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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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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132 Comments

  1. Tia wrote:

    5 stars
    Love this recipe! Made it twice already for my family. Thanks Jean!

    Posted 5.13.20 Reply
  2. Linda wrote:

    5 stars
    Addicting! Thanks for sharing!

    Posted 5.8.20 Reply
  3. Esther wrote:

    5 stars
    I’m literally eating this as I type this review. The hype is REAL y’all. I’ve been wanting to try this for a long time and finally had all the ingredients to do it. I used fettuccine and a LOT of garlic. Recipe was super easy to follow. Dish was so easy to make! Even hubby loves it! Thank you for this awesome recipe Jean!❤️

    Posted 5.7.20 Reply
  4. Lisa wrote:

    5 stars
    I’ve been looking for a good “Asian” garlic noodle recipe for awhile now, to replicate what I’ve had at restaurants. This one is the simplest , tastiest one I’ve come across! Love that it doesn’t require a lot of ingredients, just a few most home cooks already have.

    Posted 5.7.20 Reply
  5. CM wrote:

    5 stars
    This recipe is soooo good, sooo easy and yes, so addicting. I have made this recipe with different proteins and blanched veggies on the side. Definitely a family’s favourite! Even my 8y/o daughter who’s very picky, loves it. Four thumbs up ( including her toes) she said lol!!!

    Posted 5.7.20 Reply
  6. Vanessa wrote:

    5 stars
    These noodles were delicious and super easy to customize with veggies and different proteins!

    Posted 5.7.20 Reply
  7. Anonymous wrote:

    Thanks for sharing your recipe! It was delicious and super easy.

    Posted 5.7.20 Reply
  8. Ana O wrote:

    5 stars
    Ah-mazing!

    Posted 5.7.20 Reply
  9. Joann Gadayan wrote:

    5 stars
    Easy to make, super delicious and nutritious!

    Posted 5.7.20 Reply
  10. Kelly wrote:

    5 stars
    I love this quick and simple recipe and yet so delicious!!!

    Posted 5.7.20 Reply
  11. Soong wrote:

    5 stars
    This is so good!! Just tried the recipe this evening. Can’t believe how simple and delicious it is!

    Posted 5.7.20 Reply
  12. Christine wrote:

    5 stars
    made it.love it.

    Posted 5.7.20 Reply
    • Anonymous wrote:

      5 stars
      Ok

      Posted 5.7.20 Reply
  13. Cecilia Lyon wrote:

    5 stars
    My hubbie & I LOVED this recipe (as well as the scallion pancakes)! Jean, U r helping cope with this stay-at-home situation by providing is witn new, fun & easy recipes. Thank uou!!!

    Posted 5.7.20 Reply
  14. Vivien wrote:

    5 stars
    I make this once a week!

    Posted 5.7.20 Reply
  15. L wrote:

    5 stars
    SO GOOD! I woke up the next morning excited to have the leftovers for breakfast.

    Posted 5.7.20 Reply
  16. Anonymous wrote:

    5 stars
    Seriously so good and so easy. Would totally recommend!

    Posted 5.7.20 Reply
  17. Anhphuong2sy wrote:

    5 stars
    Very easy recipe that packs a lot of flavor! Also so versatile – you can add anything you want for protein. I sauté crabs with garlic & the sauce then toss the noddles to coat. Topped with cilantro and a spritz of lemon. So good!

    Posted 5.6.20 Reply
  18. Johanna Lui wrote:

    5 stars
    Delish! My kids and husband couldn’t get enough! They were fighting for the last spoon of noodles!

    Posted 5.6.20 Reply
  19. Anonymous wrote:

    5 stars
    Quick and easy recipe. It was yummy!

    Posted 5.6.20 Reply
  20. Anonymous wrote:

    4 stars
    I dream of these noodles, they’re that delicious!!

    Posted 5.6.20 Reply
  21. Dorothy wrote:

    5 stars
    Soo easy to make and delicious!

    Posted 5.6.20 Reply
  22. NOR wrote:

    5 stars
    Made it twice already! Totally delicious and pretty easy. Planning to make it for my parents soon

    Posted 5.6.20 Reply
  23. Anna wrote:

    5 stars
    Quick, simple, and delicious!

