Sesame Zoodles Recipe

This easy Sesame Zoodles Recipe, made with fresh zucchini, sesame oil and toasted sesame seeds, are a cinch to make.

For years our summer vegetable garden has overflowed with zucchini. Anyone who has ever grown zucchini know how prolific they can be, producing pounds and pounds of the green vegetable. Forward to the recent invention of the Spiralizer, a kitchen tool that will cut vegetables and fruits in spirals or ribbons. If you’ve never used one, it really is a useful gadget. My sister gave me one for Christmas a few years ago and I was surprised out how easy it was to use (and that is actually worked). It’s perfect for making zucchini noodles, otherwise known as zoodles!

So perfect that I really wonder if the person who invented the Spiralizer had zucchini coming out of their ears too and decided to do something productive about it. What is it they say about invention? Necessity is the mother of invention or something like that?

Anyway, thanks to the spiralizer this summer I have not dreaded the onslaught of zucchini. I’ve been eager to try different dishes with zucchini noodles. A few I’m still perfecting, and hope to share after some more tweaking, but this super easy Sesame Zoodles Recipe is already perfect and so delicious as a light side dish for summer. A few simple ingredients and a little spiraling (or thinly slicing if you don’t own a vegetable spiralizer) is all that is needed for this crunchy and tasty dish. Try it alongside grilled chicken or even as a main dish to pack along for lunch.

If you’re in the market for a spiralizer, my sister gifted me the Paderno Spiralizer for Christmas. A vegetable spiralizer is around $35 or so and has been one of my favorite tools to use in the kitchen. Plus, it’s fun to watch as it works.

Sesame Zoodles Recipe

This crunchy and flavorful vegetable dish is perfect as a side dish or a light main dish.

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons sesame oil*
  • 1 tablespoon lime or lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons toasted/roasted sesame seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3-4 medium zucchini, cut into noodles/spiralized** or very thinly sliced (about 8 cups of “zoodles”)

Directions:

  1. Whisk together sesame oil, lime or lemon juice, sesame seeds, garlic powder, ground ginger, salt and pepper.
  2. In a large bowl toss sliced zucchini and sesame dressing together until coated.
  3. Additional salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

*Darker sesame oil will be more flavorful.
**To make zucchini noodles, use a vegetable spiralizer tool. If you don’t own a vegetable spiralizer cut zucchini very thinly.

Originally published June 28, 2015.