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Asian Garlic Noodles Recipe

These easy Asian garlic noodles are a quick fix for a weeknight craving. It comes together in less than 30 minutes! This noodle dish is rich, buttery with strong garlic and onion notes. The flavors hit all the right spots making it the epitome of comfort food. If you enjoy this recipe then you’ll have to check out this TikTok ramen recipe next!

Asian garlic noodles on a black plate.

This fusion dish is popular at Asian restaurants and is so easy to make at home too. You may have most of the ingredients lying in your pantry or find easy substitutions for them. You’ll need egg noodles or spaghetti and lots of garlic and Asian seasoning to make the umami-packed noodle sauce.

Are garlic noodles good for you?

If you’re loading up on carbs then these garlic noodles will be your BFF. Generally, it is essential to limit the times we eat pasta due to the high-sugar and high-fat sauces that give it flavor. It’s best to eat noodles, especially this kind of flavor-packed noodles in moderation. Make it a part of your 2-week cycle of 30-minute dinner meals.

What are garlic noodles made of?

If you cook Asian dishes a lot, the ingredients for Asian garlic noodles are sure to be in your pantry. If not, we’re offering some substitutes for you. Feel free to adjust the ingredients according to what you have and your taste preference.

Thin Spaghetti

You can always use egg noodles if you have these in your pantry but we like to make use of thin spaghetti because it’s what we have. Chinese egg noodles are available in the International section of major grocery stores in fresh or dried kinds. Whatever works for you is great!

Garlic

Garlic provides tons of flavor to our Asian noodle dish. So we want to maintain the quantity specified or add more if you’re the type to always look for the garlic bits hiding from your pasta.

Green Onions

Green onions are important as it is the vegetable component, adds a sharp bite, and lends color to our noodle dish. We’re using both the white and green parts of our onions. The white parts have a stronger, more oniony taste with a pungent aroma while the green part has a milder taste with brighter green color which will make our noodle dish prettier at the same time.

Butter

Butter has a distinctive flavor that lends itself well to our noodle dish. It contributes a rich mouthfeel to our sauce. Cooking our aromatics in butter instead of oil will amp up the flavor profile of our noodle dish. Caramelizing our aromatics in butter brings out their natural sugars making the flavors really sing out loud.

Sesame oil

Sesame oil will add flavor as well as help keep the noodles from sticking together.

Red pepper flakes

This will add some heat to the noodles. If you’re sensitive to spice you can totally leave this out.

Parmesan cheese

This will also add tons of flavor to the noodles. You’ll want to grate the parmesan yourself.

Sauce ingredients

Finally our sauce. We’re combining brown sugar, oyster sauce, soy sauce, maggi sauce (seasoning), and rice vinegar. All of these flavors will lend that umami-richness to our noodle dish. If you don’t have one or two of the ingredients you can adjust the recipe to what you do have and season with salt and pepper accordingly. You may also substitute some of the flavors with other seasonings that you may have on hand.

Garlic sauce ingredients.

Some easy substitutes for soy sauce would be tamari or coconut aminos, or light or dark soy sauce (whichever you have on hand). For oyster sauce, you can swap hoisin sauce, or kekap manis if you have any of these.

How to make it

Combine the sauce ingredients in a small bowl and stir well and set aside.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Once boiling add the spaghetti and cook to al dente according to the instructions on the box.

Once the spaghetti is done, reserve about 1/4 cup of the pasta water for later use. Then pour the spaghetti into a strainer to drain.

Toss the spaghetti in the sesame oil and set aside.

Next heat up the butter in a wok over medium heat. Once melted add the minced garlic and the chopped green onion.

Cook for a minute or two or until the garlic is fragrant. Next add the sauce to the wok and let it cook for about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Sauce in a wok.

Now its time to add the noodles, cheese and red pepper flakes to the sauce. Toss together well.

If you want a thinner sauce now is a good time to add a little bit of the reserved pasta water to the wok.

Garlic noodles in a wok.

Now this asian garlic pasta recipe is ready to be served.

We like to garnish it with extra grated parmesan cheese.

A wok with Asian garlic noodles.

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Asian garlic noodle dish

This Asian garlic noodle dish can be a meal on its own because it will keep you full and satisfied from its rich taste and the filling pasta. You can also top these up with protein like chicken, shrimp or mushrooms and vegetables like green beans, and carrots.

Easy asian noodles recipe on a black plate.
Easy asian noodles recipe on a black plate.
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Asian Garlic Noodles

Asian garlic noodles are a super easy and flavorful dish that can be ready in just 30 minutes.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Keyword asian garlic noodles
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 167 kcal
Author Carissa

Ingredients

  • 1 1b thin spaghetti
  • 8 garlic cloves peeled and minced
  • 2 green onions chopped white and green parts
  • 5 tbs butter
  • 2 tbs sesame oil
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese plus more for garnishing

For the sauce

  • 1 tbs brown sugar
  • 2 tbs soy sauce
  • 1 tbs maggi sauce
  • 2 tbs oyster sauce
  • 2 tbs rice vinegar

Instructions

  1. Combine the sauce ingredients in a small bowl and stir well. Set aside.

  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Once boiling add the spaghetti and cook to al dente according to the instructions on the box.

  3. Once the spaghetti is done, reserve about 1/4 cup of the pasta water for later use. Then pour the spaghetti into a strainer to drain.

  4. Toss the spaghetti in the sesame oil and set aside.

  5. Next heat up the butter in a wok over medium heat. Once melted add the minced garlic and the chopped green onion. Cook for a minute or two or until the garlic is fragrant.

  6. Next add the sauce to the wok and let it cook for about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  7. Now its time to add the noodles, cheese and red pepper flakes to the sauce. Toss together well.

  8. If you want a thinner sauce, add a little bit of the reserved pasta water to the wok and toss.

  9. Serve and garnish with more parmesan cheese if desired. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Asian Garlic Noodles
Amount Per Serving
Calories 167 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 28mg9%
Sodium 816mg35%
Potassium 66mg2%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 463IU9%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 69mg7%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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