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How To Cook Soba Noodles

Soba noodles are made from buckwheat flour and eaten in noodle soups or chilled with a sauce. It has a nutty flavor and often times also made with wheat flour, so they are not gluten-free. The thickness of soba noodles are similar to spaghetti and great served both in cold and hot recipes.

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Buckwheat flour, the main component in soba noodles, is a good source of protein, fiber, iron and carbohydrates and thiamine.


It is Japanese tradition to eat soba noodles on New Year’s to signify longevity and prosperity and Tensuke Market has a variety of delicious soba noodles for you to try at home.

Below are a couple of easy soba dish ideas you can make at home.




Chilled soba noodle dishes:

  • Zaru soba: chilled soba served with shredded nori seaweed

  • Soba salad: tossed with sesame dressing and raw vegetables

Hot soba noodle dishes

  • Tempura soba: shrimp tempura with hot broth

  • Seaweed soba: shredded seaweed with hot broth

Cooking Tips:

  • Hot boiling, unsalted water

  • Stir in water to prevent sticking

  • Cook fully according to package instructions about 5-8 minutes

  • Prepare a big bowl of cold water, no ice

  • Once done, put the soba in cold water and stir (or use your hands)

  • Drain and cook according to preference

How have you made soba noodles at home?

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