These easy Sesame Noodles are ready in just 15 minutes and full of flavor! Inspired by takeout, they’re an ideal quick dinner that’s full of nourishing ingredients. Totally customizable as well, they’ll be a new favorite!
If you have read any other recipes on this website, you’ll know that by now I have a penchant for crafting recipes that are ready to eat in just 15 minutes. If this is the first post of mine you’re seeing – welcome! It’s wonderful to have you.
I know that eating well (and affordably) does not need to be expensive or take a long time. In today’s on demand culture, with every possible meal delivery service or takeout available at the press of a button, it can be easy to believe that cooking is a labor-intensive process that should be left for the pros.
Cooking is a life skill, and one that we should celebrate. It it empowering to be able to craft your own meals and still work within a budget that fits your means. Furthermore, it’s less impactful on the environment. Everyone wins!
Whew, now that we’re delved into my personal manifesto, let’s get onto the reason we’re here today: sesame noodles.
Honestly, I have been making some variation of this recipe for a few years now. It’s time I get it on paper (er…screen).
My favorite part about it is the utter lack of ingredients required. It’s perfectly customizable to any kind of diet or taste preference. It’s important to note that I am not at all an expert in Chinese cuisine, so this is not an authentic recipe. I am merely drawing inspiration from flavors I enjoy. If you’d like to learn more about their history, click here.
How to Customize Sesame Noodles
- If you like things spicy, add a couple dashes of hot sauce or dried red pepper flakes. Some fresh ginger will also add an extra kick.
- Secondly, I had edamame in my freezer, but another source of protein would also work well (I’m trying trying tofu next). Even roasted nuts are a time-saving, delicious addition!
- Finally, while the most classic iteration of this recipe uses rice noodles, I went with whole wheat spaghetti as I always have it in my pantry. Any long shape noodle/pasta will do the job. If you need something without gluten, be sure to check for purely buckwheat soba noodles.
I hope you enjoy these simple yet delicious sesame noodles! Please let me know in the comments or on Instagram if you give them a try.
- 10 oz long pasta of choice (note that this is not one entire box, I used whole wheat spaghetti)
- 1/4 cup soy sauce, coconut aminos, or tamari (if using full sodium soy sauce, reduce to 1/8 cup and add 1/8 cup water to dilute)
- 1 TBS sesame oil
- 1 tsp ground ginger or 1 TBS grated fresh ginger
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder (or 2 fresh cloves, minced)
- 1 tsp hot sauce or red pepper flakes (optional)
- 1 TBS lime juice (optional)
- 1/2 cup edamame, thawed if frozen (or another kind or protein like tofu or roasted nuts)
- 3 TBS sesame seeds, for serving
- Prepare noodles per package directions.
- While noodles are cooking, whisk together soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, garlic, hot sauce/chili flakes if using, and lime juice if using.
- Drain noodles, add back to pot, and pour sauce over. Serve with edamame and sesame seeds, hot or cold!