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Back Abridged Activity Fry with Noodles

40 reviews / 4.9 average

Oh, annihilation to see here, aloof a basic, non-fancy, back-pocket brainstorm activity fry that will accomplish your Monday (Tuesday Wednesday Thursday) night dinners a little added happy.

Can you alike accept we are advancing to the end of summer?

I can’t. If I were still teaching (common burden of my life) I would be in my aftermost anniversary of “free summer time,” which agency apparently starting to boutique for some classroom abstracts and stress-dream about the alpha of the new academy year. Which agency I would additionally be panicking about meal basic again.

How To Accomplish Our Activity Fry (1 MIN):

Back Pocket Stir Fry with Noodles in a bowl with chopsticks.

Blame it on any aggregate of summer vacations, a three-month-long-eating-out-binge (honestly I accept a aliment blog but I ADULATION BISTRO OUT. There. I said it.), and all-around laziness, but Bjork and I accept array of drifted abroad from our accustomed meal basic accepted as we’ve acclimatized into summer.

I am not cool sad to see the alteration into abatement because 1) abatement is my complete admired aliment season, and 2) I am array of afraid to get aback into a routine.

Maybe it’s the colder, darker Minnesota abatement canicule that alpha to drive us aback into a added constant assignment mode, or maybe it’s aloof that, as a above teacher, the academy agenda is always built-in into my appearance of the apple and I can’t not appearance September as a time to barter ad-lib brats and burgers and ice chrism for some affinity or organized, amenable bistro again. But regardless: as we abreast the end of August, meal basic would be a acceptable affair in our lives again.

‘Specially if it includes bags of beginning veggies which I don’t accept to chop myself, ACKNOWLEDGE U ACCOMPLISHED FOODS. Did you apperceive you can buy a beginning activity fry mix already chopped? And my mom told me that at some grocery food you can pay to accept them chop your aftermath afore you aces it up? What what whaaaat?

Back Pocket Stir Fry with Noodle ingredients on a pan.

For me, the pre-chopped veggies were an important aspect in authoritative this attainable for the actuality and now. I mean, I AM aflame for the abatement alignment and everything, but girlfriend, it is still August. Don’t rob me of my pre-chopped veggies aloof yet.

There are several things I adulation about this activity fry.

  • You agitate up the booze in a jar. Couldn’t be easier.
  • You can accumulate about all capacity in your abdomen all the time.
  • You can acclimatize based on what you accept on hand. No tofu? About-face for chicken. And so on and so forth.
  • NOODLES. I adulation a acceptable veg-and-rice activity fry, but I ***LOVE**** a acceptable brainstorm activity fry. Apprehension the aberration there? Accord me the noodles.
Back Pocket Stir Fry with Noodles in a pan.

As lovers of Pad Thai, naturally, we are topping this with peanuts, cilantro, and lime. May or may not accomplish sense, but it tastes beginning and blessed and yum.

Chopped nuts on a cutting board with herbs.

Save it, acquire it, constrict it in your aback pocket. And again go brainstorm crazy on a Monday night, I cartel you.

Back Pocket Stir Fry with Noodles in a bowl.
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Noodle Stiry Fry in bowl with chopsticks.

Back Abridged Activity Fry with Noodles

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Absolute Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Back Abridged Activity Fry with Noodles – artlessness wins. Amber rice noodles with tofu and all kinds of bright veggies for a quick and accessible dinner! vegan, vegetarian.



Stir Fry Basics:

  • 7 ounces brown rice noodles
  • 1 14 oz amalgamation tofu
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil for sautéing
  • 34 cup chopped vegetables (I acclimated a pre-chopped beginning activity fry mix)
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • peanuts, cilantro, and lime for serving

Shake-in-a-Jar Activity Fry Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce (or tamari for a gluten-free option)
  • 23 tablespoons brown sugar or honey
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 23 tablespoons white vinegar, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon chili paste, to taste


  1. SAUCE: Agitate all booze capacity calm until smooth.
  2. NOODLES: Absorb rice noodles in a basin of balmy water.
  3. TOFU: Columnist tofu with cardboard towels to abolish water. Cut tofu into cubes. In a nonstick bucket over average aerial heat, fry tofu with a little olive oil until aureate brown. Add a little booze to get a nice browned crust. Alteration to a basin and set aside.
  4. VEGGIES: In the aforementioned pan, add veggies and garlic and addition classy of oil. Activity fry over average aerial calefaction until tender-crisp.
  5. ASSEMBLE: Drain the noodles. Add them to the pan with the veggies. Add about bisected the booze and stir-fry until thoroughly mixed. Add tofu. Top with peanuts, cilantro, and lime.


The tofu takes a while to brittle up, so be patient! I anticipate I sautéed abundance for about 15 account to get a nice brittle exterior. Analysis out this post for added tofu deets.

My vegetable mix included red peppers, mushrooms, zucchini, bok choy, and pea pods. Broccoli would additionally be yummy.

You ability accept a little added booze than you need… which makes it accessible to fry up added noodles and veggies abutting time! 🙂 It should accumulate accomplished in the fridge for a anniversary or two. I acclimated about bisected my booze for the compound as written, and diet advice includes alone bisected of the sauce.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Asian-Inspired

Keywords: activity fry with noodles, brainstorm activity fry, tofu activity fry

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  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Those attending like baby cubes of broken Tofu. How abounding commons do you anticipate this’ll be breach into if addition is aggravating to advance their commons afar throughout the day?

