These spicy miso noodles are the perfect choice for a quick, comforting and delicious meal any night of the week.

The recipe is vegan and can be customized by adding your choice of protein such as tofu or tempeh. It features onion, mushroom, cabbage and green onion but those can be customized as well to suit your preference.

Miso pastes adds addictive umami flavour, and when combined with tahini (or peanut butter), the slightly sweet and spicy sauce is the perfect coating for noodles.

Chopsticks lifting noodles from a small bowl.

You’ve got to try these miso sesame noodles for a flavour-packed meal you’ll make again and again.

You’ll love how quickly these tasty noodles come together too. They’re a great choice for a simple but satisfying meal that’s ready in no time.

Noodle lover? You’ll have to try this easy ramen stir fry, garlic chili oil noodles, cold buckwheat noodles with edamame and miso sauce, cold soba noodle salad, Vietnamese cold rice noodle salad or udon stir fry next!


  • Ready in 20 minutes.
  • Simplify for an even quicker meal.
  • Vegan.
  • Can be gluten-free.
  • Add your choice of protein.
  • Mix and match the veggies.
  • Family-friendly.

What is miso?

Miso is a Japanese seasoning paste made from fermenting soybeans with salt and koji, the ingredient used for fermentation. Miso may also contains rice, barley, seaweed or other ingredients.

Miso comes in a paste and is used to add salty, umami flavor to all kinds of dishes. It’s a wonderful ingredient to keep in your kitchen and can be used in miso soup, sauces, stews, stir fry and even desserts!

There are a many varieties of miso and they range in texture, flavour and colour. The most common varieties in North America are white (light) miso and red (dark) miso.

White miso paste is light beige or yellow in colour and a bit sweeter than red miso paste. Red miso paste is darker in colour and has a stronger flavour. You can use either in this recipe but I usually use white miso paste because it’s what I tend to keep on hand.

For more recipes that use miso, check out:

Ingredient Notes

All the ingredients needed for making a spicy vegan miso noodle recipe.
  • Miso Paste: Use white or yellow miso paste. Miso paste is available in well-stroked grocery stores or in Asian markets. If you only have red miso paste, that’s ok to use as well, just note the flavour will be stronger.
  • Tahini or Peanut Butter: Tahini will give you miso sesame noodles, peanut butter will have more of a miso peanut flavour. I like tahini here but I’ve made them with both and both are good! For a nut-free be sure to tahini. Sunflower seed butter also works.
  • Maple Syrup: Sweetens the sauce. You can also use agave syrup.
  • Tamari: If you don’t have tamari on hand, you can use low-sodium soy sauce. If you need the recipe to be gluten-free, be sure to use tamari. If you need a soy-free recipe, you can use coconut aminos.
  • Sesame Oil: Do not substitute this with a different oil. It’s key for flavour!
  • Chili Garlic Sauce: Use sambal oelek or Sriracha Sauce. This can be omitted or reduced if you’re sensitive to spice (or increased for more heat!).
  • Noodles: I suggest dry wheat noodles such as Chinese lo mein or ramen noodles. Soba noodles or udon noodles also work. For a gluten-free noodle, use rice noodles.
  • Cabbage: Use green cabbage or napa cabbage.
  • Mushroom: I used a mixture of crimini and shiitake mushrooms but any mushroom variety works. If you don’t have multiple varieties available, just use one. If there’s an allergy or you don’t like mushrooms, you can leave them out.

This list is not complete. Please see the recipe card at the end of the post for the complete ingredient list with measurements and detailed instructions.

Variations & Additions

  • If you’re sensitive to spice, reduce or omit the chili garlic paste. You can always leave it out of the sauce and just use it for serving on individual portions.
  • Want more heat? Increase the chili garlic paste to 1 tbsp. I like sambal oelek for adding heat to this recipe. You could also add a pinch of red pepper flakes.
  • Feel free to mix and match the veggies. Don’t have cabbage? Leave it out. Don’t like mushrooms? It’s ok to skip them! Other veggies that would work are broccoli, carrot or snap peas.
  • Toppings: Green onion (Spring onions), sesame seeds, nori and chili garlic paste are all optional but delicious toppings for serving your miso noodles.
  • Tofu or Tempeh: Optional but I included it as a plant-based protein source if you’d like to add it. Otherwise, disregard that part of the recipe and enjoy the noodles as is or with another protein.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Start by bringing a pot of water to a boil on the stovetop to cook your noodles. Once boiling, add your noodles and cook according to the package instructions and drain once finished.

Step 1: Prepare the miso sauce.

Add all of the sauce ingredients to a bowl or container and mix well until smooth.

Quick Note: Start with 1/3 cup water for the sauce. When you add the sauce to the noodles, you may need a little more sauce to adjust the consistency, depending on what kind of noodles you use, as some are more absorbent than others.

Miso tahini sauce mixed together in a small glass bowl. A small wooden spoon rests in the bowl.
Mix the sauce ingredients in a bowl.

Step 2: Stir fry the vegetables.

Heat 2 tsp oil over medium-high in a large skillet or wok then add the cabbage, mushroom and onion. Stir fry for 4-6 minutes until the cabbage is softened. Add the green onion and stir fry for a few more minutes.

