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This 15-Minute Sesame Noodles recipe is quick and easy to make and can be served warm or cold. Feel free to add in extra veggies or proteins (such as chicken, beef, pork, shrimp, tofu, etc.) if you’d like!
Got 15 minutes?
Let’s make some sesame noodles!
This was actually one of the very first recipes that I shared on the blog way back in 2009, and it has been one of my back-pocket, most-used, and most-loved recipes ever since.
As you can see, it’s ridiculously quick and easy to make, basically just taking however long your stove requires to heat and cook a batch of pasta. It’s tossed with a yummy simple sesame sauce made entirely with pantry ingredients. (So no chopping required!) It works goes well as a side dish with just about anything, or can also be gussied up with extra veggies or proteins to make it a main. It is
just as delicious served hot outta the pan, or nice and cold as a pasta salad. And most importantly — these sesame noodles are totally tasty.
We make them constantly to serve with stir-frys, soups, salads or baked/grilled proteins. And they are always a hit with any crowd. So if you love noodles as much as we do, I thought I would bump this one back to the top of the blog today so that you can bookmark and keep in your back pocket as well!
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Sesame Noodles Ingredients:
To make this easy sesame noodles recipe, you will need:
I’ve always just made this recipe with basic linguine. But virtually any kind of noodles will work here! Noodles:
I use low-sodium soy sauce. Soy sauce:
Or you could substitute red wine vinegar as well. Rice vinegar:
One of my favorite ingredients ever — so much flavor! Toasted sesame oil:
I’m taking a shortcut here, so that you don’t have to get out your cutting board. But you’re welcome to sub in fresh ginger and garlic if you’d like. Ground ginger and garlic powder:
I love the flavor of this sauce, but Chili garlic sauce: sriracha or other any other hot chili sauces that you like would also work.
Freshly-cracked is a must here! I also love adding extra to the noodles just before serving. Black pepper:
Green onions: We will toss these into the noodles themselves, but feel free to sprinkle on a few extras as a garnish.
These are another optional garnish, but I love the extra flavor and crunch that they add. Don’t forget to lightly toast the sesame seeds to bring out their flavor! Toasted sesame seeds:
How To Make Sesame Noodles:
To make these sesame noodles, simply:
Cook your pasta. Whatever kind of pasta you choose, just cook it al dente according to package instructions.
Whisk together the sauce. Meanwhile, as the pasta is cooking, whisk all of your sauce ingredients together in a small bowl until combined.
Toss everything together. Then once the pasta’s ready to go, drain it completely. Then toss it with the sauce and green onions.
Taste and season. See if it needs any extra salt, pepper, sesame oil and/or chili garlic sauce.
Serve warm or cold. Then serve the noodles up right away if you’d like, garnished with your favorite toppings. Or — transfer them to a sealed container and refrigerate for up to 4 days.
Guys, the sky’s the limit with variations on this one! Feel free to:
Add in protein. Feel free to add in some chicken, beef, pork, shrimp, or tofu to your noodles, either stir-fried in a separate sauté pan or baked separately in the oven.
Add in veggies. Just about any stir-fry veggies would work well with these noodles, such as asparagus, bell peppers, broccoli, carrots, green beans, mushrooms, onions, peas, squash or zucchini.
Add in greens. Sautéed bok choy, cabbage, kale, spinach or other greens would also be delicious mixed in.
Make it peanut-y. Feel free to add in 2-3 tablespoons of natural peanut butter to the sauce to make it more of a peanut sauce.
Make it sweeter. Sounds odd, but I also love this recipe with a tablespoon of maple syrup added. It makes for a nice sweet and salty balance.
Make it spicy. Feel free to double or triple the amount of garlic chili sauce in the recipe if you would like an extra kick.
Use different noodles. Any kind of noodles — from ramen to rice noodles, udon, soba, yakisoba, lo mein noodles or sweet potato noodles — would work well in this recipe.
Use zoodles. Want to make this gluten-free and healthier? Try subbing in zucchini noodles for half (or all!) of the noodles.
