Ready in just 15 minutes, these Spicy Sesame Ramen Noodles are speedy and delicious! This jazzed up ramen is made with ramen-style soba noodles for a healthier twist on packaged ramen.
I have a belly full of ramen noodles right now and all is right in the world.
Though I’m supposed to be editing photos for the week, I had to hop on here and type up this tasty recipe for y’all!
It’s the most amazing little bowl of sesame noodles inspired by Jessica at How Sweet Eats and her cookbook The Pretty Dish. These noodles are super speedy and a total breeze to toss together.
lunch prep + leftovers
The leftovers of this spicy sesame ramen taste fantastic the next day, so feel free to go ahead and factor this bad boy into your meal prep shenanigans for the week.
You could even make a double-batch and portion it out for heat-and-eat lunches. It’s perfect for a take along lunch for work or even just a no fuss dinner that you can warm up and faceplant into.
Spicy Sesame Ramen Noodles
This recipe yields two servings, but I’ve been known to treat it as a “ramen for one” sort of deal.
I’m also a huge fan of roasting up a tray of broccoli to serve with it and saving the second serving for the next day – the leftover noodles reheat marvelously!
Looking for a speedy side dish or appetizer to pair with these spicy noodle bowls? A serving or two of Sweet Chili Edamame or Spicy Sambal Edamame makes a great appetizer or side dish!
T-Rex friends, feel free to add your favorite protein. Vegan and vegetarian chefs, Honey Garlic Tofu or Sweet and Spicy Sriracha Tofu pair fabulously with these noodles.
For the chili sauce below, feel free to use garlic chili sauce, sambal oelek, or Sriracha. Start with a little, then keep adding until your ideal spiciness is reached. I went with 3-4 teaspoons before I was happily fanning my face.
Spicy Sesame Ramen Noodles
- 3-4 oz ramen noodles
- 1 TBSP sesame oil (plus extra for drizzling)
- 2 cloves garlic (peeled and minced)
- 1/2 tsp freshly grated ginger or 1 tsp ginger paste
- 1 TBSP brown sugar
- 2 TBSP low-sodium soy sauce
- 1 TBSP rice vinegar
- 2-3 tsp chili garlic sauce (Sriracha works as well!)
- 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
- 1 TBSP toasted sesame seeds
- optional crushed red pepper flakes to taste (spicy)
- Cook ramen noodles according to package directions. (approx. 2-3 minutes)
- While you wait for the water to boil, measure out all your ingredients. This recipe comes together fast!
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add 1 TBSP of sesame oil and, once hot, add garlic and ginger. Sauté for about a minute, until tender and fragrant.
- Next stir in brown sugar, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and chili garlic sauce (start with 1 tsp and add extra to taste) and cook for an additional 30 seconds.
- Drain noodles and add to the skillet. Mix well with a fork or tongs and add an extra drizzle of sesame oil and/or chili garlic sauce to taste. I added 3-4 tsp of chili sauce total since I like it spiiiicy!
- Top with green onion and sesame seeds. For even more heat, add some optional crushed red pepper flakes. Enjoy hot.
If you get a chance to try these spicy sesame ramen noodles, let me know!
Leave some love in the comment form below or tag your photos with @peasandcrayons on Instagram so I can happy dance over your creation. I can’t wait to see what you whip up!
hungry for more?
Looking for another rockin’ vegan noodle bowl? Whip up a batch of Vegan Noodle Bowls swirled with spinach, leeks, and mushrooms. SO GOOD!
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This recipe is a total winner and it’s in the regular rotation in our house.
I’m so honored you’ve been making my recipes, Jacqueline! Thank you so much!
Can you tell me the brand of the soba noodles? The link goes to US Amazon. I’m in Canada and the link fails.
Oh gosh I had no idea the link would fail outside the US — how crazy! Thanks for letting me know Erin! This blog post of mine actually has the photo of the packaging: veggie ramen soup and the brand is “KA ME” and it’s their “Chinese noodles”. I adore their noodles they’re such fantastic quality and just the right size for slurping! Ooh I checked and the brand has a great website with a store locator too: https://kame.com/
This has been my go to recipe for the last month. Its super delicious.
