Sesame Noodles

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!

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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.

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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 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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