Glass Noodle Recipe

Discover the magic of glass noodles in this captivating recipe! The vibrant, translucent noodles combined with fresh, colorful ingredients, makes a fantastic dinner, party platter, meal prepped lunch, or portable picnic meal.
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Ready to be captivated by the allure of glass noodles? Those shimmering, translucent strands can add a magical touch to any dish. This simple yet delicious glass noodle recipe is made with a rainbow of colorful vegetables, and a very easy three-ingredient sauce made from ingredients you already have in your pantry. It’s perfect for a weeknight dinner or for meal prep—as glass noodles reheat beautifully.

What Are Glass Noodles?

Glass noodles—also known as sweet potato noodles, cellophane noodles, or bean thread noodles—are a versatile delight to include in your culinary repertoire. Made from starches like mung bean, sweet potato, or tapioca, these noodles transform into translucent strands of noodles when cooked. Known for their versatility and unique texture, glass noodles are a staple in many Asian cuisines. Naturally gluten-free, glass noodles are beloved for their unique texture and their ability to absorb the vibrant flavors of any dish they accompany.

Glass noodles recipe served in meal prep containers for grab-and-go lunches.

Swaps and Substitutions

Cooking is an art, and every artist has their own palette. Here are some delightful swaps and substitutions to make this recipe uniquely yours:

  • Noodles: Can’t find glass noodles? Rice noodles or vermicelli make excellent alternatives, offering a similar texture and taste.
  • Tofu: Swap tofu for tempeh or chickpeas for a different protein experience. Both absorb flavors well and add hearty texture.
  • Vegetables: Use any vegetables you have on hand. Broccoli, snap peas, or baby corn can add wonderful variety and crunch.
  • Soy Sauce: Opt for tamari to keep it gluten-free without sacrificing flavor.
  • Sweetness: Replace sugar with maple syrup or agave nectar for a hint of natural sweetness.
  • Spices: Fresh ginger can replace ginger powder for a more robust, aromatic flavor. For heat lovers, a dash of chili flakes or a drizzle of sriracha can spice things up.
  • Garnishes: Experiment with chopped cilantro, crushed peanuts, or a squeeze of fresh lime juice to add a new dimension to your dish.

Turn Your Glass Noodles Blue!

Make this dish extra-creative by turning your glass noodles a brilliant blue hue! It’s easy. Just cook them in a pot of shallow water, add a tablespoon of butterfly pea powder at the same time as you add the noodles, and watch them soak up the color and become a beautiful blue.

Blue glass noodles that were cooked with butterfly pea flower powder.

Want to have even more fun with your food? Add a squeeze of lemon over your blue noodles, and watch them turn purple right before your eyes!

How to Make This Glass Noodle Recipe

Step 1. Prepare the glass noodles according to the package instructions. This involves boiling them in a pot of water until cooked. Then rinse with cold water, which will prevent sticking. You may also drizzle lightly with oil to help prevent sticking even more.

Woman adding glass noodles into a pot of boiling water.

Step 2. Cook the Aromatics: In a large skillet or wok, heat the toasted sesame oil over medium heat. Add the diced yellow onion and minced garlic, cooking until fragrant and the onion becomes translucent.

Stir frying the aromatics—onion and garlic—in a cast iron pan.

Step 3: Add the Tofu: Add the diced super-firm tofu to the skillet and cook until golden brown on all sides.

A wooden bowl with finely cubed tofu that can be added for a protein boost.

Step 4: Stir-fry the Vegetables: Add the red bell pepper, shredded carrots, corn kernels, snow peas, and purple cabbage to the skillet. Stir-fry for about 5 minutes until the vegetables are tender but still crisp.

A rainbow of vegetable in a cast iron pan about to be stir fried.

Step 5: Combine Ingredients: Add the soaked and drained glass noodles to the skillet along with the soy sauce, sugar, and ginger powder. Toss everything together until the noodles are well coated and heated through.

Step 6: Garnish and Serve: Remove from heat and sprinkle with sliced green onions and sesame seeds. Serve immediately and savor the vibrant flavors and textures.

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Glass Noodle Recipe

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This colorful glass noodle dish is packed with nutrition, flavor, and the most beautiful translucent noodles.
Blue glass noodles in a meal prep container.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 People

Ingredients

  • 1 package glass noodles, aka sweet potato noodles
  • 2 tablespoon Toasted sesame oil
  • ½ yellow onion, sliced or diced
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 package Super-firm tofu, diced
  • ½ red bell pepper, sliced
  • ½ cup shredded carrots
  • ½ cup corn kernels, canned or frozen
  • ½ cup snow peas, chopped
  • ½ cup cabbage, chopped
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon ginger powder
  • ¼ cup green onions, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, White or black

Instructions

  • Cook glass noodles according to package instructions. Rinse with cold water to prevent sticking, and set aside.
  • In a large sauté pan, add the toasted sesame oil and allow to heat. Add the onion, garlic, and tofu, and sauté for a few minutes.
  • Add the veggies: red bell pepper, shredded carrots, corn, snow peas, and cabbage.
  • Add the soy sauce, sugar, and ginger powder, and mix in the pan and sauté the vegetables until cooked to your liking.
  • Add the glass noodles, sauté for one or two minutes, remove from heat, and transfer to a serving dish.
  • Garnish with green onion and sesame seeds.

Nutrition

Calories: 294kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 1.744mg | Potassium: 436mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 3.468IU | Vitamin C: 37mg | Calcium: 92mg | Iron: 3mg
Course — Lunch or Dinner
Cuisine — asian
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