easy chili garlic noodles and sauce with vegetables in cast iron pan

Chili Garlic Noodles

  • Author: Elizabeth Van Lierde
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 22 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Asian
  • Diet: Vegetarian


These Chili Garlic Noodles are spicy, sweet and bursting with vegetables tangled around lo mein noodles in a shiny, glossy sauce ready in under 25 minutes!



8-ounces lo mein noodles

1 tablespoon olive oil, more for noodles

1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced

2 carrots, peeled + julienned

3 green onions, cut into 2-inch pieces + more for topping

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 teaspoon red chili flakes (less if you don’t like spicy)

3 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon hoisin sauce

2 tablespoons honey

2 teaspoons sambal oelek (chili garlic paste)

1 teaspoon sesame oil

2 teaspoons cornstarch

¼ cup water

sesame seeds, for sprinkling

sriracha, optional


  1. Bring a medium pot of water to a rolling boil. Cook noodles according to package directions, drain, toss with a drizzle of olive oil and set aside. 
  2. While your water is boiling, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add bell pepper, carrots, and green onions and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until softened. 
  3. Add garlic cloves and cook for 1-2 minutes. 
  4. Next, add red chili flakes, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, honey, sambal oelek and sesame oil. Cook for an additional 1-2 minutes, or until sauce has thickened slightly. 
  5. Add noodles into the mixture and stir together.
  6. In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and water. Pour into the noodle mixture and cook for 1-2 minutes, or until thick and saucy.
  7. Divide into two bowls. Top with more green onions, sesame seeds and sriracha, if desired.


Nutrition facts are based on 2 servings.

Keywords: stir fry, easy, sweet and spicy