Sesame Noodles

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!

Easy Sesame Noodles |

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

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!


  • 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 teaspoon vegetable or canola 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, ginger, vinegar, sesame oil, vegetable 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.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

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Leave a Comment:


  1. Stephanie — May 12, 2015 @ 3:19 pm (#)

    My husband and I really enjoy this recipe. I have made it with noodles and it is great. I had a baby last week and had gestational diabetes so I had to figure out some substitutions for my favorite recipes that didn’t raise my blood sugar and so I made it with quinoa or with quinoa and broccoli instead of noodles and it was delicious that way also. I just wanted to share that in case someone else found them self in a similar situation. Thanks for the great recipe. 

  2. Lacy — May 18, 2015 @ 3:15 pm (#)

    I made this for my husband and I today and we loved it! I added in sauteed broccoli and it was a perfect addition. My husband is not much of a pasta guy but he said he would eat this dish again :)

    • Ali — May 18th, 2015 @ 4:14 pm

      That’s great, Lacy! So happy you both enjoyed this!

  3. Laurie — June 14, 2015 @ 8:36 pm (#)

    have you tried this sauce with Shirataki Noodles?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — June 15th, 2015 @ 8:57 pm

      We haven’t, but we’re intrigued! : )

  4. Tallya — July 8, 2015 @ 10:56 pm (#)

    Thanks for the recipe! I used brown rice spaghetti,  liquid aminos instead of soy sauce and added some honey for sweetness. Was delicious and my husband kept commenting on how amazing the kitchen smelled while I was mixing the noodles with sauce.

  5. Amy Z. — July 30, 2015 @ 4:42 pm (#)

    just wanted to say thanks for this fantastic recipe! It quickly became a favorite at my house :) :)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 4th, 2015 @ 5:48 pm

      Amy, you’re so welcome, we’re glad to hear that! :)

    • Ali — November 4th, 2015 @ 4:02 pm

      Awesome, I’m so glad to hear it! :)

  6. HB — August 5, 2015 @ 1:48 pm (#)

    Hello! Thank you so much for this recipe!

    I made this today and it was YUMMY! The fussy eaters in the house finished it before I could go for seconds… 
    I just added maple syrup for sweetness…

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 5th, 2015 @ 10:57 pm

      Thanks for sharing, that makes us so happy! :)

  7. rachelZ — August 17, 2015 @ 4:34 pm (#)

    is there any way to add chicken to this? if so, how would you go about doing it?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 17th, 2015 @ 10:23 pm

      Hey Rachel! You can always add some roast or grilled chicken to this (either would be great), or you can follow this recipe for baked chicken breasts (it’s super easy and delicious): We hope this was helpful!

  8. Tammy — September 13, 2015 @ 3:51 pm (#)

    These look yummy. How spicy is this recipe?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 15th, 2015 @ 11:20 am

      Thanks Tammy, we hope you enjoy these! Honestly, we don’t find them spicy, since there’s only 1/2 tsp of Sriracha.

  9. Dee — September 22, 2015 @ 5:15 pm (#)

    I made this tonight. I added just a little sugar to balance it out. It was very good!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 22nd, 2015 @ 5:23 pm

      We’re happy you liked it Dee!

  10. Dorian — November 3, 2015 @ 3:48 pm (#)

    Could you still do it without sedans oil?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 4th, 2015 @ 12:03 pm

      Hi Dorian, we’re not really sure what you’re asking – did you mean to type sesame oil? If so, you could do this without the sesame oil, but that will change the taste quite a bit, since it’s one of the main ingredients.

  11. New mom — November 13, 2015 @ 3:16 pm (#)

    Wow so good and easy for a new mom to whip up!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 13th, 2015 @ 6:21 pm

      Thanks, we’re so glad to hear that! :)

  12. Priscilla W. — November 30, 2015 @ 10:52 am (#)

    Wait! This was super easy and freaking amazing…… Thank you!

    • Ali — November 30th, 2015 @ 11:01 am

      Win-win! So glad you liked it!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 1st, 2015 @ 8:22 am

      You’re so welcome Priscilla, we’re happy you liked it!

  13. Athena — December 14, 2015 @ 7:17 pm (#)

    Just what we needed to avoid getting take out tonight! Thanks! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 14th, 2015 @ 7:49 pm

      Yay, we hope you enjoy it Athena!

  14. Christopher Box — January 1, 2016 @ 5:16 pm (#)

    These look amaze!! Says who? Sesame! Sorry, I couldn’t help myself. Great pics, thanks for sharing. I added this to my “recipes to eat stat!” list on Pinterest. ; ) 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 1st, 2016 @ 8:59 pm

      Haha! :D We hope you love these Christopher!

  15. Gina — January 6, 2016 @ 6:06 pm (#)

    Not very impressed with the sauce. very bland. I used Asian Toasted Sesame I had in the refrigerator.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 7th, 2016 @ 2:01 pm

      We’re sorry to hear you didn’t care for this Gina, we hope you can find another recipe you like better!

