This easy Rice Noodle Stir Fry is a budget-friendly, everyday recipe that can be made as dinner or a side dish. I vary the recipe based on what’s in the fridge and what I feel like making.
Who doesn’t need a recipe like that?
Rice noodles are inexpensive and easy to use. Simply pour boiling water over them to cover, let sit five minutes, drain and use. That’s it!
Buying Rice Noodles
There are many more widths available but this system keeps it simple and I can make any Asian dish I want with just two sizes.
I use thin vermicelli noodles for soup recipes and salad rolls plus a wider noodle for stir fry dishes. Interchange widths in almost any dish but stick to thin vermicelli noodles for making salad rolls or deep frying.
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Easy Recipes with Rice Noodles
I can Google almost any recipe and make it gluten free but I save recipes. Building a collection of your favourites is the best way I know to add variety to your everyday meal rotation.
You just need a few rice noodle recipes to get started. Over time you'll vary these recipes because you’re missing an ingredient, you have something you need to use up or you’re getting adventurous.
The gluten free diet is not boring; if you're bored with your meal rotation you just need a few new recipes and ingredients.
Here's a short list of favourite rice noodle recipes I’ve collected over the years.
- Beef and Bok Choy Stir Fry
- Shrimp Pad Thai
- Lemongrass Chicken Noodle Soup
- Noodle Soup with Peanut Sauce (my version of Ichiban-style noodles)
- Vietnamese Rice Noodle Bowl (fancy for entertaining or thrown together for everyday dinner)
- Salad Rolls with Nuoc Cham dipping sauce
- Green Salad with Crispy Rice Noodles on top (or bean thread noodles for the brightest, whitest look)
For more tips on cooking with rice noodles, rice paper wrappers and bean thread noodles check out this post, How To Use Rice Noodles.
Gluten Free Asian Ingredients
Make a grocery list of new ingredients together and share what you buy. Go shopping together if you're intimidated. This is a great idea to make you try new recipes and ingredients with the bonus of having your pantry stocked for another delicious stir fry anytime.
Don't forget to put rice noodles on your list too.
Plan to make a rice noodle dish soon or let me know what's holding you back. I'm sure I've got a substitute for that! Even one that doesn't include rice.
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Easy Rice Noodle Stir Fry
- 8 oz dried wide rice noodles (250 g package)
- ½ cup gluten free chicken stock
- 1½ tablespoon gluten free soy sauce
- 1½ tablespoon gluten free oyster sauce*
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- ½ teaspoon cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon cooking oil
- 2 Thai bird chiles** or serrano chiles
- ½ onion, thinly sliced
- ½ red pepper, thinly sliced
- ½ green pepper, thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon cooking oil
- ½ tablespoon ginger root grated or finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves finely chopped
- 2 teaspoon sambal oelek***
- ½ teaspoon sugar
- ⅓ cup salted peanuts
- 2 green onions thinly sliced
Soften Rice Noodles
- Pour boiling water over dry rice noodles to cover. Let sit for 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.
- Measure all sauce ingredients directly into a measuring cup. Whisk to combine and set aside.
- Heat oil over medium high heat. When hot, add chile peppers, turning once, until blistered and oil is flavoured. Remove and set aside.
- Add onion and peppers, stir fry until onions are translucent, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
- Return pan to heat and add another tablespoon of oil. When hot add ginger and garlic, stir fry 30 seconds.
- Add chile paste, stir fry 1-2 minutes. Sprinkle with sugar, stir and scrape the mixture on top of the cooked vegetables.
- Heat remaining oil in wok on medium heat. Add noodles and gently stir fry, until softened and separated, about 1 minute.
- Stir sauce and pour over noodles. Gently stir until sauce begins to thicken.
- Add reserved vegetable mixture and half the peanuts. Stir to combine and transfer to serving dish.
- Sprinkle with green onion and remaining peanuts. Garnish with fried chiles and serve.