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Last Updated on January 20, 2024

Grab your chopsticks and slurp up this easy sesame noodles recipe. It’s a simple, quick and easy dish that’s filled with big and bold Asian flavors. And once you start making this at home you’ll never buy instant ramen again.

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These knife-cut noodles have a chewy texture that’s coated with a savory, garlicky, rich sauce that will entice you with every bite.

As some readers told me they really liked my 10-minute spicy peanut noodles, I decided to create another super-fast noodle dish!

I make this recipe nearly every week, and it can be paired with other quick Asian recipes to make a full meal. Or you can add your favorite vegetables to make your very own stir-fry.

You can have this any time of the day, from brunch to a midnight snack, and can be served cold or warm. It’s the perfect meal when you need a speedy feed!

10-Mins Sesame Noodles With Knife-Cut Noodles – Why You’ll Love This Recipe

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  • This is an easy and simple meal that will fill you up.
  • You may add other ingredients such as other vegetables to suit your taste.
  • Amazing when paired with other Asian-inspired dishes.
  • If you need something fast this is the dish for you.
  • This recipe is a way healthier option than the store-bought instant variants.

Ingredients For Easy Sesame Noodles (Makes 2 pax):

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Toppings:

  • 1 tbsp crispy chili oil (more if desired) or other hot chili paste
  • 2 tsp toasted sesame seeds
  • Sliced scallion or fresh cilantro
  • Sliced red chilies *optional

How To Make Sesame Noodles Recipe

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  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Then cook the knife-cut noodles according to the package directions (this takes around 5 to 7 mins).
  2. Add the minced garlic, tahini, rice vinegar, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, and 2 tablespoons of water in a bowl. Whisk together until combined.
  3. Check on the noodles and once it is cooked drain the water. Toss them in the soy sauce mixture until it is well coated.
  4. Top the dish with crisp chili oil (taste and adjust the spiciness to your liking), finely chopped scallions or green onions, and red chilies. Garnish with a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds. Ready to serve warm.
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Notes

  • I personally like to use wide noodles especially Taiwanese knife-cut noodles, they are spectacular at soaking up sauces. However, other types of noodles work well too (even thin spaghetti or ramen noodles).
  • Leftover noodles can be stored in an airtight container and kept in the fridge. This will last for 3 days.

What Other Kind Of Noodles You Can Use

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🍜 Spaghetti noodles – Made with semolina, these long cylindrical noodles are a staple of Italian cuisine. They are often served with flavored oils, red sauces, white sauces, and an array of other ingredients.

🍜 Linguine – or other type of wide pasta noodles.

🍜 Udon – A popular noodle used in Japanese cuisine. It’s made with wheat and is served in a variety of ways. They are thick in width and have a soft texture. They can be added in soups and stir-fries.

🍜 Soba noodles – Soba on the other hand is a thin type of dried noodle made from buckwheat. They have an earthy taste and chewy texture. These are often served chilled with a dipping sauce or hot in a soup as well. You can find them anywhere from fast food restaurants to high-end hotels.

🍜 Knife-cut noodles – Also known as dao xiao mian, this variety isn’t hand-pulled. They are cut with a blade into thick ribbons that have a chewy texture when cooked.

What To Serve With Sesame Noodles

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These are other Asian-inspired dishes that can be paired well with this noodle recipe.

🍃 Marinated Tofu – If you want a meaty component to add to your meal then this tofu marinated in an Asian marinade is the best. It’s a crispy and savory dish that has that meaty texture we all need and want. 

🍃 Asian cucumber salad – It’s a simple and easy summer delight made with cucumbers tossed in a sweet and garlicky dressing that packs a little heat. This side dish will invite you to eat more with every bite.

Tips, Variations, And Substitutions

🍃 Peas or edamame – you can add green peas for that earthy and springy texture, It also adds a vibrant green color to the dish.

🍃 Fresh ginger – For a warm spicy taste you can add thinly sliced ginger or ginger paste to the sauce to enhance its Asian flavors.

🍃 Sprouts – Another great addition to any noodle dish. This adds freshness and a crisp texture to this recipe.

🍃 Red bell pepper – If you want to give your noodles a sweet pepper taste you can add thin slices of bell pepper. Or you can turn this into a stir-fry.

🍃 Cabbage – Shred the cabbage thinly and add it to your noodles. This will incorporate more veggies into your dish. Or add it to your peppers for stir-frying.

🍃 Carrots – These add a vibrant orange color. It will also add a savory-sweet component. You can saute this as well with other vegetables or can be added raw.

🍃 Cilantro or green onions – Thinly slice them and sprinkle some at the end for a vibrant green garnish. Cilantro adds an earthy and minty taste while green onions give it a sweet-oniony depth of flavor.

🍃 Peanuts – If you want to add a crunchy texture to your noodle dish you may sprinkle fried or boiled peanuts at the end. This will also enhance the nutty taste.

🍃 Peanut butter or peanut sauce – Adding a tablespoon of this into the sauce of your noodles will make it taste more like satay. Peanut butter has been known to add a creamy and nutty flavor and is widely used in savory dishes in Asian recipes.

🍃 Toasted sesame oil – Add a few drops of this to your noodles to enhance their nutty taste. Or you can coat the plate or bowl with this to give your dish a nutty aroma.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Use Sesame Seeds Instead Of Tahini?

Absolutely. You may sprinkle some black or white sesame seeds instead of the tahini. They will still provide that toasted nutty flavor to your noodles.

Can I Replace Tahini With Sesame Oil?

Tahini is often replaced by sesame oil in most recipes. They have the same mild nutty profile which is often used for Asian dishes and other cuisines. You may do so if you have no tahini sauce on hand.

How Long Does It Take To Boil The Noodles For This Recipe?

Usually, it takes 5 to 7 minutes to cook. Check the packaging of your noodles for a more accurate direction.

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10-Min Sesame Noodles!

Slippery strands of noodles enveloped in a tantalizing blend of sesame and fiery spices, deliver a harmonious kick to your palate.
5 from 11 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 3 people
Calories: 346kcal
Author: SHU-CHUN

Ingredients

Toppings

Instructions

  • 1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Then cook the knife-cut noodles according to the package directions (this takes around 5 to 7 mins).
  • 2. Add the minced garlic, tahini, rice vinegar, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, and 2 tablespoons of water in a bowl. Whisk together until combined.
  • 3. Check on the noodles and once it is cooked drain the water. Toss them in the soy sauce mixture until it is well coated.
  • 4. Top the dish with crisp chili oil (taste and adjust the spiciness to your liking), finely chopped scallions or green onions, and red chilies. Garnish with a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds. Ready to serve warm.

Notes

  • I personally like to use wide noodles especially Taiwanese knife-cut noodles, they are spectacular at soaking up sauces. However, other types of noodles work well too (even thin spaghetti or ramen noodles).
  • Leftover noodles can be stored in an airtight container and kept in the fridge. This will last for 3 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 346kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 1190mg | Potassium: 107mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 1mg

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