Quick and Easy Sesame Noodles Recipe - Fed & Fit (2024)

Looking for a simple and flavorful noodle recipe? Try our quick and easy sesame noodles recipe that’s perfect for weeknight dinners. Packed with protein and veggies and covered in a ridiculously tasty sesame peanut sauce, this dish is sure to become a family favorite!

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Sesame noodles are a Sichuan dish first created in the 70s by Shorty Tang at his restaurant Hwa Yuan in New York City. The noodles were dressed in a sauce made of sesame paste, peanut butter, rice vinegar, a bit of sugar, additional spices such as ginger, garlic, and chile-garlic sauce, and cucumbers, then served cold. They quickly gained popularity in New York and eventually became a staple on takeout menus across the US.

You can learn more about the origin of sesame noodles in this article by New York Times writer Sam Sifton.

In this recipe, we’ve adapted the traditional sesame noodles to create a main dish filled with vibrant, crunchy veggies and protein, and opted for ingredients that can easily be found at your local grocery store.

If you’re looking for another delicious Asian-inspired recipe, we’ve got you. These Asian-inspired lettuce wraps are super easy and so flavorful!

Ingredients Needed

While the noodle ingredients are mostly comprised of veggies and noodles (obviously!), the sauce ingredients may feel a little bit intimidating to you if you haven’t made many Asian-inspired dishes. Don’t worry, though – they are all super accessible (your local grocery store is bound to have them) and really bring these noodles to life!

For the Sauce:

  • Sesame Oil – 3 tablespoons of sesame oil really make this sauce – sesame oil is powerful (but oh so delicious), but these are called sesame noodles for a reason!
  • Lime Juice – 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lime juice adds the perfect acidity to the sauce. We always think that fresh is best when it comes to citrus, so instead of buying a bottle of juice, grab 1 lime and juice it yourself!
  • Soy Sauce OR Coconut Aminos – you’ll also need a ¼ cup of soy sauce or coconut aminos here. We lovethisbrand of coconut aminos!
  • Rice Vinegar – 2 teaspoons of rice wine vinegar,…
  • Honey – …1 tablespoon of honey,…
  • Fresh Ginger – …a freshly grated 1-inch piece of ginger (don’t be intimidated by this – just peel an inch-long piece of fresh ginger, then grate it with a zester!),
  • Creamy Peanut Butter – …2 tablespoons of smooth natural peanut butter (no added sugars!), and…
  • Crushed Red Pepper Flakes (Optional) – …¼ teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes finish out the sauce!

For the Noodles:

  • Ramen Noodles – noodles make up the bulk of today’s dish – you’ll need about 10 ounces of ramen noodles, we lovethesefor gluten-free, but if you can’t find them, spaghetti noodles, rice noodles, or even soba noodles work here, too!
  • Avocado or Olive Oil – You’ll need 1 tablespoon of either avocado or olive oil to toss the noodles in! This will really keep the noodles from clumping together.
  • Cucumber – now for the fun part – all of the fresh veggies! You’ll need to julienne ½ of a cucumber,…
  • Red Bell Pepper – …julienne 1 red bell pepper,…
  • Snap Peas – …thinly slice 1 cup of snap peas,…
  • Green Onions – …thinly slice 3 green onions,…
  • Fresh Cilantro – …and chop ¼ cup of fresh cilantro!
  • Protein of Choice – we went with 2 cups of shredded rotisserie chicken here, but this would also be great with pork, shrimp, or even edamame for a vegetarian option.
  • Sesame Seeds – you’ll finish everything off with a teaspoon of sesame seeds!
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Recipe Instructions

This is a super easy recipe! Once all of your veggies are chopped (which is quite therapeutic, I must say), your noodles are cooked, and your sauce is whisked, you’ll essentially just throw it all together and give it a good mix!

