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Sesame Garlic Ramen Noodles

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.


Sesame garlic ramen noodles on a plate with chopsticks

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

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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

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Sesame Garlic Ramen Noodles

  • Serves: 4
  • Prep Time:  10 min
  • Cook Time:  15 min
  • Calories: 402


  • 3 (3 oz) packages instant ramen noodles, flavor packets discarded
  • ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce
  • ¼ cup oyster sauce or hoisin sauce if vegetarian
  • 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


  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.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories402
  • Protein10 g
  • Carbohydrates49 g
  • Total Fat18 g
  • Dietary Fiber2 g
  • Cholesterol0 mg
  • sodium1145 mg
  • Total Sugars5 g

Sesame Garlic Ramen Noodles

Questions & Reviews

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  • Minh

    I would like this recipe for 12 servings. What are the recommended adjusted ingredients?

    This recipe serves 4 so I would triple all the ingredients. You will need a much larger skillet or I would recommend making it all in a few different large skillets.

  • Farah

    Can frozen veggies be incorporated into this?


  • Anne Marr

    How long would the sauce last in the refrigerator?

    Probably about 4-5 days.

  • Regina

    How would increase the recipe to 6 pks of noodles..large family

    You can just double the recipe. Hope you enjoy Regina!

  • Tom

    can you add chicken


  • Tanya Drabert

    Holy moly this was amazing! I added so many extra vegetables, but I kept the sauce the same with a little bit extra. Made it as a side dish with crispy air fryer chicken. I didn’t have fresh ginger so I did use dried.

    Thanks tanya, so glad you loved it! We are big fans of this one too!

  • Mellea

    Tastes awesome, and a great way to spice up the packs. I do think that the combination of the soy sauce and oyster sauce is too much, at least if you don't have low sodium sauce, so I want to try rebalancing it with more rice vinegar and lime.

    Thanks Mellea, we are glad that you enjoyed it! Definitely makes a difference if you are not using low sodium soy sauce.

  • Foodie

    OMG. I followed this recipe to the T and I can't believe what a delicious dish I ended up with. I added some veggies and a dollop of peanut butter. Absolutely wonderful. Thanks so much!

    Thanks, we are so happy you loved it!

  • Sabrina Bobadilla

    I used fresh green beans, powdered ginger, red bell pepper, and gochujang sauce and added MSG. SO GOOD. I also used freshly boiled chow mein noodle because I didn’t have Ramen and it was still delicious, the sauce ratio is perfect.

    Thanks Sabrina, we are so happy you loved it!

  • Katie

    This was the stir fry sauce I’ve been waiting for! We used a pack of soba noodles and it was the perfect amount. Topped with crispy tofu and garlicky broccoli it was the best dinner!

    Thanks Katie, so glad you loved it!