Chili Garlic Udon Noodles

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These savoury and umami Asian Garlic Chili Oil Noodles are super easy and quick to make and perfect as a busy weeknight dinner.

These Chili Garlic Udon Noodles are one of my absolute favourite Asian Noodles for something quick to make for dinner. I love this recipe cause it is a super easy and flavorful Asian Noodle Recipe that comes in very handy when cooking only for 1 Person/ cooking for yourself.

This makes these spicy chili Noodles an easy recipe which is the perfect Noodle Dish for Dinner or Lunch when you’re short on time.

When you skip the fried egg at the end, you’ll have a lovely portion of a vegan pasta dish.

How to make quick and delicious Chili garlic Udon Noodles?

Ingredients for Chili Garlic Udon Noodles

To make my Spicy Garlic Udon Noodles, you’ll need the following Ingredients:

  • Chili Oil
  • Red pepper flakes / chili flakes (optional according to the spice level)
  • Fresh or semy-dried Udon Noodles (they are thick noodles with a chewy texture)
    You can also use frozen Udon Noodles (defrost them beforehand), or dry udon noodles which might not end up that thick.
  • Minced Garlic
  • Fresh Ginger
  • Soy Sauce & Dark Rice Vinegar
  • Pure Sesame Oil
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Spring Onion
  • Eggs (optional)
  • Salt

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Steps to prepare chili garlic udon noodles

These tasty and quick and easy Asian Noodles are made in less than 10 minutes and are perfect as an uncomplicated and savoury weeknight dinner. These are the Steps to make this recipe:

Step 1: Preparing the savoury Sauce

First, we’re going to combine all the ingredients for the sauce in a medium heatproof bowl. Therefore, finely chop the fresh ginger and garlic cloves and put them into the bowl. Now add homemade Chili Oil, red pepper flakes, salt and white sesame seeds. If you want your noodles to be less spicy, just skip the chili flakes and only use the chili oil.

In a small pan, heat the granola oil (or avocado oil) until the oil starts to smoke. Take the pan from the heat and pour the hot oil over the ingredients we’ve put in the bowl and mix well together.

Step 2: Season the Sauce

To enhance the flavour and taste of the oily chili garlic sauce, you can now add a little soy sauce, dark rice vinegar and pure sesame oil. If you like it more on the acidic side, add a little more vinegar.

Step 3: Cooking the Udon Noodles

Now cook the fresh Udon Noodles in boiling water for a few minutes. Fresh Udon Noodles don’t take a lot of time to cook. They’re ready when they turn a bit soft but still remain a bit chewy. Add the Noodles to the Bowl and mix together with the chili garlic sauce.

Now it’s time to garnish! Add a fried egg for a protein ingredient, or if you want to keep it vegan, some fried tofu. Garnish with some sliced spring onion greens and sesame seeds. For sure you can add anything else depending on how you like it.

chili garlic noodles

What is special about Udon Noodles?

Fresh Udon Noodles are thick and squishy Japanese noodles with a chewy texture made from wheat flour and salt. In contrast to ramen noodles, udon noodles are not made with eggs, which makes them a great choice for vegans. Cause these squishy Noodles are so thick and comforting, they also take up a lot of sauce. This is what makes these Japanese noodles so popular.

Tips for enhancing the Flavor of garlic chili noodles

The secret to fantastic and flavor-packed spicy Udon Noodles lies in the sauce, or especially in the Chili Oil. A great quality Chili Oil which you’ll find in any Asian grocery store, not only adds some heat to the dish but also a lot of complex umami flavours. So be sure to get a good quality Chili oil, or even better, learn how to make the best possible homemade Chinese Chili Oil with my recipe below.

sichuan chili oil
Homemade Chinese Chili Oil Recipe
Spicy, savoury and addictive Chinese chili oil (Sichuan Style) to spice up your meals.
Check out this recipe

Frequently Asked Questions for Spicy Garlic Noodles

How do you tone down chili in noodles?

To tone down the heat from the chili, just add a little sugar, as sweetness counteracts the spiciness.

Are Udon Noodles healthier than Pasta?

Udon Noodles have around 150 calories per 100g, which is a bit more than rice noodles or soba noodles, but probably less than pasta. Therefore pasta has more fiber and protein than Udon Noodles.

Is Udon Japanese or Korean?

Udon are Japanese Noodles. In some Korean Recipes, Udon, called udong-myeon, is also used.

Do you soak Udon Noodles?

Fresh or semy-dried Udon noodles can be soaked or cooked for several minutes in hot water. Dry Udon Noodles need to be cooked for longer to become the desired texture and tenderness.

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Chili Garlic Udon Noodles

These super savory and umami Asian garlic chili udon noodles are super easy and quick to make and perfect as a busy weeknight dinner.
Servings 1 Person
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes




  • finely mince the garlic and fresh ginger and put into a heatproof bowl. Add chili oil, chili flakes, salt and white sesame seeds.
    2 gloves garlic, 1 thumb fresh ginger, pinch salt, 1 tbsp chili oil, 1 tsp chili flakes, 1 tbsp white sesame seeds
  • In a small saucepan, heat up the granola/peanut oil. When the oil starts to smoke, take it from the stove and pour it over the other ingredients in the bowl.
    4 tbsp granola / peanut oil
  • Add soy sauce, vinegar and pure sesame oil and mix together.
    1 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tbsp dark rice vinegar, 1 tsp pure sesame oil
  • Cook the udon noodles until they're soft, drain them and put them into the garlic chili oil mix.
    300 g udon noodles
  • Mix the Noodles well with the sauce and garnish with a fried egg, some sliced spring onion greens and some black sesame seeds. Enjoy!
    1 tsp black sesame seeds, 1 egg, 1 tbsp sliced spring onion greends
Author: Fabian
Cost: 6
dish: Hauptgericht, Lunch, Main Course, Noodles, Pasta, Vegetarian
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese, Chinesisch
Keyword: chili garlic noodles, garlic chili oil noodles


Serving: 350g

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