Spicy Sesame Noodles with Tempeh

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These Spicy Sesame Noodles are perfect when you have a craving for Asian noodles but also want a little kick. They’re so easy to make and much healthier than take out! 

Spicy Sesame Noodles | These Spicy Sesame Noodles are perfect when you have a craving for Asian noodles but want a little kick!

You’ve probably noticed I like Asian food after seeing recipes like my Mongolian Soy Curls and Deconstructed Sushi Bowls.  You probably won’t be surprised when I tell you I’m pretty much obsessed with those cold sesame noodles you can order at Asian restaurants. I just can’t get enough of them. I love the texture and flavor of the noodles. To save some money (because I order them often) I thought I’d start making my own which I call my Spicy Sesame Noodles.

Since I’m also obsessed with spice and hot sauce,  I decided to put my own caliente spin on the noodles. My version adds a little heat in both temperature and spiciness.

Spicy Sesame Noodles | These Spicy Sesame Noodles are perfect when you have a craving for Asian noodles but want a little kick!

To make this a full meal, I decided to add some tempeh for protein. The method I describe in the recipe is my favorite way to cook tempeh. All you need is some tempeh, olive oil and 5 minutes for cooking. The tempeh comes out browned and tasty!

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Spicy Sesame Noodles
Author: Mary Ellen
  • 10 oz gluten free noodles (I used spaghetti)
  • 1 package of tempeh
  • 1 TB oil or coconut oil
  • 1 TB tamari
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional but tasty!)
  • 2 TB sesame seeds (I used black but white it fine too)
  • 3 scallions chopped
Spicy Sauce
  • 1/3 C tahini
  • 1/4 C tamari (or soy sauce if not gf)
  • 1/2 C vegetable broth (and more if needed)
  • 1/2 tsp powdered ginger
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 cloves of garlic , minced
  • 1 TB maple syrup
  • 2 TB sriracha (or other hot sauce)
  • 2 TB rice wine vinegar (can substitute apple cider vinegar)
  1. Cook noodles to package directions.
  2. While noodles are cooking, put tempeh block in a bowl and kind of mash it with a fork until crumbly.
  3. Add oil to large pan. Once heated, add tempeh crumbles and tamari and cook for about 5 minutes until heated and browned.
  4. Add all sauce ingredients to a bowl and stir until smooth.
  5. When noodles are cooked, add them to a large bowl with the sauce. Add in tempeh and mix.
  6. Top with sesame seeds and scallions.

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18 thoughts on “Spicy Sesame Noodles with Tempeh

    1. Honestly, I don’t like blocks of tempeh much. I’ve had some versions that were okay at restaurants but when I try to make it before using this technique, I didn’t much like it either. If you do try it, let me know what you think. I’d love to hear.

  1. Oh man, these noodles look great, Mary Ellen! I’m avoiding soy a bit these days, but I think tempeh is a little easier on my system. Do you have any thoughts on what I could substitute (if anything)?

    1. The tempeh is broken up and kind of reminds me of crumbled sausage. A non-soy vegan sausage would work I think. I found this page: http://www.peta.org/living/food/guide-soy-gluten-free-meatless-meat/ and the non-soy and non-gluten option of Neat might work if you crumble that up. Here’s the Neat website: http://eatneat.com/. I’ve never tried it but it looks interesting. Now I need to find it and check it out. 🙂
      Beans like lentils might work as well if you kind of crisp them up a bit. Let me know if you try something else and how it goes. I can put it as an addition to the recipe.

  2. I thought it might have peanuts in it from the picture, but I was happy to go to the actual recipe and find out it doesn’t (we have allergies in my family). I can’t wait to try the recipe – believe it or not, I haven’t actually used tempeh yet, so this seems like a good place to start!

    1. Oh good! I almost put peanuts in it and I’m glad i didn’t! I hope you like it! Tempeh can be tough sometimes to get it just right but i find this cooking technique is so simple and tasty.

  3. Totally thought I commented on this… but I guess not. I must have commented on your guest post maybe. Anyway – this looks super delicious and I can’t wait to try making it… maybe not spicy though, which may defeat the purpose haha ;p

    1. I think you did comment on the guest post! I remember you saying something about the spice. It should be fine with a little less spice (though I love anything spicy). ?

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