Join! 12 weeks for $1

Check out our latest issues.

Chef Eric Ripert teaches us how to make vegetables the star of the plate.

In Mumbai, we learned a home-cook friendly version of Butter Chicken.

Take a cooking class with us and our instructors from around the world.

NEW - 125 simple weeknight recipes from the world's healthiest cuisine.

1000+ hard-to-find items from around the world.

.
Milk Street Recipe
Milk Street Community
Milk Street Bowtie Cold Udon with Sesame Sauce

Cold Udon with Sesame Sauce

Appears in May-June 2021

20 minutes

Made This Recipe? Write a Review.
Thank you for submitting your review! A member of our team is confirming the review meets our site's Community Guidelines. It will be posted on the site shortly.

Cold Udon with Sesame Sauce

Free

To make a rich and silky—yet simple—sauce for udon noodles, Milk Street Facebook Community member Suzanne Lewis Peins of Hamilton Township, New Jersey, combines tahini, lemon juice, soy sauce and a little water. After tossing the cooked noodles with the mixture, she sprinkles them with sliced scallions and sometimes a little chopped parsley for fresh notes and a spark of color. We added a touch of sesame oil and sugar to her winning formula to accentuate and complement the flavors of the tahini.

4-6

Servings

Tip

Don’t salt the water for cooking the udon because the noodles already contain sodium. Also, don’t forget to save ½ cup of the cooking water before draining them, as you will need some of it to make the sauce.

20 minutes

12 ounces udon noodles
¼ cup tahini
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
1½ teaspoons white sugar
Kosher salt and ground black pepper
3 scallions, thinly sliced on the diagonal
1 tablespoon black or white sesame seeds, toasted
Ingredients
  • 12
  • ¼

    cup tahini

  • 2

    tablespoons lemon juice

  • 2

    tablespoons soy sauce

  • 1

    teaspoon toasted sesame oil

  • teaspoons white sugar

  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper

  • 3

    scallions, thinly sliced on the diagonal

  • 1

    tablespoon black or white sesame seeds, toasted

.
In the store
More

Mains

Reviews
Siri N.

This was divine. I was reluctant to try it, because I have a favorite recipe for sesame noodles and this seemed too close to it, but I'm so glad I did. Very refreshing and easy to put together. Definitely on our rotation. Creamy and delicious.


Down arrow

Cold Udon with Sesame Sauce

Get Ready to Cook

4-6

Servings

20 minutes

Tip

Don’t salt the water for cooking the udon because the noodles already contain sodium. Also, don’t forget to save ½ cup of the cooking water before draining them, as you will need some of it to make the sauce.

Ingredients
  • 12
  • ¼

    cup tahini

  • 2

    tablespoons lemon juice

  • 2

    tablespoons soy sauce

  • 1

    teaspoon toasted sesame oil

  • teaspoons white sugar

  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper

  • 3

    scallions, thinly sliced on the diagonal

  • 1

    tablespoon black or white sesame seeds, toasted

Step 1 of 3

Prepare Noodles

12
ounces udon noodles

In a large pot, bring 4 quarts water to a boil. Add the noodles and cook, stirring once or twice, until tender. Reserve about ½ cup of the cooking water, then drain in a colander. Rinse under running cold water until fully cooled, then drain again; set aside

Step 2 of 3

Prepare Tahini Mixture

¼
cup tahini
2
tablespoons lemon juice
2
tablespoons soy sauce
1
teaspoon toasted sesame oil
teaspoons white sugar
Kosher salt and ground black pepper

In a large bowl, whisk together the tahini, lemon juice, soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar, ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper, and 3 tablespoons of the reserved cooking water; the mixture should have the consistency of thin yogurt (if too thick, whisk in additional water 1 teaspoon at a time to thin).

Step 3 of 3

Combine, Finish and Serve

Kosher salt and ground black pepper
3
scallions, thinly sliced on the diagonal
1
tablespoon black or white sesame seeds, toasted

Add the udon to the tahini mixture and toss until evenly coated. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Serve sprinkled with the scallions and sesame seeds.

Milk Street Bowtie Logo

Done!

Did you enjoy this recipe?

Want more?

See More Mains