Green Beans and Soba Noodles with Crispy Shallots

Happy Turkey Day!! Gobble gobble gobble.

Last year, I actually sent a card to my parents for Thanksgiving that said Gobble Gobble Gobble on the front in fancy lettering, and on the inside it said “A turkey’s last words.”

A close up of a vegan, vegetarian and gluten free side dish made with green beans, soba noodles, and shallots.

Is it bad that I found that hilarious (my mom is a strict vegan)? ?

Ok so anyway, Thanksgiving is fast approaching! One of my favorite holidays because 1) stuffing and 2) family (don’t ask about that order). We are going to visit AJ’s family and I am SO excited about all the food. AJ’s mom always makes me some special-edition vegetarian dishes that are so good. I can’t wait to eat!

Top down view of a green bean and soba noodle side dish on a rectangular white serving platter on a white rustic wooden table.

AJ’s mom also does all the cooking (except for the turkey – I think that’s AJ’s dad). Sometimes she’ll let me help a little bit by chopping potatoes or something, but for the most part she masters the kitchen and I master the couch. I do a good job of holding that thing down.

Fresh green beans on a white cloth napikin.

But, if you’re attending a Thanksgiving party and need to bring a side – or just need something to add to your spread at the very last minute – here you go.

I’m not really too sure what inspired the combination of ingredients in this dish, but they’re super good together, even if you’re used more classic side dishes like a simple sauteed green bean dish, or a three bean salad, and wouldn’t normally consider pairing noodles with your green beans.

The thing I love most about this dish is the crispy shallots. SO GOOD. They’re really easy – just toss sliced shallots with cornstarch, then shallow fry for about 5 minutes. Done!

Oblique view of a vegan-friendly and gluten-free side dish made with green beans, buckwheat soba noodles, and shallots in a white rectangular serving dish.

I hope everyone has a really awesome Thanksgiving!


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top down close up of a vegan-friendly and gluten-free side dish made with green beans, buckwheat soba noodles, and shallots.

Green Beans & Soba Noodles with Crispy Shallots

  • Author: Raquel Smith
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Green beans paired with soba nooldes with crispy fried shallots and toasted pine nuts for a delicious vegetarian and vegan side dish which can be made gluten-free by using 100% buckwheat noodles.


  • 5 oz soba noodles
  • 3 tsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 lb green beans, trimmed
  • 2 shallots, sliced and rings separated
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp pine nuts
  • canola oil for frying
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • lemon


  1. Cook soba noodles according to package instructions, then toss with about a teaspoon of olive oil.
  2. Heat the remaining 2 tsp olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the green beans and cook, tossing every now and then, until the beans are lightly charred all over, about 10 minutes.
  3. While the green beans cook, place the pine nuts in a medium skillet over medium-high heat and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant and just starting to brown, about 3 minutes. Remove to a plate.
  4. Peel and cut the shallots into 1/4″ slices. Separate the rounds with your fingers, then toss with the cornstarch and 1/4 tsp salt.
  5. Heat about 1/2″ of canola oil in a medium skillet over medium heat (I used the same skillet that I used for the pine nuts). Add the shallots with a fork – they should sizzle when added and while cooking, but shouldn’t pop or splatter much. Cook until deep golden brown and crispy, then remove with a slotted spoon to a plate to cool.
  6. Finally, assemble the dish with the noodles on the bottom, topped with the green beans, shallots, and pine nuts. Sprinkle with sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper, then squeeze a lemon on top. Enjoy immediately!


– If you are gluten free, be sure to use gluten free soba noodles made with 100% buckwheat (some noodles use combination of buckwheat and regular wheat flour).

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Category: sidedish
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: noodles

Keywords: soba, side dish, gluten-free, buckwheat, noodles, green beans

What about you? Do you cook much with soba noodles? Let us know in the comments below and please rate this recipe if you loved it!

And if soba noodles are your thing, be sure to try out some of these recipes:

Photos by Raquel Smith, © Ask the Experts, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. See our TOS for more details. Originally published on November 26th, 2015. Last updated: August 2, 2020 at 10:48 am.

Nutritional information derived from a database of known generic and branded foods and ingredients and was not compiled by a registered dietitian or submitted for lab testing. It should be viewed as an approximation.

About Raquel Smith

Raquel is a whole foods enthusiast, an avid mountain biker, and a dog lover. She works by day at Food Blogger Pro and formerly maintained her food blog "My California Roots" (now merged into Foodal).

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