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!
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.
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 soy sauce, rice vinegar, 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.
Tips for the perfect sesame noodles
- I used an egg noodle here which was labeled as Shanghai noodles and it came 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.
- This dish is delicious when served hot, at room temperature or cold. It’s really just up to your personal preference!
- If the dressing seems too thick, you can always thin it out with a bit of hot water.
- The sauce ingredients can be found in the international foods aisle of most grocery stores. 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.
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, grilled steak or baked tofu. Edamame soybeans are also a great choice and are filled with 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 such as 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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- 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
- 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.