These sesame noodles are Asian noodles tossed in a savory peanut and sesame sauce, then garnished with sesame seeds and green onions. A quick and easy meal option that tastes way better than what you’d get at a restaurant!

I like to recreate our favorite Asian style dishes at home. Some of my family’s favorites include sweet and sour pork, beef and broccoli, Szechuan chicken and these flavorful sesame noodles.

Tongs serving up a portion of sesame noodles.

Whenever I see sesame noodles on a restaurant menu, I have to order it. I can’t resist those tender noodles coated in the most irresistible sauce. This dish is actually quite simple to make at home, and you can add other ingredients to customize the flavors to your tastes.

Recipe Ingredients

Bowls of ingredients including noodles, herbs, sesame oil, soy sauce and ginger.

This recipe consists of fresh noodles, in a sauce made of soy sauce, rice vinegar, peanut butter, sesame oil, ginger, chili garlic sauce and brown sugar. Finish the dish with a sprinkle of sesame seeds as well as some green onions.

How do you make sesame noodles?

The first step is to cook your noodles according to the package directions. While the noodles are cooking, whisk together the sauce ingredients which include sweet and savory items such as soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil and chili garlic sauce. Pour the sauce over the noodles and toss to coat. Stir in sesame seeds and sliced green onions, then serve and enjoy.

Process shots showing how to cook noodles and sesame sauce and combine the two.

Tips for the perfect sesame noodles

  • I use egg noodles that are called Shanghai noodles. These noodles are from the refrigerated section of my local Asian market. Most major grocery stores carry fresh Asian style noodles in the refrigerated section of the produce area.
  • Sesame noodles stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 4 days, which makes this dish great for meal prep.
  • If the dressing seems too thick, you can always thin it out with a bit of hot water.
  • Look for the sauce ingredients in the international foods aisle of the grocery store. One of the ingredients is chili garlic sauce, which comes in a small jar in the Asian condiments area. If you can’t find chili garlic sauce, feel free to substitute 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh garlic and 1-2 teaspoons sriracha.
  • It’s important to use toasted sesame oil, which has a more complex and distinctive flavor than regular sesame oil.
A hand sprinkling green onions over noodles.

Recipe FAQs

What are sesame noodles made of?

This dish consists of fresh long noodles in a sauce that is primarily flavored with soy sauce and sesame oil. Sesame seeds also go into the dish, along with a fresh herb such as sliced green onions.

Should sesame noodles be served hot or cold?

These noodles are often served cold or at room temperature. That being said, there’s nothing wrong with serving them hot if that is your preference! I do find that the noodles tend to soak up some of the sauce as they sit in the fridge, which makes them more flavorful as a cold dish.

A bowl of sesame noodles topped with green onions.

Flavor Variations

This dish is fabulous as-is, but you can add many different ingredients to add more flavor.

  • Protein: Feel free to add in the protein of your choice such as diced or shredded chicken, cooked shrimp or grilled steak. Tofu or edamame soybeans are also a great choices for extra protein.
  • Vegetables: Stir in up to 1 1/2 cups of veggies including shredded cabbage, thinly sliced cucumbers, shredded carrots, sliced snap peas or thinly sliced bell peppers.
  • Toppings: Top your noodles with crispy shallots, fresh cilantro, chopped peanuts or crushed chili flakes.
  • Noodles: While this recipe calls for fresh egg noodles, you really can use any type of long noodle. Some options include rice noodles, spaghetti, yakisoba noodles or ramen noodles. You can reduce the carb content by substituting zucchini noodles for half of the egg noodles.

These sesame noodles are great for a lighter lunch or dinner, and make the perfect addition to any potluck. This is a must-try recipe!

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5 from 16 votes

Sesame Noodles

AuthorSara Welch
Tongs serving up a portion of sesame noodles.
These sesame noodles are Asian noodles tossed in a savory peanut and sesame sauce. A quick and easy meal option that tastes way better than what you'd get at a restaurant!
Time
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine Asian
Serves 4

Ingredients 

  • 10 ounces fresh egg noodles
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar optional, if you prefer a more sweet and savory flavor
  • 1/2 cup green onions sliced, plus more for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds plus more for garnish

Instructions 

  • Prepare the noodles according to package directions.
  • Place the soy sauce, rice vinegar, peanut butter, sesame oil, ginger, chili garlic sauce and brown sugar if using (optional) in a medium bowl. Whisk until smooth.
  • Drain the noodles and rinse with cold water. Pour the sauce over the noodles and toss to coat.
  • Stir in the green onions and sesame seeds. Serve, garnished with additional green onions and sesame seeds.

Notes

  1.  I get Shanghai egg noodles from the refrigerated section of my local Asian market. Most major grocery stores carry fresh Asian style noodles in the refrigerated section of the produce area.
  2. Sesame noodles stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 4 days, which makes this dish great for meal prep.

Nutrition

Calories: 258kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 1062mg | Potassium: 127mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 125IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 2mg

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  1. 5 stars
    I made these sesame noodles with dinner last night and my whole family devoured them. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!

  2. Canโ€™t wait to make this! Iโ€™ve never seen round egg noodles before! What type/brand do you recommend (or should I just use spaghetti?) Thanks!

  3. 5 stars
    We love sesame noodles and it is one of a regular dinner menu at home. Such a versatile recipe and can add any kind of protein to the noodles. Love your recipe and you are right about how easy it is to find the ingredients in the regular store.

  4. 5 stars
    Such amazing dishes are always welcome at my home. Thanks for such a lovely recipe. Easy, quick and delicious.

  5. 5 stars
    These noodles look perfect!! And I have all of the ingredients too! Making this tonight, thank you so much for the recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. 5 stars
    I’m with you – sesame noodles are hard to resist! Toasted sesame oil is a magical ingredient, too: it brings such depth of flavor to any dish its in. Our local dairy recently added fresh asian noodles to their delivery offerings, so this recipe came at the perfect time. Thank you!

  7. 5 stars
    This recipe totally satisfied my craving for noodles this evening!! It was super flavorful and easy to make! We added tofu and veggies and it was the perfect one pot dinner!

  8. 5 stars
    Sesame noodles are a favorite of mine. Yours look so good! I love all those flavors with the peanut butter and how easily they come together. Yum!

  9. 5 stars
    I’ve made these about 10 times now and keep meaning to comment how delicious and popular they are in my house. My kids are always asking for them. Thanks for the great and easy recipe!