    Posted 5.6.20 Reply
  24. Anonymous wrote:

    5 stars
    So good👍

    Posted 5.6.20 Reply
  25. Karin wrote:

    5 stars
    Just made this tonight! Have made it so many times during quarantine and does not get old!

    Posted 5.6.20 Reply
  26. Anonymous wrote:

    5 stars
    Delicious!!

    Posted 5.6.20 Reply
  27. Anonymous wrote:

    4 stars
    Excellent!

    Posted 5.6.20 Reply
  28. Anonymous wrote:

    5 stars
    so quick and easy!! and addicting!!

    Posted 5.6.20 Reply
  29. Anonymous wrote:

    5 stars
    Yum!!! Easy recipe!

    Posted 5.6.20 Reply
  30. Marlo wrote:

    5 stars
    Delicious! My family loves it!

    Posted 5.6.20 Reply
  31. Carly wrote:

    5 stars
    So easy, so good AND my 2 year old are more than I did! Am making again only 5 days later!

    Posted 5.6.20 Reply
  32. Jane wrote:

    5 stars
    Amazing recipe! Even tastier than I expected! Tastes really good with chicken and sliced bell peppers – we made it twice in one week!

    Posted 5.6.20 Reply
  33. Sharon K wrote:

    5 stars
    So simple, sooo good! This has become a weekday lunch on repeat!!! 🤩

    Posted 5.6.20 Reply
  34. Hyoo wrote:

    5 stars
    Loved it!!!!

    Posted 5.6.20 Reply
  35. Steph wrote:

    5 stars
    they don’t look like much but they are AMAZING. my not Asian bf also loved it!! He was wary watching me make it with fish sauce and oyster sauce but he couldn’t get enough of it! Only thing is we would prob use less sugar next time. Still amazing recipe and was delicious with scallops

    Posted 5.6.20 Reply
  36. Lizzy wrote:

    5 stars
    What an amazing, simple and very flavorful recipe! Thank you so much for sharing!! 😋

    Posted 5.6.20 Reply
  37. Apple wrote:

    5 stars
    So delicious!!

    Posted 5.6.20 Reply
  38. Anonymous wrote:

    5 stars
    The whole family loved it!! Will make this again!! Thanks for sharing!!

    Posted 5.6.20 Reply
  39. TC wrote:

    5 stars
    Love how easy the recipe was and my son who is 1 year old is addicted to it! And he’s a picky eater! Thank you.

    Posted 5.6.20 Reply
  40. Anonymous wrote:

    5 stars
    Delicious!

    Posted 5.6.20 Reply
  41. Patty wrote:

    Love it! Thanks for sharing

    Posted 5.6.20 Reply
  42. Kristina wrote:

    5 stars
    Suuper yummy and easy to make. I am a newbie cook, but was able to pull this all together! It was a hit with my family, including my SUPER PICKY 21 month old! We have made it three times now!! Thanks for the recipe, Jean!

    Posted 5.6.20 Reply
  43. Anonymous wrote:

    5 stars
    Really easy and delicious recipe

    Posted 5.6.20 Reply
  44. Anonymous wrote:

    5 stars
    These are amazing! I’ve cooked them so many times already and will literally eat them every meal without complaining.

    Posted 5.6.20 Reply
  45. Anonymous wrote:

    5 stars
    Easy and delicious

    Posted 5.6.20 Reply
  46. Natty wrote:

    5 stars
    This recipe is AH-MA-ZINGGGGG!!! Thank you so much for sharing. We decided to try it after seeing all the kiddos on your stories that were loving it. We love it too! It’s become a staple in our home, we eat it at least once every two weeks 😄 if it weren’t because of the carbs, we’d eat this weekly!

    Posted 5.6.20 Reply
  47. Anonymous wrote:

    5 stars
    Delicious! Rave reviews from the whole family. I had to try it as soon as I saw your post. Thank you for sharing!

    Posted 5.6.20 Reply
  48. Anonymous wrote:

    Loved this recipe

    Posted 5.6.20 Reply
  49. Joanne Hu wrote:

    5 stars
    Thankful for your quick, simple and delicious recipes! Just made garlic shrimp noodz for lunch this week!

    Posted 5.6.20 Reply
  50. Anonymous wrote:

    5 stars
    Great recipe! Merci!!!

    Posted 5.6.20 Reply

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