Extra (Ap)Petite: Addictive Garlic Noodles Recipe

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I shared this easy pantry dish last week on IG stories and have heard SO much tasty feedback from you guys! It’s quickly become a comfort dish for us, so I love hearing that many of your families including little ones have lapped it up and requested it again. This is inspired by the garlic noodles that I’ve only been able to find at crawfish / seafood boil restaurants – these restaurants often have mixed cultural influences, so it’s no surprise they came up with a tasty fusion dish involving buttery, garlicky noodles with subtle Asian flavors.

This was Nick’s best attempt using what we had in our kitchen, so adjust the toppings and ratios per your tastes and based on what you have on hand. We used shrimp that we had in the freezer, but I’ve loved seeing your renditions with either mushrooms, spinach, fish, bacon, sausage, or served alone with a glass of wine – yum!

For more easy meal ideas, check out our past Extra (Ap)Petite recipe posts!

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4.83 from 502 votes

EXTRA (AP)PETITE: ADDICTIVE GARLIC NOODLES

Servings: 2 people

Ingredients

  • Half a box or 8 oz of pasta*
  • Approximately 6 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil

For the sauce

  • 1 Tbsp oyster sauce**
  • 1 tsp soy or fish sauce***
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar

For toppings

  • Chopped scallions
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Optional: Drizzle of sesame oil, black pepper, Trader Joe’s chili onion crunch hot sauce

Instructions

  • Cook pasta per box instructions in lightly salted water, and set aside a little pasta water in a bowl for later. Drain the pasta, rinse under cold water to avoid clumping and set aside.
  • While pasta is cooking, chop up and heat the garlic in a large pan with the olive oil and butter over low-medium heat for 5 – 10 minutes, until garlic softens and is fragrant. It’s important to cook the garlic slowly on heat that isn’t too high, to avoid burning the garlic. You can let it sit in the pan and don’t need to constantly sauté it – maybe just stir once every few minutes. The goal is to infuse the garlic flavor into the butter and oil.
  • Note: if you’re including shrimp or other seafood, season it separately then simply sauté it in the garlic oil..S et your cooked seafood aside to mix in later.
  • Mix up the sauce in a separate small bowl. Soy sauce, oyster sauce, sugar, and optional fish sauce.
  • Add noodles to the pan once the garlic is done sautéing, while keeping the heat on. Toss the noodles, garlic, sauce mixture and scallions. Add in a little of the saved pasta water to help everything mix smoothly.
  • Top with grated parmesan cheese and an optional drizzle of sesame oil and chilis!

Notes

Personally I like these noodles lightly sauced so you can taste the garlic and cheese more, but several of you mentioned doubling the sauce recipe – never hurts to have extra on hand!
* Pasta: Now that we’ve made this several times, it worked best with thinner (DeCecco linguini fini was so good for this!) or flat noodles where the garlic flavor and sauce sticks better. In these photos, we only had bucatini which is a thicker, hollow noodle so it didn't work as well. For any box pasta I would highly recommend anything DeCecco brand though!
** Oyster sauce is in a lot of Asian cooking for adding savoriness and depth, and can be found at most Asian grocery stores or at the international aisles of regular groceries. You can substitute hoisin sauce, but since that's sweeter, I’d reduce the brown sugar by maybe half. Some have also subbed Worcestershire sauce mixed with soy sauce.
*** Soy and fish sauce will each add a different type of saltiness to the dish, so you can use whichever you prefer or a mix. I love fish sauce on noodles so add 1 tsp in addition to the soy!

 

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129 Comments

  1. Janine wrote:

    5 stars
    This recipe is simple, quick, and DELICIOUS! I find myself making it at least once a week.

    Posted 5.6.20 Reply
  2. Lisette wrote:

    5 stars
    So simple and easy to make yet its delicious ❤️ Thanks for sharing

    Posted 5.6.20 Reply
  3. Anonymous wrote:

    5 stars
    So good and easy to make!

    Posted 5.6.20 Reply
  4. Alison wrote:

    5 stars
    Love this recipe! It’s simple and delicious. I am not a good cook, but I was able to nail this recipe and get rave reviews from the entire fam. Including my mother in law and picky husband. Thank you so much for sharing.

