Sesame Shrimp and Spinach Noodles

Is it just me or is there a lot  that goes into returning from vacation? Its almost like  I need another one. Between unpacking, laundry, grocery shopping, decorating for fall and returning to the gym and work, I have been one busy girl. But alas, I still need to eat. I just need to do it quickly. This super easy yet deliciously nutty sesame shrimp and spinach noodle dish helped me do just that.

Remembering my recipe for Sauteed Spinach with Toasted Sesame Seeds , I began to think that spinach, sesame seeds and sesame oil would be a great addition to pasta. Throw in some shrimp and you have a delightfully quick, easy and filling main dish.

Sesame Shrimp and Spinach Noodles Recipe

Serves 4 Prep Time: Cook Time:


  • 10 ounces chow mein udon noodles
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons hot chili oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 pound (51-60) count prawns, peeled and deveined
  • 3 cups loosely packed baby spinach leaves
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • kosher salt to taste



Cook noodles according to package directions.


While noodles are cooking, in a large pan heat olive oil and chili oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic and sesame seeds. Cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.


Stir in shrimp, cook until pink, about 5 minutes. Add in spinach and cook just until it wilts, about 2-3 minutes.Add in noodles and toss to combine. Pour sesame oil over the top. Toss once more. Season to taste with salt.


Sprinkle more sesame seeds over the top for garnish, if desired. Serve.


A couple of tips: Be careful not to over cook the noodles as they can get a little mushy. If you find that the noodles are starting to stick together before you add them to the shrimp mixture simply run some cool water over the top. Just be sure to strain them well. Enjoy!

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  • Reply
    January 12, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Where is the lumpia (cant spell it) recipe??

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      January 13, 2010 at 6:45 pm

      lol how about I just bring you some to help welcome that little baby into the world? :)

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    October 1, 2009 at 5:42 am

    Oooops, I just saw across the page….it was you and your husband who went to Italy.
    Sorry I should have looked before writing…

    • Reply
      October 1, 2009 at 10:34 am

      Thank you for the comments about the photos Barbara! I will pass them on to Ryan. And it is also nice to hear that you enjoyed this recipe. Soba noodles would be a perfect substitute, I know that udon noodles can be a little hard to find but you can usually find soba noodles in just about any grocery store. Thanks for the tip! :)

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    October 1, 2009 at 5:41 am

    Hi Des, I just made this last night for myself. It was so delicious. I used Soba noodles instead (didn’t have the udon). Your recipes are wonderful to look at and read about. Now I just have to try preparing them. I can’t remember if you are the one who just returned from Italy and posted pictures. If so, I was so impressed with the quality of the photography! Extraordinary. Keep up the good work and I look forward to always receiving your emails. Barbara

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