Spicy Sesame Zoodles

Tasty, low calorie, low-carb zucchini noodles replace typical wheat noodles in this delicious spicy Sesame Zoodles recipe. It’s a healthy lunch or dinner option you’ll want to make time and time again!

A bowl of spicy sesame zoodles with sesame seeds sits in front of green onions and a bowl of more sesame seeds.

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 20s. 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.

What Makes This Recipe Shine?

  • Using zucchini noodles instead of wheat noodles makes this both gluten-free, low carb, and low-calorie meal.
  • Adding tahini paste creates a creamy texture to the sauce that combines perfectly with the spices
  • Using fresh ginger is a flavor booster that will keep you coming back for more!
Three zucchinis sit side-by-side on a white table.

What Zucchinis are Best?

Select zucchinis that have smooth skin that’s thin. To tell if the skin is thin enough, scrape a little bit with your fingernail. It should come off easily. Zucchinis with pitted skin are older and not as fresh. Select smaller zucchini, around 6 inches in size. Large zucchini may look nice, but they can be bitter and watery.

Key Ingredients

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe, including substitution ideas:

  • Zucchinis — You’ll need 2 zucchinis.
  • Sesame oil — This stuff is the best and if you can find toasted sesame oil it’s even better.
  • Tamari — This is a gluten-free version of soy sauce so if you don’t have issues with gluten, you can substitute soy sauce. Or you can use Bragg or Coconut Aminos.
  • Rice vinegar
  • Tahini paste — This is sesame butter and you can usually find it in the international section of most grocery stores. You can substitute almond butter or sunflower butter.
  • Sweetener — You can use maple syrup, agave, or a low-calorie sweetener like Stevie or Truvia
  • Fresh Ginger — We’ll use a bit of finely grated ginger, or you can substitute ground ginger.
  • Garlic — use fresh garlic or substitute a couple of tender cloves from garlic confit.
  • Hot Sauce — I prefer sriracha or tabasco. If you don’t like spicy you can leave this out.
  • Green onion — You’ll need one green onion.
  • Sesame Seeds — I like to sprinkle these over the top.
A spoon drizzles sauce over spicy sesame zoodles with green onions and sesame seeds behind it.

How to Make Sesame Zoodles

You can make these spicy zoodles in less than 10 minutes!

  1. Make zoodles by running zucchini through a spiralizer to create zucchini noodles. You should have 2 to 3 cups of noodles.
  2. Add zucchini noodles to a saucepan with boiling water and cook until the zoodles are barely tender, 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Drain the zoodles and rinse with cold water.
  4. Create the sesame sauce by stirring together everything from the sesame oil to the chili paste.
  5. Pour this sauce over the cooked zoodles and toss.
  6. Transfer to two serving bowls and garnish with green onion slices and sesame seeds.
A spiral noodle maker has a zucchini in it and is being used to make zoodles (zucchini noodles). There are 3 whole zucchinis next to the tool.

Making Zucchini Noodles

All you need is a spiralizer. You can get these in so many places now. This Kinzi Tri-Blade Spiralizer (paid link) is a favorite, and it’s so easy to use when you’re making things like pad thai noodles and zucchini.

You can serve the noodles raw, but I find cooking them makes them nice and tender.

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve this dish with steamed broccoli on the side.
  • Try different noodle ideas, like sweet potatoes, or yellow squash
  • Serve this recipe chilled, like a cold zoodle salad!
  • Sprinkle some black sesame seeds on top for a dramatic presentation.

Zoodles are Healthy

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.

Reader Reviews

I knew this was going to be good as soon as I started mixing the sauce! Really yummy

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A bowl of spicy sesame zoodles with sesame seeds sits in front of green onions and a bowl of more sesame seeds.

Spicy Sesame Zoodles

These sesame zoodles are drizzled in a creamy sesame sauce. Forget the calorie loaded noodles and opt for zucchini noodles instead!
5 from 2 votes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 353kcal


  • 1 to 2 zucchinis washed
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons tamari or Bragg
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Tahini sesame paste
  • 1 teaspoon Truvia
  • 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 (see below) to create 2 to 3 cups of raw zucchini noodles.
  • Bring a pot of water to boil. Add the zucchini noodles and cook until barely tender, 3 to 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 and toss.
  • Place in two serving bowls and top with green onion slices and sesame seeds

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* 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.
Calories: 353kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 3136mg | Potassium: 252mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 120IU | Vitamin C: 7.4mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 2.6mg

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.

This post was originally published in 2017 and was updated to include new photos, new text, and an updated recipe in 2021.

5 Responses to Spicy Sesame Zoodles

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyEmily Reply

    This sounds yummy! Quick question, does the nutrition info include the noodles themselves? I’m thinking not since it only lists 2 grams of fiber? Thank you for sharing this!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi Emily. Yes, the nutrition info includes the zucchini noodles too. One medium zucchini has only about 2 g of fiber. So glad you like the looks of this recipe. It’s one of my favorites – especially in the summer!

  2. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyChessie Reply

    5 stars
    Terrific zoodles — thanks for the recipe! We had this for dinner tonight. No leftovers at all!

  3. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyJoann Reply

    5 stars
    I knew this was going to be good as soon as I started mixing the sauce! Really yummy 🙂

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Yes! So glad you like it! 🙂

5 from 2 votes

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