What To Serve With Sesame Noodles:
These sesame noodles would go well with a number of other dishes, including:
Stir-Fry: Pretty much any kind of stir fry would pair delicious with these noodles, such as my Magical Garlicky Tofu, Chicken and Broccoli, Sesame Beef and Cabbage Stir-Fry, Pineapple Ginger Chicken Stir-Fry, or Sizzlin’ Spicy Szechuan Stir-Fry,
Soup: I love serving these noodles with my Egg Drop Soup, Hot and Sour Soup or Miso Soup.
Proteins: Any of your favorite proteins, such as Chicken, Beef, Pork, Shrimp, or Tofu, would be delicious served alongside (or mixed into) these noodles.
Veggies: The noodles would also pair well with a side of Everything Roasted Asparagus or Miso Roasted Brussels Sprouts.
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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!
Cook pasta al dente according to package instructions in a large stockpot of
generously-salted water. Meanwhile, as the pasta is cooking, whisk together the soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, ground ginger, chili garlic sauce, garlic powder and black pepper together in a bowl until combined.
Once the pasta is ready, drain it. Then immediately toss the pasta with the sauce and green onions until combined.
Serve warm or cold, sprinkled with your desired toppings. Or transfer to a sealed container and refrigerate for up to 4 days.
Recipe edited in January 2019.
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February 5, 2019
Yum… I love sesame noodles, too. Haven’t made them in a while. Thanks for the reminder!
a squirt of siracho, and 2 Tbs of tahini (sesame paste) make it extra yummy
Oooh – I’ve actually never tried them with tahini. Thanks for the idea! Fun!! :)
Yummy! I used olive oil and rice noodles it was perfect.
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!
I LOOOOOVE sesame noodles. Looks like I’m making them this week :) Gorgeous photos too! xo
Have SO much fun in El Salvador. I can’t wait to read all about it!
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!
Yum! Sesame noodles are the best!
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. :)
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!
Have such an amazing trip girlie! Can’t wait for the stories!!!
I love this one, Ali. Quick and easy, we are all about that here!
Pinning because these look sooo yummy!
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.
Love that ginger sesame dressing, these are a must-make!
Sounds simple and delicious! I can’t wait to try :)
I’m not usually a big fan of cold noodles, but these look particularly simple and delicious!
These look like perfect lunch!
These look TREMENDOUS!! Can’t wait to meet you on Sunday!
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! :)
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.
Oh yummy! These simple to make noodles look very delicious!
This looks delicious!!! I’ll definitely make this recipe some time next week.
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!
I have a soft spot for sesame noodles, and these look amazing!!
Could you stir in a little peanut butter?
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!
Planning on making these tonight with rice noodles and chicken thrown in. Simple and fast is what I like!
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.
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.
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!
Just made this yummy dish tonight!!! I used teriyaki sauce in place of soy. So very delicious.
I have made this recipe for my family several times, we all love it!!
Thanks Sarah, I’m so glad they’re a hit with your family! : )
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.
Thanks for checking out the blog Lisa, I hope you enjoy them!
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. :)
Can these be made a day in advance?
The sesame oil – is that plain, or toasted?
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 allrecipes.com. And… instead of green onions, I added in some fresh cilantro.
Last minor adjustments were taste factors – more sriracha and sesame oil. Another winner!
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!
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.
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 :)
That’s great, Lacy! So happy you both enjoyed this!
have you tried this sauce with Shirataki Noodles?
We haven’t, but we’re intrigued! : )
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.
just wanted to say thanks for this fantastic recipe! It quickly became a favorite at my house :) :)
Amy, you’re so welcome, we’re glad to hear that! :)
Awesome, I’m so glad to hear it! :)
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…
Thanks for sharing, that makes us so happy! :)
is there any way to add chicken to this? if so, how would you go about doing it?
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!
These look yummy. How spicy is this recipe?
Thanks Tammy, we hope you enjoy these! Honestly, we don’t find them spicy, since there’s only 1/2 tsp of Sriracha.
I made this tonight. I added just a little sugar to balance it out. It was very good!
We’re happy you liked it Dee!
Could you still do it without sedans oil?
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.
Wow so good and easy for a new mom to whip up!
Thanks, we’re so glad to hear that! :)