Spicy Sesame Zoodles

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!

A bowl of spicy sesame zoodles with sesame seeds on top 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 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.

Looking down on a spiralizer with a zucchini making zucchini noodles. More zucchinis sit around it.

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), 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:

  • 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, 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.

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! 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

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. There’s also my tasty Pad Thai Zucchini Noodles!

Also, be sure to make these Vegan Spring rolls full of lots of delicious veggies!

Spicy Sesame Zoodles

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Spicy Sesame Zoodles

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

Ingredients

  • 1 – 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

Instructions

  • 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

Notes

* 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.
Nutrition Facts
Spicy Sesame Zoodles
Amount Per Serving
Calories 353 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Fat 30g46%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Sodium 3136mg131%
Potassium 252mg7%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 120IU2%
Vitamin C 7.4mg9%
Calcium 53mg5%
Iron 2.6mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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:

Whatever vegan zucchini dish you’re diving into, enjoy!

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5 Responses to Spicy Sesame Zoodles

  1. 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!

    • 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!

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