Sesame Noodles. Delicious noodles in a nutty flavourful sesame sauce with green onions and garlic. A quick easy 10 minute dish that hits the spot!
There is nothing better than a bowl of noodles that come together so fast and are packed with delicious flavors! The smooth creamy taste of the sesame noodle sauce over noodles truly is the perfect balance.
I love having these as a light meal, side dish or as a main dish with a protein and vegetables. This is also a great fast family recipe!
Easy Sesame Noodles!
These simple sesame noodles come together in less than 10 minutes and if you have a pantry of Asian sauce ingredients, the process will be seamless!
Popular in Asian cuisine
Serve Hot or Cold!
Depending on your preference, you can serve this dish as hot, room temperature, or as cold sesame noodles. You can also prepare the night before to chill in the fridge in air-tight containers and have these cold noodles the next day as a weeknight dinner.
Great for Meal Prep!
If you make extra, you can save the leftover sauce and noodles for next time by keeping them in separate containers and mixing them on the spot. You may need to reheat the leftover sauce and noodles so it's easier to mix.
The star of these sesame noodles is Chinese sesame paste. It's similar to tahini in terms of texture but it has a stronger sesame smell and taste.
Where can I buy Chinese Sesame Paste?
I purchased mine at H-mart but it should be available at most Asian grocery stores like T&T if you reside in Canada. You can also purchase this item online.
What you’ll need
The below ingredients are required for this sesame peanut noodles. ***Please scroll down to the below Recipe card for full measurements***
- wheat noodles, knife cut noodles recommended
- avocado oil or any neutral tasting oil
- green onions
- Chinese sesame paste
- regular soy sauce
- dark soy sauce
- Chinese black vinegar
- toasted sesame seeds
- white granulated sugar (or sub with brown sugar or maple syrup)
- chicken bouillon powder
To make it spicy, add to the Sauce:
- Chili oil or red pepper flakes
How to make Sesame Noodles
Below are visuals to show you how to make garlic sesame noodles. ***Please scroll down to the recipe card below to find full instructions and details***
In a heatproof bowl (i.e. ceramic, glass or steel), add Sauce ingredients. (Optional: to make this spicy, add Chili Oil or Red Pepper Flakes to the bowl).
Heat your avocado oil or neutral tasting oil in a pot over medium high heat until you see it begin to smoke. Pour the hot oil over the Sauce ingredients aiming for the dry sesame seeds (to prevent oil splash back). Whisk sauce mixture together until smooth (not shown in pictures).
According to package instructions, boil your noodles in a large pot in hot boiling water. If you're using knife cut wheat noodles, they will take about 3-4 minutes for best results. Strain immediately and pour noodles into your bowl with the sauce. Mix noodles with sauce. Enjoy!
Optional: Garnish with fresh sliced cucumbers, green onions and toasted sesame seeds.
Below are frequently asked questions about this sesame garlic noodles recipe:
What type of noodle would you recommend for this dish?
I highly recommend knife cut wheat noodles with a wavy edge. They look like the below image and can be found in the dried noodle section at any Asian grocer:
Can I use other noodles?
Yes! Other noodles that would work for this dish can be udon noodles, soba noodles, instant ramen noodles, brown rice noodles, whole wheat noodles, or even thin spaghetti! Please ensure you prepare your cooked noodles according to package directions.
Is there a type of bowl I should use?
Yes, any heatproof large bowl. Heatproof materials include ceramic, glass or steel. I would not suggest using a plastic bowl for this recipe or it could melt due to the hot oil.
How do I make spicy sesame sauce?
By adding 2 - 3 tsp of Chili oil will increase the spice level of this dish. If you don't have Chili Oil you can make it at home by checking out my recipe here. Or feel free to add red pepper flakes, chili garlic sauce, sweet chili sauce to make it a spicy food.
How can I make these sesame noodles gluten free?
Substitute the dark and regular soy sauce with gluten-free soy sauce, tamari sauce, or coconut aminos. In addition, replace the wheat noodles with any gluten-free noodle of your choice.
Make sure to also check the Sesame paste that it's totally gluten-free on the label as some may add gluten to thicken the sauce.
Is there a substitute for Chinese sesame paste?
Yes, feel free to use tahini, natural peanut butter or creamy peanut butter.
Is there a substitute for Chinese black vinegar?
Yes! A great option is rice vinegar. Or feel free to use Apple cider vinegar or white vinegar.
Can I use light soy sauce or low sodium soy sauce instead?
Yes, feel free to substitute with light soy sauce or low-sodium soy sauce. But please start by adding 1 tsp at a time to taste. Light soy sauce is saltier than regular and dark soy sauce.
What kind of oil can I use?
Any neutral tasting oil like avocado oil, peanut oil, vegetable oil, canola oil, or even toasted sesame oil will work. Please do not use olive oil as it contains a scent and slight taste.
What toppings would you recommend?
There are many toppings you can add to these noodles to make it a complete meal! Here are some suggestions:
- Bell peppers like red bell pepper
- Bean sprouts
- Bok choy
- Snap peas
- Julienned carrots
- Boiled or fried egg
- Sautéed ground chicken, pork or beef
Other recipes you may like!
If you enjoyed these sesame oil noodles, you may enjoy these other noodle recipes:
I hope you give my sesame noodles recipe a try and enjoy it!
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10-min. Easy Sesame Noodles
- 115 grams wheat noodles (dried knife cut noodles recommended)
- ⅓ cup cucumber thinly sliced as garnish
- ½ green onion finely sliced
- 1 garlic clove minced
- 1 tbsp Chinese sesame paste (or sub with tahini but please note tahini is milder in sesame flavor)
- ¾ tbsp regular soy sauce (not light or dark soy sauce)
- ½ tbsp dark soy sauce
- ½ tsp Chinese black vinegar or sub with Rice Vinegar or White Vinegar
- 1 tsp sesame seeds
- ¾ tsp white granulated sugar
- ½ tsp chicken bouillon powder (aka chicken stock powder)
- 2 tbsp avocado oil (or any neutral tasting oil)
For Spicy Option, add to the Sauce before mixing:
- 2 tsp Chili oil or Red Pepper Flakes
- In a heatproof bowl (like ceramic, glass or steel), add Sauce ingredients. (Spicy option: to make this spicy, add Chili Oil or red pepper flakes to the bowl).
- Heat your avocado oil in a pot over medium heat until you see it begin to smoke. Remove off heat. Pour the hot oil over the Sauce ingredients aiming for dried sesame seeds (to prevent splash back). Whisk your sauce mixture together.
- According to package instructions, boil noodles in a pot in hot boiling water. If you're using knife cut wheat noodles, boil for 3-4 minutes. Strain immediately and pour noodles into your bowl with the sauce. Mix noodles with sauce. Enjoy!
- Optional: Garnish with fresh sliced cucumbers, green onions and more sesame seeds.