Dragon Noodles

Oh WOW. These Dragon Noodles are my new favorite quick fix! They only take about 15 minutes to make, they’re 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!

Dragon Noodles

Close up of a bowl of Dragon Noodles with chopsticks and cilantro on the side

Flavor Balance is Key

The simple sauce for this recipe uses only pantry staples (soy sauce, brown sugar, sriracha), which perfectly balance the sweet, salty, and spicy flavors. 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. And that’s how I like my food.

Small Batch Dragon Noodles

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.

What Type of Noodles Should I Use?

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!

Want to take it up a notch? Try my Dragon Noodle Variations: Pork and Peanut Dragon Noodles, or Lime Shrimp Dragon Noodles.

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Dragon Noodles

These sweet, tangy, and spicy Dragon Noodles take only a few minutes to whip up and will kill your craving for take-out.
Keyword: Breakfast, easy, Noodles, Spicy, Take Out, Vegetarian
Total Cost: $2.04 recipe / $1.04 serving
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
Servings: 2

Ingredients

  • 4 oz. lo mein noodles ($1.13)
  • 2 Tbsp butter ($0.20)
  • 1/4 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)

Instructions

  • 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).
  • While waiting for the water to boil, prepare the sauce. In a small bowl stir together the brown sugar, soy sauce, and sriracha.
  • 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.
  • 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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Consider this recipe your “gateway food” to cooking more at home. 😉

A skillet full of Dragon Noodles with a wooden fork

A bowl of dragon noodles next to the skillet full of noodles

Step By Step Photos

Wide Lo Mein Noodle package
These 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 dragon noodle sauce
While waiting for the pasta water to boil, mix up the sauce. Stir together the brown sugar, soy sauce, and sriracha.

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

lightly whisk egg in a bowl
Whisk the egg in a bowl…

scramble egg in skillet
Pour 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 and sauce to eggs
When the noodles are finished cooking, drain the water off and then add them to the skillet along with the prepared hot sauce.

Finished dragon noodles in the skillet topped with cilantro and green onion
Turn 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!

Overhead shot of the skillet full of dragon noodles

These sweet, tangy, and spicy Dragon Noodles take only a few minutes to whip up and will kill your craving for take-out. BudgetBytes.com