These Spicy Noodles aren’t just hot and spicy, but tasty and packed with flavor, too! Moreover, they’re easy to make and ready in just 25 minutes.

It costs about $7.78 to make this recipe. The recipe serves six, which works out to be just $1.95 per serving. 

I recommend my Chicken in Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce for another spicy dish. 

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Hot and Spicy Noodles

This quick and easy dish is perfect for busy weeknights. These Hot and Spicy Noodles are full of spice, but they definitely do not lack flavor!

My one pet peeve about spicy food is when it lacks flavor or when the only flavor is HOT. Thanks to the fresh ginger, garlic, lime juice, brown sugar, and basil!

Please note, these noodles are VERY spicy! I do not recommend them for kids. If you do not like spicy food, then this is not the recipe for you!

You can easily customize this dish to add in any of your favorite veggies and protein. For example, I usually make these noodles when I need to clean the random odds and ends in my produce drawer.

This Asian-inspired dish is better than any ramen packet you can buy at the store! The combo of the tasty spicy sauce with the rice noodles is crave-worthy!

Hot and Spicy noodles in a bowl with chopsticks picking some up to eat.

Indredients and Cost

Per Serving Cost: $1.95

Recipe Cost: $7.78

  • 16 ounces wide rice noodles – $3.12
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons vegetable oil – $0.04
  • 3 shallots – $1.47
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons fresh ginger – $0.50
  • 8 garlic cloves – $0.40
  • ¼ cup soy sauce – $0.18
  • ¼ cup lime juice – $0.26
  • ⅓ cup water – $0.00
  • ⅓ cup chili garlic sauce – $0.50
  • 3 Tablespoons dark brown sugar – $0.12
  • ½ cup Thai basil or Italian basil – $0.99
  • 2 green onions – $0.10
  • 1 lime – $0.10

NOTE: The recipe prices are calculated by using grocery store websites. The actual cost of the recipe will vary depending on what ingredients you already have.

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Instructions

  1. First, cook the rice noodles according to the package directions. Then drain the water and toss the noodles with ½ Tablespoon of vegetable oil and set aside. 
  2. Next, using a medium pot, heat the oil for one minute. Add in the shallots and garlic and cook for about 7-8 minutes. 
  3. Add the ginger and cook for an additional minute. 
  4. Whisk in the soy sauce, lime juice, water, chili garlic sauce, and brown sugar. Cook until the sauce comes to a bubble. 
  5. Then add in the rice noodles and basil and toss over the heat for about 2-3 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat after the noodles are heated through and coated in the sauce. 
  6. Finally, garnish with desired toppings before serving.

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***See the complete recipe instructions and a recipe video in the recipe card below!

Recipe Variations

  • Feel free to customize this dish by addig in your favorite protein: chicken, pork, tofu, scrambled, egg, etc. My favorite is a fried egg right on top of the finished noodles, SOOOO good!
  • Also feel free to add your favorite veggies to this dish. As mentioned above, I usually make this dish when I feel it’s time to empty my produce drawer of odds and ends.
  • I personally feel these noodles are plenty spicy, but you can keep pepper flakes, Sriracha, and even additional chili garlic sauce on the table for those who want to load their noodles up with more spice.
  • Instead of wide rice noodles your can use stir fry rice noodles, linguine rice noodles, Pad Thai rice noodles, or ramen noodles (minus the flavor packet of course). My favorite by far are the wide rice noodles, so try and use those for these Spicy Noodles!

Storage Tips

SERVE: You can keep these noodles out for about 60-90 minutes before they need to be covered and refrigerated.

STORE: Leftovers will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

REHEAT: Place the noodles on a microwave-safe plate and sprinkle them with a little bit of water. Heat for a minute on HIGH heat, stir, and then heat in 30-second increments until heated through.

FREEZE: This Spicy Noodles recipe does not freeze and defrost well. Therefore I do not recommend freezing them.

Cook’s Tools

  • Medium pot
  • Colander
  • Whisk
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Liquid measuring cup
  • Mixing spoon
  • Cutting board
  • Chef’s knife
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Recipe FAQs

What can I add to my spicy noodles?

You can add any of your favorite veggies, such as broccoli or sweet corn, to this dish. Another option is adding protein such as chicken, steak, or a fried egg. You may also like adding some dry roasted peanuts for a bit of variety.

What type of noodles should I use?

I recommend using wide rice noodles for these spicy noodles. I use A Taste of Thai brand. However, if you cannot find the same noodles, you can use linguine noodles or Ramen packet noodles (discarding the seasoning packet) in a pinch.

The finished spicy noodles in a bowl with a lime wedge and sliced green onion.

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A close up picture of the finished Spicy Noodles in a white bowl. The noodles are topped with chopped green onions and a lime wedge.
4.80 from 10 votes

Spicy Noodles

Recipe Cost $ $7.78
Serving Cost $ $1.95
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
4 people
These Spicy Noodles aren’t just hot and spicy, but tasty and packed with flavor, too! Moreover, they’re easy to make and ready in just 25 minutes.

Equipment

  • Medium pot
  • colander
  • whisk
  • measuring cups and spoons
  • liquid measuring cup
  • mixing spoon
  • cutting board
  • chef's knife

Ingredients
 
 

FOR SERVING:

Instructions

COOK RICE NOODLES:

  • Cook the rice noodles as per the package instructions. Drain and toss the noodles gently with ½ tablespoon of vegetable oil. Set aside until ready to use.

COOK SAUCE:

  • In a medium pot add the oil and heat over medium heat for 1 minute. Add shallots and garlic and cook, stirring often until softened and the edges begin to turn golden about 7-8 minutes.
  • Add ginger and cook for 1 minute.
  • Whisk in soy sauce, lime juice, water, chili garlic sauce, and brown sugar.
  • Continue cooking until the sauce just comes to a bubble.

COOK SAUCE WITH NOODLES:

  • Add drained rice noodles and basil and gently toss over the heat until the noodles are coated in the sauce and the noodles are heated through about 2-3 minutes.
  • Remove the pot from the heat.

TO FINISH:

  • Garnish the noodles with green onions, lime wedges, red pepper flakes, and Sriracha (all optional). Serve.

Video

Nutrition

Serving: 2cups | Calories: 270kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1809mg | Potassium: 205mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 235IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 1mg

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7 Comments

  1. I can never pass p a good noodle dish and these were excellent! Added some frozen cooked shrimp to the bowl for some protein and what a great dinner!

  2. Jessica Stroup says:

    Love, Love, Love this recipe! So good!

  3. So incredibly yummy. I did skip the basil because I could not find any fresh basil at the store.

  4. Loved this dish! Spicy and zingy with the lime juice! Yum! Will definitely make again!

  5. Just SO many gorgeous flavours packed into these simple noodles – delicious!

  6. My family loved it! Just the right amount of spicy! So perfect!

  7. My whole family loved these noodles! I can’t wait to make them again!