These super scrumptious Garlic Chili Noodles can be yours in only 15 minutes! Chewy rice noodles tossed in rich, velvety homemade garlic chili sauce oil creates a meal so slurp-worthy, you’ll want to put these spicy noodles on repeat!

rice noodles tossed with garlic chili sauce oil in a saute pan with chopsticks on the side.
Super addictive & ready in 15 minutes!

Why this will be your go-to noodles!

Have you heard of chili oil noodles? TikTok made them famous, but the garlicky savory sauce and massive flavor punch are what keeps everyone coming back for more. Here are a few more reasons you will love this spicy Asian noodles dish.

  • Decadent, garlicky sauce: This is the best part! Sweet and spicy sauce with a hint of heat is so luxurious your taste buds will be in heaven.
  • Ready in 15 minutes: With only 8 ingredients, you can whip together chili crisp noodles in a jiffy.
  • ADDICTING!: I’m sorry for screaming, but my recipe for chilli garlic noodles will have you begging for more.
Ingredients needed to make spicy oil noodles

Ingredients

You only need a few ingredients to whip up this spicy noodle recipe. For the super tastiest Sichuan noodles, be sure to use the best quality ingredients you can find.

  • Rice noodles: Use rice noodles to keep the dish gluten-free. Traditionally, this dish uses wide Chinese noodles, also known as squiggly noodles, to hold the sauce best.
  • Garlic Chili Sauce: Homemade garlicky sauce makes this dish next-level.
  • Additional: Butter, garlic, (chickpea) miso paste (or nut butter), coconut aminos, salt, scallions, and cilantro

Ingredient Substitutions

Szechuan noodles are so easy to experiment with; if you want to switch the flavors up or find yourself missing an ingredient, no worries! I have a few ideas you can try out below.

  • No miso paste or nut butter allergy? Try my paleo gochujang (Korean chili paste) instead.
  • Is chickpea miso hard to find? You can use regular white or red miso in its place and still have excellent spicy noodles.
  • No rice noodles? That’s OK! You can use your favorite noodle variety.
  • Do you want extra heat? If you like your Chinese noodles spicy, add an extra drizzle of oil to make a spicy chili oil pasta.

How to make spicy noodles

You may have heard of half baked harvest noodles or Tiffy cooks garlic noodles, but I promise you my easy spicy noodles recipe will knock your socks off! My quick and easy step-by-step instructions will have you serving up perfect garlic spicy noodles every time.

Start by boiling the water to cook the noodles according to the package instructions.

A step-by-step photo shows how to make spicy noodles
  1. Saute garlic: In a large skillet, melt butter and saute garlic until fragrant.
  2. Make the sauce: Add chili garlic sauce, miso paste (or nut butter), and coconut aminos. Stir to combine and simmer until thickened.

A step-by-step photo shows how to make noodle with chili sauce
  1. Toss noodles with the sauce: Drain cooked noodles (reserve ¼ cup noodle water) and toss the hot noodles with the sauce. Add the reserved liquid and toss the noodles over medium heat until combined.
  2. Garnish and serve: Place garlic rice noodles in a serving dish, and add green onions and sesame seeds. Drizzle with additional oil and toss to coat. Garnish with cilantro.

Garlic Chili Sauce

While you can certainly use a store-bought sauce, spicy chili garlic noodles are even better when using my homemade chili garlic sauce. The sauce is savory and super aromatic; a little bit of smoke and a hint of heat will have you obsessed! I highly recommend you keep a jar in your fridge. It’s a must-have for Asian food lovers!

Garlic chili sauce homemade recipe served in a light colored bowl with a spoon inside
Simple ingredients, better oil, good for everything!

What type of noodles to use

Traditional chili noodles are made from Dao Xiao Mian (刀削面), a specialty wide wheat noodles (ribbon noodles) that translates to Knife cut noodles. They are shaped using a sharp knife and cutting long noodles from blocks of dough directly into boiling pots of water.

I like to keep things gluten-free, so I prefer wide rice noodles to mix with my recipes with garlic chili sauce, the variety I use from Lotus foods has a fantastic chewy texture that holds lots of garlicky sauce.

Variations

Spicy garlic noodles are fun to experiment with; you can try my suggestions below and end up with a new dish each night.

