The SteamyKitchen Cookbook- Garlic Butter Noodles

by on October 19, 2009

Garlic Noodles Recipe

It’s here, it’s finished and we’re thrilled to finally be cooking from the new Steamy Kitchen CookBook by Jaden!

The journey of the Steamy Cookbook has always been a public affair. Jaden’s tweets and blog posts about her trek from being a mom of two hungry boys, to food writer/ tv personality, to her whole cookbook process has had us engaged, absorbed and laughing out loud.  Jaden has always been generous with her wealth of knowledge and very transparent about all the hard work it takes to write and photograph all the final recipes in the cookbook  by herself.

steamykitchen She’s a wonder-woman, a food writing night-owl, a self-taught photographer who has carried all of her readers through each and every step of this epic cookbook journey and shared the knowledge along the way on how she achieved each photograph and technique. If you ask her how she got that shot or how to get those perfect dumpling folds, she’ll share it all, un-inhibited about keeping secrets and un-selfishly giving it all to anyone that wanted to learn.

Jaden’s gorgeous cookbook is a true labor of love, a testament of how one woman’s love of family, friends, community and food can be shared and celebrated together like one big party. Her recipes are honest, real, simple and delicious. The Steamy Kitchen Cookbook is a friendly book that gives tried-and-true tested recipes (she had hundreds of recipe testers!) that gives valuable information to both novice and professional cooks who want to learn more about Asian cuisine.

steamykitchen cookbookWe speak passionately about this cookbook because Jaden is a dear friend and we’ve seen first hand how hard she’s worked to bring this beautiful finished product in our hands. Congratulations Jaden, we’re so deeply proud of you of this cookbook, and most importantly, of how you’ve single-handly proven that one woman CAN do it all while teaching, inspiring and encouraging your peers at the same time.


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Garlic Noodles Recipe

If you love garlic, noodles and butter, then this garlic noodle dish is for YOU! There are so many great recipes to choose the Steamy Kitchen Cookbook, but this one just screamed out to us because it had butter! garlic! noodles!  Jaden’s garlic noodles are fabulously flavorful and sinfully easy to make. This garlic noodle recipe is one of those dishes that are  perfect alone, or tossed with your favorite vegetables and meats. You can eat these butter garlic noodles as it stands and lick your fingers during the process, or make it a full meal with all the extra accompaniments. This garlic noodle recipe is so versatile and flavorful.

We added extra garlic (no kissing tonight) and fresh mint (instead of scallions) to add a bit of healthy conscience to the garlic noodle recipe. The mint added a bright balance to the flavorful buttery and garlicky sauce for the garlic noodles.  Fresh shredded basil is next on our list and we’re excited to add some fresh bean sprouts too. You can definitely amp-up this butter garlic noodle recipe with what ever you want, you can’t go wrong.

As Jaden mentioned in her book, you can make this garlic noodle recipe with spaghetti noodles. These garlic noodles are wonderful cold too, so we’re already anticipating the party and picnic potential for this great recipe! Jaden has a few other great suggestions to add to this garlic noodle recipe, but you’ll have to buy the book to find out!

More delicious recipes from The SteamyKitchen Cookbook !

Garlic Butter Noodles Recipe

Yield: Serves 2

Total Time: 10 Minutes


  • 7 oz dry egg noodles or spaghetti noodles
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint or basil, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoons Maggi Sauce or soy sauce (we duplicated the amount to 3 teaspoons cause we're Maggi sauce addicts)
  • 1 Tablespoon oyster sauce


  1. In Large pot, bring water to boil and cook noodles according to the package instructions. Drain noodles and wipe pot clean. Return pot (or separate pan) to medium-high heat and add the butter. Once butter sizzles, add garlic. Fry for about 1 minutes or until fragrant. Don't let the garlic burn.
  2. Add brown sugar, Maggi Sauce and oyster sauce and stir well. Add noodles and toss evenly with the sauce.
  3. Remove from pan and plate the garlic noodles in a  large bowl and toss with fresh mint or herb of your choice.
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{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Stephanie October 20, 2009 at 12:00 am

What a glowing review! It made me smile. :)


2 Nate October 20, 2009 at 2:51 am

Thai basil would be a great substitution. Some cilantro too.

I noticed you sliced your garlic instead of chopped it. What is better?


3 White on Rice Couple October 20, 2009 at 5:45 am

Nate- neither is better, it’s just personal preference


4 Jaden October 20, 2009 at 5:17 am

Oh you guys!!! Such a sweet sweet write up. kisses and thank you! Jaden


5 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 20, 2009 at 5:25 am

This looks so yummy! I want the book now!


6 Carrie Oliver October 20, 2009 at 5:25 am

Couldn’t agree more about Jaden and this reminds me, Amazon was supposed to send me that book by now!


7 Patricia October 20, 2009 at 6:07 am

What a great inspiration! And who doesn’t like butter and noodles and garlic??


8 Viviane Bauquet Farre / food & style October 20, 2009 at 6:55 am

I do not know Jaden personally, but she has also been very generous with me. It is her spirit – how very blessed we all are for it!

My own copy on her cookbook should be arriving in the next couple of days – I am looking so very forward to opening every page…

And if I may say so, like attracts like – You have a beautiful blog and a generous spirit also! Thank you…


9 jen October 20, 2009 at 6:57 am

Ok, why doesn’t mine look as pretty as yours when I do this recipe???!!! You summed up Jaden’s cookbook so well! Her love of her family and friends just pour out from the pages of the book! It’s such a unique cookbook and I love having it in my shelves!


