Chilli Garlic Noodles | Asian Garlic Noodles

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Bold and tasty Chilli garlic noodles are perfectly spicy, flavorful, and easy to make in under 30 minutes. Here you’ll find step-by-step instructions with photos to make this delicious and vegan-friendly stir fried recipe of garlic noodles for a satisfying lunch or dinner dish.

chilli garlic noodles recipe

About Chilli Garlic Noodles

This Asian Chinese-style garlic noodles recipe includes noodles cooked with dry red chilies and red chili sauce for a vibrant, lightly spicy dish.

While there are many ways to make chilli garlic noodles, they are typically prepared with only a couple handfuls of simple pantry staples.

It’s also a quick recipe – cook time is just 10 minutes! So this dish is perfect for a casual lunch or fast and tasty dinner.

I have not added any vegetables or edible mushrooms here apart from the aromatics like spring onions and garlic.

Feel free to make the dish more heartier and colorful by adding sturdy vegetables like carrots, bell peppers, cabbage, baby corn, green beans, bok choy, napa cabbage and mushrooms like button mushrooms, cremini, oyster or shiitake.

My version of a classic chilli garlic noodles recipe features bold aromatics, like red chilies and soy sauce. Cooked noodles are quickly stir-fried with the other ingredients in one skillet or wok.

The result is a simple but flavorful noodle dish that pairs great with saucy mains such as Chili Mushrooms, Chili Paneer/tofu, or Veg Manchurian.

Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Chilli Garlic Noodles

Cook Noodles

1. In a pan or wok heat 3.5 to 4 cups of water.

water in a pan

2. When the water comes to a boil, add 150 grams noodles. If using individually packaged noodles you need 2 packages each of 75 grams noodles.

This recipe is easily adaptable to any kind of noodles. So feel free to use up what you have. I have used instant noodles from a Thai brand.

Instant noodles, whole wheat noodles, ramen noodles, udon noodles, soba noodles, hakka noodles, chow mein noodles – all work well. Simply remember to cook the noodles according to the package instructions.

noodles for chilli garlic noodles recipe

3. Cook the noodles per the instructions on the pack or until they are al dente.

noodles for chilli garlic noodles recipe

4. Drain them in a colander and quickly rinse with water. Rinsing with water stops the cooking process.

noodles for chilli garlic noodles recipe

5. Strain them well and set aside.

noodles for chilli garlic noodles recipe

6. Meanwhile, when the noodles are cooking you can prep the other ingredients.

  • Finely chop 5 to 6 large garlic (about 1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic)
  • Chop 1 medium spring onion/scallion (or about ⅓ cup spring onion whites). Also chop the spring onion greens and set aside.
  • Finely chop 1 small stick of celery (about 2 teaspoons of finely chopped celery).
  • Also break or halve 2 to 3 dry red chilies (or chop 1 to 2 fresh red or green chillies). Remove the seeds of dry red chillies.

Set everything aside.

chopped onion, garlic, and chiles

Making Garlic Noodles

7. Heat 3 tablespoons of sesame oil in a wok or kadai. Keep the heat to medium and add 1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic and the halved or broken dry red chillies.

Stir fry for a few seconds. There’s no need to brown the garlic.

Note that instead of sesame oil, you can use toasted sesame oil or any neutral flavored oil.

stir fried chiles in oil

8. Then add the chopped spring onion whites. Reserve the greens for garnish.

stir frying aromatics in a wok

9. Add chopped celery. Celery is optional and can be skipped. But it really adds a lovely bit of flavor and crunch, so use it if you’ve got it!

celery for chilli garlic noodles recipe

10. Stir fry over medium heat until the onions turn translucent.

preparing chilli garlic noodles recipe

11. Then add the sauces and seasonings one by one: 

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce (naturally brewed)
  • 2 teaspoons of spicy red chili sauce or red chilli paste.
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar or red wine vinegar, or ½ teaspoon white vinegar.