  • Up the spice level: For an amazing noodle & spice recipe idea, try adding some Szechuan chili flakes, red pepper flakes, or sriracha sauce for some super spicey noodles.
  • Add veggies: Noodles go great with veggie dishes! Add some hot oil noodles to my favorite bok choy stir-fry or Chinese garlic green beans. Mix it with Chinese broccoli stir-fry for a fabulous weeknight dinner.
  • Add protein: Round out your meal with some satisfying protein of choice and fantastic umami flavor. I love adding red spicy noodles to frozen salmon in air fryer or air fryer bang bang shrimp.
  • Switch up the noodles: Try a spicy egg noodles recipe or udon noodles with chili oil. You can substitute any type of noodle you prefer and still have a mouth-watering meal.

Serving suggestions

Szechuan noodles with sesame chili oil are so versatile you can eat them all on their own or pair them with other recipes to create a whole meal. I have some tasty combinations listed below.

A close shot shows noodles tossed with garlic chili sauce and served on a plate

Common FAQs

Is this dish spicy?

No. My garlic chili sauce has the perfect amount of heat mixed with a subtle smokey garlic flavor.

What kind of noodles are best?

Wide wheat noodles hold the most sauce, but any noodles will work. With this recipe of chili garlic noodles, you can try ramen noodles, udon, or Chinese egg noodles.

How to store the leftover noodles?

Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.

Can you eat the dish cold?

Yes but the noodles taste the best when they are warm. You can reheat them by adding a bit of water and microwaving it for a minute.

Related recipes

Noodles are the ultimate comfort food, and their versatility and quick prep make them perfect for busy weeknights. I’ve listed some of my favorite noodle recipes below for you to try.

Umami Tips

  • Any noodle variety will work; feel free to use your favorite noodles.
  • Chili garlic sauce: you can use any store-bought version you prefer, but I highly recommend you have a jar of my homemade version in the fridge for dinner in a hurry!
  • Do not skip the butter; the creamy richness it lends to the dish is delicious!
  • Perfect everyday dish, super tasty, versatile, and comes together in a flash.
A close shot photo shows noodles with chili garlic sauce served in a pan with chopsticks
5 from 13 votes

Garlic chili noodles recipe

Prep Time: 1 min
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 16 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Author: ChihYu
Super addicting Garlic Chili Noodles with chili garlic sauce ready in 15 mins.! Rice noodles tossed in spicy chili oil made gluten-free and easy!
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Ingredients 

  • 8 oz rice noodles
  • 2 tbsp butter, unsalted
  • 0.8 oz garlic, finely minced, about 5 cloves
  • Pinch coarse sea salt
  • 3 tbsp chili garlic sauce, plus more for serving
  • 1 tbsp chickpea miso paste, or almond butter, peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 2 bulb scallions, diced
  • Sprinkle toasted white sesame seeds
  • Small handful Cilantro, finely chopped, optional

Instructions 

  • Bring a large pot of water to boil and lightly salt the water. Boil the noodles following the package instructions and cook until al dente.
  • In the meantime, in a large saute pan melt the butter over medium heat then add the garlic with a small pinch of salt. Stir until fragrant and softened but not burnt, about 15 seconds.
  • Add the chili garlic sauce, miso paste or nut butter, and coconut aminos. Use a wooden spoon to stir and simmer the sauce until it’s well combined and thickened, about 1 minute. Turn off the heat until the noodles are done cooking.
  • As soon as the noodles are al dente, reserve ¼ cup of noodle cooking liquid. Add the noodles straight to the pan with the sauce. Turn heat up to medium-high, pour in the reserved noodle liquid, and toss to combine the noodles with the sauce until the sauce is thick and glossy.
  • Transfer the noodles onto a large serving plate. Add the scallions and sesame seeds, and garnish with cilantro, if using. Drizzle with a few more teaspoons of chili garlic sauce. Toss the noodles and serve.

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Notes

  • Fast tip: I highly recommend you make a jar of my Garlic chili sauce first so that this noodle dish can come together fast unless you opt for using a store-bought version of your choice. 
  • Any noodle variety will work; feel free to use your favorite noodles.
  • Chili garlic sauce: you can use any store-bought version you prefer, but I highly recommend you have a jar of my homemade version in the fridge for dinner in a hurry!
  • Do not skip the butter; the creamy richness it lends to the dish is delicious!
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator. You can reheat them by adding a bit of water and microwaving it for a minute.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 296kcal, Carbohydrates: 55g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 15mg, Sodium: 1069mg, Potassium: 52mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 184IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 25mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: chili garlic noodles, Garlic chili noodles
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