Sesame Noodles

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!

Sesame Noodles

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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Linguine for Sesame Noodles

Sesame Noodles Ingredients:

To make this easy sesame noodles recipe, you will need:

  • Noodles: I’ve always just made this recipe with linguine.  But virtually any kind of noodles will work here!
  • Soy sauce: I use low-sodium soy sauce.
  • Rice vinegar: Or you could substitute red wine vinegar as well.
  • Toasted sesame oil: One of my favorite ingredients ever — so much flavor!
  • Ground ginger and garlic powder: 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.
  • Chili garlic sauce: I love the flavor of this sauce, but sriracha or other any other hot chili sauces that you like would also work.
  • Black pepper: Freshly-cracked is a must here!  I also love adding extra to the noodles just before serving.
  • Green onions: We will toss these into the noodles themselves, but feel free to sprinkle on a few extras as a garnish.
  • Toasted sesame seeds: 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!

Sauce for Sesame Noodles

How To Make Sesame Noodles:

To make these sesame noodles, simply:

  1. Cook your pasta.  Whatever kind of pasta you choose, just cook it al dente according to package instructions.
  2. Whisk together the sauce.  Meanwhile, as the pasta is cooking, whisk all of your sauce ingredients together in a small bowl until combined.
  3. Toss everything together.  Then once the pasta’s ready to go, drain it completely.  Then toss it with the sauce and green onions.
  4. Taste and season.  See if it needs any extra salt, pepper, sesame oil and/or chili garlic sauce.
  5. 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.

How To Make Sesame Noodles

Possible Variations:

Guys, the sky’s the limit with variations on this one!  Feel free to:

  • Add in protein.  Feel free to add in some chickenbeefporkshrimp, 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.

Sesame Noodles Recipe

What To Serve With Sesame Noodles:

These sesame noodles would go well with a number of other dishes, including:

Cold Sesame Noodles Recipe

Sesame Noodles

Enjoy, everyone!

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Easy Sesame Noodles

Sesame Noodles

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 -6 servings 1x

Description

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!


Scale

Ingredients

  • 1 pound (16 ounces) uncooked pasta (I used linguine)
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili garlic sauce or sriracha
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly-cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 cup thinly-sliced green onions
  • optional toppings: toasted sesame seeds, extra green onions, extra black pepper

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta al dente according to package instructions in a large pot of generously-salted water.
  2. 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.
  3. Once the pasta is ready, drain it. Then immediately toss the pasta with the sauce and green onions until combined.
  4. Serve warm or cold, sprinkled with your desired toppings.  Or transfer to a sealed container and refrigerate for up to 4 days.

Notes

Recipe edited in January 2019.

Easy Sesame Noodles

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

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

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

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

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  6. 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!

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

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

  9. 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!

  10. Yum! Sesame noodles are the best!

  11. 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. :)

  12. 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!

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

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

  15. Pinning because these look sooo yummy!

  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.

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

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

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

  20. These look like perfect lunch!

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

  22. 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! :)

  23. 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.

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

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

  27. 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!

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

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  31. Could you stir in a little peanut butter?

  32. 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!

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

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  35. 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.

  36. 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.

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  41. 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!

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

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

  45. 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.

  46. 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. :)

  47. Can these be made a day in advance?

  48. The sesame oil – is that plain, or toasted?

  49. 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!

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