Perfectly cooked Spicy Garlic Noodles is a satisfying, flavor-packed dish that is incredibly easy to make in under 15 minutes. Plus, this dish is vegan and meatless.
The Asian garlic noodles recipe yields lusciously coated with a garlic-infused spicy sauce(like this Asian Zing sauce or spicy Teriyaki sauce). That makes them a visual delight with a delicious taste that matches their appealing look.
What's the highlight? The rich aromatic garlic is complemented by the heat from red pepper flake, turning this recipe into a family's favorite.
If you're a spice lover or prefer a milder touch of heat, this hot garlic noodles recipe is a keeper!
Why do you all love this recipe?
Satisfying comfort. The robust sauce adds flavor, warmth, and coziness to every bite. Easier than it looks.
Packed with flavors. The combination of soy sauce, garlic, and red pepper flakes instantly fires up the noodles(in this spicy Thai peanut noodles). You no longer need advanced kitchen skills to make your favorite restaurant's food.
Endless variations. The possibilities are limitless. Be creative and find your favorite version(how about this Szechuan noodles). Add your favorite choice of protein or veggies, and give it a delicious twist.
Dinner is on time. The only time-consuming part of this recipe is cooking the noodles. Making the sauce is effortless; anyone can do it, from beginners to pros.
Budget-friendly. The ingredients are pantry staples that most of us have in the kitchen.
How to make Spicy garlic noodles?
Garlic. Nothing can beat the freshly mined garlic's flavor in Asian cuisines.
Red pepper flakes. Give an excellent, subtle heat that enhances the rich, bold flavors, which work well in this spicy garlic noodles recipe. Adjust the quantity according to your preference.
Soy sauce. Provides a rich, umami flavor. I have opted for low-sodium soy sauce. However, choose the one you prefer.
Rice wine vinegar. Instantly brighten the hot garlic noodles with all the authentic Asian flavors. You can substitute for the Mirin. But, if you don't have it at home, you may skip it, but avoid replacing it with white vinegar.
Chili garlic sauce. Packed with a punch and enhances the overall dish. You can swap it with store-bought Szechuan sauce.
Noodle. Authentic noodle types like Udan noodles work great for this recipe. Hakka noodles and ramen noodles are great options, too.
If you are using Ramen noodles, discard the seasoning that comes with Ramen noodles(as in this spicy Ramen noodles recipe) and try this simple spicy sauce. On the other hand, you can also use spaghetti pasta, and this works just as well.
The recipe direction
Cooking the noodles. Place a big pot of water and bring it to a boil. Cook the noodles according to the instructions on the packet until they are al dente. Drain them and set them aside.
Making the sauce. Over medium heat, in a pan, add sesame oil and minced garlic. Sauté until the garlic becomes fragrant.
Reduce the heat to low, and add soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, chili garlic sauce, and red pepper flakes. Stir to combine them all.
Toss the noodles. Add the drained noodles.
Then, gently toss until the sauce evenly coats the noodles.
Garnish. Garnish with red pepper flakes and serve. Enjoy!
Chicken broth. You can precook the noodles with chicken broth or beef broth.
Choice of protein. Add precooked chicken, salmon, or steak, Or throw leftover grilled or BBQ meat. Anything works well here.
For extra crunch. Combine sautéd broccoli, carrots, asparagus, snow peas, beans, or any vegetables you choose.
Herbs. These provide distinctive flavors to any dish. Experiment with herbs like mint, parsley, Thai basil, and cilantro—investigate by adding any one of these herbs and transforming it into something entirely new dish every time.
The store. Refrigerate the leftover spicy noodles for up to three days.
Reheat. Transfer the cold noodles to the skillet with a splash of water. And reheat it until it turns warm. Or gently reheat it in the microwave in increments of 30 seconds by stirring in between.
To freeze. Secure in a freezer-safe bag or container. And store for up to three months.
To thaw. Place them in the freezer in the refrigerator overnight.
Recipe tips and tricks
Start with quality noodles. The base of the recipe and the quality plays a vital role. Always choose a good brand of noodles to achieve the best results.
Cook the noodles al dente. If you are a pro, you may skip this. Attaining the right texture is also one of the crucial aspects of this recipe. Hence, always follow the package's instructions for the cooking time.
To check the right texture. Test it by pressing the noodle between your fingers; it should be firm, not mushy.
Cook on medium heat. It allows you to judge the right texture. In the high heat, development happens fast, and there is more chance of ending up wrongly.
Serve it hot. The best way to enjoy this recipe is when it is bubbling and hot straight from the pan.
Best to serve with
Grilled meat. This combo is always delicious, whether grilled chicken, beef, or salmon.
Slaw. Asian-inspired slaw, or the spicy coleslaw(look for this jalapeno coleslaw), is excellent to enjoy.
Tofu. Be it grilled(tofu steak) or sauteed, these are perfect add-ons.
Wonton. Make the dinner memorable by serving with pan-seared wonton.
Printable recipe card
Spicy garlic noodles
- 2 tablespoon Garlic freshly minced
- ¾ teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes adjust to taste
- 3 tablespoon Low-Sodium Soy Sauce
- 1 teaspoon Rice Wine Vinegar or substitute Mirin
- 2 tablespoon Chili Garlic Sauce or store-bought Szechuan sauce
- 8 oz Noodles Udan, Hakka, Ramen, or spaghetti pasta
- 2 tablespoons Sesame Oil
- ¼ teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes for garnish
Cooking the Noodles:
- Place a large pot of water on the stove and bring it to a boil.
- Cook the noodles according to the instructions on the packet until they are al dente. Drain them and set them aside.
Making the Sauce:
- In a large pan, add sesame oil and minced garlic.
- Sauté the garlic until it becomes fragrant.
- Add soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, chili garlic sauce, and red pepper flakes to the pan.
- Stir well to combine the sauce.
Tossing the Noodles:
- Add the drained noodles to the pan with the sauce.
- Toss gently until the sauce evenly coats the noodles.
Garnish and Serve:
- Garnish the spicy garlic noodles with additional red pepper flakes.
- Serve hot and enjoy your delicious family meal!