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Sesame Garlic Ramen Noodles – A Cheap Dinner Recipe That Tastes Amazing!

Whenever someone asks me for a recipe for a cheap but delicious meal this Sesame Garlic Ramen Noodles recipe is the first one that comes to my mind. It is an Asian inspired meal that is both tasty and inexpensive.

In fact, I was able to make this entire meal for under 50 cents per serving! And I could have made it for less if I would have purchased the bulk package of ramen noodles.

Although this recipe is inexpensive to make, you would never know it by the flavor that it provides. I promise you that this isn’t your college day ramen noodle recipe!

sesame garlic ramen noodles
Sesame garlic ramen noodles garnished with diced green onions and sesame seeds.

Most of us have been there with just a couple dollars to get us through until the next pay day. And ramen noodles was the only meal that we could afford.

We heated up the water and in 3 minutes the noodles were soft and ready to eat. All that was left to do was sprinkle on the packet of chicken or beef seasoning and stir.

Although we will be using the same packet of noodles for this Sesame Garlic Ramen Noodles recipe, we will not be using the seasoning packet that comes with it. Instead, we will make an Asian inspired sauce that the noodles will be tossed with.

Sesame Garlic Sauce

The inspiration of the sauce came after I ate at one of my favorite Asian restaurants. I ordered Garlic Chicken and could immediately taste the mixture of soy sauce and sesame oil.

And because I like to add additional flavor to my food, I grabbed the Sriracha sauce off the table and squirted a little on top. The explosion of flavor in my mouth was amazing!

So when I got home, I was eager to try some new recipes using some of my favorite ingredients. First I started with a Keto Chicken Stir Fry.

sesame garlic sauce
The sesame garlic sauce is a combination of flavors that blend perfectly together.

Then I decided to make a noodle dish with a package of ramen that I had in the back of my pantry. The sauce I made started with soy sauce.

Then I whisked in a little brown sugar to sweeten things up a bit. Next I added some sesame oil to give it that classic Asian inspired flavor.

Then I added a little garlic and my favorite Sriracha sauce. All that was left to do was to heat the sauce and toss it with the cooked noodles.

It was absolutely delicious! I knew then that I stumbled onto my new favorite, inexpensive meal!

However, I knew if I was going to make this for the family I would need to add some protein for the meat lovers.

Add Protein (Optional)

Although this meal is naturally designed to be vegetarian, you can add your favorite protein if desired. When I make this for dinner, I will make the recipe as written below.

Then I will remove my serving and set it aside. While the ramen noodles are in the hot skillet with the sesame garlic sauce, I will add in cooked, diced chicken.

Once the chicken is heated through, it is ready to be served! Of course, you don’t have to stick with chicken.

noodles with chicken and veggies
For the protein and veggie lovers, you can add them to the sesame garlic noodles to make a complete and filling meal.

You can add whatever protein that you prefer. Thinly sliced steak, shrimp and cooked tofu are all great options.

However, the addition of protein is purely optional. I actually prefer the dish without it myself, but the choice is up to you.

Sesame Garlic Ramen Noodles

*Specific measurements and complete recipe instructions are located in a printable recipe card at the bottom of this article. However, be sure to continue to read the tips and tricks to making this recipe below.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tsp. sesame oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp Sriracha sauce
  • ¼ cup soy sauce, low sodium
  • 6 oz ramen noodles (2 individual packages)

For Garnish, optional

  • Diced green onions
  • Sesame seeds

INSTRUCTIONS

Before you begin making this recipe be sure to have all the ingredients on hand. This recipe comes together very quickly and will be ready to eat in minutes.

Once you have everything gathered, start by cooking the ramen noodles per the package directions. When they are cooked, drain and set them aside while you prepare the sauce.

In a pan or skillet, heat the sesame oil over medium heat. Once hot add the minced garlic to pan and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly so that the garlic doesn’t become too brown.

ramen noodles
The recipe starts with cooking the ramen noodles according to packet directions.

Turn off the heat and remove the skillet away from the heat source. To the pan with the garlic whisk in the soy sauce, brown sugar and Sriracha sauce.

Continue to whisk until the brown sugar dissolves. Next, add the cooked and drained ramen noodles to the sesame garlic sauce.

Toss the mixture until the noodles are completely coated. Serve immediately and garnish with diced green onions and sesame seeds, if desired.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I double this recipe?

The recipe as written is designed to make 4 servings. However, you can double the recipe to make 8 servings if you prefer.

However, be sure that you have a large enough skillet or pot to fit 4 packages of ramen noodles.

2. I only need 2 servings, how do I adapt the recipe?

If you are cooking for two, use only 1 package of ramen noodles, then decrease the sesame garlic sauce ingredients in half.

cooked ramen in sesame garlic sauce
Once the sauce has been prepared, add the cooked noodles and toss until well coated. If you are adding protein or sautéed veggies, add them at this time.

3. What can I do with the ramen noodle seasoning packet?

You can use the seasoning packet that comes with the ramen noodles in various ways.

  • Season white or brown rice with the seasoning
  • Add it to cooked baby potatoes
  • Sprinkle on top of popcorn for a special treat
  • Add it to a pot of hot water to make a broth
  • Use it as a dry rub seasoning for chicken breasts

4. Can I add vegetables to this recipe?

If you have some extra veggies on hand, you can certainly add them to your sesame garlic ramen noodles to make it a complete meal.

Use whatever vegetables that you prefer in your stir fry. Broccoli, peppers, zucchini, onions, and snow peas are all great options.

However, be sure to saute them before adding them to the noodles so that they are tender.

Enjoy! Mary

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Sesame Garlic Ramen Noodles

sesame garlic ramen noodles with chopsticks

A quick and easy side dish or main dish recipe that is ready to eat in just 10 minutes. Turn Ramen noodles into something flavorful and delicious!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp Sriracha sauce
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • ¼ cup soy sauce, low sodium
  • 6 oz ramen noodles (2 packages)

Garnish, optional

  • Diced green onions
  • Sesame seeds

Instructions

  1. Cook ramen noodles according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

  2. In a pan, heat sesame oil over medium heat. Add garlic to pan and cook for 1 minutes, stirring constantly so that the garlic doesn't become too brown.

  3. Turn off heat, remove the skillet away from the heat source and whisk in soy sauce, brown sugar and Sriracha sauce.

  4. Add the cooked and drained noodles to the pan and toss until the noodles are coated.

  5. Serve immediately and garnish with diced green onions and sesame seeds, if desired.

Notes

Recipe provided by Make Your Meals

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 108Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 767mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 4g

Nutritional Information is to be used as a general guideline only . Nutritional calculations will vary from the types and brands of the products used.

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