Sesame Ramen Noodles are a flavorful quick dish and it may just become a lunchtime staple for you! Tender crisp green onions are sauteed in sesame oil and tossed with instant ramen in a delicious ginger sauce!
You can try serving this dish as a companion to easy pepper steak or pineapple teriyaki chicken. Or, serve it up alongside garlic grilled shrimp, and make several other pretty side dishes to go with it for a fun Japanese-themed supper!
To Make Ramen Noodle Sauce
It’s best to have all your ingredients ready ahead of time so that you can just toss everything in the hot pan.
- Prepare green onions, garlic, and ginger.
- Boil the instant ramen (see recipe below).
- Make the sauce and toss with the noodles. Top with extra green onion and sesame seeds
How to Toast Sesame Seeds
When it comes to sesame seeds, toasted definitely has the best flavor. You can also purchase toasted seeds to keep on hand.
To start, preheat a dry skillet on medium. To save dishes, use the same pan you plan to make the noodles in.
- When hot, sprinkle the raw sesame seeds in the pan and shake or move the seeds around with a spatula until they start to turn slightly brown. Watch carefully that the seeds don’t burn. This should only take about 30 seconds to a minute.
- Once you see a color change, scrape the seeds into a bowl immediately.
Try making enough to keep on hand in the freezer in a ziplock bag, so that next time, you can skip this step!
What to Add to Sesame Ramen Noodles
Though these noodles are so delicious they need no additions and I often serve them as a side dish but of course you can add proteins and veggies to make a ramen stir fry. Feel free to mix it up any way you choose!
- Try adding in some thinly sliced beef, or some shredded chicken.
- Bamboo shoots or baby corn would taste so delicious!
- Spicy chili bean paste…why not?
- Add lots of broth and a soft boiled egg with a drizzle of tamari on top for the perfect meal!
More Amazing Asian Dishes
- Easy Ramen Stir Fry – easy, inexpensive & flavorful
- Asian Noodle Salad – packed with raw veggies
- Teriyaki Chicken – ready in 25 minutes
- Cashew Chicken Stir Fry – simple take out classic
- Sweet and Sour Pork – easy at-home dinner
- Egg Roll in a Bowl – 20-minute meal
- Sticky Bourbon Chicken – food court favorite
- Unwrapped Wonton Soup – easy to prepare
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Sesame Ramen Noodles
- 2 packages ramen noodles seasoning packets discarded
- 2 teaspoons fresh grated ginger
- 2 cloves garlic
- 3 green onions finely sliced & whites/greens divided
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- Toasted sesame seeds for serving
- 1 ½ tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
- ½ teaspoon brown sugar or honey
- ¼ teaspoon red chili flakes or sriracha
- 1 tablespoon water
- 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
- Boil ramen noodles 3 minutes or just until tender, drain well. Do not overcook. Meanwhile, whisk sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside.
- Heat oil over medium-high heat. Add ginger, garlic and whites of green onions. Cook just until fragrant, 1-2 minutes.
- Add remaining sauce ingredients and ½ of the remaining green onions. Simmer 1 minute.
- Stir in ramen, cook 1-2 minutes or until heated through. Top with remaining green onions and sesame seeds.
- Vegetables are great added to this recipe. Simply stir fry cabbage or other favorite veggies before adding the sauce.
- Leftover protein can be added to make this a full meal.
- Ramen noodles can be substituted with an equal amount of any other thin noodle.