Sweet & Spicy Vegan Tahini Noodles

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I had to reshare this incredible noodle dish that will have you jumping for joy and slurping up every last bite. After you all fell in love with these stir fry sesame noodles and these hot chili chicken noodles I knew it was time to combine the two into delicious, sweet and spicy tahini noodles that are vegan, ready in about 30 minutes, and full of flavor.

We’re obsessed with all things tahini here at AK because it’s so versatile in both sweet and savory recipes. You’ll soon find out that it’s the base for a DAMN GOOD sweet and spicy sauce! Pair that sauce with crispy stir fried broccoli and wonderful rice noodles and you’ve got the best meatless dinner around.

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I kept this sesame tahini noodle recipe vegan and deliciously simple, but you’ll find options for yummy protein add-ins and ways to customize within the post. Tony and I enjoyed every last bite of these noodles and they make the perfect quick & easy weeknight dinner. Enjoy!

Everything you’ll need to make these tahini noodles

These vegan tahini noodles are packed with flavor even with simple ingredients! Get ready to fall in LOVE with that sweet and spicy tahini sauce. Here’s what you’ll need to make this dish:

whisking sweet and spicy sauce for vegan tahini noodles

Customize your vegan tahini noodles

These sesame tahini noodles are super easy to customize to make them your own:

  • Add extra veggies. Feel free to stir fry some carrot, bell pepper or even snow peas along with the broccoli!
  • Choose your spice. I love using hot chili paste like sambal oelek, but if you don’t have any you can also use your favorite hot sauce. If you’re sensitive to spice, start with just 1 tablespoon or so and adjust from there.
  • Swap your sweetener. Instead of brown sugar in the sauce, you can also sub coconut sugar or honey.

stir frying broccoli for tahini noodles

Can I use a different type of noodle?

Yep! While I love the texture that rice noodles have, you can also use ramen noodles, spaghetti, or linguine.

easy vegan tahini noodles in a skillet with broccoli

Try one of these delicious protein boosts

You can easily add your favorite protein to this tahini noodle recipe! Here are some suggestions:

  • Plant-based: keep these tahini noodles vegan and vegetarian by adding a can of chickpeas, edamame, or tofu (we love grilled tofu!)
  • Fish: try these noodles with grilled, baked, or pan fried shrimp.
  • Chicken: feel free to add cooked, cubed chicken, ground turkey, or ground chicken.

sesame tahini noodles with broccoli in two bowls

Sweet & spicy tahini noodles in 4 simple steps

  1. Make your sweet & spicy sauce. Start by whisking together all of the ingredients for the tahini sauce, making sure it’s fairly thin and easily pourable.
  2. Cook your broccoli. Next, stir fry the broccoli until it’s slightly tender but still has some crunch to it. It should crisp up nicely in the pot and get slightly golden in places.
  3. Make the noodles. Cook the rice noodles according to the directions on the package. Be sure to not overcook them.
  4. Combine the tahini noodles. Add the cooked rice noodles and sauce to the pot with your crispy broccoli. Mix well and then serve with sesame seeds and red pepper flakes if you’d like!

healthy tahini noodles with broccoli in a bowl

How to store & reheat

Feel free to store any leftover tahini noodles in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Simply reheat the noodles in a microwave safe dish and enjoy!

sweet and spicy tahini noodles with broccoli in a bowl

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I hope you love these sweet and spicy tahini noodles! If you make them be sure to leave a comment and a rating so I know how you liked them. Enjoy, xo!

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Ambitious Kitchen

125 Ridiculously Good For You, Sometimes Indulgent, and Absolutely Never Boring Recipes for Every Meal of the Day

Crispy Broccoli Sweet and Spicy Sesame Tahini Noodles

vegan tahini noodles with broccoli in a bowl

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 20 minutes

Total Time 30 minutes

Serves4 servings

Incredible, sweet and spicy tahini noodles with crispy broccoli take just 30 minutes to make for the perfect weeknight dinner! These vegan tahini noodles have a delicious homemade sweet and spicy sauce and are the best meatless Monday meal. Easily choose your spice level and customize with your fav proteins!


  • For the sweet and spicy sauce:
  • 3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • cup tahini (we use Soom)
  • 2-3 tablespoons brown sugar (or sub coconut sugar or honey)
  • ½ tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-2 tablespoons hot chili paste (such as sambal oelek)
  • 2-4 tablespoons water, to thin the sauce
  • For the broccoli:
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil (preferably toasted sesame oil)
  • 1 large head of broccoli, chopped into florets (about 4-5 cups broccoli florets)
  • Freshly ground salt and pepper
  • For the noodles:
  • 10 ounce rice noodles (or sub spaghetti or linguine)
  • For serving:
  • Red pepper flakes, if you want it extra spicy
  • Toasted sesame seeds


  • First make your sweet and spicy sauce: in a medium bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, tahini, brown sugar, rice vinegar, ginger, garlic, hot chili paste and water together. You want the sauce to be pourable and fairly thin, like a salad dressing, it will thicken as it sits a bit. Set aside.

  • Add 1 tablespoon sesame oil to a large pot and place over medium heat. Add in broccoli florets, season with a little salt and pepper and cook, stirring frequently, for 6-8 minutes or until broccoli is slightly tender but still has a bite. The broccoli should get somewhat charred and slightly golden and crispy in places.

  • While the broccoli is cooking you can make your rice noodles according to the directions on the package. Then drain and set aside.

  • Once the broccoli is done cooking, you can add in your rice noodles and the tahini sauce. Toss well to combine and coat the noodles and broccoli with the sauce. Garnish with sesame seeds and extra red pepper flakes if you want it a little spicier. Serves 4.

Recipe Notes

If you don’t have hot chili paste, you can simply use your favorite hot sauce instead but I do prefer the chili paste for flavor.
See the full post for tips, tricks & ways to customize these noodles!


Serving: 1serving (based on 4)Calories: 453calCarbohydrates: 73gProtein: 11.9gFat: 15.2gSaturated Fat: 2.1gFiber: 4.5gSugar: 6.6g

Recipe by: Monique Volz // Ambitious Kitchen | Photography by: Eat Love Eats

This post was originally published on August 17th, 2021, and republished on April 24th, 2024.


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