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Sesame Garlic Ramen Noodles

  • Serves: 4
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 15 min
  • Calories: 383
Sesame garlic ramen noodles on a plate with chopsticks

Take a pack of instant ramen noodles, ditch the seasoning packet, and use the noodles to whip up sesame garlic ramen noodles that taste restaurant-worthy but come together in about ten minutes.

The Fastest, Most Budget-Friendly Dinner Ever

We love a great kitchen hack—you know the kind. Smart little tricks that make getting dinner on the table just a bit easier, or a bit fast. Or both! Our latest obsession? Ramen noodle recipes without the seasoning packet! There’s nothing more budget-friendly than a pack of ramen noodles, but they’re not the healthiest thing in the world. Why? That super sodium-laded seasoning packet, primarily. So, just ditch the salty powder, and use the noodles to make something delicious, like these sesame garlic ramen noodles! The noodles themselves are pretty plain, which means they’re incredibly versatile.

ingredients for sesame garlic ramen noodles green onions, brown sugar, soy sauce.
soy sauce, oyster sauce, rice vinegar, brown sugar, chili sauce, toasted sesame oil mixed in a small bowl
Toasted sesame oil, cloves garlic, minced and grated ginger in a pan
Toasted sesame oil, cloves garlic, minced and grated ginger in sautéd in a pan

What Sauce is Good With Ramen Noodles?

We’re really into this simple sesame-garlic sauce—dinner just doesn’t get yummier or easier than this. In essence, it’s a very basic stir-fried noodle recipe—no veggies or meat, even! Just ramen noodles, stir-fried in a yummy sauce. Here’s what’s in our delicious garlic ramen stir-fry sauce:

  • Soy sauce
  • Oyster sauce
  • Rice vinegar
  • Brown sugar
  • Chili sauce, like sambal oelek or sriracha
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
Sauce for sesame garlic ramen noodles in a satué pan. soy sauce, oyster sauce, rice vinegar, brown sugar, sriracha
Sesame Garlic Ramen Noodles in a pan with green onions and stir fry sauce.
Sesame Garlic Ramen Noodles in a pan with green onions and stir fry sauce.
Sesame Garlic Ramen Noodles in a pan with green onions and stir fry sauce.

How To Make Sesame Garlic Noodles

OK this sesame ramen noodle stir-fry really is about as easy as can be. If you can make instant ramen, you can make these saucy sesame garlic ramen noodles.

  1. Cook the ramen noodles.
  2. Whisk together the garlicky ramen sauce.
  3. Stir-fry a little ginger and garlic in sesame oil and then pour in the prepared sauce.
  4. Simmer the ramen sauce to thicken it a bit, and meld the flavors.
  5. Stir-fry the cooked ramen noodles in the simmering sauce until the noodles are coated and then when you just can’t take it anymore...
  6. Serve & eat up!
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Sesame Garlic Noodles on a plate with garlic chili sauce

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Sesame garlic ramen noodles on a plate with chopsticks
Sesame garlic ramen noodles on a plate with chopsticks

The Quickest Dinner Ever, Right?

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Sesame Garlic Ramen Noodles

  • Serves: 4
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 15 min
  • Calories: 383

Ingredients

  • 3 (3 oz) packages Instant ramen noodles, flavor packets discarded
  • ¼ cup Low sodium soy sauce
  • ¼ cup Oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp Rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Brown sugar, optional
  • ½ -1 tsp Chili sauce like sambal or sriracha
  • ¼ cup Water
  • 2 tbsp Toasted sesame oil
  • 4 Cloves garlic, minced about 2 tsp
  • 1 tsp Freshly grated ginger
  • 4-6 Green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp Sesame seeds

Method

  1. In a large pot of boiling water, cook ramen according to package, about 3-4 minutes; drain well.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, oyster sauce, rice vinegar, brown sugar, chili sauce and water.
  3. Heat sesame oil in a large skillet set over medium heat.
  4. Stir in garlic and ginger until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  5. Pour in the bowl of sauce and simmer for 3-4 minutes. Stir in cooked ramen noodles until heated through and evenly coated in sauce, about 3 minutes.
  6. Garnish with green onions and sesame seeds.

Sesame Garlic Ramen Noodles

Questions & Reviews

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  • Nicole

    I HATE spicy stuff (I am the biggest wimp), but looking for more meals to cook. Can I skip the chili sauce? Or will that ruin the taste?

    It will change the flavor a tiny bit, but go ahead and leave it out. It will still taste delicious!

  • Tina

    Made this tonight as a side dish with grilled pork chops. It was perfect. My teenager took seconds. I made it as written but next time, I may add some veg (mushroom, pepper, onion). We didn’t think it was salty or too soupy or anything like that. Seems like the perfect ratio of sauce to noodles. I made sure to simmer the sauce for about four minutes and then cooked it for another 3-4 after I added the noodles. Make sure to use low sodium soy sauce. That’s actually all we buy.

  • Rebecca Koses

    Kids loved it!

  • Kat Hatherlee

    This recipe is so good! The only substitutions I made were out of necessity: only had about 1/8 cup of oyster sauce, so topped up with hoisin; also was (shamefully) out of sambal so subbed with gochujang hot pepper paste. This recipe is a winner!

    Great! So glad you made it work!

  • Nicola Van Hoff

    So easy and QUICK! Mixed in cooked from frozen chicken breasts from the instant pot and green beans too and mixed it all up at the end and everyone loved it!

  • Matthew Salvas

    This was really easy and super tasty. I followed the recipe exactly and it came out perfect. Our little family of 3 loved it! I'd suggest if you're serving 4 or more, double the recipe. It will disappear!