Tasty, low calorie, low carb zucchini noodles replace typical wheat-based noodles in this delicious and creamy spicy Sesame Zoodles recipe. It’s a healthy lunch or dinner option you’ll want to make time and time again!
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.
What Works About 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), this is a great healthy recipe!
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. Besides, zoodles are great for a low carb, keto diet too!
There’s a lot that’s good for you in this recipe, for example:
- Zucchinis are full of Vitamin A, magnesium, folate and so many more needed nutrients
- Sesame Seeds are a great source of calcium, iron, fiber, protein and more
- Ginger and garlic offer a whole host of nutrients attached to them.
Do you need a dose of healthy in your life? This spicy sesame zoodles dish might just do the trick.
Also, Asian zoodles recipes are pretty simple to make. In fact, you might want to make a double batch and share with friends and family. They will be impressed.
How to Make Sesame Zoodles
You can make these spicy zoodles in less than 10 minutes! All you have to do is 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.
Note: You can serve the noodles raw, but I find cooking them just a bit makes them nice and tender.
Next, you’ll want to make that tasty sauce. To do that, combine the sesame oil, tamari, rice vinegar, tahini, sweetener, ginger, garlic and sriracha or chili paste in a bowl. Stir that all together and then pour it over your cooked zoodles.
Distribute the sesame zucchini noodles between two serving bowls and top with green onion slices and sesame seeds.
If you prefer cold zoodle recipes, simply place the cooked zoodles in the fridge to chill for up to 30 minutes.
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
- Serve this recipe chilled, like a cold zoodle salad!
- 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!
Healthy Vegan Recipes
Also, be sure to make these Vegan Spring rolls full of lots of delicious veggies!
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Spicy Sesame Zoodles
- 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, sweetener, 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
** If you have trouble with garlic being too “hot”, remove the center green part of the garlic clove. That can help.
The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
Finally, if you’re into vegetarian or vegan zucchini recipes, check these out:
- Vegan Zucchini Meatballs by by Making Thyme 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!