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Spicy Sesame Noodles with Peanuts and Green Beans

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Sharon Berkowitz
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With a fiery kick and a velvety sesame coating, spicy sesame noodles bring together the perfect balance of heat and savory richness in every delectable bite.
Sesame Noodles with green beans recipe
Credit: Sharon Berkowitz

Imagine a plate filled with long, silky strands of spicy sesame noodles with peanuts and green beans coated in a tantalizing, thick sauce. The rich aroma of this delicious sauce also has hints of garlic, creating a symphony of enticing scents that will make you drool instantly!

spicy sesame noodles recipe
Credit: Sharon Berkowitz

With every mouthful, these spicy sesame noodles enchant your palate, leaving you craving their delectable blend of nutty, savory, and aromatic goodness. Whether enjoyed as a main course or an appetizer, spicy sesame noodles with peanuts and green beans are a true culinary delight 😋

Sesame Noodles with green beans recipe
Credit: Sharon Berkowitz
Prep Time :10 minutes
Cook Time :10 minutes
Total Time :20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings

EQUIPMENT

  • Wok / deep frying pan

INGREDIENTS
 

  • 1 pound/450 grams noodles
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound/450 grams 1 fresh green beans
  • 1 tablespoon red chili pepper, finely chopped (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons oil

Sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy/tamari sauce
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • ½ -¾ cup cooking water

Toppings:

  • 3 scallions, chopped
  • 3 cilantro stems
  • 4 tablespoons your favorite peanuts
  • Sweet and spicy chili sauce to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Cook the noodles according to the instructions on the package. Strain and save a cup of the cooking water.
  • In a small bowl, mix the sauce ingredients until well combined (texture should be thick). Heat up a wok over medium, add the oil and fry the garlic for a minute. Add the green beans and saute for 4-5 minutes, until the beans are tender. Add the chili pepper and stir. Pour in the sauce and cooking water and mix until well combined.
  • Add the noodles and mix with tongs until they are completely covered with the sauce. Drizzle chili sauce to taste and sprinkle scallions, cilantro and peanuts. Enjoy!

MY NOTES

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I adjust the level of spiciness in Spicy Sesame Noodles?

Yes, you can definitely adjust the level of spiciness in spicy sesame noodles according to your personal preference. The amount of spiciness can be modified by adjusting the quantity of spicy ingredients such as Sriracha sauce or chili flakes. You can start with a smaller amount and gradually increase it until you reach the desired level of spiciness. Additionally, you can also balance the heat by adding more of the other ingredients like sesame oil, soy sauce, or vinegar to mellow out the spiciness. Don’t be afraid to experiment and tailor the recipe to suit your taste buds.

Can I make Spicy Sesame Noodles ahead of time and serve them cold?

Yes, you can make spicy sesame noodles ahead of time and serve them cold. In fact, many people enjoy cold or chilled spicy sesame noodles as a refreshing dish during hot weather or as a make-ahead meal. To prepare them in advance, cook the noodles according to the package instructions, rinse them under cold water to stop the cooking process, and toss them with the sauce and other ingredients. Allow the noodles to chill in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight to enhance the flavors. Before serving, give them a quick toss to ensure the noodles are well-coated in the sauce. Cold spicy sesame noodles can be served as a standalone dish or as part of a larger meal.

Are spicy sesame noodles good for you?

Sesame noodles can be a tasty and satisfying dish, but their nutritional value can vary depending on the specific recipe and ingredients used. Here are some considerations:

Noodles: The type of noodles used can affect the nutritional content. Whole wheat or whole grain noodles are generally healthier choices as they provide more fiber, vitamins, and minerals compared to refined white noodles.

Sauce: The sauce in spicy sesame noodles typically contains ingredients like sesame oil, soy sauce, vinegar and red chili pepper. While these ingredients add flavor, they can also contribute to sodium content. It’s important to use low-sodium soy sauce and be mindful of the overall salt content in the dish.

Nutritional Balance: Sesame noodles can be made more nutritious by incorporating vegetables, lean proteins (such as grilled chicken or tofu), and herbs. These additions can increase the fiber, vitamins, and minerals in the dish.

Portion Control: Like any food, portion control is key. Overeating sesame noodles can lead to excessive calorie intake. Be mindful of portion sizes and consider balancing the meal with other nutrient-dense foods.

It’s worth noting that moderation and balance are key when it comes to enjoying any dish, including sesame noodles. While they can be part of a balanced diet, it’s important to consider the overall nutritional composition and make adjustments accordingly to suit your dietary needs and goals.

Are sesame noodles high in carbs?

Sesame noodles, being primarily made from noodles, do contain a significant amount of carbohydrates. The exact carb content can vary based on the type and quantity of noodles used in the recipe. Typically, Asian-style wheat or egg noodles are used, which are higher in carbohydrates compared to whole grain or whole wheat alternatives. Additionally, the sauce used in sesame noodles may also contribute to the carbohydrate content, as some sauces contain sugar or honey.

It’s important to note that while sesame noodles do contain carbs, they can still be enjoyed in moderation as part of a balanced diet. If you are watching your carbohydrate intake, you can consider using alternative noodles like zucchini noodles (zoodles) or shirataki noodles, which are lower in carbs. Additionally, balancing the meal with protein and vegetables can help to slow down the digestion and absorption of carbohydrates, providing a more balanced and satisfying meal.

As with any dietary considerations, it’s always a good idea to consult with a healthcare professional or registered dietitian for personalized advice based on your specific dietary needs and goals.

Are sesame noodles gluten free?

Traditional sesame noodles are typically made with wheat-based noodles, which contain gluten. However, gluten free alternatives like rice noodles or gluten free pasta can be used to make sesame noodles suitable for those with gluten sensitivities or celiac disease.

What are some common variations of sesame noodles?

Sesame noodles can be served as a standalone dish, but they also pair well with side dishes. Some common variations of sesame noodles include adding vegetables such as bell peppers, cucumbers, or carrots for added crunch and freshness. Protein options like chicken, shrimp, tofu or beef can also be included to make it a more substantial meal.

How do I store leftover spicy sesame noodles?

Leftover sesame noodles can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Before serving, you may need to add a little extra sauce or toss the noodles with a bit of oil to refresh their flavor and texture.

Sesame Noodles with green beans recipe
Credit: Sharon Berkowitz
Sesame Noodles with green beans recipe
Credit: Sharon Berkowitz

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