  1. Cook the Noodles– start by cooking your noodles in a large pot according to package instructions until they are al dente. Once they’re done, drain the noodles and rinse them with cold water to stop the cooking process, then toss them with the tablespoon of oil.
  2. Make the Sauce– while the pasta cooks, whisk together the sesame oil, lime juice, coconut aminos (or soy sauce), rice wine vinegar, honey, freshly grated ginger, peanut butter, and red pepper flakes. The sauce should be thin enough to easily drizzle.
  3. Combine the Sauce, Noodles, and Veggies– toss the noodles with the sauce, cucumber, bell pepper, snap peas, green onions, and cilantro, then garnish with sesame seeds.
  4. Enjoy!– You can either eat the dish warm immediately or refrigerate and enjoy as cold sesame noodles!

Add-Ins and Variations

  • Add Extra Veggies – the sky is the limit here – if you’ve got veggies needing to be eaten, chop them up and throw ‘em in the mix!
  • Use Cooked Veggies instead of Raw – if you don’t like the crunch of raw veggies, you can also go ahead and saute your veggies for about 5 minutes over medium heat, then combine them with the noodles.
  • Use Kelp Noodles – to make this dish low-carb, use kelp noodles instead of ramen noodles! To soften the kelp noodles, boil a pot of water, add the juice of one lemon, then add the kelp noodles to the pot, and remove it from the heat. Let the noodles soak in the hot water for about 10 minutes before straining!
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Sesame Noodles Frequently Asked Questions

Is sesame pasta the same as tahini?

Good question! It’s not. Tahini is ground sesame paste (think: the peanut butter equivalent for sesame seeds), but these sesame noodles are actually made from ramen (rice or regular) and a really yummy peanut sesame sauce!

What kind of noodles do you use to make sesame noodles?

We usedthese rice ramen noodles, but feel free to use any ramen noodles that you love!
What do you serve with sesame noodles?

What do you serve with sesame noodles?

This sesame noodle dish is loaded with protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats, so it really is a complete meal all on its own. If you’re looking for more veggies, though, feel free to double the veggies in the recipe, steam or saute bok choy with sesame oil and lime juice, or just press the easy button and steam some good ole broccoli to serve alongside the noodles.

Can I make sesame noodles ahead of time?

Absolutely! That’s actually one of the beautiful things about this dish – it can be eaten hot or cold, and it saves really well. Because of this, Sesame Noodles are actually an ideal meal prep lunch option. Make a big batch on Sunday, shred a store-bought rotisserie chicken, and portion the two together in individual containers for easy grab-and-go lunches!

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More Favorite Asian-Inspired Dishes

  • Sheet Pan Sweet and Sour Chicken
  • Crispy General Tso’s Chicken Recipe
  • Teriyaki Shrimp and Vegetable Stir Fry
  • Baked Orange Chicken (Gluten Free)
  • Teriyaki Beef Sheet Pan Dinner
  • Healthy Kung Pao Chicken
  • Ginger Pork with Broccoli

Quick and Easy Sesame Noodles Recipe

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By Brandi Schilhab

Servings: 4 servings

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This easy noodle dish has the yummiest sesame peanut sauce and a variety of crunchy veggies for a delicious, crave-worthy meal!


For the Sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce or coconut aminos
  • 2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 inch of ginger freshly grated
  • 2 tablespoons creamy natural peanut butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes optional

For the Noodles:

  • 10 ounces ramen noodles or spaghetti noodles – we used these for gluten-free
  • 1 tablespoon avocado or olive oil
  • 1/2 cucumber julienned (about 1 cup)
  • 1 red bell pepper julienned
  • 1 cup snap peas thinly sliced
  • 3 green onions thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro
  • 2 cups shredded chicken*
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds for garnish


  • Bring a pot of water to boil and cook the noodles according to package instructions. Once they are done, drain the noodles, then rinse them with cold water to stop the cooking process, and toss with the tablespoon of oil.

  • Whisk together all ingredients for the sauce. It should be thin enough to easily drizzle.

  • Toss the noodles with the sauce, cucumber, bell pepper, snap peas, green onions, and cilantro, then garnish with sesame seeds. You can either eat the dish warm immediately or refrigerate and eat cold!

