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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.

bowl of noodles

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.

skillet of garlic noodles


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.

  Chili Garlic Noodles


  • 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.

Chili Garlic Noodles

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.

noodles with onions and sesame seeds

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Chili Garlic Noodles

Easy Chili Garlic Noodles Recipe

I tried to answer questions you may have in the post above. You find tips and substitutions and I think you'll find it helpful.
Author: Paula
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
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  • 8 ounces noodles see notes above
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3 medium shallots thinly sliced
  • salt
  • 1 and ½ tablespoon sesame oil
  • ½ cup green onions thinly sliced (plus some for garnish)
  • 4 medium garlic cloves minced
  • 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.


Calories: 684kcal | Carbohydrates: 109g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Sodium: 2270mg | Potassium: 548mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 249IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 3mg
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  1. 5 stars
    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.

  2. 5 stars
    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!

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