Quick and easy Ginger Scallion Noodles are packed with flavor. Just boil instant noodles and toss with a simple dressing made of ginger scallion sauce, soy sauce, sesame oil, and other pantry ingredients. Enjoy as a simple dish or top with protein for a complete meal.
Looking for a fast and satisfying meal made of pantry ingredients? Yes. Craving noodles? All the time!
Ginger Scallion Noodles is a combination of two things we love: noodles and ginger scallion sauce.
We use instant noodles to make this extra quick. You can use any type of instant noodle you have or even non-instant noodles like spaghetti.
We made a sauce by mixing together spoonfuls of ginger scallion sauce with pantry ingredients like soy sauce, garlic, white pepper, and sesame seeds. We add a little dashi powder or chicken powder for extra flavor.
The only "secret" to this dish is heating the sesame oil and pouring it over all the other sauce ingredients. The heat from the oil helps to "cook" the garlic and sauce. You'll hear a sizzle when pouring in the hot oil...very cool!
Then you just cook and drain the noodles and toss with the sauce. That's it! Super satisfying.
Here's what you'll need:
- Instant noodles - Use any brand you have available.
- Ginger scallion sauce - We make a big batch of our trusty ginger scallion sauce and store it in the fridge. You can then use the sauce to make many quick meals like this noodle dish.
- White pepper
- Soy sauce
- Sesame seeds
- Dashi or chicken powder - This is optional but will give a nice flavor boost to the dish.
- Sesame oil
See recipe card for quantities.
Let's get cooking!
Cook the noodles.
Cook the instant noodles according to directions on the package (discard any seasoning packets that come with the noodles). Drain and set aside.
Mix all the sauce ingredients together in a large, heatproof bowl.
In a small pan over medium-high heat, heat the sesame oil until it just barely starts to smoke. Then drizzle the oil over the sauce and mix.
Toss and eat.
Add the drained noodles to the bowl and toss, toss, toss. Eat and enjoy!
Substitutions and Variations
Here are a few ideas to get started:
- Spicy - There are two main ways we add heat to this dish. We usually drizzle chili oil or chili crisp on top right before eating. Or you can mix Korean red pepper chili flakes into the sauce (mix it into the sauce before tossing with the noodles).
- Change up the noodles - Try it with different brands of instant noodles. Or use pasta (use a long shape like spaghetti or bucatini or angel hair).
- Mushrooms or pork - Saute mushrooms and/or ground pork with a little salt. Then mix it into the sauce. Then add the cooked and drained noodles. Toss, eat, and enjoy!
.This is a simple noodle dish that is open to endless adaptations ^_^
Ginger scallion noodle leftovers keep in the fridge for up to 2 days. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
Heating the sesame oil is an extra step but one that you must not skip. We use this "hot sesame oil" method in many other recipes like our Hot Sesame Oil Tofu, Ginger Scallion Sauce, and Steamed Tofu.
Drizzling hot sesame oil over the sauce ingredients helps to "cook" the minced garlic. It mellows out and takes off the edge/bite from raw garlic.
It's an extra step but an easy step. Pour the sesame oil into a small pan and heat over medium heat until it barely JUST starts to smoke. Make sure you don't burn the oil. Once it starts full on smoking, then it's burnt. If you burn the oil, discard and start over. Using burnt oil will ruin the dish.
When you pour the hot oil over the garlic and sauce, you'll hear a little sizzle sound. It's very satisfying! If you don't hear the sizzle that means you didn't heat the oil hot enough.
If this is your first time, it might take one or two tries. But once you nail the "hot oil method" then you'll know how to do it forever!
The noodles work as a stand alone dish for a very simple meal.
Or you can make it more complete by topping with a fried egg, sautéed mushrooms or ground pork. You can even shred roast chicken (which we get from Costco Hawaii) and put it on top.
If you're serving the noodles as a side dish, it pairs great with Oyster Sauce Chicken, Shoyu Hot Dogs, and Miso Salmon.
Use any kind of instant noodles! We usually have a mix of all types of instant noodles in the pantry and this recipe has been delicious with them all.
You can use pasta (make sure it's a long noodle-y shape like spaghetti).
Or use fresh egg noodles (we buy fresh noodles from a noodle shop in Honolulu's Chinatown). If you can't find fresh egg noodles, frozen egg noodles are also great.
Ginger Scallion Noodles Recipe
Ginger Scallion Noodles
- Cook the instant noodles according to directions on the package (discard any seasoning packets that come with the noodles). Drain and set aside.
- Mix all the sauce ingredients in a large bowl.
- In a small pan over medium-high heat, heat the sesame oil until it just barely starts to smoke. Then drizzle the oil over the sauce and mix.
- Add the drained noodles to the bowl and toss, toss, toss. Eat and enjoy!
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