Tasty, low calorie zucchini noodles replace typical wheat-based noodles in this delicious and creamy Spicy Sesame Zoodles recipe. If you love health vegan meals, you’re going to want to take a look at Vegan Cobb Salad. Or how about my Vegan Sushi with Cauliflower Rice.
When I first heard about zucchini noodles, aka zoodles, I wasn’t overly impressed. Of course, that might be my first reaction to just about everything new or different. I would not even consider trying guacamole until I was in my early 20’s. The idea of eating something that green? No way.
But you know what? I eventually tried guacamole. It wasn’t love at first bite, but the stuff did grow on me until here I am today, obsessed.
The same thing is true for this spicy sesame zoodles dish. How in the world could zucchini sub for noodles? But, let me tell you, it works.
All you need is a spiralizer of some sort or fashion, and a few good zucchinis.
Why You’ll Love Spicy Sesame Zoodles
First of all, wheat-based noodles are traditionally used in a dish like this. Obviously, that’s not gluten free, but beyond that, noodles add a lot of carbs…and calories! If you’re watching your weight (and honestly, who isn’t watching their weight. Seriously. I want to know who they are so I can go heckle them. OK. I wouldn’t do that, but I might want to.
No. I’m learning to embrace my stagnate metabolism. If there were a nuclear war (which seems more probable under current conditions), I could survive a long time. Yes, that’s surely something to look forward to.
OK. I’ve digressed. Let’s get back to the recipe. This is a lower calorie version of this standard recipe. It’s delicious and spicy, and savory all in one bowl.
There’s a lot that’s good for you in this recipe, for example:
- Zuchhinis are full of Vitamin A, magnesium, folate and so many more needed phytonutrients
- Sesame Seeds are a great source of calcium, iron, fiber, protein and more. Sesame Seeds are also anti-inflammatories and have been proven to reduce knee pain. How cool is that!
- Ginger is know for providing relief for stomach problems, including nausea. Ginger also boasts some powerful anti-inflammatories as well.
- Garlic has a whole host of phytonutrients attached to it. Rather than go into all of them, let’s just say that garlic is both an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.
Do you need a dose of healthy in your life? This spicy sesame zoodles dish might just do the trick.
Also, this recipe is pretty simple to make. In fact, you might want to make a double batch and share with friends and family. They will be impressed.
Adapt this Recipe
This recipe needs a little help. I hate saying that, but it’s true. Because the thing is, I love this recipe, but it could use a little of YOU in it. The beauty of making dishes at home is that you get to adapt it the way you like it. If you’d like to get some ideas to get things started, here are some ways I would change up this spicy sesame zoodles recipe:
- Got any chives handy? Try adding chopped chives on top
- If you want an oil-free recipe, just leave out the sesame oil
- We love serving this with steamed broccoli
- Try different noodle ideas, like sweet potatoes, or yellow squash
- Sprinkle some black sesame seeds for a dramatic presentation.
Have fun! Just go along with the foundation of the recipe and you should be fine to experiment as you like. That’s what I love most about making my own food at home — I know exactly what I’m eating and I can make it exactly the way I love it. Oh, and everyone can add their own special touches. It’s like design your own zoodles experience!
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- 1 - 2 zucchinis washed
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 3 tablespoons gluten-fee tamari or Bragg
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 2 tablespoons Tahini sesame paste
- 1 tablespoon syrup sweetener agave, maple syrup, or honey
- 1 tablespoon finely grated ginger*
- 1 teaspoon finely minced garlic**
- 1 teaspoon sriracha or chili paste
- 1 green onion sliced thinly
- Sesame Seeds
Use a spiralizer to create zucchini noodles, to create around 2 - 3 cups of noodles.
Bring a pot of water to boil. Add the zucchini noodles and cook until barely tender, 3 - 5 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water. Set aside.
In a bowl, combine the sesame oil, tamari, rice vinegar, tahini, syrup, ginger, garlic and sriracha or chili paste. Stir to combine.
Pour this sauce over your cooked zoodles.
Pour the sauce over the noodles and toss. Place in two serving bowls and top with green onion slices and sesame seeds
* You can sub ½ teaspoon dried, ground ginger.
** If you have trouble with garlic being too "hot", remove the center green part of the garlic clove. That can help.
Finally, if you’re into vegetarian or vegan zucchini recipes, check these out:
- Vegan Zucchini Meatballs by by Making Thymme health
- Zucchini Tater Tots by She Likes Food
- Vegan Zucchini Fritters by Jessica in the Kitchen
- Looking for something a little different? Try my Vegan Savory Zucchini Bread
Whatever vegan zucchini dish you’re diving into, enjoy!