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Spicy Sesame Noodles

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Spice up your noodle game with my Spicy Sesame Noodles! This easy, 30-minute meal is a flavorful and satisfying dish with the perfect blend of rich, nutty, and spicy flavors.

It all starts with the perfectly cooked noodles. As a mom of 2, I always have regular ol’ spaghetti in the pantry, usually for spaghetti and meatball night, so that’s why this recipe features spaghetti. 🤣 But the beauty of this recipe is that it works well with ramen noodles, Chinese egg noodles, soba noodles, or even linguine!

Letting chili flakes pop in the oil brings the heat to this recipe and makes it extra special. This simple step enhances the flavor by infusing the oil with the spiciness of the chili flakes. The chili flakes pop and sizzle in the oil, releasing their flavors. This process should take about 1-2 minutes. Be careful not to let the oil get too hot, as sesame oil has a low smoke point and can burn easily.

spicy noodles in a white bowl with green onions, peanuts, sesame seeds and cilantro.

Ingredient notes

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  • Spaghetti: You aren’t limited to only spaghetti. Ramen noodles, rice noodles, soba or udon noodles, or even linguine are all great options.
  • Chili flakes: feel free to use less depending on how much spice you prefer.
  • Sesame oil: toasted sesame oil provides a deeper, nuttier flavor, which is more intense and aromatic. Regular sesame oil is milder but still adds a nice sesame essence. Really, either works well.
  • Soy sauce: Use regular soy sauce for a standard savory flavor. Tamari, coconut aminos or liquid aminos are all good gluten-free alternatives.
  • Honey: helps balance the spice and umami.
  • Rice vinegar: Adds a tangy brightness to the noodles.
  • Add-ins: cilantro, green onions sesame seeds and chopped peanuts.
ingredients in small bowls needed to make sesame noodles.

Step by Step Directions

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Tips and Variations

  • Include Vegetables: Add a variety of vegetables for texture and nutrition. Thinly sliced carrots, bell peppers, cucumbers, and snap peas work well.
  • Protein Options: For a more filling dish, add cooked chicken, shrimp, tofu, or edamame. These proteins pair well with the flavors of the sauce.
  • Balance Flavors: Taste the sauce before mixing it with the noodles. Adjust the sweetness, saltiness, and acidity to your preference. You can add more soy sauce for saltiness, honey or sugar for sweetness, and rice vinegar for acidity.
  • Cook Properly: Follow package instructions for your chosen noodles, cooking them until they are al dente. Overcooking can make them mushy, especially when mixed with the sauce.

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Spicy Sesame Noodles

Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 8 people
These Spicy Sesame Noodles feature the nutty depth of flavor from the toasted sesame oil and a savory umami punch from the soy sauce. The chili garlic sauce and red pepper chili flakes add the fiery spice, balanced by the sweetness of honey and a little rice vinegar for a tangy finish. The cilantro and green onions add freshness and vibrancy and the peanuts add texture and crunch. Serve it cold or warm, you can't go wrong with these noodles; perfect for a main meal or side dish!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound spaghetti (or egg noodles, ramen noodles, etc. )
  • 1/2 cup sesame oil
  • 1/3 cup avocado oil or canola oil
  • 2 tsp. red pepper chili flakes
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 heaping cup honey
  • 2 Tbsp. chili garlic sauce (or your favorite chili crunch)
  • 2 tsp. rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch + 1 Tbsp. water (optional )
  • 3/4 cup unsalted roasted peanuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 cup green onions, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. toasted sesame seeds

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Instructions 

  • Cook spaghetti, or noodle of choice. Drain and set aside in a large bowl.
    1 pound spaghetti
  • Add sesame oil, avocado oil, and red pepper chili flakes to a saucepan over medium heat. Cook for just a few minutes or until the chili flakes begin to pop. The longer the chili flakes pop, the spicer the noodles will be.
    1/2 cup sesame oil, 1/3 cup avocado oil or canola oil, 2 tsp. red pepper chili flakes
  • Turn the heat down to low and add the soy sauce, honey, chili garlic sauce, and rice vinegar. Stir and bring the sauce to a simmer.
    1/2 cup soy sauce, 1/3 heaping cup honey, 2 Tbsp. chili garlic sauce, 2 tsp. rice vinegar
  • Optional to thicken the sauce add in cornstarch slurry: Start with 1 Tbsp. cornstarch mixed with 1 Tbsp. water and whisk into sauce. You will notice the consistency change. If you want it thicker, add more cornstarch slurry. I don't like my sauce very thick (but that's up to you!)
    1 Tbsp. cornstarch + 1 Tbsp. water
  • Combine the cooked noodles with the sauce.
  • Add in the peanuts, cilantro, green onions, and sesame seeds. Toss to combine. Garnish with more sesame seeds and green onions. Taste and adjust any seasonings to taste. Enjoy warm or chilled!
    3/4 cup unsalted roasted peanuts, chopped, 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped, 1/2 cup green onions, chopped, 2 Tbsp. toasted sesame seeds

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Notes

  • Feel free to add fresh ginger or garlic to the sauce if you’d like.
  • Storage: these noodles are delicious, warm, or cold and will keep well in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. Be sure to give it a good stir to redistribute any sauce that may have settled to the bottom. 

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 432kcal (22%), Carbohydrates: 48g (16%), Protein: 13g (26%), Fat: 22g (34%), Fiber: 5g (21%), Vitamin C: 1mg (1%)

Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is automatically calculated. It should only be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Kroll’s Korner can’t make any guarantees to the accuracy of this information.

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Cylinda

I made this last night for dinner and it was fabulous! I added stir-fry veggies and cream cheese wontons cooked in the air-fryer for sides and the only thing lacking was the hot tea!

Lauren Grant | Zestful Kitchen

I’m so hungry now! Pinning this for later (or sooner rather than later!)

Kelli McGrane

My husband would LOVE this recipe! I’ll have to put it on the meal plan list 😉

Arman @ thebigmansworld

Mmm I could use this right now- What a unique ‘carb’ to pair kung pao with!

Elizabeth @ Enjoy Every Bite

This looks delicious! I love all of the simple ingredients that provide such great flavor!

Kimberly

omg … this sounds delish! I love Kung Pao chicken … can’t wait to give your version a try!

Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

Looks spectacular! Yum!