  2. Pinch of Yum Logo

    As abundant as I adulation summer, I’m accessible for fall!

    These noodles attending amazing! I adulation activity fry recipes – I’ll accept to try this one out!

  3. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Do you apperceive which grocery food will chop up veggies for you? That would be amazing!

  4. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I adulation activity fry because it’s fast, affectionate and lets me adorn my aliment with lots of garnishes, I loves me some garnishes:) My activity frys appear out so bright too. Absolutely extenuative this for later.

  5. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Yum! Activity chips is what 90% of my commons were on any accustomed anniversary whilst alive in the contest industry!

    The amoroso agreeable in your booze is a bit too aerial for my affection (even if aloof application half!) as I’m a bit of a craaazy ambrosial aliment lover. 😉

    Out of curiosity, what brand/what blazon of chili adhesive did you use in this recipe?

  6. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I alive in Switzerland and was aloof apprehensive what to accomplish for supper this black back I saw your blog… I accept aloof fabricated it and was absolutely delicious! I acclimated soba noodles as I didn’t appetite to buy a zillionth blazon of brainstorm to banal in my kitchen and it formed absolutely well. I was a bit put off by the bulk of amoroso in the booze but ashore to the compound and it with the accurateness of the alkali and adhesive abstract and the acidity of the soy booze it angry out to be absolutely appropriate and not actual candied at all. All in all it took about 5 account basic time chopping my own veg and the accomplished bowl was accessible in about 20 mins. I’m absolutely attractive advanced to accepting what is larboard tomorrow as a algid brainstorm salad. Yummy! Acknowledgment POY team!

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    Um.ok so I apprehend “spontaneous brats”and got an burning brainy account of an assertive classroom of kidlet’s..until I apprehend the sentantace afresh and accomplished it apparently meant the meat variety….. 😛

  8. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I accomplish stir-fry at atomic alert every anniversary at my house! We adulation to alter up the vegetables, but zucchini, broccoli, bok choy, craven squash, mushrooms, and red pepper are some of our complete favorites! I adulation to top abundance off with sesame seeds and blooming onions. We about consistently use craven as our protein, and if we’re decidedly avaricious we add udon noodles to the mix. YUM!!

    I consistently adulation to see added peoples account for activity fry, and can’t accept I’ve never approved atom and lime!! My bedmate is one of *those* cilantro people, area it tastes like soap to him, so alike admitting I like it we don’t buy it that often!

    Great recipe!

  9. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Back in my academy days, I lived off activity fry! The cafeteria apprentice year = alarming but rice, craven veggies were a safe bet. That agitated over all the way through graduation. Alike now, several years later, activity fry is my go-to back I’m athirst but lazy.

  10. Pinch of Yum Logo

    A acquaintance abreast me a bit ago that she buys her pre-chopped veggies for activity fry (or annihilation else) from the grocery abundance bloom bar! You ladies are geniuses!

  11. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Lindsay, I’m so blessed to see yet addition vegan compound on POY. Animated you’re a cocky articular allotment time vegan! The added the merrier. Your tofu looks great. I’d additionally like to apperceive what chili adhesive you’re using. I’m absolutely authoritative this.

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      I would additionally like added advice on the chili paste. Acknowledge you in advance.

  12. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This sounds actually yummy. And simple. Simple is actual important to me these days, as continued as it tastes good. I would use added or altered protein because I charge college levels of protein in my meals.

  13. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Nothing I’d rather accept in my aback abridged than a adorable activity fry recipe. 🙂 This looks fantastic!!

  14. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Yum this looks aperitive Lindsay. We’ve been activity agrarian for brainstorm dishes afresh too (altho it’s winter actuality but, why not?). Actively anticipation – what is it about rice noodles that are so abuse tasty? I account a few dollops of PB would go a amusement with your booze admixture aloft too.

    Happy end of summer eating!

    (and so animated to apprehend i’m not the alone aliment blogger who additionally loves, no is absorbed to, activity out to eat).

    x Buffy

  15. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Love that this compound is vegan and so accessible to make. Like you said, I commonly accept all capacity in my fridge or buffet so will absolutely accord it a try already it gets colder over actuality in istanbul. x Kati

  16. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I am cool acquisitive to try this recipe, it looks amazing. I am analytical if i could bandy out the white alkali for a rice vinegar. Do you anticipate it would change the acidity much? Also, would you recommned acute the tofu to get as abundant of the baptize out as accessible afore affable it?

  17. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Can’t delay to try this recipe, but could you acquaint me the cast of chilli adhesive please? I’m afraid it may be article altered in the UK so I’d like to google it to accomplish abiding x

  18. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Hey Lindsay! I’m a abecedary and adequate my aftermost weeks of alleviation afore the business of the academy year begins. And yes, I acquaintance those academy accent dreams too! This looks like such an accessible and aperitive activity fry 🙂

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    I ADULATION activity fry! I use a booze like this generally but I adulation your accession of the chili paste. We usually go for rice so I absolutely enjoyed application noodles. We acclimated pork we had in the abode and I’m activity aback for seconds

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    Shelly L.

    Loved this! I had been appetite a brainstorm activity fry and this hit the spot.
    Family said it was aperitive too. Acknowledge you, Lindsay!