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This easy bowl of Niku Udon (Beef Udon) is a comforting bowl of noodle soup topped with tender slices of beef simmered in a savory-sweet sauce with scallions.

Beef Udon

Beef Udon, or Niku Udon in Japanese, is a classic comfort food that will warm you up and power you through the day. In my Beef Udon recipe, I serve thick udon noodles in a steamy bowl of dashi broth topped with tender beef simmered in a flavorful sauce.
Course Soups & Stews
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword noodle-soup, udon
Level Beginner
Main Ingredient Beef, Noodles
Diet Dairy-Free
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes
Servings 2 bowls
Calories 423kcal


For udon noodle soup

  • 2 ½ cups dashi
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 2 servings udon noodles
  • shichimi togarashi (optional, for garnish)

For beef

  • ½ cup dashi
  • 2 tablespoons sake
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 225 grams beef
  • 60 grams scallions (4 scallions, whites, and greens sliced separately on the bias)


  • To make the udon soup, bring the dashi and soy sauce to a boil. Taste it and add more salt if necessary. Set this on a back burner over low heat to keep it warm. Put another pot of water on to boil for the noodles.
    2 1/2 cups dashi, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 1/4 teaspoon salt
    Udon broth boiling in a pot.
  • To make the beef, add the dashi, sake, soy sauce, sugar, and white parts of the scallions to a frying pan and bring the mixture to a boil.
    1/2 cup dashi, 2 tablespoons sake, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 1 tablespoon sugar, 60 grams scallions
    Scallion stems simmering in savory sweet dashi broth.
  • Add the beef and separate the sheets of meat, so they don't clump together. Turn down the heat to maintain a gentle simmer, cook the meat, stirring until it's tender and there is almost no liquid remaining (about 15 minutes).
    225 grams beef
    Thinly sliced beef for niku udon cooking in broth.
  • Add the udon noodles to the boiling water based on the time they need to cook. For example, if your noodles take 2 minutes to cook, you'll want to add them when the beef is 2 minutes away from being done.
    2 servings udon noodles
    Boiling udon noodles.
  • When the beef is tender, add the scallion greens and stir them in.
    Cooked beef with green onions in a frying pan.
  • Split the soup between two bowls.
    Udon broth in a serving bowl.
  • Drain the udon and split the noodles between the two bowls.
    Udon noodles in broth.
  • Finish the Beef Udon by topping both bowls with the meat and pouring over any remaining sauce in the pan. Garnish with shichimi togarashi to taste.
    shichimi togarashi
    Beef udon noodle soup in a serving bowl.


Calories: 423kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 3591mg | Potassium: 783mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 314IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 160mg | Iron: 4mg