Dragon Noodles

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Dragon Noodles are a quick 20-minute stir-fry with noodles, ground pork, cashews, and broccoli. It’s a family favorite, spicy with a hint of sweetness.

Love easy noodle dishes?  Try  Pork Ramen Stir Fry, Udon Stir Fry, or Cup of Noodles next!

Dragon Noodles with tongs picking some up.

Dragon Noodles Recipe

No dragons were harmed making this spicy noodle dish! Named for its fiery kick, Dragon Noodles are perfect for spice lovers! The blend of spicy sweetness, savory pork, and saucy noodles has become a favorite at my home.

Worried about the heat? You can easily adjust the spice level to everyone’s taste, making it a kid-friendly meal too! In fact, my kids slurp this up!

All the ingredients in this recipe including pork, broccoli, green onions, noodles, chili garlic sauce, ginger, soy sauce, brown sugar, cashews, and garlic prepped out for easy assembly.

The “Short-Cuts” To Make Dragon Noodles Even Quicker

  1. Pre-chopped Broccoli: Buy pre-cut broccoli from the produce section or use frozen chopped broccoli.
  2. Quick Garlic and Ginger: Use refrigerated garlic paste and minced garlic. Or try Dorot® frozen garlic and ginger cubes. They’re usually in the frozen veggies section.
  3. Fast-Cooking Noodles: Lo mein noodles cook in 6-7 minutes. We also save time by boiling broccoli with the noodles.
  4. Flavorful Cashews: Use dry roasted, lightly salted cashews for added flavor without extra effort.

The sauce for these dragon noodles combined in a liquid measuring cup.

Dragon Noodles Sauce Ingredients

Besides the garlic and ginger, here are the three main ingredients for the sauce:

  1. Soy Sauce: Use regular soy sauce, not low-sodium. Low-sodium soy sauce doesn’t have the right amount of saltiness for this recipe.
  2. Brown Sugar: I add a good amount to balance the spice. If you’re concerned it might be too sweet, start with less and add more to taste.
  3. Chili Garlic Sauce: This adds the spice and a lot of flavor. You can adjust the amount to make the dish as spicy as you like.


Chili garlic sauce is like sambal oelek but with vinegar, garlic, and some extra seasonings. It’s similar to Sriracha but chunkier, spicier, and less sweet.

The pork being browned and the cashews and green onions along with the sauce being sauteed.

How To Make Dragon Noodles

  • Mix Sauce: Combine sauce ingredients in a bowl.
  • Prep: Boil water and slice green onions.
  • Cook Pork: Brown pork in a hot pan with oil, then add sauce and cashews.
  • Cook Noodles and Broccoli: Boil noodles and broccoli together.
  • Combine: Mix noodles, broccoli, and pork in the pan. Toss well and serve.

The noodles being cooked and broccoli being added and cooked then added to the sauce.

Recipe Tips

  • Prep First: Gather all ingredients before starting. The cooking for these Dragon Noodles goes quickly!
  • Brown Pork: Let pork brown before crumbling and stirring for more flavor. Color = flavor!
  • Use Sesame Oil: For authentic flavor, use sesame oil, preferably toasted. Check the Asian food section in the store.

Adjusting the Spice

This recipe uses 2 tablespoons of chili-garlic paste with 1/4 cup of brown sugar. This gives a bit of heat but is still okay for my kids.

  • For More Spice: Add 1-2 extra tablespoons of chili-garlic paste or use less sugar.
  • For Less Spice: Use 1 tablespoon less chili-garlic paste. If you use less chili sauce, also use less sugar to keep the balance. Reducing these might lower the flavor.


  • Ramen Dragon Noodles: Use 2 packs (6 ounces) of ramen noodles. Discard or save the seasoning packets.
  • Vegan Dragon Noodles: Replace pork with crumbled tofu.
  • Shrimp Dragon Noodles: Use shrimp instead of pork. Cook shrimp separately, then add it back at the end with noodles and broccoli.

