If you’re a fan of Vietnamese or Chinese cuisine, you are probably familiar with vermicelli noodles.
However, vermicelli isn’t just delicious in Chinese and Vietnamese recipes. Several cuisines in the world use vermicelli, and even Mexico has a delicious simple soup that they make with vermicelli and tomato sauce. Vermicelli noodles are great because of how quickly they cook. They’re also super versatile.
Vermicelli noodles are fast-cooking noodles that have a wonderful texture.
You can use vermicelli noodles in everything from soup to stir-fry recipes.
Vermicelli has long been a beloved staple in culinary traditions from around the world. With its thin, noodle-like appearance and versatile nature, vermicelli provides an exceptional foundation for various dishes. The following article will explore several mouthwatering vermicelli recipes that showcase the ingredient’s adaptability in numerous culinary contexts.
Originating in Italy, vermicelli has since transcended international borders, becoming a favorite ingredient in cuisines such as Vietnamese, Indian, and Mediterranean. Vermicelli’s widespread appeal can be attributed to its ability to absorb and enhance the flavors of various ingredients, making it a perfect addition to soups, salads, and stir-fries alike.
These recipes demonstrate that with creativity and a few simple ingredients, vermicelli can be transformed into a variety of dishes, each boasting unique flavors and textures. The following selections will inspire both novice and experienced cooks to experiment with this versatile noodle and elevate their culinary repertoire.
What Is Vermicelli?
Vermicelli noodles are a type of thin rice noodles because they are made from rice. Vermicelli noodles are thinner than spaghetti noodles and are round. Also, spaghetti pasta is traditionally made with flour.
Although rice vermicelli noodles are used primarily in Asian cuisine, you can also use vermicelli noodles as an alternative to pasta. Vermicelli noodles are similar to angel hair pasta, but angel hair pasta is made with wheat flour.
The Difference Between Rice Noodles and Vermicelli
Note that vermicelli noodles are technically a rice noodle, and you will often see them referred to as rice noodles.
However, the difference between rice vermicelli noodles and traditional rice noodles is that traditional rice noodles are flat and thin instead of round.
Are Vermicelli Noodles Gluten Free?
If you’re following a keto diet, paleo, or a gluten free diet, you will be pleased to know that vermicelli noodles are totally gluten free. Since they are made with rice and not flour, you can enjoy vermicelli noodle recipes to your heart’s content.
Are Rice Vermicelli Noodles Healthy?
Vermicelli pasta is made from rice, so they are lower in calories than traditional pasta that is made with flour. Also, rice vermicelli noodles have very little fat and zero cholesterol.
If you’re looking for a clean eating recipe, you will love this vermicelli noodles recipe.
You can whip up this vermicelli recipe in about 30 minutes. With veggies like carrots and mushrooms, it’s very filling.
The chicken breast adds lots of good protein, and you get more flavor from the chicken stock (or chicken broth).
Red pepper hot sauce, ginger, and cilantro add so much flavor.
In this rice vermicelli recipe, you can use whatever type of protein you like. Choose from eggs, tofu, chicken, shrimp, or even beef.
The rice vermicelli noodles are stir-fried with vegetables in a wok and then seasoned perfectly with madras curry powder.
For veggies, use snow peas, red bell pepper, shredded carrots, onion, and garlic.
The spices for this dish are madras curry powder, red chili peppers or chili flakes, and turmeric.
This delicious Vietnamese chicken noodle soup is also known as Bun Ga.
In Vietnamese cooking, you typically add the sauce and herbs towards the end of the cooking process.
This recipe is made with juicy chicken thighs and chicken broth.
You will love all of the veggies in this soup: fresh ginger, sliced shallots, minced garlic, fresh bean sprouts, Thai chile, and green onions.
The spices and herbs that make this chicken noodle soup so wonderful are black pepper, fresh cilantro, fresh basil, and fresh mint.
If you love Cantonese takeout food, this rice vermicelli noodles recipe for Singapore noodles may be just what you’ve been looking for.