10 Gastronomer October 20, 2009 at 10:23 am

Jaden is totally Wonder-Woman! I love how she does it all AND always has a smile on her face ;-)


11 matt October 20, 2009 at 11:08 am

LOVE the book. Fantastic styling and photography on these photos guys. I am a sucker for white on white stuff, and this really is the pinnacle of that craft.


12 Rasa Malaysia October 20, 2009 at 12:02 pm

Diane and Todd – such a great write up and I love the photos. They look Donna Hay perfect, so clean, crisp, minimalist, and gorgeous! Love the extra garlic and mint leaves. Great idea! :)


13 Dodie @AshevilleTravel October 20, 2009 at 12:28 pm

Simple! I love simple. I’ve never tried Maggi sauce and am wondering how different it tastes from soy (…and if it’s worth a trip to the store). Once again, Todd, Diane and Jaden are inspiring me with new ingrediants. P.S. I added fish sauce to the burgers on our last camping trip, and it was NO JOKE the best burger I have ever eaten.


14 Tuty October 20, 2009 at 3:46 pm

Garlic and noodles are perfect together…. Now, I found out that you guys are Maggi addict too! I thought I am the only one :-)

Love the pictures guys.


15 Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction October 20, 2009 at 6:38 pm

Yum… looks like a great recipe! Can’t wait to get a copy of Jaden’s cookbook!


16 Hélène October 20, 2009 at 7:05 pm

I’ve been following Jaden for quite some time now and I have to say that I wish every bloggers, food writers, authors etc. would be like her. I learned so much reading her blog and watching her videos. And on top she had two cuties. Don’t worry, Todd & Diane, I put you in the same category as her :)


17 Cheryl D Lee October 20, 2009 at 7:13 pm

I’m waiting for my copy to arrive. I agree that she is an inspiration (as are you guys) to those of us who love great recipes and beautiful photography. And the fact you share your knowledge and not hoard it is fabulous.

Thank you Jaden, Todd and Diane!


18 White on Rice Couple October 20, 2009 at 11:12 pm

Cheryl- Thank you. We wouldn’t want to hoard away information. Blogging is about building a better and stronger community of peeps.


19 The Purple Foodie October 20, 2009 at 10:49 pm

Such a warm hearted post. Garlic + butter always do the trick for me. The noodles look gorgeous


20 TheKitchenWitch October 21, 2009 at 8:22 am

That’s so funny! I just heard about what a great person Jaden is from Jen@userealbutter! She also had glowing things to say about you guys–and she obviously knows a good blog when she sees one! Will follow you both with interest and regularity from now on!


21 Lauren October 22, 2009 at 7:04 am

Fantastic review =D. Not to mention the photos – stunning.


22 ravenouscouple October 22, 2009 at 9:34 am

great recipe with simple, delicious flavors! btw, keep up the great work on the photography series!


23 Cess October 22, 2009 at 12:40 pm

Is Maggi Sauce fish sauce?


24 White on Rice Couple October 22, 2009 at 12:48 pm

It is a soy based sauce, basically like soy sauce, but not quite as salty. If you can’t find any, substitute soy sauce but reduce the amount a little bit.


25 Liz from Food, she thought. October 23, 2009 at 5:45 am

Omg…my mouth is watering over garlic at 5:45 am!!!


26 Gaby October 23, 2009 at 7:53 am

This looks so delicious! I can’t wait to get my Steamy Kitchen cookbook and start making all her fab recipes!!!


27 nicole spaz October 25, 2009 at 2:51 pm

I made it! We loved it. We did not have basil or mint and were too lazy to go out for it but we loved it anyway so i just imagine it will be even better when we are really prepared for it!!


28 Peggy October 27, 2009 at 2:46 am

Made this last night and used basil and added chicken! Was great! I’m going to look for a copy of that book soon! you’ve sold me!


29 White on Rice Couple October 27, 2009 at 8:23 am

Peggy- The combination of chicken and basil sounds wonderful! we’ll have to try that. thanks!


30 mononoke November 11, 2009 at 7:43 am

This is beautiful!


31 Laura December 16, 2009 at 1:58 pm

I FINALLY got around to making this last night. It was AMAZING! The bf said “Can you make this… all the time?” I was out of basil, so I used up my cilantro instead and threw in some broccoli. It was great, and so quick! I can’t wait to try it with the basil


32 alicia January 11, 2010 at 10:38 am

i made the recipe saturday night. i used 5 instead of 3 cloves of garlic, used cilantra instead of mint or basil. then i added mushrooms and shrimp. it was delicious! thanks for the great recipe. i’m looking forward to trying your other recipes.


33 han December 15, 2010 at 9:19 am

yummy! i am always on the look-out for great, easy, simple pasta/noodle recipes! now i’ve found my next one to try out =)) Plus my herb garden is threatening to take over my patio, the basil is growing tumultously, the parsley is really really lush and i probably have mint and cilantro (or coriander as us british folks call it!) somewhere! How about using a load of different herbs in with the garlic + butter? would it still taste good? also maybe rosemary as well? i have a massive rosemary bush!
thanks for this lusciously fabulous blog. i love it, esp. the mac ‘n’ cheese recipe!! that’s how i discover your blog =))


34 White on Rice Couple December 15, 2010 at 2:27 pm

We use a ton of herbs with our noodles. Play with the combos you like and go from there. From what you’ve gone over, we’d start with the mint and cilantro with the garlic butter. Have fun!


35 Lori October 11, 2011 at 4:55 am

Loved the recipe!
Reminds me so much of the garlic noodles I love at PF changs


36 Lillet October 31, 2011 at 3:37 pm

Yummy recipe, my daughter loved it! I used cilantro on mine, and paired it with cajun shrimp. It was delish! Thank you for sharing!


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