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Sharing an easy, weeknight, takeout-at-home-style dinner, Crispy Sesame Garlic Chili Oil Noodles. Homemade spicy chili oil with crispy garlic, shallots, and sesame seeds all tossed with quick-cooking rice noodles and fresh herbs. These noodles are saucy, just a little spicy, and the recipe comes together in no time at all (about 25-minutes). Perfect for busy weeknights when you’re looking for something with a little more flavor, but still quick, and delicious. 

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Would you believe me if I told you I’ve been working on these noodles for over a month? It’s the simplest recipe, that in theory I would have thought to be really easy to create. However, these took me some time! Fortunately, in the end, they were worth it. These noodles are easy and soo delicious, and oddly, they’re also gluten-free…oh, and vegan too! So this is a dish fit for just about everyone. 

I’ve really wanted to make a saucy chili noodle dish for the longest time. I just never had the right size rice noodle and I let that hold me back. I was hoping to use a wider noodle. But living where we live in the mountains, I just couldn’t find what I wanted. Finally, I gave in and decided to just move forward with the noodles I have access too. 

So these noodles are smaller than what’s traditionally used, but honestly? They ended up working perfectly! The thing that took me the longest to perfect was the chili oil. Well that and the photos. 

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I really wanted the oil to be flavorful and not just spicy. At first, I made the noodles way too hot (just ask my family!). Then, I wasn’t sure what was missing flavor-wise, but once I added a few spices and herbs, I finally found the right mix. 

The photos took some time too, but finally, finally, I am excited to share!

We love these noodles and they’re really great for busy nights. Creighton kind of inspired them, but I left the meat out, because we think they’re better meatless…more fresh and flavorful. 

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The process is simple

I always start first with the chili oil, which if needed, you could easily make in advance, then just add the noodles before dinner. 

Simmer everything together in sesame oil until the oil is super fragrant and the garlic and shallots start to get golden and crispy. The crispiness is key, but watch closely you don’t want the garlic to go from golden and crispy to just burnt.

Add the sesame seeds and ginger at the end. Then plenty of chili flakes and some spices. Well, at least that’s what I do. Add them to your liking, being sure to make the heat level one that’s good for you and your family! 

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For the noodles, you can really use any noodle you have, but I do like the thinner rice noodles. They hold up really well to the chili oil. 

I boil the noodles with a couple of bell peppers, because I love sneaking in some veggies. Broccoli would be really great here too! 

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Toss the noodles with the oil, you can use it all (I usually do) or to your taste. Again, adjust to your family’s needs! Finish with herbs and we’re done! Loving these quick weeknight dinners during this busy time before the new cookbook launches! 

The final verdict? The family loved these. Creighton added ground beef…but that’s to be expected. And I finally got the spiciness right. 


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Looking for other quick recipes? Here are my favorites: 

20 Minute Stir Fried Ginger Sesame Noodles

Honey Garlic Salmon Soba Noodle Bowls

Black Pepper Turmeric Cauliflower and Garlic Noodles

Garlic Butter Shrimp Pad Thai

Szechuan Noodles with Sesame Chili Oil

Lastly, if you make these, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Crispy Sesame Garlic Chili Oil Noodles

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories Per Serving: 428 kcal

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  • 1. In a medium skillet, combine the sesame oil, garlic, shallots, and bay leaf. Cook over medium heat until the garlic turns golden and is crisping, about 5-8 minutes. Stir in the sesame seeds and ginger, cook 1 minute.
    2. Pour the oil into a large bowl. Add the chili flakes, paprika, cayenne, and season with salt. I use all of the oil for the noodles, but if desired, reserve half of the oil for serving.
    3. Cook the noodles according to package directions. During the last 3 minutes, add the bell peppers to the water. Save 1/4 cup water, then drain. Toss the hot noodles, tamari/soy sauce, and all of the herbs with the chili oil, add water to thin to reach desired consistency.
    4. Serve the noodles with additional chili oil and green onions.
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  1. 5 stars
    Hi Tieghan,

    Could I use avocado oil instead of sesame for this? Have you tried that before? Thank you!

