Spicy Sunflower Noodles
Prep time 10mins
Cook time 20mins
Serves or Makes: 4

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For the Spicy Sunflower Seeds


  • 1 1/2 cups raw shelled sunflower seeds
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower or vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder or paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

For the Quick-Pickled Daikon


  • 1 small daikon radish, carrot, or cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1 scallion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar, honey, or maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon furikake seasoning

For the Spicy Sunflower Sauce


  • 1 cup spicy sunflower seeds
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon miso
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha or sambal olek
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar, honey, or maple syrup

To Serve


  • 1 pound udon or soba noodles, fresh or dried
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs, cooked to desired doneness
  • Spicy sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup sunflower sprouts, radish sprouts, or microgreens
  • Thinly sliced scallions
  • Furikake seasoning

Roast the Sunflower Seeds


  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350F degrees.

  • Step 2

    Toss sunflower seeds with sunflower oil, cayenne, garlic powder, and salt on a small baking sheet. Roast, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and fragrant, about 15 minutes. Allow to cool completely.

Make the Quick-Pickled Daikon

  • Step 1

    Meanwhile, toss sliced daikon with sliced scallions, rice vinegar, sugar, and furikake seasoning to taste. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Make the Spicy Sunflower Sauce

  • Step 1

    Add 1 cup spicy sunflower seeds to a high-speed blender with water, rice vinegar, miso, soy sauce, sriracha, and sugar. Puree on high until very smooth and a thick but pourable consistency. Set aside until ready to use.

Cook the Noodles

  • Step 1

    Cook udon or soba noodles according to package directions, then drain well. Toss noodles about 3/4 cup spicy sunflower sauce, then serve into bowls. Noodles can be served hot or at room temperature.


  • Step 1

    Arrange chilled daikon, hard-boiled egg, sprouts, a sprinkle of spicy sunflower seeds, and sliced scallions over noodles. Season egg and garnish bowl with extra furikake seasoning. Drizzle with extra sauce, if desired.