Note: You can use green chilli sauce if you prefer, but the chilli garlic noodles dish will have a different taste. If you use a sweet tasting chilli sauce, the noodles will have a sweet taste.

adding spicy sauces to the wok

12. Stir well as you stir fry the ingredients.

making chilli garlic noodles recipe

13. Add ¼ to ½ sugar and salt as required. There’s no need to add much salt as the sauces are already quite salty. Stir again.

salt for chilli garlic noodles recipe

14. Then add the cooked and drained noodles.

noodles for chilli garlic noodles recipe

15. Mix and stir on medium heat, coating the noodles in the sauce. Taste, and adjust the seasoning as needed. You can add black or white pepper as well, if you like.

making chilli garlic noodles recipe

16. Lastly, add the chopped spring onions greens. You can even add dried red chili flakes on top for a extra kick of spice.

making chilli garlic noodles recipe

17. Mix and serve chilli garlic noodles accompanied hot with your choice of saucy main or side dish. If you prefer, you can sprinkle some sesame seeds or fried onions while serving.

chilli garlic noodles

FAQs

What other veggies can I add to these chilli garlic noodles?

Feel free to add just about any other sturdy vegetables you like to the dish. Chop up some bell peppers, mushrooms, carrots, cabbage, broccoli or other vegetable and add to the hot skillet (before the noodles) while you stir fry.

How can I make these garlic noodles even spicier?

I kept the heat to a moderate in my recipe, because it is a lot easier to add spiciness than it is to make a dish more mild. Add spice to the dish by adding more red chili sauce to taste.

How long do leftovers last?

The noodles taste best when hot and fresh. However, you can keep them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 day. Just note that the noodles will likely get a bit mushy when reheated on the stovetop or in a microwave.

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chilli garlic noodles recipe

Chilli Garlic Noodles | Asian Garlic Noodles

This Chilli Garlic Noodles are perfectly spicy, flavorful, and easy to make in under 30 minutes. Makes for a satisfying lunch or dinner dish.
4.95 from 17 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Cuisine Chinese, World
Course Main Course
Diet Vegan
Difficulty Level Easy
Servings 2
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Ingredients

For cooking noodles

  • 150 grams noodles or 5 cups cooked noodles or 2 noodle packets each of 75 grams
  • 3.5 to 4 cups water

Other ingredients

  • 3 tablespoon sesame oil or toasted sesame oil or any neutral oil
  • 2 to 3 dry red chilies broken and deseeded, swap with 1 to 2 fresh red chilies or green chilies that have been sliced
  • cup spring onion whites – chopped or ⅓ cup finely chopped onions or shallots
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic or 5 to 6 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped celery – optional
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce (naturally brewed), add as required
  • 2 teaspoon red chili sauce or red chili paste, add as required
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar or rice wine or ½ teaspoon white vinegar
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon sugar add as required and per taste – optional
  • 2 to 3 tablespoon chopped spring onion greens
  • salt as required

Instructions
 

Cooking Noodles

  • In a pan or wok heat water until it comes to a boil
  • Add the noodles and stir. Cook noodles as per the instructions on the pack or till they are al dente.
  • Drain the noodles in a colander and rinse with water. Rinsing with water stops the cooking process. Strain them well and set aside.
  • When the noodles are cooking, you can prep the other ingredients – finely chop garlic cloves, spring onion, and celery. Also break or halve the chilies and remove the seeds. Set aside.

Making garlic noodles

  • Heat sesame oil in a wok or kadai. Keep the heat to medium and add the finely chopped garlic and the dry red chilies. Stir fry for a few seconds. No need to brown the garlic.
  • Then add the chopped spring onions and celery. Celery is optional and if you do not have then omit adding it.
  • Stir fry on a medium heat till the onions turn translucent and soften.
  • Then add the sauces one by one – soy sauce, red chili sauce or red chili paste. Also add rice vinegar (swap with rice wine or white vinegar). Stir well.
  • Add salt according to taste and sugar. Add less salt as the sauces already have salt in them. Stir and mix again.
  • Now add the cooked noodles.On a medium heat, mix and stir so that the sauce coats the noodles very well. Do a taste test. Add more salt or the sauces as required. 
  • You can decrease or increase the quantity of the sauces as per your taste. You can also add black pepper or white pepper. Switch off the heat.
  • Finally add the spring onions greens and stir to combine.
  • Serve chilli garlic noodles accompanied with veg manchurian, mushroom manchurian, cauliflower manchurian or sweet and sour vegetable. 
  • While serving garlic noodles you can also sprinkle some red chili flakes on the noodles for an extra kick of heat.

