Chinese sesame noodles with veggies!

tir-fried Chinese Sesame Noodles, loaded up with healthy veggies and tossed in the most delicious, creamy vegan Sesame Sauce made with tahini paste! Make this in 20 minutes flat and keep it vegan or add chicken- up to you!

Here’s a simple recipe for Chinese Sesame Noodles, loaded up with healthy veggies.  Today I used up all the stray farmer’s market veggies we had hiding in our fridge. Luckily down here in California the farmer’s markets are still open and FULL of amazing produce.  No lines or cues. Just sayin.’

You could also make this with pre-packaged stir-fry veggies, or just use what you have on hand.

The  Sesame Sauce is so flavorful, it won’t matter too much what combination of veggies you use. Traditionally this is made without veggies at all- so you could go that route and add chicken for protein if you like. Very adaptable. 

What I love about this recipe, besides the flavor, is how easy it is! This can be made in 15-20 minutes. Seriously, just as long as it takes to heat the water and boil noodles.  While the noodles are boiling you can easily make the sesame sauce and saute the veggies. Fast and EASY!

If you are curious about the red looking condiment at the top- well, good! You should be! Of course, I will be sharing it soon too. It’s a Chili Peanut Oil we’ve been putting on everything. (It goes well with Mexican food too!) 

This Sesame Noodle recipe starts with sauteing garlic, onion, ginger and veggies. Here I’ve gathered up a carrot, some leftover mushrooms, cabbage and broccolini. Bell pepper, asparagus, green beans, snow peas, shredded brussel sprouts- any quick-cooking veggies will work.  Use about 4 cups.

FYI: This recipe makes 2-3 portions- using 4 cups of veggies! Healthy and full of nutrients!

While the veggies are sauteing, start cooking the noodles and make the Creamy Sesame Sauce.

Traditionally a Chinese style sesame paste would be used here, but for simplicity, I’m using tahini paste. One less trip to the store. Chinese sesame paste is made with toasted sesame seeds instead of raw sesame seeds- so to compensate I’ve added toasted sesame oil.

Stir the tahini paste with soy sauce, sesame oil, honey or alternative, chili paste, rice vinegar, and a little water. If you like it extra saucy, feel free to double the sauce.

Drain the noodles – here I’ve just used chow mein noodles- but you could use soba noodles , buckwheat noodles  or even plain old spaghetti. Use what you have. I prefer a more toothsome noodle here over rice noodles (unless they are brown rice noodles) but do as you please.

Your favorite GF pasta would work too

Then just toss it all together with the veggies, noodles, and the Sesame sauce and serve it up nice and warm.

Top with more chili paste if you like, toasted sesame seeds and crushed peanuts! I always love adding something fresh like sprouts or scallions or even sliced cucumber or radish.

If making this ahead, toss the noodles with sesame oil and wait to add the Creamy Sesame Sauce until serving.

Flavorful Sesame Noodles, loaded up with healthy veggies and tossed in the most delicious, creamy, vegan Sesame Sauce! Make this in 20 minutes flat! Keep it vegan or add chicken- up to you!

  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2-3 1x
  • Category: noodles, main, vegan, stir fry
  • Method: stir fry
  • Cuisine: Chinese
  • Diet: Vegan


  • 1–2 tablespoons oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, rough chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, chopped
  • 1/2 an onion, sliced
  • 4 cups saute-able veggies (cabbage, peppers, broccoli, mushrooms, asparagus, snow peas, etc.) cut small.
  • 4–5 ounces dry noodles (soba noodles, buckwheat noodles, chow mein noodles, low mein, spaghetti, brown rice noodles , gluten-free noodles, etc.)

Creamy Sesame Sauce:  (For extra “saucey” double this)

  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce (Or GF Braggs Liquid Aminos)
  • 3 tablespoons tahini paste, or Chinese Sesame Paste
  • 1–2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey or vegan alternative like maple
  • 1–2 teaspoon chili paste or sriacha, more to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste

Garnish: scallions, toasted sesame seeds, sprouts, roasted peanuts, sliced cucumber or radish.


Boil water for pasta.

In a large skillet (or wok) heat oil over medium heat. Add onion, garlic and ginger and the veggies of your choice. Saute, 3-4 minutes, turn heat down to low, and continue cooking until just tender.

At the same time, cook the noodles according to directions and make the Creamy Sesame Sauce.

Creamy Sesame Sauce: Place all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk with fork until smooth. Taste. Add more chili paste and salt and pepper to taste.

Once the veggies are tender, and noodles are drained toss them together along with the sauce, coating well. Serve warm, top with sprout or other options.


If you want rich thick sesame sauce, leave out the water (or if your tahini paste seems very runny). You can always add water to thin.

If making this ahead, toss noodles with a little sesame oil. Wait to toss with the creamy Sesame Sauce until ready to serve.