Sesame Noodles are tossed in a delightful Asian sesame sauce full of garlic, ginger, sesame oil, and Tamari and then loaded with bell peppers. This easy and healthy gluten-free dinner recipe can be ready and on the table in under 30 minutes!
Fighting the Crowds for Sesame Noodles
A few weeks ago Cohl and I decided to run a few errands (including buying a new couch!) During the midst of our trek across town, we both became RAVENOUS. So we pulled up to Central Market and I ran inside to grab a quick package of sesame noodles.
Unbeknownst to us, the entire city of Austin was already off work the Monday before Thanksgiving. The grocery store was PACKED!! As I stood in a line that wrapped around the corner with my carton full of cold sesame noodles I began to wonder, “Are these even WORTH it?”
After finally checking out I plopped into the car and tore apart the package. We both began to dig into these Asian noodles. Honestly, not many words were exchanged as we completely demolished the entire box of sesame noodles. Let’s just say… they were TOTALLY worth it!
A quick look at the ingredient list on the box and I knew these would be quite simple to make at home. So today I bring you… this sesame noodles recipe! And unlike the one from the grocery store, this recipe is a healthy version that is gluten-free, soy-free, and refined sugar-free. These cold sesame noodles also do not require any peanut butter or other nut butter.
Below you will learn how to make sesame noodles, an easy way to make sesame sauce, whether these sesame noodles taste better cold or hot, and extra veggies you can throw in to increase this recipe’s nutritional value!
How to Make Sesame Noodles
Sesame noodles are a quick and easy dinner recipe that can be prepared in under 30 minutes. Instead of ordering take-out that is loaded with sugar, gluten, and (sometimes) MSG, this recipe is totally gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and absolutely delicious!
The first thing you will do when making your sesame noodles is select the type of pasta you will be using. I have had remarkable success with the following gluten-free pastas:
- Jovial brown rice spaghetti – It held it’s shaped nicely and did not get hard after being refrigerated for 24 hours.
- Ancient Harvest linguine – This gluten-free pasta also held up well.
- Barilla linguine – This one tastes great, but does have a tendency to break apart more easily.
Cook’s Tip: Gluten-free pasta that is made with primarily corn tends to fall apart more easily. Look for pastas that are made from rice or quinoa for best results.
Easy Sesame Sauce
After you have selected your pasta and started cooking it, it’s time to whip up your sesame sauce. It’s super easy to make and only requires a few ingredients you probably already have:
- Soy sauce – You can either use regular soy sauce (if not gluten-free), gluten-free soy sauce, Tamari sauce (my personal preference!) or coconut liquid aminos (good for those on soy-free diets.)
- Garlic and ginger – Fresh garlic cloves, not garlic powder, are a MUST. Also, ginger paste that comes in a tube is a great alternative to crushing your own ginger.
- Sesame oil – Make sure you get TOASTED sesame oil for the best results.
- Rice wine vinegar – This is used in many Asian recipes. You can substitute white wine vinegar or ACV, but the flavor will be slightly different.
- Sugar – If you would like for it to be refined sugar-free use coconut sugar instead of white sugar.
- Chili garlic paste – Sriracha sauce or any other hot sauce will substitute well here.
Add all of your sesame sauce ingredients into a medium-sized bowl and whisk to combine. Set this aside until your bell peppers are done cooking!
Wok it Out
Should you invest money and sacrifice kitchen cabinet space for a wok?
My honest opinion is, no. If you are making stir-fries on a weekly basis, then you might benefit from owning a wok. However, most recipes can be made quite easily with just a large skillet.
If you do want to invest in a wok, you can check out this ceramic non-stick wok and this stainless steel wok. The ceramic wok has a ceramic non-stick coating and is great when adding eggs, rice, or other sticky ingredients. The stainless steel wok can handle higher heats and is perfect for cooking up big batches of meat and vegetables.
Hot or Cold Sesame Noodles?
Sesame noodles can be served hot or cold and it is absolutely a personal preference. To me, it is SO hard to not gobble up the entire skillet full of sesame noodles right when they are finished cooking. However, if you refrigerate them for 2 hours, the flavors meld together nicely and the recipe tastes incredible!
Do note: Gluten-free pasta tends to break apart after being refrigerated for extended periods of time and can sometimes get hard. You will want to enjoy your leftovers within 24 hours for best texture.
Load it Up with Veggies!
The easiest way to boost your daily nutrition is to add in extra veggies wherever you can. This sesame noodles recipe is a great canvas to load up with all kinds of vegetables. It already calls for 3 bell peppers which are loaded with Vitamin C, fiber, B6 and folate. Here are a few other vegetables you can try:
- Carrots – Slice these thinly on the bias and add them to the skillet with the bell peppers.
- Broccoli – Cut your broccoli into florets and add them to the skillet for 4-5 minutes.
- Snap peas – You can buy frozen snap peas and add them in when you add the noodles.
- Mushrooms – These do not require a lot of cook time, so add them in with the bell peppers with 4-5 minutes of cook time left.
Other Recipes like these Sesame Noodles:
If you like this healthy spin on traditional sesame noodles, you might want to check out these other healthy Asian recipes:
Sesame Noodles Recipe
Sesame Noodles are tossed in a delightful Asian sesame sauce full of garlic, ginger, sesame oil, and Tamari and then loaded with bell peppers. This easy gluten-free dinner recipe can be ready and on the table in under 30 minutes!
- 12 oz. linguini or spaghetti gluten-free
- 3 bell peppers small, cut into thin strips
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil
- ½ tsp. salt
- 1 bunch green onions cut into 1-inch pieces
- Sesame seeds toasted, optional
Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook pasta according to package directions. (You want it to be al dente.)
In a large skillet or wok over medium heat add 2 tablespoons olive oil, bell pepper slices, and ½ teaspoon salt. Sauté for 7-9 minutes, or until peppers are tender.
While pepper and pasta are cooking, whisk together sesame sauce ingredients in a medium-sized bowl until combined. Add sesame sauce to skillet once peppers are cooked. Simmer sauce, while whisking occasionally, for 1 minute.
Add drained pasta to skillet and toss in sauce for 1-2 minutes over low heat.
Serve sesame noodles immediately with green onions and sesame seeds or refrigerate for 2 hours to serve cold. Enjoy!