Sesame Garlic Noodles with Crispy Rice

Sesame Garlic Noodles- easy to make and BIG on garlic flavor. Garlic infused crispy rice is an optional topping that adds a wonderful crunchy texture.

Chopsticks holding maifun noodles tossed in a garlicky dressing

It’s time for another recipe made in partnership with my friends, Annie Chuns. I’ve had an amazing time collaborating with them over this past year and made some delicious Asian inspired cuisine using their products such as Teriyaki Tofu Spring Rolls, Vegan Pad Thai and Miso Eggplant Noodle Bowls…it’s hard to pick a favorite!

a bowl of sesame garlic noodles with crispy rice, chives and toasted sesame seeds

We’re nearing the end of our 2020 partnership, but I’ve still got a few more posts with them lined up that will take us through the end of the year. Today we’re talking about these Sesame Garlic Noodles, a classic noodle dish that’s easy to master!

a bowl of garlic noodles on a marble dining table

Why you’ll love these Sesame Garlic Noodles

  • If you’re a fan of garlic you will be very into these sesame garlic noodles! It’s the predominant flavor in this dish, although there are also lovely notes of sesame and chives.
  • Thin rice noodles are tossed in a light but flavorful garlic, honey and soy sauce vinaigrette.
  • As a fun and optional add-on, crispy garlic-infused toasted rice tops these Sesame Garlic Noodles and imparts some welcome crunchy texture.
  • This dish is naturally gluten free and vegan!
  • You can make this dish in about 20 minutes. Add your favorite protein and a serving of vegetables for a balanced meal!
Annie Chun maifun noodles, toasted sesame oil, garlic and toasted sesame seeds

What kind of noodles are recommended for this dish?

I used Annie Chun’s Maifun Noodles to make these Sesame Garlic Noodles. In addition to being naturally gluten free and made with non- GMO ingredients, their thin, delicate consistency allows the sesame garlic vinaigrette to evenly coat each and every noodle. If you can’t locate Maifun noodles, read the recipe variations section below for easy swaps.

Cast iron skillet with cooked crispy rice

How to make crispy rice

To make the crispy rice topping for this noodle dish, you will need about 1/2 cup of rice. Leftover rice is recommended as it does not contain as much moisture as freshly cooked rice, so it will crisp up better.

Heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a large skillet. Add the rice and cook until it is golden and toasted, stirring occasionally. It should take about 5 minutes. Add one minced clove of garlic during the last 1-2 minutes of cooking to infuse the toasted rice with garlic flavors and aromas. Season with salt and remove from the pan. You can drain it on a paper towel to absorb excess oil.

sesame garlic noodles topped with crispy rice and sesame seeds in a black bowl

Recipe variations

  • If you can’t find Annie Chun’s Maifun Noodles locally, vermicelli noodles or angel hair pasta offer a similar shape and consistency. Or you could try another type of long noodle such as brown rice pad Thai noodles, spaghetti or linguine!
  • If you want to add a spicy kick to this noodle dish, try replacing the sesame oil with toasted sesame chili oil, or make your own chili oil (it’s quick and simple)!
  • Feel free to skip the toasted rice portion of this recipe if you don’t have leftover rice; it’s completely optional! Instead you could add toasted sesame seeds, sliced almonds chopped peanuts to add some extra crunch.
garlic noodles, garlic bulbs and sesame seeds with a black and white checkered linen napkin

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black ceramic noodle bowl with thin noodles, crispy rice and chives
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Sesame Garlic Noodles

Sesame Garlic Noodles- easy to make and BIG on garlic flavor. Garlic infused crispy rice is an optional topping that adds a wonderful crunchy texture.

Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Asian, Chinese, Gluten-free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword Asian, noodles
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 600 kcal
Author Denisse


For the crispy rice:

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • ½ cup leftover cooked rice
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • Pinch of salt

For the noodles:

  • 8 ounces Annie Chun’s Maifun noodles
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • Toasted sesame seeds for garnish
  • Chopped chives for garnish


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet. Add rice and cook until golden and toasted, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Add 1 minced clove of garlic during the last 1-2 minutes of cooking. Season with salt and remove from the pan. Set aside.
  2. Cook noodles according to package instructions. Drain, rinse, transfer to a mixing bowl and set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, honey and 3 cloves of minced garlic.
  4. Heat the skillet over medium heat. Add the mixture and bring to a gentle simmer. Cook for 1 minute.
  5. Pour the mixture over the noodles and toss gently to combine.
  6. Transfer to bowls and top with crispy rice, toasted sesame seeds and chives.

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