The perfect addition to any potluck or barbecue, this versatile side dish is packed full of flavor and simple to make using pantry ingredients!
Super simple Sesame Noodles are a delicious and super easy sharable side that everyone loves. Dried angel hair pasta or spaghetti noodles are broken in half, cooked to al dente and tossed in a flavorful sesame dressing. Addicting and unique, there’s never any leftovers!
About the Ingredients
- Angel Hair pasta or Spaghetti noodles – while these are the preferred pasta for this dish, you can really use whatever pasta you like. It is important to cook it to al dente, which is the point just before the noodles get mushy. Directions to cook any pasta to al dente is found on the packaging.
- Soy sauce – Regular or reduced sodium soy sauce can be used. Coco aminos may be substituted for soy sauce.
- Minced garlic – mincing the garlic allows the flavors to distribute more evenly throughout the dish. The garlic can also be finely chopped. If you do not have fresh garlic, 1/4 teaspoon of granulated garlic or garlic powder may be substituted.
- Ground ginger – If you have fresh ginger, you can absolutely use 1 teaspoon of fresh grated ginger instead.
- Rice vinegar – Overall I prefer seasoned rice vinegar bin this dish but normal rice vinegar can be used as well. If you don’t have rice vinegar, you can substitute apple cider vinegar.
- Sesame oil – while other oils can be used, you really need sesame oil for the flavoring in this dish.
- Sriracha – there is such a small amount this can be excluded if you choose, or Tabasco or Cholula are good substitutions.
How to make Super Simple Sesame Noodles
Super Simple Sesame Noodles are one of my favorite things. Not even going to lie. This dish is great for potlucks because it goes with pretty much everything and everyone loves it. Leftovers (if there are any!) are great as a grab and go for lunch.
Over the years I have experimented with adding proteins like chicken and shrimp. I have also changed the flavor a little by adding peanut butter and whisking until smooth before adding the noodles. I have tried making it a little spicy with more sriracha and some red pepper flakes.
The truth is that it is such a good recipe as it stands that additions only make it better. This recipe just as it is is a crowd favorite!
Bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil and cook pasta according to al dente package directions.
In the meantime, in a medium mixing bowl, whisk together soy sauce, garlic, ground ginger, rice vinegar, sesame oil, vegetable oil and sriracha.
Drain and rinse the pasta with cool water.
Add the pasta immediately to the soy sauce mixture and toss to coat.
Add the chopped green onions and the sesame seeds and toss until evenly distributed.
Chill the noodles for 30 minutes to 1 hour, stirring just before serving. Enjoy!
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Super Simple Sesame Noodles
- 8 ounces angel hair pasta or spaghetti noodles broken in half
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tbsp rice vinegar
- 2 tsp sesame oil
- 1 tsp vegetable oil
- 1/4 tsp sriracha
- 3 green onions chopped
- 2 tsp sesame seeds
- Bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil and cook pasta according to al dente package directions.
- In the meantime, in a medium mixing bowl, whisk together soy sauce, garlic, ground ginger, rice vinegar, sesame oil, vegetable oil and sriracha.
- Drain and rinse the pasta with cool water. Add the pasta immediately to the soy sauce mixture and toss to coat.
- Add the chopped green onions and the sesame seeds and toss until well distributed.
- Chill for 30 minutes to 1 hour, stirring just before serving. Enjoy!