15-Minute Sesame Noodles
These sesame noodles can be ready to serve in 15 minutes, yes that’s not a typo! Quick as ever, versatile and flavorful, this quick noodle dish is a huge hit even with kids!
No need to run out on those extra busy evenings to your local take-out, dinner will be served in 15 minutes.
Serve the vegetables on the side, so everyone can customize their plate.
- 1lbs linguini noodles
- 1 ½ teaspoons salt
- 1 bell pepper, sliced into thin strips, optional (Note 1)
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1-2 green onions, sliced
- 1-2 garlic cloves, pressed
- 1/3 cup soy sauce (Note 2)
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
- 1-3 squats Sriracha, optional (Note 3)
- Sesame seeds
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Salt the water and add noodles. Cook until al dente according to package directions. Drain.
- In a skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add bell peppers and cook until nice and tender, 3 minutes. Remove onto a clean plate.
- Add white part of green onions and garlic onto now empty skillet and cook until nice and fragrant, 1 minute.
- Add soy sauce, brown sugar and sriracha, if using. Simmer until sugar is melted.
- Remove from heat and add drained spaghetti. Toss to combine.
- Stir in sesame oil and sprinkle sesame seeds. Serve with bell peppers on the side.
Note 1: Bell peppers are optional here. It’s a great way to add color and veggies to the meal. Feel free to use different colored bell peppers, or different vegetables, like carrots, broccoli, snap peas, etc.
Note 2: I highly recommend light Japanese soy sauce aka light soy sauce, such as Kikkoman All Purpose Soy Sauce, for this recipe. Learn more about different soy sauce varieties here.)
Note 3: If you love spicy food and are not serving it to kids, add a few squats of Sriracha into the sauce as you cook it. However, if you’re serving to kids or others who are not tolerant to spicy food, serve it on the side.
With two hungry growing children, this is my go-to recipe due to the speed and you can add in SO many veggies!
The sauce is so good, yet not overpowering. This’s my kids’ favorite dish!! So far, this’s the only dish they go for 3rd helping!!
Scroll down to get the step by step tips to prepare this recipe!
WHAT ARE SESAME NOODLES MADE OF?
Sesame noodles are linguini which is a pasta noodle made out of flour – white or wheat – and water.
The secret to this dish is the sauce made of the sesame seeds and sesame oil giving it, its delicious flavor.
Sesame Noodle Ingredients
This Sesame Noodle recipe requires only a few ingredients and you’ll be done in no time!
WHY USE SESAME OIL IN SESAME NOODLES?
- Toasted Sesame oil is used in low-heat cooking methods and is usually added at the end of cooking. The reason for this is that longer cooking methods will change the flavor.
- Sesame oil is great for dishes like soups and stir-fries after cooking and it can also be used for salad dressings, marinades, and sauces.
Here are some other recipes where I use Sesame oil.
I CAN’T FIND SESAME OIL, WHAT ELSE CAN I USE?
So good news, try and get some Tahini, which is a sesame seed paste which is a great substitute for sesame oil.
Although they are not the same, Tahini, has more of a peanut butter flavor and Sesame Oil is more a nutty taste, this minor substitution will still ensure your dish is great!
HOW TO MAKE SESAME NOODLES
- Step 1. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Salt the water and add the noodles. Cook until al dente and drain.
- Step 2. In a skillet, cook the bell peppers until tender and set aside.
- Step 3. Cook the white of the green onion and garlic for 1 minute and then add the soy sauce, brown sugar, and sriracha (optional) and simmer until the sugar is melted.
- Step 4. Add the drained linguini noodles to the sauce and toss to combine.
- Step 5. Stir in sesame oil, sprinkle the sesame seeds and serve with bell peppers on the side.
This sesame noodle recipe is so flexible you can switch it up with different vegetables, or noodles shapes, like spaghetti, and it’s also a great base for leftover protein (such as shredded chicken, beef, pork, shrimp, tofu).
SO, give yourself a break tonight with this easy meal!