Stir fried cabbage, onion and mushroom cooking in a skillet.

Step 3: Add the noodles and sauce.

Finally, add the cooked noodles and sauce and toss to coat the noodles in sauce. If you need to add a little extra water at this point, add 2 tbsp at a time to adjust the consistency.

Noodles and sauce with cabbage and mushroom cooking in a large skillet with a wooden spoon.

Serve your miso noodles with finely sliced nori, green onions, sesame seeds and if desired, more chili garlic sauce.

Hand using a set of chopsticks in a small bowl of miso noodles with cabbage and mushrooms.

Recipe FAQs

What kind of noodles should I use to make miso noodles?

The best noodles for this recipe are Chinese style lo mein noodles or Japanese style soba noodles. I really like the ramen wheat from Hakubaku but their soba or even udon noodles would also.

If you need the recipe to be vegan, be sure to review ingredients before purchasing as some noodles contain egg.

Are miso noodles gluten-free?

To make gluten-free miso noodles, use rice noodles or another gluten-free noodle of choice such as brown rice or quinoa noodles and be sure to use tamari and not soy sauce.

I don’t like mushrooms. What can I use instead?

If you don’t like mushrooms or have an allergy, you can just leave them out.

How long do miso noodles keep?

Miso noodles can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. They can be eaten cold or reheated in a pan or in the microwave until heated through.

Ramen noodles with cabbage, green onion, mushrooms and sauce in a large skillet.

Adding Tofu or Tempeh

If’d you like to add crispy tofu or tempeh to the recipe:

  1. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large pan over medium-high heat – you can do this before cooking the veggies in the same pan.
  2. Cnce the pan is hot, add cubed tofu or tempeh.
  3. Cook for 6-8 minutes, flipping occasionally until browned on all sides.
  4. Remove from the pan, drizzle with 1 tbsp of tamari and toss to mix.
  5. Set it aside and then use as a topping for your noodles.

For more tips and details on making crispy tofu, you can follow this sweet and sour tofu recipe for pan-fried tofu or this peanut bowl recipe for baked tofu.

This marinated tempeh recipe is also really good as an alternative to pan frying the tempeh.

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Hand using a set of chopsticks in a small bowl of miso noodles with cabbage and mushrooms.

Spicy Miso Noodles

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  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Cuisine: Asian
  • Diet: Vegan
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Spicy vegan miso noodles with cabbage and mushroom that are ready in under 20 minutes!


For the Miso Sauce

  • 2 tbsp white miso paste (40 g)
  • 2 tbsp tahini or peanut butter (35 g)
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup (35 g)
  • 2 tbsp tamari or reduced sodium soy sauce (30 mL)
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil (30 mL)
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar (15 mL)
  • 2 tsp chili-garlic sauce (sambal oelek or Sriracha)
  • 4 cloves garlic, grated (20 g)
  • ⅓ cup warm water

For the Noodles & Vegetables

  • 250 g dry wheat noodles (Chinese style lo mein), soba or ramen (I used Hakubaku Ramen noodles)
  • 3 cups green cabbage, chopped (215 g)
  • 3 cups sliced mixed mushrooms (approx. 160 g)
  • 1 small white onion, thinly sliced (1 cup/120 g)
  • 1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced
  • Optional: 250 g tempeh or tofu, cut into small cubes
  • 1 tbsp tamari


  • green onions, thinly sliced
  • sesame seeds
  • toasted nori, thinly cut 


  1. Make the Miso Sauce: Add all sauce ingredients to a medium bowl. Stir until smooth. Set aside.
  2. Cook the Noodles: Prepare noodles according to package directions. Once tender, drain and set aside.
  3. Cook Tofu or Tempeh (Optional): If using tempeh or tofu, heat 1 tbsp oil in a large pan, over medium-high heat. When the pan is hot, add the tempeh or tofu cubes. Cook for 6-8 min, breaking apart into smaller pieces, until golden-brown.  Remove the pan from the heat, then drizzle over 1 tbsp tamari. Toss to combine. Transfer to a plate and set aside. 
  4. Stir Fry the Veggies: Heat 2 tsp oil over medium-high heat.  Add the mushrooms, cabbage and onions. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook for 4-6 min, stirring occasionally, until tender. Add green onions, reserving some for serving. Cook for another 2-3 min, stirring often, until tender-crisp.
  5. Add Noodles & Sauce: To the pan, add drained noodles and miso sauce.  Cook for 1-2 min, tossing gently, to coat noodles in sauce. 
  6. For Serving: Divide noodles between bowls.  Top with tempeh (if using), green onions, sesame seeds and toasted nori. Drizzle more chili-garlic sauce over top, if desired.


Chinese lo mein noodles, instant ramen noodles or soba noodles would be best here. You can use rice noodles for a gluten-free option.

The liquid amount may differ depending on what noodles are used, as some noodles are more absorbent ex. rice noodles.  If using lo mein or soba, start with ⅓ cup water and add more, if necessary. 


  • Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe
  • Calories: 364
  • Sugar: 11 g
  • Fat: 8.6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 61 g
  • Fiber: 5 g
  • Protein: 11 g

Originally published April 27, 2022.