15 Minute Garlic Fried Noodles: In only 15 minutes, and a lot of garlic, you can make this delicious Asian inspired side dish!
I repeat. 15 minute Garlic Fried Noodles. Also known as The Easiest Noodle Recipe Eveerrrr.
As a garlic loving and noddle loving family, this recipe is a staple in our house. We make it all over the time. When we don't have time. When we're out of ideas. When we just want something we know we all will love.
AND these garlic noodles are made with only 6 ingredients!
- Rice Noodles - This will make the recipe gluten free and is what keeps it ready in just 15 minutes.
- Garlic - Duh
- Butter - We always use salted for this recipe but if you only have unsalted, no problem.
- Soy Sauce - Regular soy sauce is best. We've made it with low sodium but then we end up adding salt...
- Coconut Sugar - You could also use a light brown sugar, no problem or even maple syrup or honey.
- Green Onions - Because what's garlic without onions?
Which Rice Noodles to Use
All rice noodles are not the same! And your local grocery store may only carry one brand/size so be sure to check what it is because it will affect your cooking time. We always love to go to our local Asian market to get our rice stick noodles and for this recipe, we prefer to use a thin one, size 1, or Small (S). The wider they are, the longer they will take to cook.
We love to use these noodles.
Rice noodles are not like pasta noodles - you don't boil them and they cook quickly so the hardest part of this recipe is just making sure that you don't overcook your noodles.
To Cook Rice Noodles: Just heat about 6 cups of water to almost boiling (I use our stovetop kettle), then pour the water over the noodles, making sure they're completely submerged. Then let them soak for about 3 to 4 minutes until they're al dente. Remember, they still have to go in your hot pan and there's nothing worse than a mushy noodle! Once al dente, drain the water and then rinse the noodles in cold water so they don't keep cooking.
Quick and Easy to Make
Saute garlic and onion in butter. While you're waiting for your water to boil, mince the garlic, dice the onions, and then sauté them in butter for about 2 minutes, then add your coconut sugar and mix until it's all incorporated.
Add soy sauce and let it all simmer for another minute.
Drain noodles and add to the pan. Add the noodles a tong full at a time, not all at once. This will make the mixing and even incorporation of the sauce and garlic easier.
Stir. Let the garlic noodles fry and soak up all the deliciousness!
Top with some more fresh green onions, add your favorite hot sauce or garlic chili paste if you want, and you're done! Garlic Fried Noodles for the win!
So much flavor. So much garlic! This made the perfect side dish to our Maple Soy Glazed Chicken Thighs! Although really, I would totally whip a batch of these noodles up for a quick lunch or a side for nearly any dish.
Add a protein like chicken, shrimp, or pork!
Add more veggies like mushrooms, cabbage, or carrots.
Add some crunch from some peanuts!
Swap out the butter and add some additional flavor with Peanut Oil or Sesame Oil.
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15 Minute Garlic Fried Noodles
- Soak rice noodles in almost boiling water for 4 minutes until al dente. Drain then rinse with cold water to stop cooking and set aside.
- Meanwhile, melt butter in a large skillet on medium to high heat. Add about 3/4 cup of the scallions and all of the garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes until garlic is fragrant.
- Add sugar and mix in until it's all incorporated. Add soy sauce and let simmer together for 1 minute.
- Add noodles and continue to cook for 5-7 minutes until noodles have fried and absorbed the sauce.
- Plate, top with more green onions, your favorite hot sauce or chili garlic sauce and enjoy!
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