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Easy Vegan Garlic Sesame Noodles

I first made these vegan garlic sesame noodles at a tiny airbnb in Southwest Harbor, Maine. It was our first stop on a year-long road trip. The weather was foggy and chilly, with fleeting moments of sunshine that made us all the more grateful for the warmth and the views.

Meal prep, understandably, had been taking a backseat to getting out and exploring. Aaron and I were mostly focused on fuel that was quick and portable, so there were lots of protein shakes and bars, canned beans, and throw-together soups. We’ve hadn’t been eating out at all, and even though it had only been a few days, I still felt good about that. It was better not only for our bank account, but also for our waistlines and energy levels. That’s where these simple garlic sesame noodles came in.

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Easy Vegan Garlic Sesame Noodles (9 Ingredients & Gluten-Free!) | picklesnhoney.com #vegan #garlic #sesame #noodles #glutenfree #recipe #main #lunch #dinner

Easy Vegan Garlic Sesame Noodles (9 Ingredients & Gluten-Free!) | picklesnhoney.com #vegan #garlic #sesame #noodles #glutenfree #recipe #main #lunch #dinner

After a speedy,  strenuous hike around Valley Cove and Saint Sauveur Mountain, we were craving carbs big time. Something salty and a little sweet, garlicky and spicy…reminiscent of Chinese takeout minus the grease and unfortunate food coma that follows. These vegan garlic sesame noodles, with only nine basic ingredients that can be found at most any grocery store (off the grid or in the city), really hit the spot. They’re as simple as boiling water, cooking pasta, and slicing a few vegetables. And the flavor! You should be able to get eight servings out of this according to the pasta package, but we got more like five. In part because hiking makes you hangry, and also because just like Chinese takeout, you will crave one more bite, then another, and another.

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Easy Vegan Garlic Sesame Noodles

Easy Vegan Garlic Sesame Noodles

Gluten Free, Vegan,

Serves: 6-8


Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 8 mins

Total Time: 23 mins

These vegan garlic sesame noodles require just 9 basic ingredients that can be found at most any grocery store! They're salty and a little sweet, garlicky and spicy, and reminiscent of Chinese takeout minus the grease and food coma.

Easy Vegan Garlic Sesame Noodles

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound brown rice spaghetti (or vermicelli if you prefer thinner noodles), cooked in salted water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1 cup sliced green onions, divided
  • 7 medium cloves garlic, minced
  • scant 1/2 teaspoon red chili pepper flakes (or to taste)
  • 1/4 cup tamari sauce (or soy sauce if not gluten-free)
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • sesame seeds for garnish

Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegan Servings: 6-8

Prep Time: 15 mins Cook Time: 8 mins Total Time: 23 mins

These vegan garlic sesame noodles require just 9 basic ingredients that can be found at most any grocery store! They're salty and a little sweet, garlicky and spicy, and reminiscent of Chinese takeout minus the grease and food coma.

Instructions

  • Heat a large pan over low-medium heat.
  • Pour in the sesame oil and once warmed, stir in 3/4 cup of the green onions, garlic, and red chili flakes. Cook until the garlic is a light golden brown and fragrant, stirring every so often so it doesn't burn.
  • Add the tamari, coconut sugar, and rice vinegar and stir to combine.
  • Add the prepared and drained noodles and toss to coat them in the sauce. Allow the noodles to cook for 1-2 minutes, or until they are heated through.
  • Garnish with the remaining 1/4 cup sliced green onions and a sprinkle of sesame seeds. Serve immediately.

Notes [1]

Baked or lightly pan-fried tofu would make an excellent addition if you’re looking to increase the protein.

Copyright © 2019 Amanda Maguire for Pickles & Honey

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  1. im here for both food and travel..im a little bummed that you are not coming to Dallas 🙁

    1. Amanda says

      So glad you’re here for both, Dixya! I think Dallas was a long drive from Austin headed in the direction of New Orleans…I need to consult a map. 😉

  2. I can’t get enough of Chinese food! I am obsessed with lo mein but hate how greasy it makes me feel afterwards. I love seeing a fresh take on it that is different than my own. Sounds like you guys are having quite the adventure out there! I look forward to more on the road recipes and travel stories!

