Dragon Noodles

$2.04 recipe / $1.02 serving

Ooooh lawdie. This is my new favorite quick fix! It takes about 15 minutes, is totally rich, flavorful, and SUPER SPICY. Like, “burn a hole through your stomach” spicy. Call me crazy, but sometimes I want that. No, I crave that.

So, this one goes out to all of you heat seekers!

The simple sauce for this recipe uses only pantry staples and perfectly balances sweet, salty, and spicy. The richness of the butter helps smooth everything out, cilantro adds a fresh note, and the green onions lend a savory back note. It all just works and it happens to be incredibly simple. That’s what I’m talkin’ about.

I made a small two serving batch because I just wanted something quick and easy. You could easily scale this up, if needed. If you want a heartier dish, try using two eggs rather than just one. Also, I used two tablespoons of butter, which made for a very rich and delicious sauce, but I suspect that it would still be amazing if you cut the butter in half.

If you can’t find the same noodles that I used, don’t fret. You could make this with ramen type noodles or even regular linguine. The noodles are just the vehicle for all of the other yummy ingredients!

Dragon Noodles

Dragon Noodles

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Total Cost: $2.04
Cost Per Serving: $1.04
Serves: 2
  • 4 oz. lo mein noodles $1.13
  • 2 Tbsp butter $0.20
  • ¼ tsp crushed red pepper $0.02
  • 1 large egg $0.25
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar $0.02
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce $0.02
  • 1 Tbsp sriracha (rooster sauce) $0.08
  • 1 handful fresh cilantro $0.22
  • 1 sliced green onion $0.06
  1. Begin to boil water for the noodles. Once the water reaches a full boil, add the noodles and cook according to the package directions (boil for 5-7 minutes).
  2. While waiting for the water to boil, prepare the sauce. In a small bowl stir together the brown sugar, soy sauce, and sriracha.
  3. In a large skillet melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium-low heat. Add the red pepper to the butter as it melts. Whisk an egg in a bowl and then add to the melted butter. Stir gently and cook through. Once the egg is done cooking, turn off the heat.
  4. When the noodles are tender, drain the water and then add them to the skillet with the cooked egg. Also add the prepared sauce. Turn the heat on to low to evaporate excess moisture, and stir until everything is coated well with the sauce. Sprinkle the sliced green onions and cilantro leaves (whole) on top and serve!

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Lo Mein NoodlesThese are the noodles that I used, but you could use any other kind. Ramen or regular linguine would probably be good too. I used half of this 8 oz. pack for two servings. Cook the noodles according to the package directions.

make sauceWhile waiting for the pasta water to boil, mix up the sauce. Stir together the brown sugar, soy sauce, and sriracha.

melt butterMelt the butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the crushed red pepper to the butter as it melts.

whisk eggWhisk the egg in a bowl…

scramble eggPour the whisked egg into the melted butter and gently stir until cooked. If the noodles are not done cooking yet, turn the heat off on the skillet so that the eggs don’t over cook.

add noodles, sauceWhen the noodles are finished cooking, drain the water off and then add them to the skillet along with the prepared hot sauce.

cilantro green onionsTurn the heat on to low to help evaporate excess moisture and stir everything to coat it in the sauce. Lastly, sprinkle the sliced green onion and cilantro leaves over top. I didn’t even bother to chop the cilantro. Deeeelish!

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  1. Melissa says:

    Oh wow, I love this recipe. I have been making variations of this at least once a week. So fast, easy and so much flavor! Thank you :)

  2. This sounds great. I want to make it this weekend. However, I want to add some meat to this, because I like meat. What would you recommend? chicken? pork? beef?

    • I made a ground beef dish very similar to this for my cookbook. Just brown it in the skillet like I did the egg here, then add the sauce and noodles. But you could also stir fry a bit of chicken or pork instead.

  3. Needed some cozy comfort food for my roommate and I, because boys are mean. I used only 2 tablespoons of sriracha because I was in the mood for more mild, and added a TON of cilantro to balance it out. Even better topped with avocado. Cooked and cleaned up in less than 30 minutes. Devoured while binge watching New Girl. Thank you!

  4. These noodles look delicious! But, why not save yourself a dish and use the hot noodles themselves to cook the egg?

  5. diane says:

    This was amazing! I loved it and it is so cheap to make!

  6. Laura says:

    This is such a fantastic recipe. I find myself craving it often. I think it would also be a great recipe to have in college because it’s fast, easy, and satisfying (and cheap!). Thanks for sharing!

  7. Estelle says:

    I don’t know how many times I’ve made this in the past few months. This recipe is definitely a keeper. I make it from scratch when I planned for it in my meals plan or it’s an on-the-spot decision when I have leftover cooked pasta in the fridge.

    I find it to be very versatile but the best version is the original one. The only thing I change is that I only add 1tsp sriracha because I’m wuss. The cilantro (fresh or frozen, not the powdered kind) adds amazing flavor and really rounds up the dish. Don’t leave it ou, guys. You’d be missing out!

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