Near-Instant Garlic Butter Noodles

These easy, comforting, and near-instant garlic butter noodles are ready to cook on your laziest day.
3–4 servings
Prep Time
05 Mins
Active Time
10 Mins


Garlic butter noodles are for days when you’re lazy, but not instant pancit canton-lazy. You have a hankering for something fast and comforting, but with an ingredients list longer than just hot water.

This not-so-instant recipe does the trick: Toss your noodles in a pool of garlicky butter and slurp away. Using chicken broth cubes seasons the dish with meaty umami. If you’re feeling extra fancy, take it up a notch and throw in some shrimp, chicken, or crab.

3-4 servings (250g) ramen or egg noodles

3 tbsp. (45g) butter

1/2 pc. chicken broth cube

2 tbsp. (30g) minced garlic, from about 6 large cloves

pinch of ground black pepper

minced spring onions, for garnish


Cook noodles: Bring a pot of well-salted water to a boil. Cook noodles according to package directions. Transfer to a strainer to drain the water, then set aside.


Make garlic butter: Melt butter in a pot over medium heat. Crumble the broth cube over the melted butter, then stir to dissolve. Add minced garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until soft but not browned.


Toss noodles: Add the cooked noodles in the seasoned butter, tossing and stirring until evenly coated. If the noodles are on the dry or salty side, add a splash of water. Season with pepper. Transfer to a bowl and garnish with spring onions.

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