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Shortcut Sesame Butter Noodles

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Total Time: 12 minutes
  • Yield: 1, maybe 2 (I can pretty easily eat a package by myself) 1x


One of my favorite back-pocket recipes! Packaged noodles for ease, butter for creaminess, honey for sweetness, and sesame oil for depth. Just tangly slips of joy!



Shortcut Sesame Butter Noodles:

  • 1 (3.35 ounce) package saucy shortcut noodles – my favorite are the Momofuku spicy soy or soy scallion
  • 1 tablespoons butter
  • 12 teaspoons honey
  • 1/2 tablespoon toasted sesame oil (more to taste)
  • a splash of water
  • optional toppings: green onion, sesame seeds, chili crisp, togarashi


  1. Make the noodles: Cook the noodles according to package directions, including adding in the little sauce packet.
  2. Add the extras: Once prepared, toss hot noodles gently with the butter, honey, and sesame oil. Taste and adjust to however you like it. It should be silky when hot but it will get more sticky the longer you wait – if it’s too sticky, add a bit of warm water to loosen it which will emulsify and make it just a little creamy. It’s perfect.
  3. Finish and serve: Finish with chili crisp, scallions, or some kind of sesame or spicy sprinkle! Ideal little snack, or you can make it more of a rounded out meal by serving with a fried egg and/or a salad. Or ground chicken. Or shrimp. It’s the kind of thing that’s good with everything.


Adjusting noodle stickiness level: You can rinse the noodles after boiling, before adding sauce, to reduce the overall stickiness – I usually rinse them for just a brief moment so they retain a little bit of starchiness. If you rinse them for more than a few seconds, you’ll take off quite a bit of starch and the noodles will be more slippery / silky. It’s still delicious, but the sauce won’t cling to the noodles quite as much. If you find that they noodles and sauce aren’t as clingy as you want, you can help it out by just heating it for a few minutes over low heat.

  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes

Keywords: sesame noodles, sesame butter noodles, momofuku noodles, shortcut noodles, quick and easy recipe