The SteamyKitchen Cookbook- Garlic Butter Noodles

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.


diane and todd

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!

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. Lillet

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

  2. Lori

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

  3. han

    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 =))

    1. White on Rice Couple

      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!

  4. alicia

    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.

  5. Laura

    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

  6. mononoke

    This is beautiful!

  7. Peggy

    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!

    1. White on Rice Couple

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

  8. nicole spaz

    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!!

  9. Gaby

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

  10. Liz from Food, she thought.

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

  11. Cess

    Is Maggi Sauce fish sauce?

    1. White on Rice Couple

      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.

  12. ravenouscouple

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

  13. Lauren

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

  14. TheKitchenWitch

    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!

  15. The Purple Foodie

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

  16. Cheryl D Lee

    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!

    1. White on Rice Couple

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

  17. Hélène

    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 🙂

  18. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction

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

  19. Tuty

    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.

  20. Dodie @AshevilleTravel

    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.

  21. Rasa Malaysia

    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! 🙂

  22. matt

    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.

  23. Gastronomer

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

  24. jen

    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!

  25. Viviane Bauquet Farre / food & style

    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…

  26. Patricia

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

  27. Carrie Oliver

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

  28. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is

    This looks so yummy! I want the book now!

  29. Jaden

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

  30. Nate

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

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

    1. White on Rice Couple

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

  31. Stephanie

    What a glowing review! It made me smile. 🙂

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