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Sesame Noodles

If you’re looking for a quick weeknight meal, try out our Sesame Noodles recipe! Spaghetti noodles are tossed in a homemade peanut sauce that is sweet, savory, and downright delicious. This noodle bowl is sure to please even the pickiest of eaters, so it’s perfect for family dinners!

We love cooking with Asian inspired flavors and ingredients. These sesame noodles are great for a simple main dish recipe, but they’re only one of our many favorites. We also love this Cucumber Salad, Teriyaki Salmon, Honey Garlic Green Beans, and Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin.

Top down view of a bowl of sesame noodles.

How to Make Sesame Noodles:

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, and cook the spaghetti according to the package directions. Drain, rinse with cold water and set aside.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the soy sauce, rice vinegar, peanut butter, maple syrup, lime juice, ginger pasta, sesame oil, sriracha sauce, chili pasta, and garlic.
  3. Whisk in 2 teaspoons of arrowroot starch until fully combined. This is an optional step that will help thicken the sauce if you prefer. You can leave it out, however, the sauce may be thinner.
  4. Pour the sauce over your cooked and drain noodles and toss until well coated. Garnish with green onions, sesame seeds, ginger, and crushed red pepper flakes. Enjoy!
Collage showing how to make sesame noodles.

Sesame Noodles Tips and Substitutions

  • For a chewier noodle, cook the pasta for a minute or two less than the package directions. If you want a softer noodle, cook the pasta for more time than the package directions.
  • Serve the sesame noodles immediately or chilled. The noodles will soak up more of the sauce if refrigerated, so you may want to add a bit more before serving.
  • If you don’t have arrowroot flour, use cornstarch or tapioca flour as a thickener.
  • If you don’t have rice vinegar on hand, substitute 3 tablespoons of white vinegar.
  • Instead of using spaghetti noodles, try using another type of noodle such as lo mein noodles, udon noodles, or rice noodles.
  • If you’re not a fan of spice, leave out the chili paste and sriracha sauce.
  • Add vegetables to the mix including bell peppers, carrots, snow peas, or mushrooms.
Angled views of noodles in bowls.

Storage:

Storing: Store sesame noodles in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Reheating: To reheat, add the sesame noodles to a pot or pan over low heat and stir until warm. You may need to add a splash of water or chicken broth to loosen up the sauce. You can also serve the noodles cold right from the refrigerator.

Freezing: We do not recommend freezing this dish as the noodles will become mushy when thawed. However, you can freeze the sauce separately in a freezer-safe container for up to three months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight and toss with cooked noodles when ready to eat.

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White bowl filled with sesame noodles.

Sesame Noodles

Yield: 16 Ounces of Noodles
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Sesame Noodles - Spaghetti tossed in a homemade peanut sauce that is sweet, savory, and downright delicious.

Ingredients

For the Noodles:

  • 16 ounces spaghetti noodles, uncooked
  • 3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon ginger paste
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chili paste
  • 1 clove fresh garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons arrowroot flour, optional to thicken the sauce

Optional Garnishes:

  • Fresh green onions
  • Sesame seeds
  • Red pepper flakes, optional for heat
  • Fresh ginger, optional garnishment

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, and cook the spaghetti according to the package directions. Drain, rinse with cold water, and set aside.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the soy sauce, rice vinegar, peanut butter, maple syrup, lime juice, ginger pasta, sesame oil, sriracha sauce, chili pasta, and garlic.
  3. Add 2 teaspoons of arrowroot flour to thicken the sauce. You may omit this step if you don’t have arrowroot flour as it does not affect the flavor of the recipe however omitting the arrowroot will result in a thinner sauce.  
  4. Once the sauce is complete, pour it over your noodles and gently toss to ensure all of the noodles are coated. 
  5. Top with chopped green onions, sesame seeds, freshly grated ginger, and crushed red peppers. 
  6. Grab your chopsticks or fork and enjoy! See post for storage options.

Notes

*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 4 ounces of sesame noodles. Actual calories will vary.

*For more information, tips, and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the post.

*Photos courtesy of Tina Frank Photography.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 4 ounces
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 318Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 674mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 4gSugar: 7gProtein: 10g

*The calories are an estimate and are based on the ingredients and serving size listed. The calories can vary depending on the brand of product purchased.

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