These spicy chili garlic noodles can be made in just 20 minutes and way better than takeout! The spicy garlic sauce has incredible flavor and perfectly spiced. You can easily add chicken or beef to make this a full meal.
If there’s one positive to COVID, it’s that it has made me cook more creatively. Meaning, try new flavors and dinners that I wouldn’t normally make. While there have been nights of chicken chili on repeat, there’s also been many nights where I make something new.
ENTER: these simple, wildly flavorful spicy chili garlic noodles. TRUST ME when I say that you will love this recipe.
I’m borderline obsessed
Why You’ll Love These Spicy Chili Garlic Noodles
- Incredibly flavorful
- Easy to make
- Only 7 ingredients
- Done in under 30 minutes
- Better than take out
Ingredients For Spicy Chili Garlic Noodles
- Garlic: We want lots of garlic in this recipe. You’re reading the recipe correctly, it has 6 cloves of garlic.
- Sesame Oil: This is key to the best flavor.
- Chili Paste: This is where the spice comes from. Here’s the chili paste that I use— a favorite of mine.
- Soy Sauce: You can use regular or low-sodium soy sauce for this recipe. I prefer to use low-sodium soy sauce otherwise I think the dish is too salty.
- Sesame Seeds: These add a bit of a crunch.
- Rice Wine Vinegar: The vinegar helps cut the spiciness and adds flavor.
- Noodles: You can use any type of noodles for this recipe. I typically use wide lo mein or rice noodles but I’ve also used fettuccine noodles as well.
Let’s Make Spicy Chili Garlic Noodles!
This is a pretty straightforward and easy recipe, as you’ll see below.
- Cook the Noodles: Depending on the noodles that you’re using, the noodles can take anywhere from 3-10 minutes. While the noodles cook, start the sauce.
- Make the Sauce: To a bowl, you’ll whisk together the garlic, chili paste, soy sauce, sesame seeds, and rice wine vinegar. Then, set aside.
- Heat the Oil: In a large skillet, heat the sesame oil until very hot— about 2 minutes. Then, pour the hot oil into the sauce. Whatever you do, do not add the sauce to the hot oil.
- Combine: Add the combined sauce back into the skillet and add the cooked noodles. Toss together until the noodles are evenly coated with the sauce.
If you’re a spicy food fan, these are the noodles to try!
Spicy Chili Garlic Noodles
- 6 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/3 cup sesame oil
- 1/4 cup chili paste
- 1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce
- 2 Tablespoons sesame seeds
- 2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
- 1 (8 ounce) pack wide rice noodles
- optional garnish: cilantro, sesame seeds, avocado, thinly sliced cucumber
- Cook the Noodles: Boil a pot of water and add the noodles. Depending on the noodles that you use, it will only take at most 8 minutes to cook.
- Start the Sauce: In a small bowl, whisk together the chili pasta, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar and sesame seeds. Set aside. In a large skillet, heat the sesame oil until hot. Then, remove from the heat. Pour the hot oil (be careful!) into the sauce. Whisk together.
- Remove the noodles from the water and add into the skillet. Stir in the sauce until hot and the noodles are evenly coated. Serve warm (though they taste delicious cold!) Garnish with cilantro, sesame seeds, avocado, a drizzle of sesame oil, etc.
- Make Ahead Instructions: The sauce can be made up to 3 days in advance and stored in the refrigerator. Leftovers stay fresh for up to 5 days in the refrigerator.
- Noodles: You can use any type of noodles for this recipe. I have used fettuccine, rice noodles and lo mein noodles.
- Chili Paste: This is the chili paste that I love and use all the time.
- Soy Sauce: I prefer to use low-sodium soy sauce as I find regular is too salty.