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Asian Garlic Noodles

This simple garlic noodles recipe comes together in less than 20 minutes! It is made with spaghetti, oyster sauce, soy sauce, and of course garlic!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Keyword: asian garlic noodles, garlic noodle recipe, garlic noodles
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 449kcal
Author: Becca Du


Garlic Noodles

Garlic Sauce


  • Boil water and add the spaghetti to the boiling water. Cook until noodles are cooked through. Reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water before draining the noodles. Set aside.
  • In a large saute pan, melt the butter over medium high heat.
  • Add the minced garlic and cook for 30 seconds until shiny.
  • Next, add the fish sauce, soy sauce, sesame oil, and light brown sugar. Cook for 15-30 seconds until the sugar is melted and the sauce starts to bubble.
  • Lastly, add the green onions and cook for 15 seconds. Turn off the heat.
  • Add the cooked spaghetti noodles, Parmesan cheese, and 2 tablespoons of pasta water. Add more pasta water if you want a more water-y sauce. Mix until the spaghetti is evenly coated with the sauce.
  • Serve with your protein of choice and a squeeze of lemon (optional)!


  1. What can you serve garlic noodles with? - You can serve garlic noodles with a variety of different proteins. Like I mentioned above, Chef An served hers with roasted crab. I also personally like it with seafood since the noodles are rich and seafood is lighter than chicken or beef. I have had it with shrimp, lobster, and crab. Some recipes you can serve it with are my salt and pepper shrimp and my Vietnamese caramelized salmon. As a bonus tip, one way to balance the richness of the recipe is to squeeze some lemon over the top right before eating.
  2. What kind of pasta can I use for garlic noodles? - Traditionally, garlic noodles are made with spaghetti, but I tested this recipe with linguine and it also works. Any kind of thin pasta noodles should work.


Calories: 449kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 756mg | Potassium: 260mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 391IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 1mg