    Posted 5.6.20 Reply
  5. Lydia wrote:

    5 stars
    I made this with bacon and it was SO good! My family LOVED it and requested that I make this more often. I might have to make this again this week. ❤

    Posted 5.6.20 Reply
  6. Juliet wrote:

    5 stars
    The best, easiest, highest ROI dish I’ve made in a long time!! They were gone pretty much immediately, and I’m pretty sure they’ll make it into the weekly rotation!

    Posted 5.6.20 Reply
  7. Michele wrote:

    5 stars
    After seeing all the pics of this dish I had to give it a try. Was a bit unsure about the combo of flavors, but it was so delicious!! I even said aloud as I was eating it “OMG SO GOOD” (& I live alone 😆). Bonus that it comes together so quickly. Really enjoy seeing your cooking!! P.S.- just followed your potstickers cooking technique & they came nice & crispy 🥟

    Posted 5.6.20 Reply
  8. Anita W. wrote:

    5 stars
    These noodles are so addictive and delicious! They are easy to make and only take about 15 min so super great if you’re on a time crunch.

    Posted 5.6.20 Reply
  9. Sara wrote:

    5 stars
    So easy and delicious!

    Posted 5.6.20 Reply
  10. Gaby wrote:

    5 stars
    Made this several times! Super easy and very flavorful!

    Posted 5.6.20 Reply
  11. Lori wrote:

    5 stars
    Excellent recipe! Truly addictive and yet so quick and simple. Had all the ingredients on hand too.

    Posted 5.6.20 Reply
  12. Lucy wrote:

    5 stars
    such a simple quick recipe and tastes amazing!!

    Posted 5.6.20 Reply
  13. Alice wrote:

    Super friendly recipe and delicious too

    Posted 5.6.20 Reply
  14. Barbara Ubongen wrote:

    5 stars
    super easy and very very addicting.

    Posted 5.6.20 Reply
  15. Anonymous wrote:

    5 stars
    Sooo yummy and easy to make! Will be a go-to during quarantine and afterwards too 🙂

    Posted 5.6.20 Reply
  16. Anonymous wrote:

    5 stars
    Absolutely delicious and easy! I like making mine with shrimp

    Posted 5.6.20 Reply
  17. Cris wrote:

    5 stars
    Super easy and yummy!

    Posted 5.6.20 Reply
  18. Vina wrote:

    5 stars
    Delicious!

    Posted 5.6.20 Reply
  19. Anonymous wrote:

    5 stars
    The noodles are so yummy!

    Posted 5.6.20 Reply
  20. Dana wrote:

    One of my new weeknight go-to meals! My 2 year old loves it, and I’ve had so many friends ask for the recipe.

    Posted 5.6.20 Reply
  21. Jen wrote:

    So so good and easy!

    Posted 5.6.20 Reply
  22. Julie wrote:

    5 stars
    So friggin good!!

    Posted 5.6.20 Reply
  23. Niq wrote:

    5 stars
    This recipe is so easy to make, delicious and the whole family loved it! Thanks Jean!

    Posted 5.6.20 Reply
  24. Thuy wrote:

    5 stars
    Loved this recipe! I’ve literally made it several times in the past week. Such a quick meal to whip up and satisfy a craving 🙂 Thanks for sharing all of your recipes!

    Posted 5.6.20 Reply
  25. Alana wrote:

    5 stars
    Quick & addictive!

    Posted 5.6.20 Reply
  26. Jessica wrote:

    5 stars
    I hate to cook but this was super easy. I’ve made it twice now and both times were very successful. My toddler ate more than usual! Thank you!

    Posted 5.6.20 Reply
  27. Clementina wrote:

    5 stars
    Best Noodles ever!
    Not only were they amazing but Jean sent me her personal notes and saved Easter dinner for us! While being away from restaurants the authenticity of this dish brought the restaurant taste to us! Thanks for sharing!

    Posted 5.6.20 Reply
  28. Janie wrote:

    5 stars
    So simple to make and super delicious!! Thank you for the recipe!

    Posted 5.6.20 Reply
  29. Nguyen wrote:

    5 stars
    This recipie was easy to follow and oh so delicious. We kept coming back for more. Thanks so much for sharing!

