This recipe for vegan butter chili noodles is quick and delicious made with gluten free noodles and an aromatic chili garlic sauce. It takes only ten minutes to cook everything from scratch, and it’s filled with authentic flavor.
If you’re a fan of bold flavors and quick and easy meals, then you’re going to love this recipe for vegan butter chili garlic noodles! This dish is packed with garlicky goodness and a spicy kick that is sure to tantalize your taste buds. Plus, it’s completely vegan, making it a great option for those who follow a plant-based diet.
Noodles are a thing on the menu that I almost never refuse. I adore saucy, flavorful noodle recipes that are also fast and simple to make at home. In this recipe for Asian Chinese-style butter chili noodles, the noodles are cooked with red chili flakes to make a bright, slightly spicy dish.
Although there are several ways for making chili noodles, they are usually made with just a few simple pantry staples. Additionally, the dish only takes 10 minutes to prepare. Therefore, this dish is ideal for a quick and tasty supper or casual lunch.
Except for the aromatics like garlic, I haven’t added any veggies or edible mushrooms to this recipe.
My version of a traditional chili noodle dish includes strong aromatics such as red chili and butter. Cooked noodles are rapidly stir-fried with the remaining ingredients in a single skillet or wok.
You are welcome to add robust veggies like carrots, cabbage, bell peppers, green beans, baby corn, bok choy, and napa cabbage as well as mushrooms like button, cremini, oyster, or shiitake to the dish to make it heartier and more colorful.
Why This Will Be Your Go-To Noodles?
You’ll adore this meal of spicy Asian-style butter chili noodles for the following reasons.
- The best part is the rich, spicy sauce. The luxurious blend of sweet and spicy flavors in this sauce will send the taste buds into a state of happiness.
- ADDICTING! I apologize for shouting, but you will call for more of my recipe for butter chili noodles.
- Quick and Simple: This pasta recipe is simple to make and can be served in a few minutes of time. You can quickly prepare butter chili noodles with only 8 ingredients.
- Delicious: Don’t be fooled by the recipe’s ease! This vegan option for dinner is packed with flavor.
- Cost-effective: Pasta can be a great low-cost meal choice. The remaining ingredients are also reasonably priced and used in small quantities.
- Adaptable: There are numerous methods to adapt this simple noodle recipe. Try various proteins, spices, and herbs, and try different kinds of cheese.
Recipe’s Required Ingredients
To make this dish, you’ll need:
- Noodles: I used gluten-free noodles since they have more nutritional value, but you could also use lo mein, soba noodles, brown rice noodles, or even egg noodles if you don’t have any dietary restrictions.
- Vegan butter: You can use salted or unsalted butter. Use whatever you have or desire.
- Garlic: Best is fresh! If necessary, you could substitute garlic powder for the real thing, but the real thing will taste much better. I’m not referring to the pre-minced jarred type either.
- Red chili flakes: The heat will come from this. This recipe calls for 1 tsp, which is just peppery enough without being overpowering; however, your spice level will decide the exact amount. Start modestly because you may add more spice—but you can’t leave it away.
- Dried mixed herbs: This gives this noodle dish taste as well as aroma.
- Salt: I prefer Kosher salt or sea salt.
- Pasta water: If you’re going to cook noodles, don’t waste all of the water. This enhances the noodles’ delightfully slippery feel, which makes them delicious!
- Black olives: The healthy fats and vitamins in black olives make them a powerful food choice.
- Fresh parsley: Please use only fresh parsley if possible! If you don’t have it, you can leave it because it’s optional.
How To Make It?
- Cook your noodles according to the package instructions until al dente.
- Reserve 1/4th cup of pasta water.
- Melt the vegan butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
- Add the minced garlic and fry until golden, and red chili flakes and herbs to the skillet and sauté for 1-2 minutes.
- Add in the pasta water and cook for a few seconds.
- Now add in the boiled noodles, and season with salt.
- Give it all a good mix, and add in chopped parsley, olives, and a little butter on top!
- Toss everything together until the noodles are coated in the garlicky butter sauce.
- Serve hot and enjoy!
This vegan butter chili garlic noodle recipe is perfect for a quick and easy weeknight dinner, and it’s also great as a side dish. You can make a complete dinner out of just butter noodles and chili or you can combine them with other dishes. I’ve mentioned some delicious combinations below.
Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. When reheating, add a splash of water or vegetable broth to the noodles to prevent them from drying out in the microwave or on the stovetop.
These butter chili noodles are naturally gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, etc., which is great if you need to make adjustments for any of these diets!
- Increase the heat: Try adding some red pepper flakes, sriracha sauce, or Szechuan chili flakes for some seriously spicy noodles in this amazing noodle and spice recipe suggestion.
- Add some veggies: You can add some veggies to this dish to make it even more nutritious and flavorful. Bell peppers, onions, broccoli, or mushrooms would all be great additions.
- Change up the noodles: Instead of using traditional wheat-based noodles, you can try using rice noodles or even zucchini noodles for a low-carb option.
- Add some protein: If you’re looking to make this dish more filling, you can add some tofu, or edamame for a protein boost.
- Make it creamier: For a creamier sauce, you can add some vegan cream cheese or coconut cream to the skillet.
- Use fresh garlic: Fresh garlic will give your dish the best flavor, so try to avoid using pre-minced garlic in a jar.
- Adjust the spice level: If you’re sensitive to spice, you can reduce or eliminate the red chili flakes in the recipe.
- Be careful not to overcook the noodles: Overcooked noodles can become mushy and unappetizing. Make sure to follow the package instructions for cooking time and test the noodles frequently.
- Add the noodles to the skillet off the heat: If the skillet is still on the heat when you add the noodles, they may stick to the bottom of the pan.
- Allow the garlic and chili to become slightly golden before adding the noodle. Chilies that haven’t been cooked will be even hotter, and the butter won’t absorb up enough garlic and chili taste to give it to the noodles.
- Although I didn’t use any garnishes, sesame seeds work well as a garnish.
- You can use sesame oil in this recipe to give an additional layer of heat if you’re feeling adventurous.
- Don’t use too small of a pot. Utilize a pot with plenty of space for the noodles to spread as it cooks. The noodles must be allowed to move. It is always preferable to use a lot of water!
More Noodle Recipes You Should Try:
Frequently Asked Questions
How To Make Ahead Of Time?
Use a little oil to keep the noodles from sticking together if you’re making these noodles ahead of time.
How To Store?
Leftover noodles can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 3 days in an airtight container.
How To Reheat?
To reheat the noodles, put them in a pan with a light coating of neutral oil and warm them over medium heat until they are hot. If you prefer, you can reheat it in the microwave by placing it in a dish.
Can You Add Meat Or Seafood To Chili Garlic Noodles?
Yes, stir-fried ground beef, fried shrimp, fried prawns, fried pork, fried bacon, fried crab sticks, and other dishes pair really well with chili garlic noodles. Vegetarians and vegans can choose from delicious choices like fried tofu, shiitake mushrooms, and vegan minced meat.
What Other Veggies Can I Add To These Vegan Chili Garlic Noodles?
You are welcome to add pretty much any other sturdy veggies to the dish. While you stir fry, chop up some bell peppers, carrots, mushrooms, broccoli, cabbage, or other vegetables and add them to the heated skillet (before the noodles).
What Type Of Pasta Should I Use?
I’ve prepared this pasta recipe over the years with a variety of noodle shapes. My children used to find it difficult to manage long noodles such as spaghetti. Small-shaped pasta like farfalle, penne, and fusilli were easy to make for family meals. I recommend starting with whatever pasta you have on hand or purchasing whatever form you prefer.
Are Rice Noodles Gluten-Free?
Rice noodles are naturally gluten-free. Always read the label before purchasing, although most rice noodles have only two ingredients: rice flour and water.
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- Energy: 133 kcal / 556 kJ
- Fat: 7.1 g
- Protein: 2.6 g
- Carbs: 14.5 g
- Preparation: 10 min
- Cooking: 15 min
- Ready in: 25 min
- For: 4 servings
- 8 oz of noodles (any gluten-free you prefer)
- 2 tablespoons vegan butter
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes or pinch of cayenne pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- Salt to taste
- 1/4 cup pasta water
- 2 tablespoons of black olives sliced
- Fresh parsley, chopped (optional)
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to the package instructions until it's al dente. Before draining, save 1/4 cup of the pasta water and set it aside.
- While the pasta is cooking, melt the vegan butter in a large pan over medium heat. Add the minced garlic, red chili flakes (or cayenne pepper), and Italian seasoning. Sauté for about 1-2 minutes until the garlic is fragrant but not browned.
- Drain the cooked pasta and add it to the pan with the garlic and spices. Toss until the pasta is coated with the buttery, spicy mixture. Add the pasta water a little at a time, continuing to toss the pasta until a silky sauce forms.
- Stir in the sliced black olives. Taste and add more salt if necessary.
- Divide the pasta between four plates. Garnish with fresh parsley if desired. Enjoy your Vegan Butter Chili Pasta hot.
- For added protein, you could add cooked chickpeas, lentils, or a plant-based protein of your choice. Enjoy!