  16. Lindsey — January 8, 2016 @ 1:44 pm (#)

    My kids and I just cooked this for the first time and served these noodles with your Char Sui pork fillet dish ; I can honestly say that together, it was one of the tastiest meals I’ve had for a very long time! The kids LOVED them too and both dishes were so easy that my sons (11 year old twins) could easily manage them by themselves. I also realised that apart from store cupboard bits, the pork and noodles together cos us less than £4.50!! Am certain it will become a staple in our house! THANK YOU!! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 9th, 2016 @ 7:56 pm

      Awww thanks so much Lindsey, we’re happy you and your kiddos enjoyed these! :D

  17. Belinda — January 14, 2016 @ 12:38 am (#)

    Hi Ali! Do you think this sauce would be cupboard sustainable for a few days? I thought maybe because of the ingredients it might. I’m trying to send my son in the Navy a care package of easy ingredients to put together and he loves Asian noodles:)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 14th, 2016 @ 8:34 am

      Hi Belinda! We think that should absolutely be fine, and that’s so nice of you! We hope your son enjoys it! :)

  18. Paige — January 21, 2016 @ 11:52 am (#)

    This is a great recipe for that authentic “asian” noodle flavor. To the lady who said it was bland, maybe you did something wrong? If you made this dressing exactly as the recipe states, it’s basically impossible for it to be bland. You’ve got your salty/umame flavor from the soy sauce, tang from the rice vinegar, spicy, nutty sesame, savory garlic, spicy/sweet ginger and the great green onion flavor. Maybe you didn’t let it sit together and meld the flavors long enough? Or maybe you just added all the ingredients separately into the cooked pasta? Either way, I would recommend making this sauce even a day or so ahead and then warming it up a bit before you toss with the noodles. Perfection!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 21st, 2016 @ 8:14 pm

      Thanks for sharing Paige, we’re happy you enjoyed this! :)

  19. Toya — January 21, 2016 @ 11:59 pm (#)

    I made this tonight 01/21/2016 exactly all the ingredients and my family of five loved it. I didnt think i would like the whole wheat linguine but it was actually good.  I definitely will make this again.  Thanks for sharing your recipe.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 22nd, 2016 @ 1:48 pm

      We’re so glad to hear that Toya, thanks for giving it a try! :)

  20. Lathonia — January 25, 2016 @ 3:42 pm (#)

    Do you have nutritional information available?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 26th, 2016 @ 8:14 am

      Hi Lathonia! We’re sorry but we are unsure of the nutrition facts/amount of calories in this recipe. We currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site, as the nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. However, a lot of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. We hope that helps!

  21. Jennifer — January 28, 2016 @ 7:26 pm (#)

    Delicious!! This was a perfect, fast dinner tonight!! Threw in sautéed spinach, leftover broccoli and corn at the last minute and it was a perfect addition. Thank you!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 29th, 2016 @ 9:06 am

      Thank you Jennifer, we’re so glad you liked it! :)

  22. Heather @ Polyglot Jot — February 11, 2016 @ 6:49 pm (#)

    wow this looks great! Thanks for sharing—i think ill make this with some rice noodles

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 14th, 2016 @ 7:53 am

      You’re welcome Heather — we hope you enjoy! :)

  23. lindsae — March 1, 2016 @ 12:56 am (#)

    I made this recipe for my daughter’s chang shou mian, or birthday longevity noodles and it was a hit. All that was left was an empty bowl. It will definitely become a staple in our house!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 1st, 2016 @ 11:52 am

      Awesome — we’re glad to hear that Lindsae! :D

  24. G W — March 4, 2016 @ 1:48 pm (#)

    I’m getting ready to make this and I’ll give my thoughts in a few.

  25. Teresa Burden — March 16, 2016 @ 10:45 am (#)

    I love all the recipes but I wish they would use metric as well as cups for the English followers. We don’t use cups or sticks of butter.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 16th, 2016 @ 5:20 pm

      Hi Teresa! These sights might be helpful to you!

  26. Zinaida — April 28, 2016 @ 1:26 am (#)

    You are truly an an amazing human. Thank you for your recipes I just discovered and posts. I’m so new to this world and its anazing.

  27. Jennifer — May 15, 2016 @ 8:37 pm (#)

    Can I substitute tamari for soy sauce?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 16th, 2016 @ 2:39 pm

      Yes, definitely! We hope you enjoy!

  28. Andy — May 22, 2016 @ 11:13 pm (#)

    When do I add the ginger?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 23rd, 2016 @ 8:21 am

      Hi Andy! Oh no, we totally left that out — oops! Thank you for catching that, we just edited the recipe! You add the ginger when you add the garlic, vinegar, etc. We hope you enjoy these!


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