Jar Noodles | A fresher and healthier take on pot noodles | Gestational Diabetes UK
Jar Noodles

Jar noodles are a fresher and healthier take on the British classic, Pot Noodles. By making this homemade version, you can reduce the carbs and pack the noodles with lots of fresh vegetables and protein. Perfect for packed lunches and only take a few minutes to prep.

These noodles work best in a clip or Kilner jar, but an old jam jar works just as well, as long as it has a sealable lid.

There are lots of different types of dried noodles that can be used to create jar noodles including egg-free or gluten-free ones. Try different ones to find the ones that you personally tolerate the best. Thinner and smaller noodles cook faster than thicker noodles.

Jar Noodles

Jar Noodles

Jar Noodles | A fresher and healthier take on pot noodles | Gestational Diabetes UK
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Course: Main Meals, Snacks, Soups
Cuisine: British
Diet: Diabetic, Gluten Free
Keyword: pot noodle
Free or Subscription Recipe: Free Recipe
Free from: coconut, dairy, eggs, gluten, nuts
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 394kcal
Author: Jo Paterson


  • 1 glass jar with a lid


  • ½ nest dried noodles egg, whole wheat, rice, or soba
  • ½ whole stock cube chicken or vegetable, broken into pieces, or 1 tsp of stock powder, or ½ tsp of yeast extract
  • ¼ tsp garlic granules
  • ½ medium carrot peeled and sliced
  • 2 small spring onions sliced
  • 1 small cabbage leaf greens, savoy, sweetheart, white, red cabbage, or spinach thinly sliced
  • 2 medium mushrooms sliced, or dried porcini mushrooms
  • 100 grams cooked chicken pieces
  • 1 cm fresh root ginger peeled and sliced or ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ small red chilli sliced, or ¼ tsp chilli flakes
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • ½ tsp sesame oil (optional)
  • ½ tsp sesame seeds (optional)
  • 300 ml boiling water


  • Wash and dry the vegetables, then prep by slicing and chopping and set aside. Note: Thin slices, ribbons cut with a speed peeler and very thin matchsticks work best as they then soften and cook better
  • Add the stock, garlic granules, soy sauce, lime juice and sesame oil to the bottom of the jar and add a nest of dry noodles on top. Add the vegetables in layers, top with the cooked chicken pieces and seal tight
  • When you are ready to make your jar noodles, boil a kettle, remove the lid and pour enough boiling water over the noodles and vegetables, just enough to cover them and replace the lid. Wait for 10 minutes, then remove the lid and stir


Use the noodles that you tolerate the best for this recipe.
Jar noodles are completely versatile and are a great way of using up leftovers. Use ingredients and flavours that you prefer and know work.
Aim to create a base flavour with the stock and spices, then include plenty of fresh vegetables (avoid adding too many higher-carb veg eg. sweetcorn, peas etc) and top with plenty of protein.
Please note: nutritional values will vary depending on the noodles and vegetables used. The information provided here is just a basic guide based on using egg noodles.


Calories: 394kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 19g | of which saturates: 5g | Fibre: 4g | of which sugars: 5g