30-Minute Vegan Sesame Thai Rice Noodles

By Amanda Paa – Updated September 13, 2022
4.85 from 26 votes
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Craving a noodle bowl? This sesame thai rice noodle dish features with lots of fresh vegetables to create a healthy, satisfying weeknight meal. Rice noodles are great for their quick cooking time, and are naturally gluten-free!

I’ve been on a mad noodle bowl kick. And I’m not talking about take-out.

Curry noodles, to a peanut soba version, and now these Thai Rice Noodles! Totally rainbow-licious with lots of veggies and flavorful additions. And it’s a make once, eat three times kind of meal that works warm or cold.

Tips for Making Yummy Thai Rice Noodles:

For this recipe, you’ll want to buy flat rice noodles, which you can find in the asian section of your grocery store. They’re the kind you’ve probably eaten in pad thai. Rice noodles are naturally gluten-free, which makes them a great option for everyone!

And then you’ll need two oils: Grapeseed and Toasted Sesame. Let’s talk about the what and why of these stir-fry pals.

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sesame oil and stir fry ingredients

What is grapeseed oil?

I’ll be honest – all these years I’ve heard of grapeseed oil but never actually thought it came from grapes. But it truly does! When pressed, tiny grapeseeds yield green-colored oil with high levels of polyunsaturated fat. La Tourangelle Expeller-Pressed Grapeseed Oil has a light flavor, and can also be heated up to 450°F, making it an ideal healthy cooking partner.

What types of recipes is it best for?

Grapeseed oil is ideal for cooking at high heat, since it has a high smoke point. So that means stir-fry (how we use it in this recipe), broiling, deep-frying, and grilling. Since it’s a neutral tasting flavor, it’s also very versatile, and pairs with any flavor. Try it in dressings with balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, or a honey base.

Does grapeseed oil have health benefits?

Yes! Grapeseed oil has the highest levels of omega-6 fatty acids compared to other vegetable oils, along with high levels of vitamin E that enhances the immune system. It also contains linoleic acid, which is converted into gamma-linoleic acid in the body – and that has a protective role in the body.

What’s the difference between toasted sesame oil and sesame oil?

Toasted sesame oil is a bold oil found in many Asian recipes, a cultural staple. La Tourangelle carefully selects the sesame seeds used for theirs, and lightly toasts them, then goes through expeller pressing, and gently filtered. The result is a golden-brown oil which adds rich, nutty flavor to your vinaigrette, stir-fry or BBQ marinade for authentic Asian cuisine. We use it here as a finishing oil, as it can be overpowering if used in excess.

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Thai Rice Noodles - ingredients for stir fry
Thai Rice Noodles - ingredients for stir fry

As with most of my meals, I like to make vegetables a pretty big star. That’s why you see all the colors here!

From red peppers, dyno kale, shaved carrots, garlic, ginger, mint, and cilantro, and green onions. Most of those ingredients are stir-fried first in the grapeseed oil, then tossed with the hoisin sauce and sesame oil when finished cooking.

The acid in this dish comes rice wine vinegar and lime juice – which are essential for making the flavors pop, so don’t leave them out. ;)

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Gluten Free Thai Rice Noodles

30-Minute Vegan Sesame Thai Rice Noodles

A healthy rice noodle bowl dish, with lots of stir-fried fresh vegetables! This gluten-free recipe is full of flavor and great for weeknight cooking.
4.85 from 26 votes
Prep Time :15 minutes
Cook Time :15 minutes
Total Time :30 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
Author: Amanda Paa



  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 ounces flat pad thai rice noodles
  • 3 tablespoons grapeseed oil, divided
  • 1 medium red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 5 dyno kale leaves, stems removed, thinly sliced
  • 1 carrot, peeled into ribbons with a vegetable peeler
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
  • 1/4 cup gluten-free hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tamari
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • juice of a 1/2 lime

Finishing Garnishes That Add Flavor

  • red serrano pepper, sliced green onions, toasted sesame seeds


  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil, and salt. When boiling, add noodles and cook according to package directions. When finished cooking, drain and rinse THOROUGHLY with cold water (otherwise the noodles will stick to each other).
  • Heat a large skillet to medium high. Add 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil, and when hot, add kale and red peppers. Cook for 4-5 minutes, until the vegetables are tender and have begun breaking down.
  • Then add carrot and cook for a minute. Move vegetables to the side of the pan and add the remaining 1 tablespoon of grapeseed oil. When hot, add garlic and ginger, cooking 30 seconds, until fragrant. 
  • Turn heat down to medium low and add noodles. Use a tongs to combine with vegetables. Then add hoisin sauce, tamari, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, cilantro, mint, and lime juice. Toss and combine again, with tongs, to ensure everything is fully coated. 
  • Divide into bowls and top each with serranos, green onions, squeeze of lime, and sesame seeds. Serve! Leftovers will keep in the refrigerator for 4 days. Best reheated on stovetop with a few tablespoons of water to rehydrate the noodles. 

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  1. Tammara

    5 stars
    This was yummy! I added left over chicken and shrimp so I also protein with the noodles – so easy and yummy in my tummy. Thank you!

    • Amanda Paa

      Sounds so good!

  2. Stacey Martin

    5 stars
    How many people does the Sesame Thai Rice Noodles with Vegetables Recipe serve?

    • Amanda Paa

      It should feed 4!

  3. Masha

    This turned out great! I was not expecting this

  4. suzi @ Little House of Wellness

    This was way beyond easy to toss together and in no time flat!! What a delicious bowl(s) we had tonite, the hubs and I!! Thank you for this one, we will enjoy it often. Added broccoli and tofu to ours and left out the mint and cilantro. Still sings with loads of flavor!!

    • amandapaa

      so glad you liked the recipe, and love the idea of adding tofu!

  5. Cassie

    OHOHO I am in LOVE with these noodles! Okay, I admit it. Noodles are not as over-hyped as I thought they were. Ultimately, it depends on the recipe! Sesame noodles win me over all the time–love that this recipe has a Thai flair and that it’s loaded with vegetables!