Very delicious sauce went well with all my usual add ins of green onions meat pouched egg and seaweed. Iv ate this several times in the last weak messing with my spicy level 😝
Thanks Tuesday! I need to pick up seaweed for my next ramen bowl – yum! So glad you’re enjoying the recipe. xoxo
This was amazing! I added cabbage, shredded carrots and slices of leftover grilled chicken breast. HUGE hit with the whole family! Thanks
I love this so much for how delicious and easy it is! I make it with brown rice ramen noodles and veggies.
I’m so thrilled you’re loving the recipe, Laura! Thank you!
Okay this is so good, I made this with edamame noodles which are very strong in flavour themselves and this recipe mix completely disguised the edamame and tasted SO GOOD!!!! New fav
Made my boring sesame noodles so good oh ma god🤠
Yay!!!! So glad the recipe was a hit, Anna! xo
Amazing! I used cup of soups for this, as that’s what I had. They were just boring cups of soup, and then recipe turned them into superb tasting cups of soup. I added 4 tsp. of Sambal Oleck, love it spicy. Thank you.
Salbal Oleck is my love language right now haha! LOVE IT! I’m so glad you enjoyed the noodles, Sheri! xo
Great recipe! It was delicious and very easy to make. I added unsalted peanuts to the sauce before adding the noddles to add some crunch and protein. I will be making this again!
Try this for dinner with some chicken and it wad delish. I chose wisely. Will diffinatly have this again. Thank ypu
I’m so happy you enjoyed it Doreen! Thanks!
Super easy, fast meal prep and delicious. Due to meat shortages right now, this was a filing and well scrumptious meal. I did add some portabella mushrooms to the dish, as I was using this as a main dish. Used the air fryer and ‘fried’ up some veggie spring rolls. Very delightful meal. Thank you for the recipe. Definitely adding to my monthly menu plan.
This was fantastic. Made it for lunch and added frozen peas/corn and leftover pork. Already making it again because my kids ate all of mine!
I just came from Instagram and the recipe looks like imma have to try and create it myself at home.
This is INSANELY GOOD. I do recommend undercooking your noodles a bit when boiling them so that they won’t go too soft while being tossed on the sauce. I also went light on the chilli and I think it was a good choice as I’m a total wimp when it comes to spiciness.
Love keeping the noodles al-dente a bit – great tip Isadora! I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe!
Outstanding!!!! The first time I made this, I followed the recipe perfectly – and it was super delicious! The second time around I felt like we needed a bit more bulk (and a way to sneak in some servings of veggies – ‘cause why not?). So I took a glass casserole bowl that has a glass lid – threw in some shredded carrots, frozen shelled edamame, baby corns, and the cabbage mix (bagged from Trader Joe’s) and nooked it for 3 mins with the lid on. Came out perfectly steamed/cooked! At the very end as you say to mix the cooked ramen noodles back into the pan with the sauce, this is also when I threw in the cooked veggies & thoroughly tossed it up. It was. So. Good!!! Quite a bit more filling with some roughage in there. I made it this way last night & my husband and I will be putting this into rotation! I posted on IG and tagged you also! Thanks for another great, no-fail, delicious recipe!!!
This is now on weekly rotation at our house. It’s by far my favorite Peas and Crayons recipe!!
DAY = MADE!!! So happy you’re loving them!
I made this Jenn!! It was simple and the kids loved it, I will never buy packaged ramen noodles again!!
Ohmygosh yay!!!! So stoked you got a chance to try it and that everyone loved the recipe! Thanks boo!
The perfect weeknight meal. I love how quick and flavorful this is. Thanks for sharing!
Yay! Thank you Allison!
So flavorful. Perfect for when I’m tired and want to cook something easy yet delish!
It’s my go-to lazy day dish now! So glad you’re loving it Krystle!