Spicy Garlic Potato Noodles


These homemade, gluten-free noodles are made with potato starch. Similar in texture to a pad Thai noodle (slippery and sticky on the outside and firm and chewy on the inside), they're neutral in taste and are perfect for absorbing the flavor of any sauce.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
2 servings

When I first started filming and posting recipe videos, I was never too concerned with how well the recipes would turn out. As far as I was concerned, I wasn't in the successful recipe development business, I was in the teaching people how to cook business. So I'd often film things I was brand new to making, like these delicious and addictive potato noodles, and if things went sideways, which was often the case, I would simply use that as a "teaching moment."

By the way, I'm not strolling down memory lane to rationalize a recipe gone wrong, since this was a very enjoyable bowl of food, but I am explaining why I didn't perfect the technique before sharing it with the world. What you see in this video is what you might see and feel for yourself, and sometimes that's a better way to go in.

The key is to get a nice smooth, roll-able dough before the starch cools and looses its stretchiness. These are traditionally cut into thicker ribbons, and then rolled out into long round noodles, using your palms, but I've not mastered that method quite yet. However, when I do, I might film that version as well. Anyway, I hope you go out and find some potato starch (not potato flour) and give these a try soon. Enjoy!



  • 1 cup potato starch, or as needed

  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil

  • ¾ cup boiling water, or as needed

Garlic Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar

  • 4 teaspoons ketchup

  • ¼ teaspoon sesame oil

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar

  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 6 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste

  • ¼ cup thinly sliced green onions

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro, or to taste


  1. Combine 1 cup potato starch, salt, and vegetable oil in a bowl. Add a splash of boiling water at a time, stirring between additions, until you get a perfectly textured dough.

  2. Transfer to a work surface dusted with a little potato starch. Working quickly while the dough is still warm, knead, adding more potato starch if necessary, until smooth and elastic.

  3. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Set out a large bowl of cold water.

  4. While the water is boiling, roll dough to a thickness of 1/8 inch. Cut into 1/4-inch noodles with a pizza cutter. Separate noodles.

  5. Add potato noodles (in batches if desired) and cook until they float, about 1 minute. Transfer to the bowl of cold water. Repeat to cook remaining noodles.

  6. Whisk oyster sauce, soy sauce, rice vinegar, ketchup, sesame oil, sugar, and Sriracha together in a bowl.

  7. Heat vegetable oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and sizzle for 15 seconds. Add 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes and green onions; stir-fry for a just few seconds. Before the garlic starts to brown, add in the potato noodles. It's okay that some water comes into the pan as it will stop the cooking process and prevent the garlic from burning.

  8. Add sauce and stir until noodles are coated. Cook until noodles are heated through and sauce starts to simmer, 1 to 2 minutes. Turn off the heat and stir in 1/4 cup chopped cilantro.

  9. Divide noodles into 2 bowls and garnish with more cilantro and red pepper flakes.

    Noodles with a spicy red chili sauce in a white bowl on a woven placemat
    Do not buy potato flour, it’s not the same thing as potato starch. Chef John

Chef's Notes:

In the video I am just making one serving, but this recipe is for two servings.

Do not substitute potato flour, it's not the same thing as potato starch! I used Bob's Red Mill® potato starch.

You can use any hot chili sauce in place of Sriracha. Add meat to the sauce if you'd like.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

371 Calories
10g Fat
69g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 371
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Sodium 1695mg 74%
Total Carbohydrate 69g 25%
Dietary Fiber 2g 5%
Protein 3g
Potassium 219mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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