Garlic Sesame Noodles are easy to make, require just a few ingredients that you probably already have in your cupboard, and are delicious. It’s a great recipe for a potluck; anything that’s already made, delicious, and can be served hot or cold is perfect for a picnic, potluck, or family holiday gathering in my book!
They make a great dinner, and a wonderful pasta lunch to take to work or school.
I first published this recipe in 2018, but it was time for an update. So, I’ve updated the pictures and the information along with the recipe all for a better reader experience. And, let me tell you, these noodles stand the test of time! They are so good!
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What’s Freaky Friday, you ask? It’s an old-fashioned blog hop. Secretly, I’ve been given the name of a blog, and I get to choose any recipe from that blog to remake.
All the blogs participating in Freaky Friday have also gotten the name of a blog to cook from. If you clicked through all the way around all the participating blogs, you’d get back to my blog. Thus, a blog hop!
So, if you would be so kind as to hop around and take a look at everyone participating, I promise it’ll be fun, and you’ll get lots of new recipe ideas!
This time around, I’ve gotten Michelle at A Dish of Daily Life.
I’ve known Michelle for many years, and I have the pleasure of calling her my friend. I’ve even made one of her recipes for my blog once before.
I made her delicious Crab Imperial Appetizer when she had neck surgery, and we were all supporting her.
In the end, this Sesame Garlic Noodles recipe won because my husband saw them and asked me to make them!
These are delicious. This is a recipe we will make again and again. And a 15-minute meal is always a winner!
Michelle says, “you can eat it cold or warm it up slightly before eating”.
We also served some of the leftovers hot after stir frying them in the skillet with some veggies. It was perfect!
So, it’s great any way you like it!
These Garlic Sesame Noodles made a big dish full. We got 6 or 7 servings out of it.
Honestly, you can’t go wrong with this recipe. Eat it hot when it’s freshly made. Or, eat it cold from the fridge.
It’s also great at room temperature, and the nice thing about it is that it can sit out at room temp for a while and you don’t have to worry about it going bad.
More potluck ideas
Have you been asked to bring something to an Asian potluck?
You can’t go wrong by bringing some of these impressive dishes!
- Udon Noodle Salad
- Sweet potato Rice Balls
- Asian chickpea salad
- Honey orange roasted broccoli
- Peanut rice noodles
- Sticky coconut cake
I love that these can be served cold or at room temperature, which makes them perfect for potlucks or picnics!
How to make this recipe
Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the pasta according to package instructions.
While the pasta is cooking, prep the sauce. It’s super easy, just mince the garlic, and measure out the ingredients into a small bowl or one of those glass measuring cups.
Drop the broccoli into the boiling water for a couple minutes at the end of the pasta cooking time.
Drain the pasta and broccoli, and toss it in the sauce.
Taste, and feel free to add any additional flavors you choose.
Garnish with green onions, and sesame seeds.
Pro tip: the sauce is the perfect amount for these noodles. If you are adding a lot more veggies and proteins, you may want to double the sauce. It’s easy to double the ingredients on the recipe card, just click the 2X button. And when you’re adding that extra sauce, just add it in small amounts until it’s just right.
Garlic noodles will keep for 5 days in an air tight container in the fridge. To rewarm noodles, pop them in the microwave, or heat them up stir-fry style on the stove.
How do you make noodles better?
These noodles are so good just as the recipe is written, but you can gussy them up even further with a few ideas.
- Add in some protein. Toss it with some Air fryer tofu for a vegan meal. Mix in some chickpeas, either raw canned ones or crispy roasted chickpeas. Add a scrambled egg or a hard-boiled ramen egg. Make garlic sesame noodles with chicken by tossing in some cooked shredded chicken (could be leftover rotisserie chicken). Meatballs and shrimp are also a great addition.
- Keep it vegan or vegetarian and boost the vegetables. See below for some great veggie ideas.
- Boil the noodles in broth instead of water to add a boost of flavor.
- Make them creamy by adding a splash of coconut milk to the sauce.
- Top the cooked noodles with some chopped peanuts for texture and protein.
- Like spicy noodles? Add some garlic chili paste, Sriracha, or red pepper flakes.
Healthy and colorful, vegetables add a crunchy texture and wonderful flavor to the take-out style sesame noodles.
Up the vegetables with some sauteed mushrooms, water chestnuts, red or yellow bell peppers, asparagus, sprouts, shredded carrots, or frozen green peas.
Cabbage and bok choy would also be wonderful.
Oh, and garnish with some chopped green onions (scallions).
Some Past Freaky Friday Recipes
I’ve been participating in the Freaky Friday blog hop for many years. It’s always a great event to try new recipes.
- Homemade Onion Soup Mix
- Pineapple Serrano Hummus
- Creamy Roasted Red Pepper and Feta Dip
- Mexican Cheese Ball with Spicy Tortilla Chips
- Oatmeal Sandwich Cookies
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Garlic Sesame Noodles
- 1 pound thin spaghetti
- 4 cups broccoli florets
- 1/3 cup sesame oil
- 1/3 cup rice vinegar
- 1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- dash of red pepper flakes
- 3-4 green onions chopped (include green tops)
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil, and add thin spaghetti, following package directions to cook to al dente. A couple of minutes before pasta is to be drained, add broccoli. Cover pot.1 pound thin spaghetti, 4 cups broccoli florets
- While pasta cooks, whisk together sesame oil, rice vinegar, soy sauce, light brown sugar, garlic, and red pepper flakes.1/3 cup sesame oil, 1/3 cup rice vinegar, 1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce, 2 tablespoons light brown sugar, 2 cloves garlic, dash of red pepper flakes
- Drain pasta and broccoli. Pour sesame oil mixture over the pasta and broccoli; mix to coat pasta. Add green onions, and sesame seeds, and toss.3-4 green onions, 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- Refrigerate for several hours to allow pasta to absorb dressing. Serve cold, or reheat as desired.
Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations, and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.
Don’t forget to check out all the blogs and recipes involved in this great blog hop!
A Dish of Daily Life – Cucumber Salsa
An Affair from the Heart – Arancini (Three Cheese Fried Risotto Balls)
A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures – Healthier Buffalo Chicken Dip
Bacon Fatte – Spiced Bakery Style Ginger Pear Muffins
Bowl Me Over – Beef Tips and Gravy
The Devilish Dish – Chocolate Covered Snickers Strawberries
Full Belly Sisters – Easy Crockpot Cesar Chicken
LeMoine Family Kitchen – Frittata Ranchera Black Bean Salad
Lisa’s Dinnertime Dish – Low Carb Cheeseburger Meatloaf
Mildly Meandering – Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana Soup
Plattertalk – Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread
Seduction in the Kitchen – Reuben Meatball Casserole
Take Two Tapas – BLT Bacon Cups with Avocado
The Foodie Affair – Pineapple Bread Pudding
West Via Midwest – Spicy Smoke Sauced Shrimp
Who Needs a Cape? – Cheez-It Fiesta Baked Chicken