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Easy Sesame Noodles

These easy sesame noodles are flavored with garlic and ginger and take less than 30 minutes to make. They can be served cold or warm, but no matter how you serve then, you can’t forget to top with smoked sesame seeds and lots of green onion.

This recipe originally appeared on my other site: Simply Whisked.

Two bowls of sesame noodles, one with a fork twirling the noodles. Garnished with sesame seeds and green onions.

What I love about these easy sesame noodles

I love a big bowl of flavorful noodles. I like them even more if they’re quick and easy. I mastered peanut noodles – on of my all time faves – and even made a quick chicken pho recipe for weeknights that uses rotisserie chicken. But, now I’ve found a new favorite – easy sesame noodles. They’re a quick and satisfying dinner or and a great option for a packed lunch since they can be eaten cold.

Sure you could throw some veggies in, or even serve the noodles with a little bit of grilled chicken, but why bother when these sesame noodles are pure perfection on their own?

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Here’s what you’ll need to make them

A bowl of sesame noodles garnished with green onion and sesame seeds.

How to make easy sesame noodles

Cook the noodles according to package directions. To make these easy sesame noodles, I used whole wheat spaghetti, cooked according to the package directions. Make sure you salt your water to flavor the noodles, and cook them to al dente. If you want to use different noodles, that’s totally fine. Just use enough for 4 servings and follow the package instructions for cooking.

Make a quick sesame sauce. Heat a saucepan to medium-high. Add olive oil, garlic, ginger and crushed red pepper. Simmer the garlic until it’s nice and fragrant. Then, add the honey, vinegar, soy sauce and sesame oil. Simmer the sauce on low until the noodles are cooked.

A bowl of sesame noodles garnished with sesame seeds and green onions.

Toss noodles with sauce and garnish. Drain the noodles and toss the with the sesame sauce. You can do that in the original post or in a large serving bowl (you choose). Before serving, garnish with lots of green onion and smoked or toasted sesame seeds. I prefer the smoked because they’re black and that adds visual interest, but you can definitely use plain, toasted sesame seeds, too.

These are the sesame seeds I use. The black smoked ones are my favorite and I love that they come in a little shaker.

A bowl of sesame noodles garnished with sesame seeds and green onions.

FAQs and tips on making sesame noodles

What goes well with sesame noodles?

If you want to toss some broccoli or fresh veggies into your sesame noodles you absolutely can!

Can you freeze sesame noodles?

I would not freeze this recipe, noodles themselves don’t freeze well. This recipe is so easy and quick, it is really best to make fresh when you want it.

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Easy Sesame Noodles

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Asian

Description

These easy sesame noodles are flavored with garlic and ginger and take less than 30 minutes to make. They can be served cold or warm, but no matter how you serve then, you can’t forget to top with smoked sesame seeds and lots of green onion.


Ingredients

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  • 8 ounces whole wheat spaghetti
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced, for garnish
  • Smoked sesame seeds, for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a large stockpot with salted water, cook spaghetti according to package directions for al dente.
  2. While the spaghetti is cooking, heat a saucepan to medium-high. Add olive oil, garlic, ginger and crushed red pepper flakes. Sauté until fragrant. Add remaining ingredients and reduce heat to low. Simmer until spaghetti is cooked.
  3. Drain spaghetti and toss with sauce to evenly coat.
  4. Garnish the sesame noodles with green onion and sesame seeds before serving.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 323
  • Sugar: 5.3 g
  • Sodium: 219.7 mg
  • Fat: 13 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 47.6 g
  • Fiber: 6.6 g
  • Protein: 8.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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