Sweet and Spicy Chili Garlic Noodles (2024)

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Sweet and Spicy Chili Garlic Noodles are a quick and easy 15 minute (or less) noodle bowl. They're naturally vegan with a flavor packed asian garlic sauce that has only 5 ingredients! It's the best quick noodle recipe!. Add your favorite protein and veggies and make it a meal!

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You guys will love these addictive and easy chili garlic noodles with a crave worthy 5 ingredient sweet and spicy chili garlic sauce. They are similar to Japanese garlic noodles but they pack some heat. They taste delicious hot or cold and there's no chopping involved. They're one of my favorite movie watching slurpy sticky spicy noodle bowls.

This garlic noodle recipe is vegan so you won't find chicken or any meat added. but you can pair the noodles with crispy tofu, seitan chicken, steamed broccoli, bok Choy, mushrooms or stir-fry veggies added to the garlic noodles to make it a complete meal, and don't even think about using an instant pot, this recipe is way faster than that!

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  • What are chili garlic noodles made of ?
  • How to make chili garlic noodles
  • What is chili garlic paste?
  • Frequently asked questions
  • Why you'll love these sweet and spicy noodles:
  • Want more asian vegan noodle recipes?
  • Sweet And Spicy Chili Garlic Noodles

What are chili garlic noodles made of ?

These are the ingredients needed:

Noodles: I like the texture of spaghetti pasta or spaghettini but you could use any type of vegan noodles like ramen noodles, wide rice noodles, wheat noodles, udon, etc..

Chili garlic sauce (paste): sometimes referred to as chili garlic paste. gives the noodles some spice, heat and flavor. Not sambal oelek or sriracha it's not the same! For more information on the paste see below

Braggs liquid aminos: adds the saltiness and umami flavor, could also sub with low sodium soy sauce or lite tamari. I like recipe best as written

Sugar: that's where the sweet comes in!

Sesame oil: toasted sesame oil adds nutty flavor I don't recommend using vegetable oil

Garlic: granulated garlic (powder) adds extra hit of garlic

Green onions: aka scallions needed for that onion hit that compliments the noodles so well!

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How to make chili garlic noodles

You will adore this easy noodle recipe. Here is how this dish is made!

  1. Cook noodles: Boil noodles according to package instructions
  2. Make sauce: while noodles are boiling, mix the chili garlic sauce and rest of ingredients in a small bowl. Microwave sauce mixture for 30 seconds or so to dissolve sugar.
  3. Toss and enjoy: Drain noodles, mix in sauce. Garnish with some diced green onion. Serve and Enjoy! I recommend using chopsticks so you can savor them longer, lol For full ingredients and instructions see printable recipe card below
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What is chili garlic paste?

Chili garlic sauce is a blend of chilies, garlic, salt and vinegar. A condiment commonly used in Chinese and other asian cooking. Frequently added to flavor asian soups, noodle dishes, sauces, like Vietnamese dipping sauce, etc.. It’s a thick and very flavourful spicy sauce.

Frequently asked questions

Is chili sauce the same as chili paste?

They are both condiments prepared with chili peppers. But can vary widely in ingredients, some contain sugar, tomatoes, etc.. and paste is usually thicker. So always read the label to be certain it is the one you want. This recipe calls for chili garlic sauce which is used in various asian recipes

What can I serve with garlic noodles?

-You can add your favorite vegan protein like crispy air fryer tofu, chicken seitan,
-steamed vegetables like broccoli, carrots, etc..or stir fried mushrooms, red bell peppers, onions
-Serve alongside fried rice and vegan orange chicken!

Can I use gluten-free noodles?

Absolutely! use any gluten free noodle like brown rice noodles, buckwheat noodles (aka soba noodles) chickpea pasta, etc..

Why you'll love these sweet and spicy noodles:

  • Naturally vegan
  • minimal ingredients
  • They're spicy sweet and Addictive
  • they take 15 minute or less to make!
  • great noodle bowl to add in any veggies and protein you like
  • Easily gluten free

Want more asian vegan noodle recipes?

  • 5-Spice Vegetable Chow Mein
  • Vegan Pad Thai
  • Teriyaki Noodles
  • 5-Minute Ramen Noodle Soup
  • Peanut Noodles

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Sweet and Spicy Chili Garlic Noodles (5)

Sweet And Spicy Chili Garlic Noodles

★★★★★5 from 20 reviews
  • Author: Verna
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2-4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan
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Sweet and Spicy Chili Garlic Noodles are a quick and easy 15 minute (or less) noodle bowl. They're naturally vegan with a flavor packed asian garlic sauce that has only 5 ingredients! It's the best quick noodle recipe!. Add your favorite protein and veggies and make it a meal!