To make this recipe, you can use ham, Chinese sausage, or roast pork (char siu). This recipe calls for shrimp and Chinese roast pork.
This recipe is loaded with delicious shredded napa cabbage, red onion, green onions, and carrot. You can also add other veggies, including celery, bell pepper, green beans, or mushrooms.
The flavor comes from red chili peppers, garlic, Shaoxing wine, and curry powder.
For this recipe, salmon is basted with garlic butter and some fresh lemon juice is squeezed on at the very end.
The garlic is finely chopped (don’t use a garlic crusher). Also, use salted butter to cook this salmon recipe.
Garnish with fresh parsley and serve your salmon over a bowl of rice vermicelli noodles.
This salad recipe is sometimes called Bun Ga Nuong, and it features juicy chicken thighs that have been marinated with lemongrass.
When it’s completed, this dish is drizzled with the popular Vietnamese chili garlic sauce called Nuoc Cham.
If you’re cooking for a large group, this is a very affordable and elegant salad to serve.
Fresh lime juice, brown sugar, soy sauce, and fish sauce perfectly season the chicken thighs.
Veggies include cucumbers, iceberg lettuce, and mung bean sprouts.
Fresh herbs used in this recipe are cilantro and mint leaves.
This stir fry rice vermicelli is also called fried bee hoon. This is a super easy vegan meal that is ready in less than 30 minutes.
This vegan recipe is loaded with wonderful veggies like shallots, carrots, cabbage, and bean sprouts. Protein comes from tofu.
For the stir fry sauce, you need soy sauce, Shaoxing wine, sesame oil, dark soy sauce, and maple syrup.
The secret to getting this recipe perfect is to coat your tofu with corn starch.
In Lebanese homes, this vermicelli recipe is a staple. Even better, this recipe is made with only three ingredients: vermicelli noodles, long-grain rice, and extra virgin olive oil.
You can use whatever type of rice you enjoy to make this dish, including basmati rice and brown rice.
This is a dish that you can make in your Instant Pot.
You will fall in love with these delicious vegan Vietnamese noodle bowls.
The vermicelli noodles are topped with lemongrass flavored tofu and this recipe is gluten free.
Grated ginger, garlic, fresh lime juice, cilantro, and an entire stalk of lemongrass add tons of flavor to this delicious dish.
Sesame seeds add even more protein and a satisfying crunch.
Also known as Pad Mee, this vermicelli dish is sort of a spicy cousin to Pad Thai. Pad Mee is also a lot simpler to make than Pad Tha because it has fewer ingredients.
This dish originated in Northeast Thailand in the area of Korat.
Unlike Pad Thai, Pad Mee doesn’t call for peanuts.
Ground pork is used to make this dish, and the red chilis and garlic add tons of flavor.
When your dish is ready, squeeze fresh lime juice over it.
We love this recipe because it’s a great pantry and fridge forage meal. You can use whatever you already have to make this dish.
This recipe calls for chicken breast, but you can use other meat like beef or shrimp.
Use whatever veggies you have. The recipe calls for onion, garlic, Asian greens or choy sum, bell pepper, mushrooms, and carrots.
When you’re cooking with rice noodles or soaked noodles, be sure to not cook or soak noodles any longer than the package says. Otherwise, they will fall apart.
Below, you can watch a great video that shows you exactly how to cook vermicelli. The video also gives a good overview of the different brands of vermicelli.
Stir Fry Vermicelli Noodles (+11 Delicious Vermicelli Recipes)
- 7-8 ounces dried vermicelli noodles
- 2-3 shallots
- 1 julienned carrot
- 3 garlic cloves
- 1/2 cup bean sprouts
- 1/4 cup sliced cabbage
- 1/2 cup stir fry sauce
- 14 ounces cubed tofu
- Soak the noodles for 7-10 minutes in hot water.
- Mix the tofu with cornstarch and salt.
- Stir fry the vegetables first, then the noodles, and stir fry sauce
Organize all the required ingredients.
Enjoy the food.