Sesame Noodles

May 29, 2014 by Ali

This easy sesame noodles recipe can be made in just 15 minutes, and can be served either warm or cold. It's also great with some extra veggies or proteins mixed in!

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Goodness, time has a way of flying by. After months of planning for my trip to El Salvador with Unbound, June apparently snuck up on me and I realized that I am now leaving the country in just three days. As they say in El Salvador, ay ay ay. ;)

I am totally looking forward to this trip for 100 reasons, and will be sharing about it on the blog and Instagram while I’m gone. But suffice it to say that the week before leaving the country is always more than a little hectic, especially for someone like me who tends to, ahem, “live in the moment”. (Aka: not plan ahead.) I’ve been cooking up a storm, trying to wrap up all sorts of posts and projects before I leave, and attending seemingly Everyone In My Life’s birthday parties, baby showers, happy hours, and business meetings that somehow all happened to be scheduled this week. Craziness.


Even when schedules are crazy, I have learned over the years that setting aside just 10 or 15 minutes to prepare a homemade meal has a way of calming and centering me like little else. And when it comes to quick and easy meals that I can practically make in my sleep, these easy sesame noodles are one of my favorites. I have probably made them 100 times over the years — often to go with my favorite egg drop soup, maybe some sauted shrimp, all of which I have learned to multitask in record time — and they prove to be the perfect comfort food each time.

I posted the recipe for them on the blog way back in 2009 with a bit of a neon yellow photo (see below). So when I whipped them up again for dinner this week, I decided to reshoot and then reshare them on the blog with you.

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Yes, here was the shot from 2009. Same great noodles…

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…but maybe slightly less neon here. ;)

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I learned how to make these from a friend’s mom years ago who served them to us as a chilled side dish for tailgating. And then I promptly begged her for the recipe, and now enjoy them both warm and cold. The ingredients are simple:

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You basically just cook up a batch of pasta noodles (I prefer linguine), and whip up a simple ginger sesame dressing.

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Then toss the noodles with the dressing, add in some green onions…

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And toss until combined.

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Serve them either immediately when they’re warm, or refrigerate them to make more of a cold noodle dish.

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Then serve garnished with toasted sesame seeds and more green onions. Unbelievably easy. And even after all of these years and countless batches of noodles, I think they’re still unbelievably good. Enjoy!

Sesame Noodles

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4-6 servings


  • 1 pound (16 oz.) linguine or spaghetti (I use whole-wheat)
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger (or 1/2 tsp. ground ginger)
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar (or red wine vinegar)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sriracha or hot chili oil
  • 1/2 cup thinly-sliced green onions
  • optional garnishes: extra thinly-sliced green onions, toasted sesame seeds, coarsely-ground black pepper


Cook pasta al dente according to package instructions in a large pot of generously salted water.

Meanwhile, in a separate mixing bowl, combine soy sauce, garlic, vinegar, sesame oil, and sriracha (or hot chili oil). Whisk until combined.

When the pasta is ready, drain it. Then immediately toss with the dressing and 1/2 cup green onions until the pasta is evenly coated with the dressing.

Serve immediately, topped with extra garnishes if desired.

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filed in Entrees, Pastas

About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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36 thoughts on “Sesame Noodles

  1. These are sooo good! I actually made them with ramen and used sautéed red onions instead of green onions and added some pan fried tofu. It’s now one of our favorite dinners.

    - Meagan |

  2. Planning on making these tonight with rice noodles and chicken thrown in. Simple and fast is what I like!

    - Angelia

  3. Trying this tonight for dinner. Recipe looks good, but I’m adding a bit of honey because I’m thinking there is so much savory/salty going on that it could use a touch of sweet to balance? Thanks, and your photos are gorgeous!

    - Wendi

  4. Could you stir in a little peanut butter?

    - Judy Rhoades

  5. I have a soft spot for sesame noodles, and these look amazing!!

    - Deborah

  6. Oh yeah!!Just cooked this up for my girls. I love how you can pretty much throw anything in it also. I had some sauteed chicken left over that I cubed up and threw in. Found you via Lista. Thanks!

    - Eric B

  7. This looks delicious!!! I’ll definitely make this recipe some time next week.

    - Webbyrå

  8. Oh yummy! These simple to make noodles look very delicious!

    - Medeja

  9. Love how quick and easy this is but it sounds so tasty. Have a great trip to El Salvador; really looking forward to following along on instagram.

    - Kathryn

  10. Talk about last minute prepping for trips!!! It’s surely hectic but you’re going to have such AN AWESOME TIME!!!! Happy Happy journey!! This bowl of noodles is just about the easiest, yet flavorful dish that I have ever come across! Making these for dinner tonight! :)

    - Samina | The Cupcake Confession

  11. These look TREMENDOUS!! Can’t wait to meet you on Sunday!

    - Paula Kiger (Big Green Pen)

  12. These look like perfect lunch!

    - ami@naivecookcooks

  13. I’m not usually a big fan of cold noodles, but these look particularly simple and delicious!

    - Sarah (@ People, Places & Plates)

  14. Sounds simple and delicious! I can’t wait to try :)

    - Jordan @ Jordan's Onion

  15. Love that ginger sesame dressing, these are a must-make!

    - Laura (Tutti Dolci)

  16. I would eat this noodles in a New York minute. Oh I better make that in a Hong Kong minute! Quick and easy—-and homemade when you are running at warp speed.

    - Carol at Wild Goose Tea

  17. Pinning because these look sooo yummy!

    - Julie @ Girl on the Move

  18. I love this one, Ali. Quick and easy, we are all about that here!

    - Matt Robinson

  19. Have such an amazing trip girlie! Can’t wait for the stories!!!

    - Erin | The Law Student's Wife

  20. My husband and I ALWAYS order cold sesame noodles when we order takeout and I can’t wait to finally try to make them myself! Thanks for sharing!

    - Allison @ Lighten Up!

  21. These look delicious! Love how you can eat them cold, since sometimes in the summer I don’t feel like eating a hot bowl of pasta. :)

    - How to Philosophize with Cake

  22. Yum! Sesame noodles are the best!

    - Liz Fourez

  23. Sesame noodles are always a winner around here, too. I love how you share your old photo. :) Your old photos are much better than mine…such a learning process!

    - Maryea {happy healthy mama}

  24. Have SO much fun in El Salvador. I can’t wait to read all about it!

    - Cassie

  25. I LOOOOOVE sesame noodles. Looks like I’m making them this week :) Gorgeous photos too! xo

    - Jenny Flake

  26. I love this type of recipe!! I make something similar with soba buckwheat noodles all the time but I love the linguine idea!! HAVE AN INCREDIBLE TIME!!! I can’t wait to follow on IG!

    - Liz @ The Lemon Bowl

  27. Yummy! I used olive oil and rice noodles it was perfect.

    - Marie Leigh

  28. Oooh – I’ve actually never tried them with tahini. Thanks for the idea! Fun!! :)

    - ali

  29. a squirt of siracho, and 2 Tbs of tahini (sesame paste) make it extra yummy

    - violarulz/ducksandbooks

  30. Yum… I love sesame noodles, too. Haven’t made them in a while. Thanks for the reminder!

    - Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction