Our easy garlic butter noodles recipe is perfect for your busy weeknights where you need dinner fast! Your family, especially kids, will love this easy skillet meal. Best of all you can use any type of pasta to make it a delicious garlic butter pasta dinner.

garlic noodles in bowl and pan

Garlic Noodle Recipe

Simple and just as good as the restaurants, without breaking the budget. These garlic noodles are so flavorful and crazy easy to make. If you love garlic, noodles and butter, then this garlic noodle dish is for YOU! This garlic noodle recipe is one of those dishes that are perfect alone, or tossed with your favorite vegetables and meats. Serve it as a side dish or for the kids. Or make it an entree as a full meal with all the extra accompaniments.

garlic noodles with chopsticks

Video: Recipe for Garlic Noodles

Tips on How to Make Garlic Noodles

This budget friendly meal is so simple, you can customize it to be something different every night.

  • Fresh Garlic: We love adding extra garlic and so can you. Customize the amount of garlic you want to your personal taste.
  • Jarred Garlic: if you can use fresh whole cloves of garlic, the flavors are more fresh. But if your only option is minced garlic from the jar, this works too. We find that jarred garlic isn’t as punchy of a garlic flavor. So add a little extra garlic if it’s the jarred version.
  • More proteins: Additions of shrimp, chicken or beef. You can definitely amp-up this butter garlic noodle recipe with what ever type of protein that you want, you can’t go wrong. Even tofu is great too.
  • Add more vegetables. Like broccoli, kale, cauliflower, onions, shredded carrots or shredded cabbage are some ideas for adding for veggies and healthy bulk to the noodles.
  • Brighten with fresh herbs: Adding fresh herbs is a nice addition. Chopped green onions or scallions, fresh cilantro, fresh mint and basil are a few ways to add a bit of healthy conscience to the garlic noodle recipe. The mint added a bright balance to the flavorful buttery and garlicky sauce for the garlic noodles.  
  • Seasonings: make sure to add enough salt, soy sauce or fish sauce. These noodles will be bland if you don’t add enough seasoning.
  • Love spice? Make spicy noodles like adding some homemade chili crisp (aka chili onion garlic crunch). Add some red pepper flakes or your favorite hot sauce.
  • All garlic butter noodles recipe or garlic butter pasta recipe details are in the recipe box below.
garlic noodles in bowl and pan

Garlic Noodles

Customize the flavors to your personal preference. Add more garlic, soy sauce or fish sauce for extra flavor. And if you’re making a big batch, extra butter makes the noodles more saucy.
5 from 2 votes

{click on stars to rate}


  • 6 oz. dry noodles about 2 (3.5 oz packages) instant ramen noodles – or any noodles like spaghetti
  • 4 Tablespoons butter , or more to taste
  • 6 cloves garlic , finely minced or sliced
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce or Maggi seasoning, or fish sauce (start with 2 teaspoons first because these are extra salty)
  • 1 Tablespoon oyster sauce or hoisin or any bbq sauce
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh herbs of choice (mint, cilantro, parsley, basil, etc.)
  • 3 stalks green onions or scallions , chopped
  • additional salt and pepper , to taste


  • Boil noodles according to the package instructions. Drain noodles and set aside, then the wipe pot clean.
    Noodles cooking in boiling water
  • Using the same pot (or separate pan) return to stove on medium-high heat, then add the butter. Once butter sizzles, add garlic. Fry for about 1 minutes or until fragrant. Don’t let the garlic burn.
    Butter and garlic cooking in pan
  • Add the brown sugar, soy sauce and oyster sauce and stir well.
    Stirring sauce in pan
  • Immediately add the cooked noodles and toss evenly with the sauce.
    Tossing noodles with sauce
  • Remove from pan and serve the garlic noodles on plates or bowls.
    Plating noodles with tongs
  • Top with green onions and fresh herb of your choice. Season with salt and pepper if desired.
    Two bowls of garlic noodles


YouTube video

Nutrition Information per Serving

Calories: 624kcal, Carbohydrates: 66g, Protein: 11g, Fat: 36g, Saturated Fat: 21g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 11g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 60mg, Sodium: 2666mg, Potassium: 285mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 1048IU, Vitamin C: 7mg, Calcium: 76mg, Iron: 4mg

What Types of Noodles for Garlic Noodles?

different types of asian noodles for garlic pasta recipe

The possibilities are endless for garlic butter noodles. You can make this garlic noodle recipe with spaghetti noodle or any type of cooked pasta is great too. Use whatever you have in your pantry. That’s what is so great about this budget friendly noodle recipe.

  • Packaged Ramen Noodles: Simple ramen noodles are great! It’s a great quick and easy ramen hack. Just cook the noodles from your pantry ramen and you’re halfway there. The recipe is for about 2 packages of noodles but if you just cook 1 package, halve the rest of the ingredients.
  • Any Asian Noodles: Chow mein or low mein egg noodles. Always the classic and quick to cook.
  • Medium or wide Egg noodles
  • Pasta: Spaghetti noodles, Angel hair or fettuccine. These classic pastas are fantastic for garlic butter noodles. They’re always available and simple to cook. Toss them in the garlic butter sauce and the whole family, especially kids, will be happy. Garlic butter pasta is sure to please the whole family.
  • Asian Rice Noodles or Pad Thai-style noodles. Definitely yes to rice noodles and we’re big fans. They’re light and will hold up to the garlic butter sauce.
  • Japanese style Somen or buckwheat style noodles. These flavorful noodles are great with garlic butter. It’s also nice to mix things up beyond the traditional chow mein style noodles.
garlic noodles in bowl

Can Noodles Be Eaten Cold and Make-Ahead Tips?

Yes, these are great for picnics and potlucks too. These garlic noodles are wonderful cold, so we’re already anticipating the party and picnic potential for this great recipe! But if you’re eating these cold, the butter isn’t so great at room temperature as it gets firm.

  • When you’re making the sauce, add about 2 Tablespoons of grapeseed oil, olive oil or canola oil. This combination of oil and butter will keep the sauce easier to pour.
  • Also, we suggest making the sauce and storing it in a jar. Pour the garlic butter sauce over the noodles right before serving. Doing this will make sure the garlic butter sauce is fresh and won’t soak into the noodles too much before eating. You want to make sure the sauce isn’t soaking into the noodles.
  • If you’re making this ahead, cook the noodles first and store in an airtight container or serving bowl. Then right before serving the noodles cold, toss with the sauce.
  • Add a handful of grated parmesan cheese for more flavor!
  • And if you’re interested in learning more, here’s a great article about the history of garlic noodles. 

Storing leftover noodles?

If you have leftovers use any type of air tight storage. When re-heating the microwave is the best! It heats the noodles to be moist and not dry. If needed, melt butter then add to the noodles and extra seasoning on the noodles. Sometimes leftover noodles stored in the refrigerator will soak up all the sauce, leaving the noodles or garlic