Sesame Noodles

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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!

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:

  • NoodlesI’ve always just made this recipe with basic linguine.  But virtually any kind of noodles will work here!
  • Soy sauceI use low-sodium soy sauce.
  • Rice vinegarOr you could substitute red wine vinegar as well.
  • Toasted sesame oilOne of my favorite ingredients ever — so much flavor!
  • Ground ginger and garlic powderI’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 sauceI love the flavor of this sauce, but sriracha or other any other hot chili sauces that you like would also work.
  • Black pepperFreshly-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 seedsThese 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


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. Cook pasta al dente according to package instructions in a large stockpot 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.


Recipe edited in January 2019.

Easy Sesame Noodles

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194 comments on “Sesame Noodles”

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  2. This recipe was excellent! I made it for a potluck for the 4th of July and everyone gave it rave reviews! The only change I had to make was that I used Somen noodles as opposed to the pasta.

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  4. OMG Ali! I just made this and it’s amazing! I already had everything in my kitchen, so I didn’t even have to go shopping. It came together so fast and it’s delicious.:D

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  6. My God amazing….only thing was I got no photo cause it disappeared so fast

  7. Delicious! Used rice noodles and added some egg, mushrooms and cabbage. Also splooshed a little bit extra hot chili oil in so it’s a bit spicy.

  8. This is a great recipe from way back. I have dumped some roasted chicken into the pot. When I do, I double the quality of sauce. Also works well with flat rice noodles.

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  12. Quick, simple and delicious… Perfect for us… :O)

  13. 5 stars
    This is a delicious and super easy side dish! I usually use a whole wheat linguine for noodles. It has definitely become my go to side for any meal!

  14. 5 stars
    Just made this. Followed recipe as is, except I cut it in half. Perfect, thank you.. I make meals ahead of my work week, so that I don’t need to cook after a long day. A definite keeper. Delicious.

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  16. So good

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  18. 5 stars
    I added water chestnuts and al dented cabbage and grilled chicken thighs to make it a one meal picnic served cold. This recipe is so versatile and easy. Best of all it’s delicious and a cheap crowd pleaser. It feeds six adults for cheap.

  19. I love taking the sauce portion of this recipe and marinating salmon in it. Marinate for at least two hours, preferably overnight. I put the salmon in a greased baking dish, and then dump the marinade over it. Bake @ 350 for 30 min (or until salmon is done). Pair with rice and steamed broccoli and it’s a super easy dinner.

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  21. 5 stars
    Made this tonight and it was wonderful! I doubled the sauce ingredients since I made this just for myself and wanted to make sure the dressing wasn’t completely absorbed in my leftover portions. Also, substituted chives just because I didn’t have any green onions – will make with green onions next time. Thx for the recipe!

  22. This is just the noodle dish I was looking for today. I have leftover potsticker veggies from the Superbowl I wanted to use up. Shredded cabbage, mushrooms, shredded carrots, all going in. Can’t wait to throw this together!

  23. 5 stars
    Hi, Ali.
    I made this great recipe for lunch today. Love it. Quick and easy. So many variations so I can’t wait to make it again soon.
    I used fresh garlic and ginger. And dried chili flakes. I’ll add veggies and figure out how to make the sauce thicker. This week end I’m going to make your tofu and the stir fry. Thanks for all the tasty recipes. Lisa in Indianapolis. Hope all is well with you both in Spain!!

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  25. 2 stars
    I tried this again using siracha this time but the only flavor we get is sour – probably the vinegar. I want to like it but it wasn’t our favorite.

  26. 5 stars
    I made this a boatload of veggies and cleaned out the fridge! It was delish!

  27. I don’t need to cook after a long day. A definite keeper. Delicious.

  28. 5 stars
    Hi Ali!! I’m a college student and I think I’m absolutely addicted to these noodles. This has been the first year that I’ve been living on my own and your page has literally been teaching me to cook, I really look forward to your recipes so much! Can’t wait to try out some new ones :) Thank you!!

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  30. Has this recipe changed since it’s original posting? It’s one of my favorites, but it looks different.

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  32. 5 stars
    A dash of wasabi makes sesame noodles amazing! Not a lot to make it spicy, but just enough for people to say “there’s something special about these”.
    Great recipe though!

  33. 5 stars
    Do yourselves a favor folks and ADD THE MAPLE SYRUP! Ali’s easy recipes are fan favorites around here (and I’ve got toddlers, y’all). This one was good, but I felt it was missing a tiny something. Decided to go out on a limb and add the syrup and it is perfection. Kids devour it.

  34. Loved it!

  35. Yum! I make this all the time with fried chopped up salmon and asparagus. Thanks for the recipe!

  36. I make this for my elite team when we travel for tournaments, I de construct it so that the athletes (girls) can build their own bowls… They are beyond loving this and its a recipe that they request for all tournaments… I definitely suggest low sodium, I also … I’ve taken liberates with it and add maple syrup to add a touch of sweetness to it, I use the marinade from the 12 minute broccoli chicken recipe and it pairs really well. The girls love that I grill up fresh pineapple and use it as an option for their noodle bowls. Well done!

  37. One of my family’s stand-by recipe for sure! Easy to toss together, with ingredients that I usually already have. Thank you!

  38. Made this dish and it was amazing! The only thing different I did was to use lo mein noodles (I happened to have them in my pantry) and fresh ginger. I added chicken & zucchini to make it a full meal. Seriously bookmarking this recipe because I will be using it a lot for quick dinners!

  39. So good! I added red peppers and steamed broccoli. Easy and yummy!

  40. For the last 6 months I have made this almost every other week for lunch and toss in some chicken. My job is on the road and I hate trying to find a microwave. This recipe is great cold. So glad I found it.

  41. Made this. Doubled everything for the sauce. I used stir fry rice noodles and spaghetti (broken in halves). And 1 tbs of chili garlic sauce. Everyone loved ❤! Thank you 😊

  42. Yum – enjoyed by all in our family.

  43. Love this recipe! Have made it many many times!

  44. Finally! A noodle recipe that doesn’t contain sugar! It’s a keeper!

  45. I have searched for a good, easy sesame noodles recipe and this one IS IT! I made it to accompany seared scallops for a beach picnic. I added the few tablespoons of crunchy peanut butter and garnished with chopped kale and toasted sesame seeds. YUM!!

  46. Yum! I suggest adding a teaspoon of arrowroot powder to thicken the sauce and help stick to the noodles.

  47. Fantastic! I’ve tried this with both linguine and sweet potato noodles. It’s fabulous with both.

  48. Wow, thank you so easy so quick so yummy

  49. Great Recipe! thanks for posting. I served for my “Family” ……yum!

  50. so yummy! I used Rice Ramen Noodles (from Costco) and added bell peppers. Instead of soy sauce I used coconut aminos. I mixed in some chicken sausage, because it was my only defrosted protein. So yummy, so easy, and will be great leftovers for work tomorrow! I appreciate quick, healthy, and delicious meals.