    1. Amanda says

      I know what you mean about the lo mein. Good for the first few bites and then SO greasy!

  3. I love a good Asian noodle dish just like this. Thanks for the super easy and delicious recipe – you definitely can consider I will be making it!

    1. Amanda says

      Awesome! Let us know how it turns out!

  4. Kait says

    Nooooooooomz. Saving this one for the two weeks Bren is in Australia and I have to fend for myself completely- the horror! 😉

    Seriously though – put it in my mouth.

    And obvi here for the food, travel, and life advice. I may have been bragging about you to everyone…

    1. Amanda says

      I think I need to hire you to do PR. I can pay you in food. 😉

      1. Kait says

        DEAL! As long as you promise to sneak me all the peanut butter when Bren isn’t around.

      2. Kait says

        Um…got home at 9;30 and needed something quick. Had two bunches of garlic scapes (#CSAproblems) so I used those instead of scallions + garlic and OMG. I seriously love you.

        Also- I kept the shaker of sesame seeds next to me the whole time and kept sprinkling them on like candy.

      3. Amanda says

        I like that hashtag. 🙂 Last summer we actually opted to not renew our CSA because it was like a million heads of lettuce every week. #LettuceProblems

  5. This sounds amazing and so super simple! I’m betting that it would make a wonderful weeknight meal. 🙂

    1. Amanda says

      Yes, it’s perfect for a weeknight! No fuss, minimal dishes. 🙂

  6. Mercedes says

    I gave up eating Chinese take out years ago because it makes you feel so bad but some of the flavours are so amazing. I love this recipe because I can see how I would eat it on a regular basis and maybe add some more veg and it is the perfect dinner. Good luck on the road trip and I am looking forward to updates 🙂

    1. Amanda says

      These noodles would be wonderful with extra veggies! I think you could load them up with your favorites and then just make some extra sauce to season them.

  7. Caitlin says

    i’m here for it all, lady love!

    1. Amanda says

      You are the best. xo

  8. Julia Roberts says

    Looks really yummy. Makes me to want it. Hope I will make it some day soon. Anyway, thanks for sharing.

  9. I’m so excited to make these! I have them on the menu this week. I may add some edamame and broccoli as well.

    Enjoy your travels! 🙂

    1. Amanda says

      Yeah! The noodles are so good, and I bet they will be even better with edamame and broccoli. 🙂

  10. Julia says

    This looks delicious as I have been craving Chinese takeout and yet as others have said, didn’t want that greasy feeling afterward. I would probably add in some radicchio for the superfood benefits, but otherwise make it exactly as is.

    Thank you for sharing!

    1. Amanda says

      I think radicchio will be a delicious addition!

  11. I can’t wait for the food AND travel posts! Personally I’d love to see what sort of vegan restaurants/bakeries/food spots in general that you find on your travels. Best of luck!

  12. Leah says

    This is a great dish – chewy and savory in that Chinese restaurant way, just as you described. It’s also easy to make. I threw in some edamame (thanks to the above commenter), and it is a good idea to add a little more sauce. Thank you for sharing it!

  13. Kerry Krieg says

    I am so sorry people have been ripping you off. Thank you for your recipes. Be well.

    1. Thank you, Kerry! <3

  14. A mom says

    Very tasty noodles! I used rice noodles instead of spaghetti and subbed grapeseed oil for sesame oil (ran out yesterday). Also added tofu and served with green beans. The whole family gave thumbs up! Thanks for sharing this simple, yet tasty dish : ).

    1. A mom says

      Oh, I also added extra sesame seeds to make up for the missing sesame oil. Very tasty!

    2. I’m so happy your family enjoyed the noodles! They’re one of my favorite recipes. 🙂

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