Spicy Sesame Ramen Noodles

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.

Spicy Sesame Ramen Noodles

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
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Spicy Sesame Ramen Noodles

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.

Course Main Dish
Cuisine Asian
Keyword Sesame Ramen
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 320 kcal
Author Jenn Laughlin - Peas and Crayons

Ingredients

  • 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)

Instructions

  1. Cook ramen noodles according to package directions. (approx. 2-3 minutes)

  2. While you wait for the water to boil, measure out all your ingredients. This recipe comes together fast!

  3. 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.

  4. 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. 

  5. 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!

  6. Top with green onion and sesame seeds. For even more heat, add some optional crushed red pepper flakes. Enjoy hot.

Recipe Notes

My favorite ramen to use is a little less traditional, as it's not fried and does not come with a seasoning packet. (Though if preferred you can use one 3 oz packet of ramen minus the packet)

They're labeled as KA-ME Curly Noodles (Chuka Soba) and are a great healthier option for ramen bowls! They're also pretty easy to find! I've found them at Publix, Target, and on Amazon.

Recipe adapted from How Sweet Eats - Thanks Jessica!

Nutrition Facts below are estimated using an online recipe nutrition calculator. Adjust as needed and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Spicy Sesame Ramen Noodles
Amount Per Serving
Calories 320 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Sodium 1649mg72%
Potassium 160mg5%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 125IU3%
Vitamin C 3.3mg4%
Calcium 71mg7%
Iron 2.9mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

Sesame Ramen Bowl

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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  • Isadora

    5 stars
    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!

  • Flower Miller

    5 stars
    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!!!

  • Danielle

    5 stars
    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!

  • Deborah Bunting

    5 stars
    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!

  • Allison

    5 stars
    The perfect weeknight meal. I love how quick and flavorful this is. Thanks for sharing!

  • Krystle

    5 stars
    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!

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