In search of some tasty sauces for asian noodles? Here are 30+ delicious recipes! From creamy sauces, to spicy sauces, tangy sauces and more…
Noodles are a beloved staple in many cuisines around the world. Whether you enjoy slurping down a steaming bowl of ramen or savoring a plate of sauced up udon, one thing that can take your noodle dish to the next level is a delicious sauce.
Whether you prefer a spicy kick, a tangy zest, or a comforting glaze, there’s a noodle sauce for every palate.
So, get creative in the kitchen, experiment with these sauces, and enjoy the slurpy world of noodles!
The BEST Sauces for Noodles
Peanut Sauce: Creamy and rich, peanut sauce adds a wonderful nutty taste to rice noodles.
Cumin Sauce: These boldly flavored Cumin Lamb Noodles are just as delicious as the restaurant version but use much more accessible ingredients. Made with tender lamb shoulder and toasted spices, you’re going to want to make this for more than just special occasions!
Dan Dan Noodle Sauce: Tantanmen Ramen (aka Tan Tan Noodles or Dan Dan Noodles) combines delicious ramen noodles and ground pork with a spicy, creamy broth that's seasoned with chili oil, peanut butter and sesame paste.
Black Bean Sauce: Embrace the bold and robust flavors of black bean sauce. Sauté minced garlic, ginger, and fermented black beans, then add soy sauce and a bit of sugar for a savory and aromatic sauce.
Oyster Sauce: Bring a touch of umami to your udon noodles with oyster sauce. Combine it with soy sauce, sugar, and a splash of rice wine for a savory and slightly sweet sauce that complements the noodles perfectly.
Spicy Chili Sauce: For those who enjoy a fiery kick, a spicy chili sauce like gochujang or sriracha can liven up udon noodles. Adjust the spiciness to your preference and balance it with a hint of sweetness from honey or sugar.
Yakisoba Sauce: Sweet and salty fried noodles mixed with fresh cabbage, fatty pork pieces, fragrant garlic, and more. This recipe shows you how to whip up authentic Japanese yakisoba from scratch and it’s great for those quick weekday meals.
Curry Sauce: Take a break from traditional flavors and try udon noodles with a curry sauce. Prepare a rich curry base with spices, coconut milk, and a variety of vegetables, then pour it over the noodles for a hearty and aromatic dish.
Soy-based Sauce: A classic choice, soy-based sauces like shoyu or tamari add a savory and slightly sweet flavor to udon noodles. Combine it with sliced scallions and grated ginger for an authentic touch.
Ponzu Sauce: Ponzu, a tangy citrus-based sauce made from soy sauce and citrus juice, adds a refreshing and zesty taste to udon noodles. Sprinkle some grated daikon radish and garnish with chopped green onions for added freshness.
Ginger Scallion Sauce: Harness the flavors of ginger and scallions to create a simple yet delicious sauce for udon noodles. Sauté grated ginger and chopped scallions in sesame oil, then drizzle it over the noodles for an aromatic delight.
Noodles can be a part of a healthy diet when consumed in moderation. Opt for whole-grain or vegetable-based noodles to increase their nutritional value. Additionally, the choice of sauce and accompanying ingredients can impact the overall healthiness of the dish.
How do I prevent my noodles from sticking together?
To prevent noodles from sticking together, add a tablespoon of oil to the boiling water before adding the noodles. Stir the noodles occasionally during cooking to ensure they don’t clump together. Once cooked, rinse them under cold water to remove excess starch.
What type of noodles should I use for different sauces?
The choice of noodles depends on personal preference and the type of sauce. Thin noodles like vermicelli work well with lighter sauces, while thicker noodles like fettuccine or udon can handle richer sauces.
What’s the best way to reheat noodles?
To avoid them becoming mushy, it’s best to reheat noodles in a microwave or on the stovetop with a little sauce or oil to prevent them from drying out.
How to Make Ahead & Store
Many of these sauce recipes can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for a few days or even in the freezer. Simply check the individual recipes for full storing instructions and details on how to make ahead.
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In search of some tasty sauces for asian noodles? Here are 30+ delicious recipes! From creamy sauces, to spicy sauces, tangy sauces and more… Try these Kung Pao Noodles. This vegetarian meal will be on your table in 20 minutes! Plus, it's easy to add your favorite protein like chicken, pork or tofu.
Whisk together kung pao sauce ingredients and set aside.
Cook noodles to just shy of al dente according to package instructions. Drain and toss with a bit of oil. Set aside.
While the noodles are cooking, heat 1 Tablespoon oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add the onions and saute until softened, 3-4 minutes. Add red pepper, zucchini, garlic, ginger and red chili peppers (if using) and saute for 2 minutes, until just tender.
Add the noodles to the vegetables and pour sauce over top. Toss over low heat for 1-2 minute until the noodles are coated in sauce.
Garnish with chopped peanuts and green onions and serve.
Optional add in 1 pound sauteed chicken, pork, beef or tofu.