    Posted 5.6.20 Reply
  30. Connie wrote:

    5 stars
    My son loves this dish. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

    Posted 5.6.20 Reply
  31. Rachel wrote:

    Thanks so much for this recipe, Jean! I’ve already cooked it twice this week! My 2 year old makes the best “Mmmm yummy” noises when she eats this dish. I love how versatile it is – one day with shrimp, another day with Vietnamese pork meatballs and spinach. I love that you’re sharing dishes that you and your family enjoy.

    Posted 4.24.20 Reply
  32. Monica Royce wrote:

    I loved this recipe because it was so easy to make and so delicious to eat. My picky 6 year old even liked it. Thank you!

    Posted 4.10.20 Reply
    • DJ wrote:

      Just made your noodles – So delicious ! Would it possible to substitute pre minced garlic ?

      Posted 4.16.20 Reply
      • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

        Hi DJ, you could definitely use pre-minced garlic for this recipe! x Jean

        Posted 4.17.20 Reply
  33. Anneke wrote:

    My family adored this meal! My 2 1/2 year old, husband and I had it with the sauce, while my 5 year old preferred the noodles with just the garlic butter.

    I used shrimp, and doubled the sauce (with hoisin, half the sugar, and the extra fish sauce).

    It was delicious.

    Posted 4.5.20 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Anneke, I’m so glad you all enjoyed it! x Jean

      Posted 4.17.20 Reply
  34. Sewy wrote:

    Hi Jean! Thanks for sharing this excellent recipe. I tried preparing this by adding stir-fried catamelised onions to the mix — gosh the dish was glorious and slurped up by everyone within minutes.

    Posted 4.5.20 Reply
  35. Jenna wrote:

    Thank you, this was really tasty! We used stir-fried broccoli and some leftover pulled pork 🙂

    Posted 4.4.20 Reply
  36. Jia wrote:

    Hi Jean, You know what, this garlic noodles recipe is my favorite recipe. I prepared your recipe a few days ago. It was really very very delicious. I loved this recipe so much. Keep sharing yum recipes like this.

    Posted 4.4.20 Reply
  37. Georgette wrote:

    So good! Here with beef, bok Choi, snow peas, onions and a pina colada!

    Posted 4.3.20 Reply
  38. Maureen wrote:

    This looks delicious and sounds very easy to make. I can’t wait to try! My hubby isn’t a fan of fish sauce but I love it, do you think soy sauce is sufficient if I didn’t use fish sauce at all?

    Maureen

    Posted 3.31.20 Reply
    • Jean wrote:

      Hi Maureen – yes you could definitely omit the fish sauce, but I promise he wouldn’t be able to taste it at all if you do use it! It just adds a little saltiness and isn’t fishy in the dish.
      x Jean

      Posted 4.1.20 Reply
  39. Roons wrote:

    This looks really good. Has anyone tried with veggies such as zoodles? Thanks

    Posted 3.31.20 Reply
    • Jean wrote:

      Hi Roons – several people have shared with me that they tossed zoodles in the same garlic butter and sauce mixture and it came out great! Some of them also used half pasta, half zoodles for added texture.
      x Jean

      Posted 4.1.20 Reply
      • Roons wrote:

        love the half and half idea – thank you!

        Posted 4.2.20 Reply
  40. Tasha wrote:

    I just saw a post the other day on making it in the instant pot. I think you can use the same sauce ratios but just add raw noodles and water to the same pot to prepare it more easily!

    https://foodisafourletterword.com/recipe/instant-pot-garlic-noodles-recipe-copycat-of-crustacean-anqi-thang-long/?fbclid=IwAR3v_tgiUPawAjTwJhvOUunNkOl75R82tYh442DbgIQf7rC8252hPr6lJdA

    Posted 3.30.20 Reply
    • Jean wrote:

      That’s a great idea, I love my instant pot – thanks for sharing!
      x Jean

      Posted 4.1.20 Reply
  41. Shannon wrote:

    Thanks for this recipe, Jean! This dish was wonderful. I added a dash of red pepper flakes to the shrimp instead of chiles and it was perfect and very satisfying.

