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Coming home from work and then figuring out what to make for dinner is always difficult. Well here’s your answer! Shrimp Sesame Noodles is an easy recipe that the whole family will love. Tasty noodles tossed in a sesame-soy sauce and mixed with shrimp.
What is Sesame Sauce?
Sesame sauce is a popular sauce in many Asian dishes like stir-fries and noodles. But what is it exactly?
Sesame is a super common ingredient in all Asian cuisines. Its naturally rich and nutty flavour pairs well with other ingredients in many dishes. This Shrimp Sesame Noodle recipe is a great example!
Roasting and grinding the sesame seeds into a paste brings out its natural aroma. This paste is then often used to make sesame sauce. You can consider it like the peanut butter of Asian cuisine which is also why it’s a common dessert flavour too.
You can even use the sauce from this noodle recipe in other recipes too. Use it on chicken, salads and stir-fries.
How to Make Shrimp Sesame Noodles
This Shrimp Sesame Noodle is one of our easiest recipes! Similar to making pasta, the hardest part is preparing the sauce!
For the sauce, just combine all the ingredients and mix them together. You can try making your own sesame paste too! Just toast your sesame seeds and then add them into a grinder or food processor with a bit of sesame oil.
As for the toppings, we’re using shrimp in this recipe but your choice of protein is very flexible in this recipe. You can use chicken, pork, tofu or even just veggies. Try adding edamame beans or cucumbers to your sesame noodles too.
The type of noodles you use is also completely up to you. This recipe recommends using brown rice noodles but you can substitute for something else. Chinese egg noodles, lo mein noodles and even linguine or spaghetti noodles work too.
Shrimp Sesame Noodles Recipe
- 1 lb shrimp
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2-inch knob ginger
- 2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
- ½ tsp sesame oil
- ¼ cup sesame paste
- ¼ cup warm water
- 3 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 1 tbsp rice vinegar
- 1 clove garlic
- chilli oil, (optional)
- sugar, (to taste)
- 6-8 oz dried buckwheat noodles, (sub with linguine, spaghetti, lo mein or egg noodles)
- toasted sesame seeds
- 1 stalk green onion
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- Peel and clean your shrimp. Set them aside and prepare the marinade.
- Peel both the garlic cloves and ginger needed in this recipe (including the garlic needed for the noodles). Mince the garlic and set aside ⅓ of it for later. Grate the ginger. Make sure to keep the juices.
- In a bowl, mix together the remaining ⅔ of garlic, grated ginger, 2 tablespoons of low sodium soy sauce and sesame oil. After the sauce has been well combines, add in the shrimp and stir to coat them evenly. Let the shrimp marinate for 5 to 10 minutes.
- For the sesame sauce, mix together all the sauce ingredients using a whisk. Remember you minced the clove of garlic already when preparing the shrimp. Continuing whisking until the mixture looks smooth.
- Prepare your noodles according to the pack instructions. Rinse them under running cold water and strain. Then set aside.
- While the noodles are cooking, prepare your garnishes. Toast your sesame seeds for 10-15 minutes and slice up the green onion.
- Now it’s time to cook the shrimp. Heat the vegetable oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp and saute them for 4 to 5 minutes or until they are fully cooked through. After, transfer the shrimp to a bowl.
- Once your noodles are strained, toss them together with the sesame sauce in a large bowl. Make sure all the noodles are evenly coated with the sauce.
- To serve, portion the noodles into serving bowls and add a generous amount of shrimp to each one. Sprinkle some toasted sesame seeds and garnish with green onion. Now it’s ready to eat! Enjoy!