With it’s 20 minute prep time, this Easy Chili Garlic Noodles Recipe will become your new weeknight staple. They’re garlicky, spicy, and make a great last-minute meal or base for your noodle bowl.
Most noteworthy, chili garlic paste is spicy! Very spicy! I used this Sambal Oelek, but this brand is also widely available. I haven’t been able to find a ‘mild’ chili garlic paste.
When making this recipe, you may think there isn’t enough sauce for the amount of pasta. The sauce has strong flavors. I found it sufficient to flavor the pasta.
EASY CHILI GARLIC NOODLES RECIPE
Recommendations for a less spicy substitution
- Harissa chili paste. However, some reviews claim you won’t get the same depth of flavor with harissa. Still, others say it’s just as hot as chili garlic paste. I have not tried this recipe with harissa chili paste yet. I did find these brands if you want to go this route.
- Another option, you could make chili garlic paste from scratch and choose the pepper depending on the level of heat you want.
- Furthermore, you can also use half the amount of chili garlic paste in this recipe.
- I do not recommend hot sauce nor do I recommend ketchup for this recipe.
TIPS AND SUCH
- I also want to mention that Chili Garlic Sauce and Chili Garlic Paste are the same things. You may see them both ways in recipes.
- However, Chili Garlic Paste is different than Sriracha sauce.
- I used regular noodles, but you can use ramen, udon, rice, carb-free, whatever pasta you choose.
- As well, I used linguine pasta, but you can use spaghetti, fettuccine, or angel hair.
- I used three shallots or about 1/2 cup. Shallots have a delicate, slightly sweet flavor, but you can substitute yellow or Vidalia onions in the same amount in recipes.
- You can easily double or triple this recipe.
- Finally, you can add chicken. As well you could add broccoli, bok choy, cabbage, or peppers to these noodles. I would add two cups, but you can add as much as you want. If you add vegetables, saute’ them with the shallots.
Pasta portion recommendations suggest 2 ounces of cooked pasta is enough for a first course or side. Whereas, 4 ounces of cooked pasta equals one entree serving or 2 cups cooked pasta. This recipe has 8 ounces or two entree servings. I find 2 cups of pasta to be a generous serving!
Lastly, let’s discuss sesame oil. Sesame oil is derived from sesame seeds and is popular in Asian cuisine. It has a nutty aroma and taste. Sesame oil is high in antioxidants, has anti-inflammatory properties, and is good for your heart.
Sesame oil is more expensive than other oils. However, it has a strong flavor and a little really does go a long way.
Store your sesame oil in a cool, dry area, away from sunlight or heat sources.
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Easy Chili Garlic Noodles Recipe
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- 8 ounces noodles see notes above
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 3 medium shallots thinly sliced
- 1 and ½ tablespoon sesame oil
- ½ cup green onions thinly sliced (plus some for garnish)
- 4 medium garlic cloves minced
- ⅓ cup low-sodium soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons chili garlic sauce see post above for substitutes
- 1 tablespoons brown sugar packed
- ½ tablespoon lime juice
- Cook the noodles according to the расkаgе іnѕtruсtіоnѕ. Drаіn.
- In a lаrgе skillet оvеr mеdіum hеаt, heat оіl. Add shallots аnd cook until golden аnd сrіѕру. This will take about 5 mіntutеѕ. Remove the ѕhаllоtѕ from the pan to drain on a рареr towel-lined рlаtе.
- Add ѕеѕаmе оіl tо the ѕkіllеt. Whеn the sesame оіl іѕ frаgrаnt, add the grееn onions and gаrlіс аnd сооk for one mіnutе.
- Next add ѕоу ѕаuсе, сhіlі garlic ѕаuсе, lіmе juісе, and brоwn ѕugаr. Sіmmеr until ѕаuсе hаѕ rеduсеd ѕlіghtlу, 3 tо 5 mіnutеѕ.
- Add the сооkеd noodles аnd tоѕѕ tо соmbіnе.
- Add the сrіѕру ѕhаllоtѕ and mоrе grееn оnіоnѕ to garnish. Sеrvе іmmеdіаtеlу.
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I love how easy this noodle dish was and you can’t go wrong with garlic and chili as your main flavors. Great comfort food.
Mmmm a yummy, easy recipe the whole family will enjoy!
This looks like 5 star recipe, haven’t tried it yet. Just thought you might want to correct typo in the print recipe section. It says it takes 15 hours to cook! Keep cookin!
Ouch, that would be a bit dry, wouldn’t it? Thanks for letting me know!!