Sesame Noodles

Sesame Noodles

These sesame noodles are a go-to for busy weeknights. Dinner doesn’t get any easier than this. A hot meal that takes less than 30 minutes to make and the only cooking involved is boiling noodles. Serve them with this orange beef or these pork egg rolls to make it a feast!

Sesame Noodles Served in a black bowl with a white interior on a blue linen.

 

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Asian food pantry

Finding quick and easy recipes is important if you want to serve your family home-cooked meals. Asian inspired take-out favorites are great for this. We make Asian food regularly, so typically we have the ingredients for this recipe on hand. But, if you were to buy all the components needed for this recipe at once, it could be a pricey endeavor. Think of it as an investment though.

 

These items will last you a long time, and a little goes a long way. Refrigerate ingredients like soy sauce, sesame oil, chili oil and sesame seeds once they’re opened to get a longer shelf life. Put some of those ingredients to good use with this beef and broccoli and this shrimp lo mein.

 

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup Low Sodium Soy Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Brown Sugar
  • 3-4 Garlic Cloves, grated or finely minced
  • ½ teaspoon Ginger Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Rice Vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Sesame Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Chili Oil
  • 2 tablespoons Canola Oil, or other neutral oil of your choice
  • Pinch Crushed Red Pepper
  • ¼ cup Green Onions, thinly sliced, plus extra for garnish, if desired
  • 16 ounces Noodles (we used linguine)
  • 1-2 tablespoons Salt for the Pasta Water (we used kosher salt)
  • Sesame Seeds for garnish, optional

The prepped ingredients for the sesame noodles arranged on a white table.

 

Cook’s note: We used to find chili oil at our local markets, but lately it has been really hard to find. If you can’t find chili oil it’s easy to make your own. This recipe is really simple with just three ingredients and only takes a few minutes.

 

Chili Oil Recipe

Ingredients

  • ½ cup neutral oil (canola, grapeseed or even a light-tasting olive oil will work)
  • 1½ tablespoon Crushed Red Pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt, we used kosher salt

Instructions

  • Add the oil, crushed red pepper and salt to a small saucepan. Heat the chili oil gently over medium-low heat until warmed through – about 5 minutes, stir frequently.
  • Allow the oil to cool completely.
  • Strain if desired. We pack it away with the crushed red pepper.
  • Add the oil to a jar or bowl with a tight fitting lid and refrigerate. Use as needed for recipes. Refrigerate for up to three months.

Homemade chili oil in a small canning jar.

 

Prep Work

There’s not a lot to do here, except for the garlic and green onions it’s just measuring out ingredients.

  • Use a microplane to grate the garlic, or mince it finely.
  • Slice the green onions, use kitchen shears to make quick work of this.

A close up image of green onions being cut with scissors into a clear glass bowl.

 

Make the sesame sauce

I like using canning jars to make sauces, dressings and marinades. They’re washable, reusable and convenient. If you make the sauce ahead of time, you can cover the jar tightly with a lid and refrigerate until ready to use.

The ingredients for the sesame sauce arranged on a white tables in glass bowls. The image has the name of the ingredient in small letters next to each.

 

Add the soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, rice vinegar, sesame oil, chili oil, canola oil, green onions and the crushed red pepper to a jar or medium bowl. Stir the sauce with a fork to combine well. If you’re not using it right away store in the refrigerator until you’re ready. You can make it a day ahead too keep in an airtight container.

The prepared sesame sauce in a small canning jar displayed on a white table.

 

Cook the noodles

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Remember to add salt, 1 or 2 tablespoons will do it.
  • Cook the noodles to package directions for al dente. Stir them often, especially in the first few minutes. Don’t overcook them so they don’t get sticky and mushy.
  • When the noodles are done use a strainer to drain well and return them to the pot. Don’t allow them to cool. We need them steaming hot when we add the sauce.

 

Lower the heat to low and place the pot with the noodles back over the still-hot burner. Immediately add the sesame sauce and stir constantly for 45 seconds to 1 minute until combined and warmed through.

 

Serve the sesame noodles and garnish with extra green onions and sesame seeds if desired.

A close up of the noodles, garnished with sliced green onions and sesame seeds.

 

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Sesame Noodles Served in a black bowl with a white interior on a blue linen.
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Sesame Noodles

These sesame noodles are a go-to for busy weeknights. A hot meal that takes less than 30 minutes to make and the only cooking involved is boiling noodles.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: noodles, take-out
Servings: 4
Calories: 549kcal
Author: Elizabeth

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup Low Sodium Soy Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Brown Sugar
  • 3-4 Garlic Cloves grated or finely minced
  • ½ teaspoon Ginger Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Rice Vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Sesame Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Chili Oil
  • 2 tablespoons Canola Oil or other neutral oil of your choice
  • Pinch Crushed Red Pepper
  • ¼ cup Green Onions thinly sliced, plus extra for garnish, if desired
  • 16 ounces Noodles we used linguine
  • 1-2 tablespoons Salt for the Pasta Water we used kosher salt
  • Sesame Seeds for garnish optional

Instructions

Make the sesame sauce

  • Add the soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, rice vinegar, sesame oil, chili oil, canola oil, green onions and the crushed red pepper to a jar or medium bowl. Stir the sauce with a fork or small whisk to combine well.

Cook the noodles

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the salt and noodles. Cook to package directions for al dente. Stir them often, especially in the first few minutes.
  • When the noodles are done use a strainer to drain well and return them to the pot right away so they don’t cool.
  • Lower the heat to low and place the pot back over the still-hot burner. Immediately add the prepared sesame sauce and stir constantly for 45 seconds to 1 minute until combined and warmed through.
  • Serve and garnish with extra green onions and sesame seeds if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 549kcal | Carbohydrates: 90g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 540mg | Potassium: 308mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 62IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 2mg
The nutritional information above is computer generated and is only an estimate. There is no guarantee that it is accurate.This data is provided as a courtesy for informational purposes only.


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