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Tofu Soba Noodles
with carrots / coleslaw mix

Active: 35 min Total: 35 min
A rich brown sauce coats the noodles and vegetables in this one-pan dish that comes together in a flash. This is a classic Cook Smarts recipe that was most recently featured in 2017.


Tofu Soba Noodles:
  • Tofu, extra-firm - 16 oz , 1" / 2.5 cm cubes (vacuum packed preferable)
  • Brown sugar - 2 tsp
  • Miso paste, any color - 1 tsp
  • Vinegar, rice - 1 Tbsp
  • Oil, toasted sesame - 1 Tbsp
  • Soy sauce, low-sodium - 1/3 cup
  • Carrots - 8 oz , chopped
  • Garlic - 2 cloves , chopped
  • Limes - 1 , wedges
  • Cilantro - 3 Tbsp
  • Noodles, soba - 8 oz (sub spaghetti)
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp + 1 Tbsp
  • Cornstarch - 2 tsp
  • Water - 3 Tbsp
  • Coleslaw mix - 10 oz
  • Hot sauce (opt) - for serving


  1. Tofu - If tofu is packaged in water, press out liquid first. Slice into 1" / 2.5 cm cubes. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  2. Make stir-fry sauce - Combine brown sugar, miso, vinegar, toasted sesame oil, and soy sauce. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Carrots / Garlic - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  4. Limes / Cilantro - Prep as directed. Store separately.

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  1. Bring a saucepan of water to boil. Add soba noodles and cook according to packaged instructions. (Soba noodles don’t take long to cook, so keep an eye out.) Drain.
  2. Heat a nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Add first part of cooking oil and then tofu to heated oil. Saute until tofu is golden brown, 5 to 6 minutes. Set aside.
  3. Whisk together cornstarch and water.
  4. Return pan to medium-high heat. Add second part of cooking oil and then carrots. Saute until carrots are nearly tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Add coleslaw mix and garlic and saute for 2 minutes more.
  5. Pour stir-fry sauce over top and bring to a simmer. Add cornstarch / water mixture while stirring. Simmer until sauce has thickened slightly, ~2 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat and stir in soba noodles and tofu. Squeeze juice from one of the lime wedges over top.
  7. Serve tofu soba noodles with cilantro on top and lime wedges and hot sauce on the side to use as garnishes. Enjoy!



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