  • 4 tbsps Braggs liquid aminos, (see notes for soy sauce, Tamari options*)
  • 1 and ½ to 2 and ½ tablespoonschili garlic sauce, I use 2 & ½ and it's spicy but oh so good
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoons granulated garlic (powder)
  • ⅓ cup chopped green onions, green part only, ( 3-4 green onions)
  • 8 oz uncooked spaghetti pasta noodles, use gluten free if needed*

This recipe is easily doubled, tripled, etc...


  1. Cook pasta noodles according to package instructions, drain but don't rinse.
  2. While pasta is cooking whisk together the sauce ingredients in a small bowl,(not green onions) microwave for 30 seconds or so until the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Add cooked pasta, and sauce to a medium serving bowl, mix with tongs. Garnish with green onions
  4. Serve and Enjoy! For step by step photos, serving suggestions and more see above post


  • I definitely recommend using Braggs for this recipe. Low sodium soy sauce can be used but will be saltier. Lite Tamari might work but I haven't tried it
  • Use any noodles for this dish, rice noodles for gluten free, soba noodles, ramen, etc,..
  • Feel free to add steamed veggies, tofu, toasted sesame seeds or whatever floats your boat. I like these noodles as is for a quick and easy noodle bowl snack on my couch.
  • I would say this recipe feeds 2 people for a meal and 4 people for a snack.

This recipe was originally posted December 2018 and has been updated. The recipe itself is unchanged

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Mains
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Asian

Keywords: chili garlic noodles. sweet and spicy noodles, garlic noodles, vegan garlic noodles, sticky garlic noodles, spicy noodles

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Reader Interactions


  1. Brittany

    I made this tonight, Its so good! I added chicken, zucchini, and cabbage to mine. Would definitely make again.


    • Verna

      So glad you enjoyed it Brittany thanks so much for your feedback 🙂


  2. Brittany

    Yum!! I made these noodles for a family dinner. I used coconut aminos instead of soy sauce, and egg noodles. I kicked up the heat with some extra chili- a little warm for some, but I loved it. So easy to make!


    • Verna

      Sounds wonderful! I am so glad you enjoyed them. I also love them spicy 🙂 thanks for your awesome review - so helpful!


  3. Clare

    Delicious! Definitely learned I cannot handle 2 tbsp of the chili garlic sauce heat wise but I’ll just adjust next time I make it and probs up the garlic powder a smidge. Super tasty though as is and I really appreciated how quick it was to make. Im gluten free so I used tamari and that worked/tasted great. I used white rice pad Thai noodles and they weren’t the best for this but I’m planning on the super skinny rice noodles next time. Unfortunately gluten free spaghetti can be great but not the right texture for this so I wouldn’t recommend that if anyone else is GF.

    Thank you for this recipe, great dupe for takeout I used to get pre-celiac diagnosis and fulfilled a craving.


    • Verna

      Thanks so much for your wonderful review Clare! Really helpful for others. Glad you enjoyed the garlic noodles and yes definitely adjust the spice level to suit your taste buds. Have a wonderful day 🙂

  4. Nikki

    These also are good cold!!!!


  5. Missy

    I want to make these noodles.
    Where do I buy the chili garlic sauce at?
    Is it in a jar or tube?
    Can you post a pic of the one you use?
    Can't wait to make this!


    • Verna

      Hi Missy you can usually find the Chili garlic sauce in asian section of grocer stores, in a jar it's very affordable. Here is a link (amazon affiliate link) for picture reference.


  6. Gail

    Could I make the garlic noodles with instant ramen Would that work?


    • Verna

      Absolutley you can! Just don't add the seasoning packet to the noodles. Enjoy


  7. Annette

    Ok where have these noodles been all my life! Freaking delicious! I'll be making these a lot! And doubling the recipe as my boyfriend can devour most of them by himself haha


    • Verna

      Haha! Glad you're both enjoying the recipe!


  8. Rita

    These are the best and addictive


    • Verna

      Awesome! thank you so much


  9. Frank

    Have made these so many times I've lost count. So good


    • Verna



  10. Monica

    Excellent recipe


    • Verna

      Thank you!


  11. Janice

    Made these for dinner tonight. Soooooo good!! Thanks for the awesome recipe! I’m in love..


    • Verna

      Janice- thank you!!! you made my day, I am thrilled your enjoyed them and so appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment


  12. Penny

    Wow! This was so delicious! I used coconut aminos and it was still super salty. If yours is too, just add a little extra sugar, some water and a little rice vinegar to combat the salt. I’m addicted. I added pork the first time I made it, but the second time I just added a little julienned carrot the last few minutes of the pasta boil. (I also used a little cornstarch to thicken the sauce.) So good both ways! I may add a handful of peanuts next time. Thanks for the recipe!


    • Verna

      Glad you enjoyed it an appreciate your feedback Penny, Have a great day!


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