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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

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?

We all need recipes like this—fast, reliable, tasty. If you try this garlic ramen noodle recipe, let us know OK? Share a photo and tag us on Instagram using @themodernproper and #themodernproper so that we can see your stuff! Happy eating!

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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  • Leo

    I want to make this only for me, what are the measurements for 1 person?

    If you are only wanting to use 1 packet of ramen, you'll need to divide everything by 3. Hope you enjoy.

  • Adele Gargrave

    Could you add cooked shrimp to this dish?

    Sure, it would be delicious! Hope you enjoy!

  • Ramona

    When you say cook Ramen according to package does that mean I add the Ramen seasoning from the little package to the noodles?

    No ma'am. Go ahead and discard the season packet. Just follow the instructions for boiling the noodles for about 3-4 minutes then continue with the recipe. Hope you enjoy! We LOVE THESE!

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  • Vegetarian4life

    Shouldn't it only say hoisin sauce without the oyster sauce, since it is vegetarian?

    It's giving options for both vegetarian and non vegetarian.

  • 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!

  • Sarah S.

    This was amazing! I added bok choy, carrots, and chicken to give it some extra oomph, but this sauce was great. I left out the brown sugar and thought it was plenty sweet without it. Thank you for a great meal!

    Thanks Sarah, so glad you loved it!

  • Jax

    Great Sauce! I made the sauce and used for for a soup with chicken thighs and rice noodles!!! Came out so good!

    Sounds delicious Jax!

  • Patty Booth

    OMG! So good!! I added in some slivers of carrots, celery and red pepper. Delicious!!

    Yay! Glad you enjoyed it!

  • Krista B

    This recipe is a fast favorite! I use hoisin sauce and liquid aminos, and we add sweet chili sauce instead of spicy sauce. One of the few recipes I buy fresh ginger for, but it's so good with fresh rather than dried. This works really well with rice ramen noodles sold at our local Costco!

    Thanks Krista, we are so glad you love it!