    1. Hey Morgan,
      So sorry, I would not recommend that for this recipe, the sesame oil really adds so much flavor to this recipe that you won’t want to skip it! Please let me know if you have any other questions! xT

  2. 5 stars
    I totally loved this dish! I used sweet potato glass noodles because I forgot I had them already. I used shrimp for my protein the first time I made it and the second time I used no protein and I straight killed it! Even though it didn’t need it, I added a lemon wedge to the bowl. I told my mom to come and get some and….then I told her I’ll hook her up next time. Maybe I should take her portion to her first LOL. I’m making them tonight or tomorrow.

    1. Hey Sarita,
      Thanks for making this recipe and your comment, so glad it was enjoyed! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! xx

  3. 5 stars
    This was absolutely delicious!! I didn’t have any sesame seeds but it was wonderful without. I’ve never cooked with so much sesame oil before and this was such a pleasant surprise!! I added pork belly and it went really well with it. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe, I’ll be cooking this again!!

    1. Hey Taylor,
      Fantastic!!🐣 Thanks so much for making this recipe and sharing your comment, so glad to hear it turned out well for you! xT

  4. 5 stars
    I had made homemade chili oil previously and that’s what I used for some of the ingredients . So I didn’t actually follow your recipe exactly. i did red onion cause that’s what i had and did the garlic. i added the ginger and sesame seeds, soy sauce. i garnished with the scallions and cilantro. i didn’t have thai basil so left it out. I used kelp noodles and then I added lotus root. It was fabulous. the textures were so much fun!! and great flavors!!

    1. Hey Bonnie,
      Happy Wednesday!❄️ I appreciate you making this recipe and I’m so glad it turned out well for you! xT

  5. 5 stars
    Very flavorful! I only did 1 tablespoon of the chili flakes per the recommendation of others, and I thought it was the perfect amount of spice. I also added in broccoli which was a great addition. We will definitely be making this one again!

    1. Hey Lauren,
      Happy Sunday!!🏈 I appreciate you making this recipe and sharing your review, so glad to hear it turned out well for you! xx

  6. 4 stars
    I made this delicious meal. It was spicy but with full flavour. I used the lower amount of cayenne and chilli flakes. My rice noodles did not come out crispy. I boiled the noodles as per the instructions but when combining the dish appeared oily not crispy. Any tips on getting those noodles crispy?

    1. Hey Max,
      Perfect!! Thanks so much for making this recipe, I love to hear that it turned out well for you! So the noodles shouldn’t be crispy, it’s the garlic and shallots that are crispy:) xT

    1. Hey Emily,
      Happy Wednesday!! ❄️ I appreciate you making this recipe and sharing your feedback, so glad to hear it turned out well for you! xT

    1. Hey Louise,
      Yes, a head of garlic is correct, but of course adjust to your liking:) Please let me know if you have any other questions, I hope you love this recipe! xT

  7. 5 stars
    Made this tonight and it was sooooo good! I will for sure be making this again. My husband said it tasted like it was from a restaurant. We added chicken for some protein. One question…I didn’t use all the chili oil, how long will it save for? And do I keep it on the counter or put it in the refrigerator?? Thanks!!!

    1. Hey Vanessa,
      Happy Wednesday! ❄️ I appreciate you making this recipe and sharing your feedback, so glad to hear it turned out well for you! The chili oil is good for 2 weeks in the fridge. xT

  8. 5 stars
    This was absolutely delicious and our favorite recipe! My husband and I love noodles and are picky about where to buy them from. This was perfect! It’s just us two, so we looked forward every day to eating the left overs for dinner. I will be making it for my family as they also love spicy noodles and find that restaurant *spicy* is never actually spicy. Thank you for this one!

    1. Hey Kenia,
      Happy Friday!!⛄️ Thanks so much for making this dish and sharing your review, so glad to hear it was a hit! xx

      1. Tieghan!!! My husband made this for Valentine’s Day, and I have to say, it was SPICY! He even scaled back on the cayenne, red pepper flakes, and went all in on Korean spice. He added a lb. of shrimp and otherwise, followed exactly. The flavor was good, but I couldn’t finish a bowl.