Quick and Easy 20-Minute Garlic Rice Noodles Recipe

Garlic rice noodles are a perfect easy side dish with plenty of flavor. Pair with a protein and veggie to make it a full meal.

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Recently, when we were out to eat, I had a meal with some rice noodles. I’ve only cooked with them once before when I made Pork and Noodles with Bok Choy. I forgot how good they are and how easy they can be to make. 

Garlic rice noodles are an easy dish to make alongside so many main foods. These are great with almost any protein, especially if you are adding garlic to the meal. They are also perfect for Asian-inspired cuisines. 

Serving Suggestions

The first time I made this easy garlic rice noodles recipe, they were a side dish for some pork. The next time I made them, we added sauteed shrimp and broccoli to the noodles after they cooked. It was delicious and turned the noodles into a full meal. This is a great way to meal prep for the week, too. 

Add-Ons & Garnish

With something as versatile as noodles, there are so many ways you can dress these up. 

  • Mix in some fish sauce or oyster sauce
  • Garnish with red pepper flakes or sesame seeds
  • Add in vegetables such as broccoli, snow peas, chopped red peppers, green beans, or sliced spring onions
  • Sprinkle with parmesan cheese, fresh herbs, or hot sauce 

About the Ingredients

Rice Noodles

The rice noodles are the base of this recipe. I like the rice noodles for their flavor and texture. They are also a great option for those who need to eat a gluten-free diet as they are made of only rice and water. But you can certainly use any type of noodles. If you are ok with wheat noodles, try this with ramen noodles, egg noodles, or angel hair pasta. 

Butter

The butter is used to saute the shallot and garlic. You could also use an oil such as avocado oil or olive oil. For added flavor, use toasted sesame oil. 

Shallot

The sweet taste of the shallot is preferred for this recipe, although sweet onion, white onion, or pearl onion would work as well. 

Garlic Cloves

To make things easy, I like to buy the jarred minced garlic, especially for a recipe that needs a lot, like this one. You can use 6 fresh cloves of garlic instead. Feel free to increase or decrease the amount of garlic to suit your tastes. 

Brown Sugar

While it isn’t much sugar, this helps offset the bitterness of the garlic and also helps to thicken the sauce a bit. The molasses in the brown sugar helps hold it together. 

Soy Sauce

Regular soy sauce is a great addition to the flavor of garlic rice noodles. For a gluten-free option, substitute with liquid aminos. 

Green Onions

Slicing green onions to garnish the noodles helps bring this whole recipe together. You can skip these if you’d like, if it’s too much onion for your tastes. 

Garlic Rice Noodles Step by Step

Ingredients

  • 8 oz rice noodles
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 6 tsp garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 green onions, sliced

Preparation

Prepare rice noodles al dente according to the package directions, without rinsing, and set aside.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet on medium-high heat, melt the butter then add the shallot and garlic, cooking for 1-2 minutes, until fragrant.

Add sugar and mix in until incorporated.

Pour in the soy sauce and simmer for 1 minute.

Add the noodles and cook another 3-5 minutes until the noodles have absorbed the sauce.

Serve garnished with green onions.

Garlic Rice Noodles Leftovers

Storage: Store leftover noodles in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. 

Reheating: The best way to reheat is in a saucepan over medium heat until warmed through. If the noodles are too dry, add a little bit of butter or soy sauce as they heat. 

Freezing: I don’t suggest freezing garlic rice noodles. They will lose their texture and end up very soggy when reheated. 

Recipe

Originally Published On: January 22, 2024

Garlic Rice Noodles

Garlic rice noodles are a perfect easy side dish with plenty of flavor. Pair with a protein and veggie to make it a full meal.
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course:
Side Dish
Cuisine:
American
Diet
Vegetarian
Keyword:
garlic
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garlic noodles
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rice noodles
Dietary Needs:
Egg-Free
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Nut-Free
Servings: 4
4.86 from 7 votes

Ingredients

  • 8 oz rice noodles
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 shallot (diced)
  • 6 tsp garlic (minced)
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 green onions (sliced)

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Instructions

  • Prepare rice noodles al dente according to the package, without rinsing, and set aside
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet on medium-high heat, melt the butter then add the shallot and garlic, cooking for 1-2 minutes, until fragrant
  • Add sugar and mix in until incorporated
  • Pour in the soy sauce and simmer for 1 minute
  • Add the noodles and cook another 3-5 minutes until the noodles have absorbed the sauce
  • Serve garnished with green onions
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Nutrition Facts
Garlic Rice Noodles
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cup)
Calories 0
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.

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13 thoughts on “Quick and Easy 20-Minute Garlic Rice Noodles Recipe”

  1. 5 stars
    This dish for garlic rice noodles is just delicious! It’s simple to put together on busy nights and all I have to do is add my protein of choice, make a side salad and I have the perfect meal.

  2. 5 stars
    This sounds like such a lovely recipe and if I wasn’t already making lunch I’d be having this. It sounds like a lovely tasty dish that is super fast to make.

  3. 4 stars
    I did try to make Garlic Noodles once before but the sauce came out too watery. The idea of adding brown sugar never crossed my mind. So, thank you for giving me a way to thicken the sauce.

  4. Stephanie, your Garlic Rice Noodles recipe is a game-changer! It’s so quick and easy to make, and the flavors are incredible. It’s become a staple side dish in our house. Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe with us!

  5. This recipe is incredibly easy and convenient to make. So versatile as well, as I can change up different things to add, like mushrooms or other veggies. It is nice to have a dish like this that I can make for the whole family.

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