Spicy Garlic Shrimp Noodles!
We all LOVE garlic shrimp, especially spicy garlic shrimp. We all also love noodles… why not put them together as one dish?!
These quarantine/stay home days because of the COVID 19… pasta and frozen shrimp became stable. I mean, it’s been stable for my house no matter what, but I rely on them even more now days!!
I made this recipe more of Korean version of spicy shrimp noodles. My assistant (Korean) tasted this dish and said, “this is totally Korean food?!” lol Yes, even though you use pasta, still can taste Korean flavors!
This recipe is very fast to fix for dinner, so let’s get started!
Cook dried pasta in salted boiling water by following the directions of the package you are using. I used linguine, you can use spaghetti or fettuccine too.
Meanwhile pasta is cooking, mix shrimp, cornstarch and salt in a mixing bowl and set aside.
For this recipe, jumbo size peeled and deveined shrimp is the best option. Make sure to pat dry the shrimp too for beautiful searing!
Combine soy sauce, fish sauce, sake, maesailaek (Korean green plum extract), gochugaru and black pepper in a mixing bowl and set aside. This will be the main sauce for this noodles.
You can find Maesailaek (Korean green plum extract) from Korean grocery stores. I also have recipe, so check it out down below if you are interested in making homemade version of it. SO much better!
Heat a large skillet over high heat and add cooking oil. Add shrimp and spread evenly on the skillet to sear them evenly. Cook 1 to 2 minutes then flip over.
Add butter and chopped garlic, mix well until butter is melted and bubbles.
Pour the sauce mixture and toss the shrimp quickly.
Add the cooked pasta and chopped Serrano and green onions into the skillet. Quickly, stir everything together. Add pasta water as needed.
Turn off the heat and garnish wish sesame seeds and drizzle some sesame oil.
Quick Spicy Garlic Shrimp Noodles
- 10 to 12 oz dried pasta
- 1 lb peeled & deveined jumbo shrimp, pat dry
- 2 tsp cornstarch
- Pinch salt
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp fish sauce
- 1 tbsp sake or water
- 1 tbsp Maesilaek, Korean green plum extract (you can substitute honey or maple syrup)
- 2 tbsp gochugaru, Korean red pepper flakes
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 3 tbsp cooking oil
- 1 tbsp unsalted butter
- 5 cloves garlic, chopped
- 2 to 4 serrano pepper, chopped
- 3 green onions, chopped
- Sesame oil and seeds, optional
- Cook dried pasta in salted boiling water by following the directions of the package you are using. I used linguine, you can use spaghetti or fettuccine too.
- Meanwhile pasta is cooking, mix shrimp, cornstarch and salt in a mixing bowl and set aside. Combine soy sauce, fish sauce, sake, maesailaek, gochugaru and black pepper in a mixing bowl and set aside.
- Heat a large skillet over high heat and add cooking oil. Add shrimp and spread evenly on the skillet to sear them evenly. Cook 1 to 2 minutes then flip over. Add butter and chopped garlic, mix well until butter is melted and bubbles.
- Pour the sauce mixture and toss the shrimp quickly. Add the cooked pasta and chopped Serrano and green onions into the skillet. Quickly, stir everything together. Add pasta water as needed. Turn off the heat and garnish wish sesame seeds and drizzle some sesame oil. Enjoy!
This looks great! If you had to, what would you use in place of gochugaru? I know the dish won’t be the same but I have all the ingredients but that one and grocery trips don’t happen as often these days! Thanks!
You can use cayenne pepper powder
I just saw your site for the first time. This looks amazing! I am going to try to make this! Thank you for the recipe in English…
Thank you for visiting my website and I hope you enjoy the meal (:
I am a “newbie” as well and made this recently. It was very simple with great ingredients. It was super tasty and I highly recommend! I am sure I will make this a lot in the future but for my next time, I am going to up it one more tablespoon of gochugaru to dare myself lol. I love the spice of it!
Great and so easy! Thanks for always posting flavorful and nourishing recipes.
Thank you for the feedback!
Making this for dinner! In your video you are also eating pickles, are they bread and butter pickles or dill?
Bread and Butter!
You make cooking easier and friendly to try cooking cheers and thank you.
