Asian Garlic Noodles Recipe (Buttery & Garlicky!)

This easy garlic noodles recipe is super rich and buttery, and is a punch in the mouth of garlic and onion. We use wonton noodles here so it’s got an asian garlic noodle vibe, but it’s great with just about any kind of noodle or pasta.

Each year my family and some friends gets together for an event called ‘crab massacre’. At one of these gatherings, a friend prepped an amazing mound of garlic noodles which we weren’t expecting at all. We were hooked and now can’t do any seafood boil without whipping up garlic noodles to go with it.

garlic noodle recipe with wonton noodles

Our boils are typically Dungeness crab, crawfish or shrimp, but when we run out of seafood, these garlic noodles are so flavorful that I love em with sides of boiled veggies or whatever leftovers are in the fridge.

Here’s a tray of garlic noodles I made using homemade pasta dough cut into taglioni for our backyard crawfish boil. Yeah that’s a lot of food :), we actually gave half of that boil to our cousins who stopped by shortly after.

aluminum tray of homemade garlic noodles

Types of noodles to use

nests of wonton noodles

This recipe works well with any kind of pasta or egg noodles (similar to yakisoba), like fettuccine, angel hair, or spaghetti. This would be excellent with homemade pasta too. I love this with wonton noodles for its softer, silkier texture–the same silky texture of the dumplings in my wonton soup recipe! The noodles you pick heavily affect the outcome of this dish, but on the other hand so many will work well so it’s really up to you.

I’ve been making a lot of fresh pasta with the gf for other recipes (surprisingly simple), which would work perfectly here too. Recipe coming up soon, but yeah no problem at all with store bought dried pasta or wonton noodles.

Other brands of noodles I’ve tried and like for these garlic noodles:

  • Fungs Village Inc – pancit noodles (found this at Seafood City)

Garlic noodle sauce

portioned out ingredients for garlic noodle sauce

My favorite kinda sauce recipe: throw it into a bowl and mix. Super simple to prepare ahead of time, and easy to store until you’re ready to use. For our recent seafood boil hosted at a friend’s place, this is exactly what we did to avoid transporting any tools, bottles, or cutting boards.

Don’t do what I did: you absolutely should not bust out four mini prep bowls for the sauce. Dump into one big bowl and give it a mix.

Aromatics: scallions & garlic

sliced scallions and pressed garlic on a cutting board

This bowl of scallions has quite a bit more than you need for the 8 oz of noodles, but I wanted to just have more on hand to make these as we eat it. Lately, I’ve been keeping a container of sliced scallions and pressed garlic in the fridge, ready to go. Also a jar of pressed garlic in some neutral cooking oil like canola or grapeseed–this is great to prep ahead of time and you can also use it for recipes like sinangag (Filipino garlic rice) or smashed potatoes.

These are great to have on the ready-to-add aromatics to a quick saute of veggies, browning up a little with butter before cracking some eggs into the pan, adding to meat, rice, etc. If you want MORE garlic (um yess please), you can also top it with fried garlic.

sautéing garlic and green onions in a pan

And yesss your kitchen is going to smell amazing as these cook down and release their aroma. If you want more of that pungent raw garlic and onion flavor you can saute it less here.

buttery, super garlicky garlic noodles
buttery, super garlicky garlic noodles

Asian Garlic Noodles (Quick & Easy)

5 from 8 votes
Super easy and garlicky noodles that I love making with wonton noodles. Of course any kind of pasta would work with this too. An excellent dish to eat on its own, but great when paired with simple seafoods too.
BY: Huy Vu
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 30 mins
SERVINGS: 4

Ingredients

One Noodle Selection

  • 16 oz (453.6 g) fresh wonton noodles or
  • 16 oz (453.6 g) homemade pasta my recipe! or
  • 8 oz (226.8 g) dried fettuccine / spaghetti / angel hair

Sauce

  • 3 1/3 tbsp (40 g) light brown sugar
  • 3 1/3 tbsp (63.3 g) oyster sauce
  • 3 1/3 tsp (20 g) light soy sauce
  • 1 1/4 tsp (6.7 g) sesame oil
  • 1 2/3 salt to taste

Aromatics

  • 5 1/3 tbsp salted butter
  • 1 bunch green onions / scallions (up to 50% more is ok) thinly sliced
  • 21 cloves (53.75 g) garlic pressed or minced

Instructions 

  • Boil noodles according to package instructions, until desired doneness is reached (we will not cook it more later), drain, then set aside. Prepare the below steps while the water boils though!
  • Add all sauce ingredients into a medium prep bowl and mix to combine
  • Slice scallions thinly and mince garlic or use a garlic press.
  • Melt butter in a large pan (brown it a little if desired) over medium-high heat, then add 75% of your green onions, and all of the garlic. Saute until fragrant and garlic is slightly browned.
  • Lower heat to medium, add sauce ingredients and stir to combine. Add noodles, mix to coat and warm up slightly. Taste, and add a few extra pinches of salt to taste if needed.
  • Garnish served plates with the remaining raw, sliced green onion and eat!

Notes

Fresh noodles weigh a lot more so if you’re using dry noodles, go with half by weight. See ingredient list for details.
10/25/19: Modded this recipe a bit to add more green onion and more garlic. It’s pretty hard to overdo it on these fronts. You can even add another clove or two of pressed raw garlic per serving for an extra kick!
12/31/20: Added weight measurements to ingredients so we don’t have to wash any measuring spoons! Increased the ratio of sauce to noodles to make the noodles more coated and seasoned, by 25%.
4/16/21: Yet again, I’ve increased all ingredients by 33%, but kept the noodles at 16 oz since I want the noodles to be more seasoned. If you want to play it safe, slowly add the sauce to your noodles, and leave any extra out when it hits the right amount of seasoning for you.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 346kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 504mg | Potassium: 187mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 342IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: garlic, noodles, pasta
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5 comments on “Asian Garlic Noodles Recipe (Buttery & Garlicky!)

  1. Dave Orobosa says:

    5 stars
    Wow, its a great help for me. I will definitely try to make it this weekend.

  2. Jeanette says:

    5 stars
    This is definitely my go-to recipe for a quick dish!

  3. Annie says:

    Simple, easy, and delicious. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Huy says:

      Thanks for the kind words Annie!

  4. JT says:

    This recipe seems to be similar to the famous garlic noodles from the An family who owns ‘Crustacean’ restaurant in L A.

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