Pan Fried Noodles

Frying noodles in a wok
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Ratings (57)
  • Total: 17 mins
  • Prep: 7 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 2 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
973 Calories
40g Fat
132g Carbs
18g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This recipe goes by several different names, including "both sides browned" and "twice-browned" noodles. In all cases, the noodles are first boiled, then cooked to golden on one side, then turned over and browned on the other side. If desired, the noodles can be placed in a cake pan before frying so that it forms a more attractive shape, but this isn't necessary. After frying, the noodles should be crispy on the outside, but still tender on the inside.

Because the noodles are dry and crispy, they're wonderful when served with a saucy topping. Consider homemade moo goo gai pan (chicken and mushrooms), beef with oyster sauce, or vegetarian boy choy and shiitake stir fry.


  • 1 pound fresh or dried egg noodles
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons peanut or vegetable oil (or as needed)

Steps to Make It

  1. In a large saucepan, add enough water to cover the noodles and bring to a boil. Add the noodles, stirring to separate. Cook until the noodles are al dente—tender, but still firm. Drain thoroughly. Rinse with cold water, drain again, and toss with the sesame oil.

  2. In a heavy frying pan or a wok, heat the 3 tablespoons of peanut oil over medium-high to high heat. Add the noodles. Quickly spread them out to the edges of the pan and let them cook without stirring until they are browned on the bottom. This will take about 5 to 8 minutes.

  3. Flip over and brown the other side.

  4. Remove and plate. Keep warm while preparing other ingredients for your meal.