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Dragon Noodles

5 from 12 votes
Dragon Noodles are a quick 20-minute stir-fry with noodles, ground pork, cashews, and broccoli. It's a family favorite, spicy with a hint of sweetness.
Dragon Noodles with tongs picking some up.
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Dragon Noodles

Dragon Noodles with tongs picking some up.
5 from 12 votes
Dragon Noodles are a quick 20-minute stir-fry with noodles, ground pork, cashews, and broccoli. It's a family favorite, spicy with a hint of sweetness.
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword dragon noodles
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 -3 servings
Chelsea Lords
Calories 643kcal
Cost $8.54



  • 1/4 cup each: lightly packed light brown sugar, regular (not lite) soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon each: ginger paste, minced garlic (Note 1)
  • 2 tablespoons chili garlic sauce (Note 2)

Pork & Noodles


  • SAUCE: In a small bowl, whisk together the sauce ingredients and set aside. Bring a large pot of water to a boil but do NOT salt the water! Thinly slice the green onions and separate the white bottoms from the green tops.
  • PORK: Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large skillet or wok over high heat. Add the pork and let it sear for a few minutes before breaking it apart and crumbling with a wooden spoon. Once the pork is browned, reduce the heat to low.
  • ADD SAUCE: Pour the sauce over the pork and add the cashews. Stir constantly, allowing the mixture to simmer until the sauce reduces by half, about 2-5 minutes. Add the white parts of the onions and sauté for 1 minute.
  • NOODLES AND BROCCOLI: While the pork cooks, add the noodles to the boiling water and cook according to package directions. Add the broccoli 2 minutes before the noodles are done. Drain and toss with the remaining 1 tbsp oil.
  • COMBINE: Add the noodles and broccoli to the skillet with the pork. Toss everything gently with tongs until well combined and coated in the sauce. Top with the green parts of the onions and an extra drizzle of sesame oil if desired. Serve immediately and enjoy!


Recipe Notes

Note 1: Quick ginger and garlic: Keep things quick and use refrigerated minced garlic and refrigerated ginger paste.
Note 2: Chili-garlic sauce: This adds essential flavor and spice. It's typically found near soy sauce in the grocery store. Start with less if you’re sensitive to spice, and add more if desired.
Note 3: Broccoli: Use pre-chopped broccoli from the store for quicker prep, but you might need to still run your knife through the broccoli to get smaller pieces.

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 643kcal | Carbohydrates: 76.2g | Protein: 25.2g | Fat: 27.3g | Cholesterol: 54.5mg | Sodium: 1695.4mg | Fiber: 5.1g | Sugar: 23g

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  1. 5 stars
    This had an excellent flavor profile. I halved the chili sauce and it was still a bit too spicy for my youngest. I think next time I’ll double the remaining sauce ingredients and add more chili sauce on an Individual basis. Thanks for such an easy but delish recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    I used the sauce recipe but I kicked it up with Sriracha instead of symbol. All in all one of my favorite recipes. Thank you

  3. 5 stars
    These were fantastic and a great way to season up my regular ground pork. I underestimated the sauce as I mixed it, but once it cooked in with the pork it had amazing spice. The imagine the sauce would work well with ground beef, like a bulgogi style. I’ll definitely be adding this to the mix.

  4. 5 stars
    I made this for my family tonight. Very good! My guys loved it. I doubled it because they’re big eaters but really didn’t need to. It is so filling. I couldn’t find the ginger paste so used minced ginger. We aren’t huge fans of it so I cut it by half and it was perfect.

  5. 5 stars
    Absolutely fantastic. Made it exactly as written and it was great. I was worried there wouldn’t be enough sauce but it worked. Easy to make, didn’t take long – this goes into my recipe book.

  6. 5 stars
    Okay first of all, just looking at the recipe I doubled everything because it just looked incredible. I wished I quadrupled it.

    My husband and I have been together for 5 years and he said this is in the top 3 recipes I’ve ever made, and I have to agree with him. The sauce alone is amazing and simple. The recipe is so quick and easy. Highly reccomend.

  7. Hello! I am so interested in making this myself, but question-what could I use instead of Cashews? I am allergic to them.

  8. 5 stars
    This is a very flavorful recipe. I made it tonight for dinner. I doubled the recipe so I could have leftovers! Thank you, most delicious!

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