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, 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. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — October 13, 2009 @ 9:46 am (#)

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

  2. violarulz/ducksandbooks — October 13, 2009 @ 9:50 am (#)

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

  3. ali — October 13, 2009 @ 7:03 pm (#)

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

  4. Marie Leigh — January 20, 2011 @ 4:05 pm (#)

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

  5. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — May 29, 2014 @ 7:24 am (#)

    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!

  6. Jenny Flake — May 29, 2014 @ 7:25 am (#)

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

  7. Cassie — May 29, 2014 @ 7:35 am (#)

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

  8. Maryea {happy healthy mama} — May 29, 2014 @ 7:39 am (#)

    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!

  9. Liz Fourez — May 29, 2014 @ 8:00 am (#)

    Yum! Sesame noodles are the best!

  10. How to Philosophize with Cake — May 29, 2014 @ 8:02 am (#)

    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. :)

  11. Allison @ Lighten Up! — May 29, 2014 @ 8:13 am (#)

    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!

  12. Erin | The Law Student's Wife — May 29, 2014 @ 8:28 am (#)

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

  13. Matt Robinson — May 29, 2014 @ 9:07 am (#)

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

  14. Julie @ Girl on the Move — May 29, 2014 @ 10:26 am (#)

    Pinning because these look sooo yummy!

  15. Carol at Wild Goose Tea — May 29, 2014 @ 12:37 pm (#)

    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.

  16. Laura (Tutti Dolci) — May 29, 2014 @ 2:48 pm (#)

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

  17. Jordan @ Jordan's Onion — May 29, 2014 @ 4:47 pm (#)

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

  18. Sarah (@ People, Places & Plates) — May 29, 2014 @ 5:17 pm (#)

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

  19. ami@naivecookcooks — May 29, 2014 @ 7:07 pm (#)

    These look like perfect lunch!

  20. Paula Kiger (Big Green Pen) — May 29, 2014 @ 9:35 pm (#)

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

  21. Samina | The Cupcake Confession — May 30, 2014 @ 1:06 am (#)

    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! :)

  22. Kathryn — May 30, 2014 @ 4:30 am (#)

    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.

  23. Medeja — May 30, 2014 @ 5:24 am (#)

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

  24. Webbyrå — June 3, 2014 @ 4:50 am (#)

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

  25. Eric B — June 10, 2014 @ 5:33 pm (#)

    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!

  26. Deborah — June 28, 2014 @ 4:31 pm (#)

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

  27. Judy Rhoades — July 23, 2014 @ 9:55 am (#)

    Could you stir in a little peanut butter?

    • Ali — July 23, 2014 @ 12:16 pm (#)


  28. Wendi — August 8, 2014 @ 3:27 pm (#)

    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!

  29. Angelia — August 14, 2014 @ 5:29 pm (#)

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

  30. Meagan | — August 20, 2014 @ 4:50 am (#)

    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.

  31. Lisa — October 27, 2014 @ 9:51 pm (#)

    I made these and they were delicious!! I love how quick they are to whip up. And my whole family loved them. I used fettucini noodles and seasoned rice vinegar because it’s what I had on hand. I also forgot the hot sauce so I’ll be sure to try it next time with Siracha. Thanks for this great recipe! It’s definitely going to be a regular at my house.

  32. Amanda — February 22, 2015 @ 10:31 am (#)

    Have you tried (because I’m going to try) using leftover Spaghetti Squash noodles or those fun bean thread noodles?  We prefer those noodles in our house and use them for almost everything.  =D  Thanks so much for all your fun recipes!

  33. TAMMY ELLISOR — March 2, 2015 @ 5:30 pm (#)

    Just made this yummy dish tonight!!! I used teriyaki sauce in place of soy. So very delicious.

  34. Sarah Rogers — March 10, 2015 @ 10:08 pm (#)

    I have made this recipe for my family several times, we all love it!!

    • Ali — March 18, 2015 @ 1:34 pm (#)

      Thanks Sarah, I’m so glad they’re a hit with your family! : )

  35. lisa — March 23, 2015 @ 5:20 pm (#)

    Oh Yum!! Love these type of easy Asian noodle recipes. It’s funny but I was just searching for some & came across your post on Twitter.

    Can’t wait to try it.

    • Ali — March 23, 2015 @ 8:44 pm (#)

      Thanks for checking out the blog Lisa, I hope you enjoy them!

  36. Madeleine Partridge — March 31, 2015 @ 8:46 pm (#)

    Hi! Great recipe and I am excited to try it in just a few minutes! All my ingredients are mixed, just waiting on the water for the noodles to boil. Did you notice that you left out ginger in the ingredients to mix together? I’m not sure if it was optional or not but I put it in there for good measure. I was just making sure you were aware of it. :)

  37. SSW — April 2, 2015 @ 10:42 am (#)

    Can these be made a day in advance?

    • Ali — April 3, 2015 @ 3:09 pm (#)


  38. Sherri — April 7, 2015 @ 6:26 pm (#)

    The sesame oil – is that plain, or toasted?

  39. Trevin Rard — April 21, 2015 @ 12:00 am (#)

    These were fantastic! I had to sub a couple of things but even with those slight mods… I will make these noodles again and again.

    My subs…. I was out of soy sauce and subbed 2 T Worcestershire + 1/2 t. water as recommended by And… instead of green onions, I added in some fresh cilantro.

    Last minor adjustments were taste factors – more sriracha and sesame oil. Another winner!

    • Ali — April 21, 2015 @ 1:45 pm (#)

      Thanks Trevin, so happy you liked them! Also, thanks for sharing your substitutions, that’s great to know about the one for the soy sauce, very cool!

  40. 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. 

  41. 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 18, 2015 @ 4:14 pm (#)

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

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

    have you tried this sauce with Shirataki Noodles?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — June 15, 2015 @ 8:57 pm (#)

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

  43. 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.

  44. 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 4, 2015 @ 5:48 pm (#)

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

    • Ali — November 4, 2015 @ 4:02 pm (#)

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

  45. 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 5, 2015 @ 10:57 pm (#)

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

  46. 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 17, 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!

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

    These look yummy. How spicy is this recipe?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 15, 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.

  48. 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 22, 2015 @ 5:23 pm (#)

      We’re happy you liked it Dee!

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

    Could you still do it without sedans oil?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 4, 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.

  50. 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 13, 2015 @ 6:21 pm (#)

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


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