Notes

  • Feel free to use any type of noodles like instant noodles, whole wheat noodles, udon noodles, soba noodles, chow mein noodles, hakka noodles. The texture and taste will vary with the kind of noodles used. 
  • I make this dish moderately spiced, but if you want more spiciness add more red chilli sauce. 
  • You can also add vegetables to the dish like cabbage, green beans, carrots, baby corn, bell peppers, spinach. 
  • Edible mushrooms like white button mushrooms, cremini or shiitake mushrooms can also be included in the recipe. 
  • Instead of sesame oil, you use toasted sesame oil or any neutral oil. 

Nutrition Info (Approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
Chilli Garlic Noodles | Asian Garlic Noodles
Amount Per Serving
Calories 493 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Polyunsaturated Fat 9g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Sodium 1185mg52%
Potassium 306mg9%
Carbohydrates 61g20%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 415IU8%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 2mg10%
Vitamin B6 1mg50%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Vitamin E 1mg7%
Vitamin K 52µg50%
Calcium 57mg6%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 32µg8%
Iron 2mg11%
Magnesium 55mg14%
Phosphorus 173mg17%
Zinc 1mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This Chilli Garlic Noodles post from the archives (November 2015) has been republished and updated on 26 September 2021.

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25 Comments

  1. I tried so many recipes from your blogs and all turned out so good. Can you share basic indo Chinese sauces recipe like chilli sauce and more. Because store bought stuff has a unnecessary harmful ingredients.thanks.

    1. thanks. i will try updating these recipes. have a taken a note of them.

  2. Ur blog is awesome. Its my GoTo website 🙂

    What type of noodles do you use? They look like ones in maggi packets.

    1. thanks priti. these are not maggi noodles. this is a thai brand of noodles. i do not remember the name know. but i get them in a local superstore near my place.

  3. It has been quite a long since I’m reading your recipies. I totally appreciate your efforts. You put awesome recipes plus the way you put them with pictures is like a cherry on top of it. I have tried many of them and almost all of them were perfect and delicious. 🙂

    1. quite pleased to know this pratyancha 🙂 thankyou for your encouraging and kind words. glad you tried so many recipes from our food blog and loved them.

  4. Your recipes are great .i have a question is vinegar necessary or can we skip vinegar.
    pls reply thank you.keep up this work

  5. Hey,

    Last time I made these noodles without celery and it was yum. But this time i have got celery so do we use the stem part or leaves or both?5 stars

  6. please start a youtube channel..and daily vlogs too..would love to actually watch u cooking..5 stars

    1. thanks mahima and the suggestion of a vlog is really good. never thought about it. youtube has been on my agenda for sometime, but due to lack of time, i am not able to do anything related to videos. hopefully will try to work out on videos.

  7. I have no words to describe your recipies…but i just want to say..i love both u & your recipies

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    I have been reading your recipes since a long time .
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  9. Hello mam I have tried veg Manchurian dry and gravy ,calzone,veg pizza ..I had only one problem 1 cup of water with yeast was excess for 360 gm so I have to add more maida… buts it turns out delicious and yummy..
    I am about to make chocolate chip cookies if I made from maida do we need to knead it more.. plz reply thank u mam.
    ..4 stars

    1. thanks swati for the feedback on these recipes. the water amount used depends on the quality of flour. sometimes more water is required and sometimes less water. so basically the water proportion is relative to the quality of flour. don’t knead for cookie dough. just mix and gather into a dough. if you knead, then the cookies will become hard.