Garlic Noodles

Written by Beth - Budget Bytes

These sweet, salty, and rich Garlic Noodles are an absolutely addictive dish that you’ll want to make again and again. Serve them as the bed for glazed meat, like my Sticky Soy Ginger Glazed Chicken, Honey Sriracha Tofu, or simple stir-fried vegetables. With a super short ingredient list of pantry staples, these delicious noodles will become a staple in your menu.

Originally posted 12-3-09, updated 7-28-15

Garlic Noodles in the skillet topped with green onion

See this recipe used in my weekly meal prep.

Where Do I Find Oyster Sauce?

Oyster sauce can be found in the International aisle of most major grocery stores (look near hoisin sauce). If you can’t find it there, it’s worth it to seek out an Asian market, where oyster sauce is likely to be much less expensive than chain grocery stores.

What Can I Use in Place of Oyster Sauce?

I personally feel that the salty rich flavor of the oyster sauce makes this dish and I wouldn’t suggest substituting it. That being said, several readers have said that they’ve used hoisin sauce, which is much sweeter, and have enjoyed the results. Substitute at your own risk. 

What Else Can I Add to Garlic Noodles?

This is a great base recipe to which you can add all sorts of other ingredients! Garlic noodles are great as a side, but you can add a protein and vegetables to make it a meal. Check out my Garlic Noodles with Beef and Broccoli for some inspiration. You could also add shrimp, snow peas, egg, bell pepper, or tofu!

Front view of Garlic Noodles in a bowl

Looking for a spicy noodle recipe? Check out my Spicy Dragon Noodles!

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Quick & Easy Garlic Noodles

Garlic Noodles are sweet, rich, and savory with a strong garlic punch. They make the perfect side dish to any Asian inspired meal.
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Servings: 4


  • 8 oz angel hair pasta ($0.54)
  • 4 cloves garlic ($0.24)
  • 1/2 bunch green onions ($0.35)
  • 4 Tbsp butter ($0.50)
  • 2 tsp soy sauce ($0.20)
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar ($0.05)
  • 1 tsp sesame oil ($0.40)
  • 2 Tbsp oyster sauce ($0.26)


  • Add the oyster sauce, brown sugar, soy sauce and sesame oil to a bowl and stir until combined.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the noodles according to the package directions (boil for 7-10 minutes). Drain the cooked noodles in a colander, then set aside.
  • While the pasta cooks, mince the garlic and slice the green onions. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Once the butter is melted and bubbly, add the garlic and onions (save a few for garnish) and sauté until they are soft and fragrant (1-2 minutes).
  • Remove the skillet from the heat. Add the drained pasta and oyster sauce mixture to the skillet, and stir well to coat the pasta. If your pasta is stiff or sticky making it hard to stir, sprinkle a small amount of hot water over the pasta to loosen it up. Garnish the pasta with any reserved sliced green onions, then serve.
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Serving: 1 ServingCalories: 374.9 kcalCarbohydrates: 62.85 gProtein: 8.98 gFat: 14.23 gSodium: 268.55 mgFiber: 2.73 g
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How to Make Garlic Noodles – Step by Step Photos

Mix Sauce ingredients in a bowl

Mix the sauce before you begin. In a small bowl stir together 2 Tbsp oyster sauce, 2 Tbsp brown sugar, 2 tsp soy sauce, and 1 tsp toasted sesame oil. Stir until combined. 

Slice Green Onions

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain and set aside. While the pasta is cooking, mince four cloves of garlic and slice about four green onions (1/2 bunch).

Sauté Garlic and Green Onions

Heat 4 Tbsp of butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Once melted, add the minced garlic and most of the sliced green onions (save a few for garnish). Sauté the garlic and green onions until soft and fragrant (1-2 minutes).

Add Noodles and Sauce to skillet

Remove the skillet from the heat, then add the cooked and drained pasta, and the prepared sauce.

Mix Pasta and Sauce and top with green onion

Toss the ingredients in the skillet until the pasta is evenly coated with sauce. Garnish with the reserved green onions and serve.

Overhead view of Garlic Noodles in a bowl

Totally addictive… BEWARE.