Rice Noodle Sauté With Lemongrass And Cilantro

Everyone needs a quick meal sometimes, and this is a delicious one, plus it’s gluten-free. Sautéed rice noodles with ground pork is an easy, family-friendly dish that is also a quick meal. Asian noodles, a long-time consumer favorite, have become increasingly popular, at least in part because of their gluten-free factor.  With more people becoming concerned/aware about gluten sensitivity, creating a rice noodle sauté seemed like an obvious thing to do.

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Rice noodles are common in East and Southeast Asia and are readily available at most supermarkets.  They come fresh, frozen, or dried, and in varying thicknesses.  If you look hard enough, you can find them made out of brown rice for added health benefits.  Rice noodles are simply noodles that are made from rice flour.

Their principal ingredients are rice flour and water–and since rice does not contain gluten, rice noodles are gluten-free.  Although I am not gluten intolerant, and I appreciate a great pasta dish, I don’t always love the way I feel after eating a big plate of traditional pasta.  As it turns out, rice noodles have a decent amount of protein, fiber, and even iron, so they are not a bad decision health-wise either.

rice noodle sauté

With their mild flavor, rice noodles can be paired with just about anything.  And their quick cooking time is another bonus.  For this recipe, I used lean ground pork, a great low-fat protein option. Fresh ginger, garlic, lemongrass, and cilantro blend nicely together, giving this simple dish a slight Thai feel.

Many people tell me they shy away from these types of ingredients for fear they will be overwhelming and their kids won’t like them.  Don’t avoid them: the flavors in this rice noodle sauté are subtle enough to appeal to all types of eaters. Not a pork eater?  No worries, I have also made this dish with ground turkey and that worked just as well–without compromising taste.  For vegetarians, try using a firm crumbled tofu, it’s another great option that will work well with this versatile dish.

rice noodle sauté

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Andrea Potischman

I am a professionally trained NYC chef turned CA mom and food blogger. I post about real food, with doable ingredient lists that are family friendly.

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