Spicy Chili Oil Noodles are hot, spicy and will make your taste buds sing! This entire recipe comes together in just 15-minutes and is so easy to make it will become a go-to in your kitchen. Make it with any noodles you have on hand for a spicy and delicious meal!

a bowl of spicy noodle topped with green onions

What are Spicy Chili Oil Noodles?

If you like your noodles spicy, then these are the noodles for you. Don’t say I didn’t warn you, these noodles are seriously SPICY.

But don’t let that intimidate you! They’re just spicy enough and can be adjusted as needed to suit your spice tolerance. Love it spicy? Add more chili flakes. Want to start off a little bit less spicy? Cut the chili flakes in half.

Either way, you’ll be left with delicious Spicy Chili Oil Noodles that pack some serious flavour and are ready in just 15-minutes.

Spicy Chili Oil Noodles are noodles that are tossed in a spicy homemade chili oil sauce. The sauce is made directly in the pan in just 5 minutes, and the noodles then get tossed in the spicy oily sauce. The result is a light, spicy sauce that evenly coats the noodles and is absolutely delicious!

This is one of those lazy recipes that takes minimal effort, but gives you maximum return! This has quickly become a recipe that I add to my weekly meal rotation (along with this tofu stir-fry) because it’s just so damn tasty and easy to make. Plus it can be made with any kind of noodles you have on hand (even plain spaghetti or that box of macaroni noodles you have sitting in your pantry.) I’m serious, it’ll be delicious no matter what kind of noodles you use!

Why you’ll love these Chili Garlic Noodles

  • Ready in just 15 minutes. Or if you’re fast in the kitchen, 10 minutes. That’s how easy it is to throw together this noodle recipe.
  • Vegetarian & vegan friendly. These spicy noodles are vegan and vegetarian, and can easily be made gluten-free by using gluten-free noodles.
  • Customize it however you like. Add in your favourite vegetables or protein to these noodles!

What types of noodles can I use?

These Spicy Chili Oil Noodles will work with virtually any type of noodles you have on hand, even just plain spaghetti or your favourite pasta. If you want to make these noodles exceptionally good, there are three types of noodles I find work best for this recipe:

  1. Ramen noodles. Dried or fresh noodles both work. You can use dried ramen noodles from a ramen noodle soup packet and throw away the seasoning and just use the noodles.
  2. Taiwanese Knife cut noodles. These are wheat-based noodles that are cut wide with ridges on the edges, sometimes also called “ribbon noodles.” These are delicious and hold onto the chili sauce really well!
  3. Rice noodles. Pad Thai noodles or wide rice noodles both work well. These are great to make gluten-free spicy noodles!

Spicy noodle with chili oil ingredients

Ingredients for spicy noodles

  • Noodles: any kind of noodles you like or from the suggestions above. For this recipe, I’m using ramen noodles.
  • Vegetable oil: you want a neutral-tasting oil with no flavour in this recipe so it takes on the flavour of the chili flakes.
  • Korean chili flakes: also called gochugaru, Korean chili powder or Korean red pepper powder. It’s moderately spicy and has a bright red colour. These have a more unique flavour that is sweet, spicy and slightly smokey. If you can’t find Korean chili flakes, you can use traditional chili flakes.
  • Green onion: this gives a delicious onion flavour to the dish and is an essential ingredient!
  • Garlic: fresh garlic for flavour.
  • Tamari: you can substitute this with soy sauce if you prefer.
  • Coconut sugar: you can substitute this with brown sugar or white sugar.
  • Rice vinegar: you can substitute this with white vinegar or lemon juice.

How to make Spicy Chili Oil Noodles

Step 1

Heat the oil in a large pan on medium heat, then add the Korean Chili Flakes. Be careful that the oil isn’t too hot and that the heat isn’t on high, you don’t want to burn the chili flakes, just lightly toast them. Then add in the green onion and garlic and sateé for one minute, just to lightly cook the onion and garlic.

Tip: if your stove runs hot or you’re not sure if it’s too hot, you can remove the pan from the heat and then add in the chili flakes and stir together.

Step 2

Reduce the heat to low on the pan, then add in the tamari, coconut sugar, and rice vinegar and mix together. Cook the noodles according to package directions and drain. I like to cook the noodles as I’m preparing the sauce so everything is ready at the same time.

Step 3

Add the noodles into the pan and toss everything together until the noodles are evenly coated. Taste and adjust any seasoning if needed.

Step 4

Serve the Spicy Nodules right away while they’re still hot. You can optionally top them off with some sliced green onions and sesame seeds, or prepare them with any add-ins or mix-ins suggested in the section below!

Spicy Noodle recipe variations

There are many ways you can adapt this recipe! Try stir-frying and adding in some of your favourite protein or vegetables to make this more of a hearty meal. Here are some suggestions for add-ins to get you started.

  • Broccoli
  • Bok choy
  • Chinese broccoli
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Shredded carrots
  • Red pepper
  • Mushrooms
  • Cabbage
  • Tofu
  • Temeph
  • Egg
  • Cilantro
  • Sesame seeds

How to store and reheat leftovers

Store leftovers of these Spicy Chili Oil Noodles in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. To reheat the noodles add them to a pan with a touch of oil on the stovetop and cook on medium heat until warm. You can also reheat these noodles in a bowl in the microwave until warm.

Tips for making Spicy Chili Oil Noodles

  • If you don’t like your food too spicy, start with 1/2 tablespoon of chili flakes. You can always sprinkle some more chili on the noodles at the end or add some sriracha if you want more spice.
  • Toast the chili flakes in the oil on medium heat. If you have the heat on high, you will likely burn the chili flakes. If your stove runs hot, you can even reduce the heat to low.
  • Don’t overcook the noodles. The noodles will continue to cook slightly when they are tossed in the pan. Cook the noodles just until cooked and slightly al dente. (with a slight bite to them) This will prevent the noodles from becoming mushy.

Chopsticks picking up ramen noodles from a bowl

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Chopsticks picking up ramen noodles from a bowl

Spicy Chili Oil Noodles

  • Author: Jessica Hoffman
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Stir-fry
  • Cuisine: Korean
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Spicy Chili Oil Noodles ready in just 15 minutes and packed with spicy goodness!


Ingredients

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Instructions

  1. Cook the noodles according to package directions then set aside.
  2. Heat the vegetable oil in a large pan on medium heat, then add the chili flakes, letting cook for 30 seconds to toast the chili. (Make sure the pan isn’t too hot, otherwise, you can burn the chili..)
  3. Add the green onions and garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Reduce the heat to low and add the tamari, coconut sugar and rice vinegar and mix together.
  5. Add in the noodles and mix to combine.
  6. Serve immediately.

Notes

Store in the fridge in an airtight container for 3 days. 

If you don’t like your food too spicy, start with 1/2 tablespoon of chili flakes. You can always sprinkle some more chili on the noodles at the end or add some sriracha if you want more spice.

Toast the chili flakes in the oil on medium heat. If you have the heat on high, you will likely burn the chili flakes. If your stove runs hot, you can even reduce the heat to low.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/2 of the recipe
  • Calories: 520
  • Sugar: 3.5g
  • Fat: 14g
  • Carbohydrates: 70g
  • Fiber: 2.5g
  • Protein: 5g

Keywords: spicy noodles, chili noodles, chili oil noodles, chili garlic noodles, spicy Korean noodles