You're going to enjoy this simple sesame garlic ramen noodles recipe. Made with some simple ingredients, we get a delicious savory noodle dish with a delicious kick of heat too!
You can never go wrong with garlic and in this house, we measure garlic with our hearts and add it to everything! This spicy garlic ramen is one of the latest recipes to grace my kitchen and I am so happy to share it with all of you too.
Packed with flavor this recipe discards the seasoning packets and instead makes its own flavor profile using siracha and soy sauce as the stars. For a savory dish that's as frugal as it is tasty, you're really going to enjoy this ramen!
Why This Recipe Works
- It's cheap to make. Instant ramen is KNOWN for being cheap, at $0.10-$0.20 per packet, you're looking at a meal perfect for tight budgets and broke college students everywhere.
- It's quick to make. These 10-minute sesame garlic ramen noodles don't take much time to make and are perfect for when you're in a hurry.
- It's a one pot recipe. Make the noodles and the broth in one pot to reduce the cleanup later or make them separately so the dish is ready a little faster.
Ramen- You will need 3 instant ramen packets. Any flavor will work fine as we discard the seasoning packet and only use the noodles.
Sesame oil- This is what we will use to saute the minced garlic and ginger, and it adds a nice subtle flavor, but feel free to use olive oil if you don't have it on hand.
Garlic- Use minced garlic for added flavor. You can use fresh or jarred minced garlic, depending on what you have on hand.
Soy sauce- This is the base of the sauce and gives us a great depth of flavor. I recommend using low sodium soy sauce but go ahead and use what you have.
Brown sugar- Adding in a little brown sugar will give us a better depth of flavor and help to cut down on the acidic taste in the sauce, so it's more homogenous.
Sriracha- For a little kick of heat and spice, use Sriracha or chili sauce.
Ginger- You'll want to use some minced ginger or ginger paste in this recipe.
Rice vinegar- This is optional, but I like to add in a little rice vinegar for a stronger kick of flavor.
Green onion- This is an optional garnish that pairs well with the recipe.
Sesame seeds- Another great garnish idea for the recipe. This can be omitted if desired.
For specific quantities, see the recipe card below.
🍽 Equipment Needed
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Check out how to make Sesame Garlic Ramen Noodles with these simple step-by-step instructions:
Place a large pan over medium-high heat and add in 3 packets of ramen noodles and enough water to cook them in. Discard the seasoning packets.
Cook for about 5 minutes or until the noodles are soft and can be broken apart. Drain into a colander and set aside. Return pan to stove.
Add your sesame oil to the pan and cook until sizzling.
Add in the minced garlic and minced ginger. Cook 1 minute until fragrant.
Remove the pan from the heat and add in the remaining sauce ingredients.
Stir together until well combined.
Add your drained noodles back into the pan with the sauce.
Toss together well to coat.
Divide into serving dishes and garnish with sliced green onions and sesame seeds. If desired, you can top it with more sriracha for added spice.
Ramen. If you don't have instant ramen on hand, you can replace it with thin spaghetti noodles instead. The ramen works great because they're fast-cooking thin noodles, but since we're discarding the seasoning packet anyways, feel free to simply swap the pasta types.
Sriracha. Feel free to swap it for chili sauce instead; you can find chili sauce in the Asian section of your grocery store. Note that sriracha is spicier, so use your sauce of choice in moderation until your level of heat is achieved.
🍴 Recipe Tips
One packet of instant ramen is 2 serving sizes (according to the package).
Due to the serving size of ramen, this recipe will make 2 large portions or four smaller portions. If making this recipe for more than two adults, you may wish to double the recipe.
You can keep leftover garlic sesame ramen stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 or 3 days. Reheat again before serving.
Reheating these garlic sesame ramen noodles is easy and can simply be done in the microwave for about 1-2 minutes in a microwave safe bowl.
You can also reheat in a pot on the stove. If your noodles feel dry or are sticking together, feel free to add in a splash of water to help fix the situation.
Fun note: You can also serve these noodles cold, and they'll still taste pretty good!
🥣 Recipe Add-Ins
This sesame garlic ramen noodles recipe tastes incredible as is, but don't be afraid to mix things up by adding in some favorites like sauteed mushrooms, cooked shredded chicken, or diced pork.
Tofu or cooked shrimp could also pair wonderfully with these noodles, making them into a much more filling meal.
⏲️ Make Ahead Instructions
If you plan on making this recipe in advance, please keep the cooked noodles and the sauce separate from one another until ready to serve. As the noodles rest, they will absorb the sauce and cause some flavor loss and textural changes.
I always keep my house stocked with the cheaper instant ramen varieties, but Nissin and Maruchan are some of the more popular ramen noodle companies.
When we don't feel like dirtying up a pot on the stove, we often find ourselves cooking ramen in the microwave. Place a brick of ramen in a microwave-safe cereal bowl, add enough water to cover the noodles (break them if needed) and heat for 5 minutes before draining and adding the seasonings.
Most ramen noodles varieties that I know of contain gluten, but there are several gluten free varieties out there! You can use any number of those or swap out the requested ramen for rice noodles.
More great pasta recipes to check out soon
- Cream Cheese Bacon Pasta Bake
- Grilled Spaghetti Squash with Bolognese Sauce
- Pineapple Teriyaki Yakisoba Noodles
- Instant Pot Chicken Spaghetti
Sesame Garlic Ramen Noodles
- 3 packets Ramen Noodles, Seasoning Discarded ($0.33)
- 1 Tablespoon Sesame Oil ($0.10)
- 3 Cloves Garlic, Minced (2 teaspoons) ($0.15)
- 1 teaspoon Grated/minced ginger or ginger paste ($0.15)
- ¼ Cup Soy Sauce ($0.40)
- 1 teaspoon Brown Sugar ($0.01)
- 2 teaspoons Sriracha or chili sauce ($0.02)
- 1 Tablespoon Rice vinegar ($0.04)
- 4-6 Green onions, thinly sliced ($0.01)
- 1 teaspoon Sesame seeds ($0.10)
- Place a large pan over medium-high heat and add in 3 packets of ramen noodles and enough water to cook them in. Discard the seasoning packets.
- Cook for about 5 minutes or until the noodles are soft and can be broken apart. Drain into a colander and set aside. Return pan to stove.
- Add your sesame oil to the pan and cook until sizzling.
- Add in the minced garlic and minced ginger. Cook 1 minute until fragrant.
- Remove the pan from the heat and add in the remaining sauce ingredients.
- Stir together until well combined.
- Add your drained noodles back into the pan with the sauce.
- Toss together well to coat.
- Divide into serving dishes and garnish with sliced green onions and sesame seeds. If desired, you can top it with more sriracha for added spice.