Recipe Notes

  • For protein, you can use about 1 pound of chicken, pork, or shrimp here. For a vegetarian option, use edamame.
  • For nightshade-free – omit the bell peppers and use more cucumber and snap peas in their place.
  • For low FODMAP – omit the snap peas and use an additional bell pepper in their place.


Calories: 653kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 2347mg | Potassium: 598mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 1446IU | Vitamin C: 59mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 5mg

Additional Info

Course: Dinner

Cuisine: Asian

Servings: 4 servings

Calories: 653

Keyword: cucumber noodles, gluten free, peanut noodles, sesame noodles, vegetarian

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What are sesame noodles made of? ›

It's just pasta tossed with the most divine, sweet and savory sauce ever. The sauce is made with soy sauce, a little sugar, garlic, vinegar, a trio of sesame, chili, and canola oils (this is where the magic happens), and sliced green onion sprinkled in. What's the best kind of pasta to use for sesame noodles?

How to make sesame oil? ›

Place the sesame seeds and oil in a small sauce pan. Toast over medium heat and stir often until the seeds have turned golden brown (not dark brown), 12 to 15 minutes. Pour the mixture into the nearby glass measuring cup or bowl. After the mixture cools, purée it in a high speed blender until smooth.

What kind of noodles do you use for sesame noodles? ›

Recipe Notes

Noodles: Thin, dried wheat-based Taiwanese noodles (no egg) labeled kuan miao are best for this recipe, but you can substitute dried udon or spaghetti noodles in its place. Sesame paste substitutions: Tahini can be substituted for the sesame paste, but it has a slightly more bitter taste.

What are the skinny noodles in Chinese food? ›

Vermicelli. While “vermicelli” is a term used to describe thin noodles across various global cuisines, rice vermicelli specifically (also called rice sticks) is a favorite in East and Southeast Asian cooking. The noodles are pale white, nearly translucent, and are most commonly sold dried in folded, crunchy bunches.

Can I use sesame seeds instead of sesame oil? ›

Combining toasted sesame seeds with a light, mild oil, such as canola or avocado oil, is a great alternative to toasted sesame oil. Not only are these seeds a great source of fiber and protein, but they're also rich in micronutrients like thiamine, niacin, magnesium, and zinc ( 7 ).

Can I use sesame oil instead of oil? ›

It has a smoke point of somewhere between 410 and 445 degrees and can be used similarly to other neutral oils, such as canola or vegetable oil. Since there's not much difference between refined sesame oil and other neutral oils, there's no reason to add it to your pantry if it's not already there.

What can I use instead of sesame oil? ›

Canola and vegetable oils have a mild taste which makes both an easy replacement for sesame oil. You can even use them to make your own sesame oil by toasting 1/4 cup sesame seeds in 1 cup canola or vegetable oil in a skillet until the seeds brown.

What are Chinese sesame balls made of? ›

They are made with a sticky rice flour dough, filled with a sweet paste, rolled in sesame seeds, and fried until crispy on the outside, but still soft and chewy on the inside. They're called zhīma qiú in Mandarin: 芝麻球.

What do sesame Flavour noodles taste like? ›

SAVOURY TASTE - Demae Ramen Sesame Oil Flavour Noodles are instant ramen noodles known for their rich and savoury taste, highlighted by the aromatic and nutty flavor of sesame oil. SESAME OIL FLAVOUR - The standout feature of these noodles is the prominent sesame oil flavour that enhances the overall taste of the dish.

Do sesame noodles contain gluten? ›

So, I introduce you to (probably) your new favorite meal when you're in a pinch: garlic sesame noodles. They're gluten free, vegan, ready in 15 minutes, can be eaten hot or cold (like my teriyaki noodles), pair well with salmon, tofu, or just on their own!

What is sesame flavor ramen? ›

Sesame Ramen (Korean: 참깨라면, romanized: chamkkae-ramyeon) is a type of ramyeon (instant noodles) sold in South Korea that is produced by Ottogi. The contents of the ramyeon are unique; it consists of a dried noodles block, seasoning, oil, sesame, and an "egg block," which is made of egg and vegetables.

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