    Posted 3.30.20 Reply
    • Jean wrote:

      That’s a perfect substitution, I’m all about using whatever you already have on hand. I’m glad you enjoyed it!
      x Jean

      Posted 4.1.20 Reply
  42. miki wrote:

    This meal seems delicious. I really love asian cuisine so I need to make it!
    Miki x

    Posted 3.30.20 Reply
  43. Linda wrote:

    I didn’t have any noodles and used pasta shells instead; just as delicious and the sauce coats the pasta well! I paired it with a side of stir fry broccoli for some greens. Thank you for the recipe!

    Posted 3.30.20 Reply
    • Jean wrote:

      Stir fry broccoli on the side sounds so good, I’ll have to do that the next time we make it!
      x Jean

      Posted 4.1.20 Reply
  44. Ah I really want to try this! X

    Posted 3.30.20 Reply
  45. Bětka wrote:

    Thank you, Jean, your posts always cheer me up (especially these lonely days)! I have an unrelated question. You look so good in these jeans – do you have any general tips on how to style non-extra-skinny jeans on petites? I always look weird in them – I’m somewhat heavy on the bottom and anything non-skinny makes my otherwise normal behind look more bulky than it actually is. (Winter coats/boots and non-skinny pants are also a challenge.)

    Posted 3.30.20 Reply
    • Jean wrote:

      Hi!
      I would say that if skinny jeans work well and are flattering on your body type, no need to change a good thing! I’ve been experimenting with more straight cut jeans that are higher waisted to balance out the wider cut and have found that having the right length is important. Often I’ll cuff up the bottoms since for non-skinny jeans I like them to hit a little shorter above the ankle.

      For winter boots, I love how other people have style straight cut jeans with a raw hem with ankle booties that have a slim top opening.
      x Jean

      Posted 4.1.20 Reply
  46. Jennifer wrote:

    Thank you so much for sharing such a simple yet delicious-sounding recipe! Can’t wait to try it tomorrow for lunch with my two sons.

    Posted 3.30.20 Reply
    • Anne L. wrote:

      Jean, any suggestions on how to cook seafood so it’s not fishy tasting? My seafood cooked at home always tastes different than the restaurant

      Posted 3.30.20 Reply
      • Jean wrote:

        Hi Anne – good question! Try rinsing it in cold water and patting dry before cooking. I also often add some lemon when serving to brighten it up. I hope this helps! x Jean

        Posted 4.1.20 Reply
    • Jean wrote:

      Thanks Jennifer, I hope you all enjoyed it!
      x Jean

      Posted 4.1.20 Reply
  47. Angela wrote:

    Thanks for sharing! I love that your recipes are so easy and simple. Your pasta fagioli (sp?) soup is a favorite of mine. I am also planning to try your white chicken chili soup recipe. Keep the simple recipes coming!

    Posted 3.30.20 Reply
    • Jean wrote:

      Thank you Angela, I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed the recipes!
      x Jean

      Posted 4.1.20 Reply
  48. Cindy C wrote:

    I made this last night along with your salmon and it was sooo good and super easy! The family loved it. Thanks so much for sharing!

    Posted 3.30.20 Reply
    • Jean wrote:

      Hi Cindy – I love the idea of doing the salmon with these noodles!
      x Jean

      Posted 4.1.20 Reply
      • Francis Skalsky wrote:

        The first time I made this dish, I doubled the sauce. The second time I didn’t. Much better the second time. Thanks

        Posted 4.10.20 Reply
  49. Adeline Ong wrote:

    My boyfriend loves this dish. Such a simple yet delicious hearty meal. Thanks for sharing! 😁

    Posted 3.29.20 Reply
    • Jean wrote:

      I’m so glad you guys enjoyed it 🙂
      x Jean

      Posted 4.1.20 Reply
  50. Lina wrote:

    My toddler loves this dish! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Posted 3.29.20 Reply
    • Jean wrote:

      Hi Lina – I’m so glad! Toddlers are tough critics so I’m glad this dish passed the test 🙂
      x Jean

      Posted 4.1.20 Reply
      • Juliana wrote:

        5 stars
        Made this with shrimp and rice noodles for my family. They all loved it! My hubby says to put this in regular rotation. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

        Posted 5.25.20 Reply

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