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Sesame Noodles Recipe (One Pot)

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Quick and easy sesame noodles with Chinese flavors that’s ready in less than 30 minutes on stovetop and makes a simple weeknight dinner.

If I am ever short on time, these healthy noodles are what I mostly end up making for dinner. Everything comes together so quickly and it’s not too heavy like my other pasta recipes. It’s light but still very filling. I love the subtle crunch from those sesame seeds! If you are fond of Chinese flavors, you need to give this meal a shot along with this Chicken Pad Thai (One Pot) or Thai Peanut Noodles (One Pot).

Key ingredients

  • Pasta- I like to use Linguine or Spaghetti.
  • Soy sauce- Use low sodium so the noodles aren’t too salty.
  • Ginger– You will want to use fresh, grated.
  • Garlic– Be sure it is finely chopped.
  • Vinegar– I personally prefer rice vinegar.
  • Sesame oil- Has a distinct aroma and taste needed for this dish.
  • Olive oil- One of the more healthy oil options.
  • Sriracha– You can also use chili sauce instead.
  • Salt– Always adds essential flavor.
  • Pepper– Adjust according to your personal preference.
  • Broccoli– Be sure they are small florets and already steamed.
  • Sesame seeds- Toasting them adds more flavor.


  • Spicy version- Increase the amount of Sriracha and sprinkle some chili flakes, prior to serving.
  • Tahini noodles- Add 1/4 cup in the noodles to give it creamy consistency and flavor (I don’t like this too much but some of my friends love it).
  • Add peanuts- To give the meal a crunchy, nutty flavor. I add 1/4 cup toasted peanuts to the noddles. You can even enjoy this as cold leftovers for lunch.
  • Add chicken- Use some shredded Rotisserie Chicken or cooked chicken cubes in this recipe. It pairs nice with the small steamed broccoli florets.
  • Include other vegetables- I only used broccoli, but you can make it with any vegetables of your choice. Using steamed vegetables that you can pick up in the frozen aisles at the grocery store is easiest. This makes it more of a noodle salad.
  • Make it a salad- Use bow tie pasta or mini shells along with all the other ingredients below and add toss in whatever veggies you like. Also, stir in lots of toasted sesame seeds and peanuts.
  • Healthier version- You can use whole wheat spaghetti or Soba noodles. You can also use zucchini to make Zucchini Noodles (Zoodles) or Zucchini Noodles with Pesto (One Pot).
  • Spicy Sesame Chicken noodles- Add chicken, increase the amount of Sriracha, and toss in some chili flakes or red pepper flakes.
  • Stir fry- Cook chicken and lots of various vegetables in oil to make a stir fry that can be served over the noodles.

How to make sesame noodles?

  1. Boil pasta– Then drain water and return pasta to pot.
  2. Add in and toss together- Soy sauce, ginger, garlic, sriracha, vinegar, sesame oil, olive oil, salt, pepper, and steamed veggies.
  3. Garnish- With onions and sesame seeds and enjoy.

What to serve with a noodle bowl?

Because this is a main dish you will want to serve various sides, such as:

Tips and techniques

  • Use a non-stick pot– So that there is no sticking or burning.
  • Don’t omit sesame oil– Because even though it’s a little amount, it adds so much flavor.
  • Use toasted sesame seeds– Because the flavor of the seeds gets enhanced by toasting plus the aroma is wonderful.
  • Adjust the amount of sriracha- Based on your preference. I know some people don’t like too much spice in their food.
  • Use low sodium soy sauce– To prevent this meal from getting too salty.
  • If you are using broccoli– Make sure to use small florets or just omit veggies altogether.
  • Adjust salt and pepper- According to your personal preferences.

Recipe FAQs

What kind of noodles should I use?

You can use regular spaghetti, thin spaghetti, linguine or angel hair pasta.

Why should I add salt in the water to cook the noodles?

Because this brings in more flavor and lessens the starchiness and stickiness of the noodles.


  • Refrigerate- Store leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 days.
  • Freeze- Place in a sealed container in the freezer for up to 1 month.
  • Reheat- In the microwave or on the stovetop. If frozen, thaw in the fridge before reheating.
  • Make ahead- Make per instructions, then place in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 days or in the freezer for up to 1 month. Thaw, reheat, add toppings, and serve.

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One Pot Sesame Noodles

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Quick and easy sesame noodles with Chinese flavors that’s ready in less than 30 minutes on stovetop and makes a simple weeknight dinner. It’s light but still very filling. 
Yield: 5 Servings



  • Cook pasta in salted water, according to package instructions. Drain the water and return the pasta in the same pot. 
  • Add soy sauce, ginger, garlic, vinegar, sesame oil, olive oil, sriracha, salt, pepper, steamed broccoli and toss everything together until pasta is fully coated. 
  • Top off with toasted sesame seeds (and green onions, if you like) and enjoy! 


  • Read all my tips above.
  • I think this tastes best when served immediately but you can store leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 days. The flavor gets deeper because it has a chance to soak into the noodles. 


Calories: 408kcal, Carbohydrates: 70g, Protein: 13g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 773mg, Potassium: 251mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 15IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 31mg, Iron: 1.6mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Calories: 408
Author: Abeer

7 comments on “Sesame Noodles Recipe (One Pot)”

  1. I love this healthier option for when I’m in a time crunch! Looks delicious!

  2. Such a fantastic looking dinner with easy clean up too! Perfect for a busy weeknight!

  3. This looks so good. My family would definitely love it!

  4. We love sesame noodles! So easy and so delicious!

  5. Nothing beats a good one pot dinner that’s easy and delicious!

  6. This looks like my kind of meal! I love that you’ve offered variations for changing things up!

  7. I am all about one pot meals these days! They save me so much time in the kitchen!

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