Japchae noodles are a delicious paleo and gluten free alternative. These noodles are made with sweet potato starches and are translucent. They are common in many asian dishes and are a quick and easy addition to your meal.
These sweet potato Korean Japchae Noodles can be bought from a specialty grocery store like Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, or an Asian market. Use them in a dish with eggs, or tofu to make it vegan, to make an amazing lunch or dinner. This dish is also filled with fresh vegetables like broccoli, red bell pepper, spinach, and carrots and topped with a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds.
This Korean noodle dish can be prepared with tofu instead of eggs to make it completely vegan, but keep in mind that tofu is not paleo approved. The glass noodles are so fun and delicious and if this is your first time making japchae, you're going to love them! The stir-fried vegetables in this recipe all go together wonderfully, but you can change them depending on what already you have in your refrigerator. There are endless possibilities!
- Preparation time: 15 minutes
- Cooking time: 20 minutes
- Total: 35 minutes
- 8.8 oz glass sweet potato noodles, or dangmyeon
- 8 oz broccoli florets
- 1 onion, julienned
- 1 cup red bell pepper, julienned
- 2 cups spinach leaves
- 1 cup carrots, julienned
- ⅓ cup coconut aminos
- 1 garlic, minced
- 2 to 4 tbsp vegetable broth
- 2 tbsp + 1 tsp avocado oil
- 2 green onions, julienned
- 1 egg, beaten
- Sesame seeds, to taste
How to make Japchae noodles
- Bring a large pan with plenty of water and a drizzle of avocado oil to a boil. Cook the sweet potato glass noddles according to the package instructions. Rinse, drain, and cut the noodles to about 6-7 inch lengths and set aside.
- Add 1 teaspoon of avocado oil at medium-low heat and add the scrambled egg mixture. Cook it into a thin and flat "omelette", once hardened, flip it over. Transfer to a cutting board and cut into thin strips.
- Blanch the broccoli florets for 2 minutes in boiling water. Rinse in cold water and set aside to drain. Julienne your choice of vegetables.
- Heat a large skillet at medium heat, add 1 tablespoon avocado oil and add the onions. Saute for 2 minutes. Then add 1 tablespoon of avocado oil, garlic, broccoli, carrots, bell pepper, spinach and green onions. Saute for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add in coconut aminos and 1 to 2 tablespoons of vegetable broth and mix into noodles. If it's too dry, add more broth and toss until noodles are evenly mixed.
- Transfer to a serving plate and sprinkle sesame seeds on top. Enjoy!
Tips For Success
- To make this japchae recipe vegan, buy firm or extra firm tofu and fry it on both sides in a saute pan over medium heat with a little canola oil or sesame oil. It's a delicious replacement for the eggs.
- You can also buy japchae noodles on Amazon, if you can't find them at a specialty store or if you don't have one near you.
- To replace the soy sauce, in this recipe, we've used coconut aminos which can be bought at Target, Kroger, Walmart, or specialty stores. This delicious sauce is savory and salty, like soy sauce, but it's made of fermented coconut palm and salt. It's a wonderful alternative if you'd like to avoid soy or following a paleo diet.
- Keep the stir-fried noodles and vegetables in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. You can reheat them in the microwave for 30-second increments or until they're warm enough to eat. Or reheat them stove top on medium heat for 5 minutes.
- Cutting board
What is japchae?
Japchae is a classic Korean recipe made up of sweet potato starch noodles that are also known as glass noodles or dangmyeon. Japchae is translated to "mixed vegetables" and that's exactly what this noodle recipe consists of!
What are japchae noodles made of?
Japchae noodles, also known as dangmyeon, glass noodles, cellophane noodles, or sweet potato vermicelli noodles are made out of sweet potato starch and water.
Are japchae noodles healthy?
Yes, japchae noodles are healthy and made with just two ingredients - sweet potato starch and water. They are a great gluten free, paleo, and vegan noodle option!
Is the sauce for japchae gluten free or paleo?
No, traditional japchae sauce recipes are not gluten free or paleo and often contain soy sauce and sugar. It is not difficult at all to make the japchae sauce both gluten free and paleo, though. Just substitute the soy sauce for coconut aminos and swap the sugar for coconut sugar.
This nutrition card is calculated by a third party app and is only an estimate. The numbers will vary based on the specific ingredient amounts and brands you use in making this recipe.
2 servings per container
Serving Size1 serving
- Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
- Total Fat
- Saturated Fat 4g 20%
- Cholesterol 93mg 31%
- Sodium 1036mg 44%
- Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
- Potassium 1414mg 41%
- Total Carbohydrate
- Dietary Fiber 13g 52%
- Sugars 24g
- Protein 14g 29%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
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