cold. My kids have always adored this recipe, and now my young adult son makes it as his standby recipe when he wants to cook something up fast and easy. He will refrigerate the leftovers and enjoy them later on. Colorful, bright, and tasty—this Easy Soba Noodles with Peanuts and Seitan is a great one to add to your plant-based repertoire.


Easy Soba Noodles with Peanuts and Seitan

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  • Author: The Plant-Powered Dietitian
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings
  • Diet: Vegan

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This super simple, vegan 20-minute meal-in-one recipe for Easy Soba Noodles with Peanuts and Seitan is packed with the flavors and health of buckwheat soba noodles, veggies, peanuts, and protein-rich seitan.


  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 medium bell pepper (red, yellow, or orange), coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup peas, frozen
  • 1 medium garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh shredded ginger
  • 1 small chili pepper, finely diced (or 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes)
  • 1 8-ounce package seitan, sliced, drained
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1 (8-ounce) package soba noodles, dried
  • 3 tablespoons coarsely chopped roasted peanuts
  • 3 green onions, white and green parts, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped basil or cilantro

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  1. Heat the sesame oil in a large skillet or wok over medium heat. Add the bell pepper, peas, garlic, ginger, and chili pepper, and sauté for 5 minutes. Add the seitan and cook for an additional 1 minutes.
  2. While vegetables are cooking, mix together peanut butter, broth, orange juice, and soy sauce in a medium bowl with a whisk until mixed well (may still be slightly lumpy).
  3. Add liquid to skillet with vegetable mixture, and add dried soba noodles.
  4. Cook, stirring for about 5 minutes, until noodles and vegetables are just tender (but not overcooked), and liquid has been absorbed. May add additional water if needed to create a fluffy, yet not too dry noodle dish.
  5. Sprinkle with peanuts, green onions and fresh basil or cilantro. Serve immediately.


Make this gluten-free by substituting tofu for seitan, and using gluten-free soba noodles and gluten-free soy sauce.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Entree
  • Cuisine: Asian, American


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 293
  • Sugar: 4 g
  • Sodium: 351 mg
  • Fat: 8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 38 g
  • Fiber: 7 g
  • Protein: 18 g

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For more plant-based noodle recipes, check out some of my favorites here:

Noodle Bowl with Thai Tofu and Vegetables
Thai Tempeh Noodle Skillet
Shirataki Noodle Salad with Ginger Sesame Dressing
Soba Noodle Salad with Peanut Sauce
Kimchi Veggie Udon Noodle Bowl

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