Spicy Sriracha Noodles

$2.50 recipe / $1.25 serving
by Beth - Budget Bytes
4.89 from 302 votes
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Oh WOW. It should be illegal for noodles to be this easy AND this delicious. These spicy sriracha 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!

Originally posted 8-7-2012, updated 11-16-2021.

Overview of a skillet full of spicy noodles

Recipe Updates

I didn’t need to change a lot about this recipe because it was pretty damn perfect the way it was, but I did make a couple of minor tweaks. I added an extra egg because I wanted this to be a little closer to two servings. I also added more sriracha (now 2 Tbsp compared to the original 1 Tbsp) because I actually wanted it spicier, and I wanted there to be a smidge more sauce. 

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.

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 instant ramen noodles or even regular linguine. The noodles are just the vehicle for all of the other yummy ingredients! 

What Else Can I Add?

Want to take it up a notch? Try my Dragon Noodle Variations: Pork and Peanut Dragon Noodles, or Lime Shrimp Dragon Noodles. Many readers have also commented that they’ve added extra vegetables (try adding some frozen stir fry vegetables), but you’ll probably want to double the sauce if adding a lot of extra vegetables.

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Spicy Sriracha Noodles

4.89 from 302 votes
These sweet, tangy, and spicy sriracha noodles take only a few minutes to make and are an inexpensive alternative to take out.
spicy sriracha noodles in a skillet with tongs
Servings 2
Prep 5 mins
Cook 10 mins
Total 15 mins

Ingredients

  • 4 oz. lo mein noodles ($1.30)
  • 2 Tbsp butter ($0.20)
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper ($0.02)
  • 2 large eggs ($0.42)
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar ($0.08)
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce ($0.06)
  • 2 Tbsp sriracha ($0.22)
  • 1 handful fresh cilantro (optional) ($0.10)
  • 1 green onion, sliced ($0.10)

Instructions 

  • Prepare the sauce for the noodles. In a small bowl, stir together the brown sugar, soy sauce, and sriracha. Set the sauce aside.
  • Bring a pot of water to a boil for the noodles. Once boiling, add the noodles and boil until tender. Drain the noodles in a colander.
  • While waiting for the water to boil, crack two eggs into a bowl then whisk lightly.
  • Heat the butter in a skillet over medium heat, then add the eggs and crushed pepper and lightly scramble the eggs. Avoid over cooking the eggs.
  • Once the noodles have drained, add them to the skillet with the eggs, then drizzle the sauce over top. Toss the noodles and eggs to coat in the sauce.
  • Top the noodles with fresh cilantro and sliced green onion, then serve.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1ServingCalories: 397kcalCarbohydrates: 48gProtein: 13gFat: 17gSodium: 1197mgFiber: 1g
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close up of spicy sriracha noodles in the skillet

How to Make Spicy Sriracha Noodles – Step By Step Photos

Sriracha sauce mixed in a small bowl with a spoon

Begin by mixing up the sauce for your noodles. Combine 1 Tbsp brown sugar, 1 Tbsp soy sauce, and 2 Tbsp sriracha (or 1 Tbsp, it’s up to you). 

lo mein noodles package

Next, begin cooking your noodles. These lo mein noodles that I used cook very quickly, in about 3-4 minutes. You can use just about any type of noodle for this, as they’re really just the vehicle for the delicious sauce!

Whisked egg in a bowl with a fork

While waiting for the water to boil for the noodles, lightly whisk two eggs in a bowl.

Scrambled eggs in a skillet

While the noodles are boiling, heat 2 Tbsp butter in a skillet over medium. Add 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper and the whisked eggs, then lightly scramble the eggs. Remove them from the heat when they are set. Try to avoid over-cooking the eggs.

noodles and sauce added to the eggs in the skillet

When your noodles are drained, add them to the skillet with the eggs and pour the prepared sauce over top.

noodles and eggs tossed in the sauce

Toss the noodles and eggs in the sauce until everything is well coated.

noodles topped with cilantro and green onion

Top the noodles with sliced green onion and cilantro (optional). Serve and enjoy!

Close up side view of a plate of spicy sriracha noodles

Old photos from 2012 😄

Dragon Noodles in a bowl

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  1. This is absolutely delicious and I’m addicted to it. It wasn’t very spicy to my liking, it was more sweet(I have a really high spice tolerance) so I added double the sriracha when I made it for the third time. Perfect balance of spicy and sweet to me. Absolutely delicious.

  2. These were so good, with just the right amount of heat! The Pork Peanut Dragon noodles have been a staple in our house for a while and these have always been on my radar. I finally made them with a few tweaks – used German spaetzel noodles, about 8oz, doubled the egg, added a bag of frozen stir fry veggies and multiplied the sauce by three. Thank you for all of the great recipes!

  3. I’ve been a fan since the original ‘Dragon Noodles’ days. My absolute favorite from this site! I didn’t have lo me noodles so used a 3oz. pack of Top Ramen w/o the flavor packet. Worked out just fine….it’s really all about the spicy sauce, anyway. Thank you, Beth.

  4. A favorite over the years, since it was called Dragon Noodles. We tweak it here and there with additions, but totally follow your base. It is soooooo good. Thank you!

  5. Love this recipe! it’s so good. I made a few changes cause I didn’t want eggs, green onions, and cilantro. I still sauteed them in a frying pan.

  6. Oh my goodness this was so good! I had no idea that something so simple could turn out so delicious. My husband and I both loved this recipe. Definitely satisfied that spicy noodle craving! Can’t wait to make it again.

  7. Isn’t this the original dragon noodles?  It’s been my
    Go to staple for 5 years!!  My absolute favorite recipe of all time ❤️