These Vegan Garlic Sesame Noodles are gluten-free and dressed in a spicy creamy tahini peanut butter sauce. You can have this delicious takeout-inspired meal on the table in 15 minutes!
Nothing says “comfort” like a big bowl of noodles. Just take my Vegan Mac and Cheese and Thai Basil Noodles for example! Both recipes are loaded with noodles full of flavor to warm you inside and out.
Add these Garlic Sesame Noodles to the list of healthy vegan comfort foods because they’re so delicious! Takeout-style noodles of your choice are tossed with a spicy tahini peanut sauce, sesame seeds and marinated tofu or tempeh crumbles for the most perfect and flavorful meal.
Are sesame noodles vegan?
Often traditional Chinese egg noodles are used but these sesame noodles are made vegan by subbing the egg-based noodles for any long vegan noodle of your choice (see below).
What kind of noodles do you use?
To make this dish vegan-friendly you can use noodles such as spaghetti, linguine, vermicelli, udon, or ramen.
To make them both gluten-free AND vegan, use rice noodles, buckwheat soba, chickpea or another bean-based spaghetti, brown rice ramen, or even yuba noodles.
Want to add a little extra nutrition? The peanut sauce is delicious when paired with zucchini or sweet potato noodles.
Are they supposed to be served hot or cold?
Having cold sesame noodles with cucumbers is a more traditional way of serving but I've seen them prepared anywhere from cold to room temp to warm.
I actually prefer them served warm. They’re much more comforting for me that way but you do you!
Ingredients & Subsitutions
- Noodles - Any long noodle will work in this recipe. I used gluten free spaghetti, but linguine, rice noodles, soba noodles, and vegetable noodles also work very well.
- Spicy Garlic Sauce - This isn’t your average peanut sauce! This salty, savory, and creamy spicy sauce is made with garlic, tamari, peanut butter, tahini, broth, rice vinegar, and sriracha. Here's some suggestions if you need to sub some items:
- Tamari - This gluten free sauce gives it little extra flavor and saltiness. You can use soy sauce if you don’t need the dish to be gluten free.
- Peanut Butter - feel free to sub in more tahini, another seed butter, or some almond butter.
- Rice Vinegar - Sub apple cider vinegar.
- Sriracha - Sub chili garlic suace or sambal oelek.
- Sesame seeds - Not only do white or black sesame seeds act as a great garnish and give each bite a slight crunch, but they’re also surprisingly healthy! They can help with iron absorption, lower blood pressure, maintain bone health, and decrease inflammation. Who could ask for a better garnish?
- Other Toppings - such as sliced green onions or scallions, roasted peanuts, and maybe even a little more sriracha or chili sauce.
How to make
It's super easy to put these vegan sesame noodles together:
Step 1: Cook the noodles. Boil the noodles of your choice according to the package directions.
Step 2: Make the spicy garlic sauce. Whisk all of the sauce ingredients in a bowl until you have a smooth mixture.
Step 3: Mix everything together. Place the cooked noodles in a bowl, pour the sauce over top, and add the sauteed tofu. Mix everything until it’s well combined. Serve the noodles in individual bowls with sesame seeds and scallions, then serve!
How to Serve
- Add veggies such as shredded carrots, cucumber, cabbage, celery, and/or peppers. You could also add some steamed/sauted broccoli, mushrooms, bok choy or spinach.
- Add protein - I love added sauteed marinated tofu to the sauce-covered noodles for extra protein and texture. Feel free to replace this with any plant protein you love, such tempeh crumbles, soy curls, teriyaki tempeh, seitan, or grilled tofu steaks.
- Topping options - Toasted sesame seeds (white or black), sliced green onions, chopped roasted peanuts, garlic chili sauce, or red pepper flakes.
It’s quite easy to customize these noodles to your preferences and taste buds. If you're having some trouble, check these tips out:
- Don't want it too garlicy? Cut down to 1 or 2 clove of garlic (or ¼ teaspoon of garlic powder).
- Worried about the spice level? If you think the sauce might be too spicy, you can omit the sriracha/chili sauce or use my peanut sauce instead.
- Adjust the flavor You can experiment with the flavors by adding more garlic, chili spice, or red pepper flakes.
- Is the sauce too thick? Feel free to thin it out with a little hot water until you reach the desired texture.
- Too thin? Add a little more tahni or peanut butter.
Frequently asked questions
Any leftovers will need to be stored in an airtight container in the fridge. They’ll stay fresh for up to 5 days.
Yes, you can for up to 2 months but I don't recommend it. They can get soggy once defrosted.
Tahini is slightly different as it’s made with raw sesame seeds. Sesame paste, on the other hand, is made from roasted or toasted sesame seeds.
More vegan takeout-inspired recipes
- Green Curry Tofu - A rich and creamy curry that’s done in under 30 minutes.
- Easy Tempeh Stir Fry - A nutrient-dense and protein-packed option for meal prep!
- Chili Garlic Tofu - The ultimate protein for spice lovers.
- Ramen Noodle Salad - Light, gluten free, and colorful. The best side dish!
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Garlic Sesame Noodles (Vegan + Gluten Free)
- 8 oz gluten free spaghetti or other pasta of choice
Garlic Sesame Sauce
- ¼ Cup tamari or soy sauce if not gf
- 3 Tablespoons vegetable broth or hot water
- 2 Tablespoons rice wine vinegar (can substitute apple cider vinegar)
- ¼ Cup tahini
- 3 Tablespoons creamy peanut butter (see notes)
- 3 cloves garlic minced, (or ½ teaspoon of garlic powder)
- 1 Tablespoon maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon powdered ginger
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- 1 Tablespoon sriracha or chili garlic sauce
- 2 Tablespoons sesame seeds
- 3 scallions chopped
- 2 tablespoons roasted peanuts (optional)
- vegan protein of choice (see notes)
- Cook noodles to package directions.
- Add all sauce ingredients to a bowl and stir until smooth.
- When noodles are cooked, add them to a large bowl with the sauce.
- Top with sesame seeds and scallions and serve.
PLEASE NOTE: Nutritional information data is computer generated and only an estimate so it should be used only as a guide.
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Mary Ellen Valverde MS, CNS, LDN is a Licensed Nutritionist and Certified Nutrition Specialist who empowers vegans to feel confident in creating sustainable habits that align with their values and health goals. She shares easy gluten-free plant-powered food to nourish your body + satisfy your tastebuds. Mary Ellen's recipes and nutrition info have been featured on Yahoo News, Parade, VegNews, LIVESTRONG, Dr. Axe, Greatist, LIVEKINDLY, Brit+Co, Well+Good, and more.