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How to Make Buckwheat Noodles

Max. D Gray
By Max. D Gray. Updated: July 20, 2023
How to Make Buckwheat Noodles

Buckwheat noodles are the perfect alternative for people who need a gluten-free substitute for regular noodles or pasta. Also known as Soba noodles, they are a common ingredient in many Japanese recipes such as Soba salad or Yasai Yakisoba.

Buckwheat is a seed which can be commonly found in eastern Asia and is considered a complex carbohydrate with lots of protein that will usually be classified as a cereal. Once it is grounded and turned into flour, buckwheat is the main ingredient for these famous Japanese noodles. At OneHowTo we'd like to teach you how to make buckwheat noodles to create the most delicious dishes you can imagine.

4 diners Between 45 & 60 minutes medium difficulty


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Steps to follow:


The first step to make buckwheat noodles is to boil the half cup of water in a saucepan. Add the sea salt and stir so it melts properly. Meanwhile, you should pour the buckwheat flour in a bowl.

How to Make Buckwheat Noodles - Step 1

Next, slowly pour the boiling water in the bowl with the flour and start processing or blending the mixture carefully. A good tip is to turn the processor on while you pour the water so it blends while you are pouring. Blend until the flour has turned into a compact ball of dough.

If after pouring all the water it has not formed a compact mass and has some crumbles, pour half a teaspoon of hot water until it is homogeneous.

How to Make Buckwheat Noodles - Step 2

Find a clean surface so you can spread the dough and knead it with your hands for two minutes. After this time, Get a rolling pin to flatten it out, creating a dough of approximately 5 inches. Place the dough in a bowl and cover it with clingfilm. Leave it to cool down for 20 minutes.

How to Make Buckwheat Noodles - Step 3

After this time has passed, take the clingfilm off and place it on the working surface. Cut the dough into four even pieces. Add some more flour on the first piece and roll the piece so it is 6 in long and 3 in wide approximately.

The best way to make buckwheat noodles is to have a pasta machine, in this way you only need to add the rolled dough to it on the setting you prefer. Run it over a second time on a small setting if you want finer noodles. If you do not own a pasta machine, you will have to roll the dough once more and finely cut the pieces with a knife to your desired fineness.

Repeat the procedure with all four sets of dough.

How to Make Buckwheat Noodles - Step 4

Hang the resulting pasta on a rack to dry for 30 minutes. Turn them over once or twice to help them dry better.

How to Make Buckwheat Noodles - Step 5

Once dry, you can store them or cook them straight away. To cook, carefully put them in a saucepan with boiling water and the table salt and cook for 10 minutes, stirring gently every now and then. Drain and pour some cold water so they stop cooking. Your buckwheat noodles are ready to eat!

How to Make Buckwheat Noodles - Step 6

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What did you think of this recipe?
First of all, thank you for the recipe.
In the ingredients, it says 1/2 tsp sea salt and 1 tbsp table salt. What is the 1 tbsp table salt for? I can't seem to find it in the procedure.
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Jen,

The table salt is to add to the water when boiling. We have amended the article to make this clearer. Thanks for the comment!
Can you dry these noodles before boiling and store them? If so how long would they store for?
OneHowTo Editor
If you have a suitable dehydrator, you can indeed dry them out. You can also do it in the oven, but this is time and energy consuming, as well as risking the possibility of cooking the pasta dough.
Sandra Niggemann
Your recipe says a 1/2 cup water but the directions says a cup of water in a sauce pan. That is confusing directions so what is right?
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Sandra,

It's half a cup. We are sorry for the confusion, but the text has been amended. Thank you for pointing it out to us.
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