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Shrimp & Sesame Noodles in a green bowl and garnished with sesame seeds and chopped green onions

Shrimp and Sesame Noodles

Dinner doesn’t get any easier than this shrimp and sesame noodles. In this recipe, tasty noodles are topped with slightly-spicy shrimp. This meal is perfect for hectic weeknights and lazy weekends.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Keyword noodles, shrimp recipes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 465kcal
Author Elizabeth


Ingredients for the shrimp

  • 1 pound Shrimp peeled and cleaned (use medium to large shrimp)
  • 2 tablespoons Low Sodium Soy Sauce
  • 2 large Garlic Cloves grated or minced
  • ½ teaspoon Sesame Oil
  • ½ teaspoon Ginger Powder or grated fresh ginger if you have it on hand
  • pinch of Crushed Red Pepper or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon Oil use a neutral (flavorless) oil with a high smoke point

Ingredients for the sesame noodles

  • ¼ cup Soy Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Canola Oil
  • 2 tablespoons Green Onions thinly sliced, plus more for garnish, if desired
  • 3 Garlic Cloves grated or minced
  • 1 tablespoon Brown Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Sesame Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Chili Oil
  • ½ teaspoon Ginger Powder
  • pinch of Crushed Red Pepper optional
  • 16 ounce Noodles we used linguine in this dish
  • Salt for the Pasta Water 1-2 tablespoons should do it
  • Sesame Seeds for garnish optional


Marinate the shrimp

  • Add the soy sauce, garlic, sesame oil, ginger powder, and crushed red pepper, if using, to a large bowl. Stir the sauce with a fork to combine well, add the shrimp to the bowl and toss well. Refrigerate the shrimp if not using immediately.

Make the sesame noodles

  • To a medium bowl, add the soy sauce, canola oil, green onions, garlic, brown sugar, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, chili oil, ginger powder and crushed red pepper, if using. Stir well to combine.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil; add the noodles and cook, according to package directions for al dente. Remember to salt the water. Drain the noodles and immediately return them to the pot. Take the pot off the heat. While the noodles are still steaming hot, add the sesame oil mixture. Toss to combine the ingredients well. Cover the pot to keep warm while you make the shrimp.

Cook the shrimp

  • Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp to the skillet and raise the heat. When the shrimp starts sizzling, lower the heat to medium to medium-high. Cook the shrimp, stirring and turning them frequently for 4-5 minutes or until cooked through.
  • Serve the sesame noodles and top with a generous serving of shrimp. Garnish with extra green onions and sesame seeds if desired.


The cooking time will vary some depending on the size of the shrimp. When cooked through, the shrimp will no longer be translucent, will curl and will turn a nice, pink color. Look for these signs, as they will be a more accurate indication that the shrimp are done than the cooking time.


Calories: 465kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 190mg | Sodium: 1112mg | Potassium: 276mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 50IU | Vitamin C: 4.8mg | Calcium: 137mg | Iron: 3.2mg