Looking for a good switch from the usual mariana or carbonara sauces? Consider this Soy Garlic Butter Pasta which comes with the umami flavour combination of Soy Sauce, and Garlic which are pan-seared with Butter for maximal flavours.

I could easily finish one serving of this by myself and wanting more because it’s nicely savoury without being too heavy. Add on some grated mozzarella and you have the secret to an amazing meal.

If you’re a complete beginner to this, let me share some pointers along the process to take note of!

Firstly, tap on your observation skills to ensure that the garlic are not burnt. Aim on achieving nice brownness to them for that release of flavours. On this, you will have to work fast to saute the remaining ingredients such that the garlic is not burnt. Should the chopped garlic start to blacken and burn, feel free to remove them in advanced to add to the finished dish instead.

Next, there is a lot of flexibility on the choice of proteins and other ingredients. For this dish, the star would definitely be the fresh and plump red prawns. You can consider adding chicken or bacon too! The most important point however, is to factor in for the cook time needed for this. For instance, I took 5 minutes for my prawns to be fully cooked before setting them aside and coating my pasta. However, you may need more time for thicker cuts of proteins such as chicken and you might end up cooking the pasta along with it. Do factor this in during your planning and cooking!

On to the ingredients, you would most probably have the bulk of them on hand! The hero ingredient for this Soy Garlic Butter Pasta would definitely be that dash of soy sauce which I used in place of salt. The combination of soy sauce and garlic-infused butter creates this nice umami flavour with a slight saltiness to it. Then, the addition of cheese adds a creamier finish to this sauce when you toss the pasta noodles in them.

In all and while reading this, I am pretty sure you can tell I am awe struck by the flavour combination here. Furthermore, this isn’t difficult to attain at all, and you can build more complex flavours through the use of other herbs and spices. For instance, the use of mixed herbs or even rosemary can provide an additional dimension of fragrance.

Something subjective that I have to address is the amount and use of butter. While experimenting, I realise that the use of butter is essential. The melted butter allows you to coat the noodles nicely granted that they can be an indulgent. Don’t scrimp on the amount of butter or you might risk a slightly drier pasta.

I hope the video will help to guide you in making this Soy Garlic Butter Pasta too. Else, feel free to reach out and without further ado, the recipe!

Soy Garlic Butter Pasta Recipe
by Javier Tan April-11-2024

Need a pop of umami for the evening? Try making this easy Soy Garlic Butter Pasta to satisfy all the savoury pangs and thank me later!


  • Approx 120g of Pasta
  • Water + Salt, for boiling Pasta
  • 1/4 Cup or 60g of Butter
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, Sliced
  • Choice of Protein, I used 8 Prawns
  • 1 – 2 Tbspns of Light Soy Sauce, to taste
  • Cheese, Herbs and Spices, to taste
  • Shredded Mozzarella, to taste
  • A wedge of lemon


  1. Boil pasta till al dente as per package instructions.
  2. Then, at medium high heat after pre-heating the pan with butter, saute the garlic for 3 – 4 mins until lightly golden brown.
  3. Next, add in the prawns and cook on each side for 3 – 4 mins till nicely pink and set aside.
  4. Pour in the pasta (with some pasta water) and coat with the garlic infused butter. Add seasonings and herbs as desired, along with the soy sauce and the prawns.
  5. Finish and serve with shredded mozzarella and a wedge of lemon!
  6. Serve and enjoy!


  • Prep time: 10 mins
  • Cook time: 35 mins
  • Total time: 45 mins
  • Yield: 2 Servings of Umami Soy Garlic Butter Pasta!


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  2. Best served on the day itself.
  3. Feel free to ask if you’ve further questions!

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