Thank you so much for the feedback! Means so much to me(:
This was so good! We did substitute cayenne pepper, but cut it in half and used paprika for the other half (two tablespoons of cayenne pepper might have killed my mom!).
I’ve made this twice. First time too hot and we like heat! Both times I used 4 lbs. shrimp. The first time I quadrupled all ingredients. So, so spicy but we ate it . Second time I used less peppers, less fish sauce and added more honey. Both times I used rice noodles. Also added eggplant.
Have tried this recipe three times now and it always turns out great! I’ve been adding about half a mug of the pasta water and have found that gives it the perfect consistency!
Yummy. I made that for dinner last night.
Love this dish. I had to buy some ingredients I didn’t have before, but it was worth it. I’m making it again tonight.
So glad you enjoyed one of my recipes (:
If I sub Cayenne pepper do I still use the same amount as the gochugaru?
Yes same amount would work just fine.
I have some dried ramen noodles. Can I use this? Or should I use spagetthi?
Both of those would work great! It depends on personal preference.
I loved it. Because my otherhalf is on a FODMAP diet we never have garlic in the house, so I used garlic oil to cook the shrimps in. I also used buckwheat soba noodles which worked really well. So delicious, will be making again!
So glad you guys enjoyed! (:
So good! Substituted sake with water, used honey and replaced the serrano pepper with scotch bonnet pepper and baby!! The heat is through the roof! Loved it!!
So glad I could help!!
Hello! Excited to try this, Just found your site and every recipe on it makes my mouth water…! Question, could you substitute the shrimp for beef? Or anything else?
It would be hard to go wrong with this, honestly. You can sub it with whatever protein you want
Yes you can!!
We loved this recipe!
I have no doubt it’s perfect as is!
We ended up adding a step so I could add in veggies(I usually have to sneak them in ). We cooked oyster mushrooms, thinly sliced red bell pepper, carrot shreds and spinach and extra green onion in a separate pan with garlic and doubled the sauce so we could add it at the end of the veggies cooking time. While I was finishing that – I moved forward with the recipe, and cooked the shrimp and and added the veggies when I added the sauce and green onion.
I did need to omit the Serranos because my 10 year old is still developing his palate for spicy food. But he was absolutely obsessed with the flavor of the sauce! I think the Gochugaru was just the right level of spice for himx, especially because it was so flavorful and it was a slow build. The Unami of the green plum extract and the addition of some Korean anchovy fish sauce which I had on hand fom one of my kimchi recipes really made the dish feel authentic and added dimension. That sauce is seriously perfect. My son asked that we make it again very soon
And I plan to!
Thanks for this amazing recipe!
what type of pasta do you use?
This was soooo yummy!
It will now be a regular in our home.
Did everything as instructed. It’s perfect!
Looks great and very tasty , I need the recipe.
Everytime my hubby & I watch 믿고 따라와, 도시어부 we always end up eating rayum along with the cast, fun…but gets a bit boring and your girl gets all swollen the next day.
Tonight, it just so happened I had all ingredients & gave this recipe a try. SO delicious! BRING ON THE HEAT!!
I mean girl, GIRL…why you sooo good?!
This recipe is now a staple in our home & I can’t wait to introduce this dish to friends that aren’t on the up & up with KOR food!
Used 천장 고추가루 😈 & 4 serrano for us and sauteed the shrimp in butter, maneul, & pa with guksu for our 4 year old, omitting sauce…also a big hit!
This recipe is amazing ! I’ve made it numerous times and each time it’s so delicious. I am definitely a beginner chef and this recipe is easy for me to repliate.
So glad I could help, thank you for the rating!
Sounds delicious! Can I substitute yellow plum extract for maesilaek? We have this thing very similar to maesilaek in our country, but the plums are more yellow than green, and fuzzy. The extract is sweet and tangy, but mostly sweet, and mainly used as a summer beverage (water and ice and voila!). Not sure if that or honey would be better?
And I know you said anything can substitute for shrimp, but what would you pick, beef, pork, chicken or mushroom (shimeji and enoki)?
That sounds very similar to maesilaek! So I don’t see why not, but if you don’t feel it taste right you can just replace it with apricot jam, maple syrup, or even agave nectar as well. The protien choice it totally up to you! What ever you feel would taste the best! Hope this was helpful, and please rate this recipe if you enjoyed as well! Thank you❤️