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Spicy Peanut Butter Noodles (10 Mins Only!)

Last Updated on April 16, 2024

These Peanut Butter Noodles pack a punch with their rich, nutty sauce and bold flavors while remaining effortless to prepare. Whether it’s for busy weeknights or go-to lunches, these noodles will soon become your new favorite comfort food.

thai peanut noodles recipe

If you like our spicy sesame noodles and wanna elevate your lunch game, try these deliciously nutty spicy peanut noodles!

They are super easy to make and only take 10 minutes – the perfect solution when you’re short on time.

PEANUT BUTTER NOODLES – THE PERFECT WEEKNIGHT MEAL

asian peanut noodles
  • Peanut butter noodles are a quick and easy meal option prepared in just 10 minutes. This makes them perfectfor busy weeknights or on-the-go lunches.
  • This recipe is versatile and can be adjusted to fit dietary needs such as gluten-free by using suitable substitutions for ingredients like soy sauce or noodles.
  • Added vegetables to your peanut butter noodles enhance the dish’s flavor profile while increasing its nutritional value.
  • The addition of hot sauce adds an extra kick that will keep you coming back for more. 

SPICY PEANUT BUTTER NOODLES RECIPE

This recipe is for 3-4 people; to make this recipe, you’ll need the ingredients as the following:

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  • 12 oz/ 320g dried noodles of choice – Noodles are a staple in many Asian cuisines and come in various types such as rice, wheat, instant ramen, and soba noodles.
  • Cucumber and Carrots – peeled and cut to match sticks (julienne) – Adding vegetables not only enhances the flavor but also increases the nutritional value of this dish. You can choose any vegetable you like, from peas, green beans, and broccoli to bell peppers and carrots. They also add color and texture to your dish, making it look more appealing.
  • Crushed toasted nuts – peanuts, cashews, or simply sprinkling with some toasted sesame seeds.
  • Sliced scallion (green onion) or cilantro

QUICK PEANUT SAUCE

peanut sauce recipe for noodles
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter – if possible, use all-natural.
  • 3 tbsp light soy sauce – you can use low-sodium or gluten-free tamari
  • 3 tbsp Rice vinegar
  • 1/2 tbsp Balsamic vinegar
  • 1.5 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup water

STORE-BOUGHT CHILI OIL (🌟Must-Have!)

crispy chili oil

I like the brand LO GAN MA (Chinese: 老干妈; also called Laoganma). Their crispy chili oil is vegan and delicious.

Is it spicy? Not really. If you want to up your noodles game, simply add a dollop of Laoganma to your noodles and viola! You can find this product in most Asian markets, or buy it on Amazon


How To Make Spicy Peanut Noodles

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  1. Add light soy sauce, peanut butter, rice vinegar, balsamic vinegar, minced garlic, sesame oil, and water to a bowl. Whisk them together until well combined.
  2. In a large pot, boil the noodles according to package directions while preparing the nuts, scallions, cucumbers, and carrots.
  3. Once your noodles reach that perfect al dente texture, drain the noodles.
  4. Toss cooked noodles in your peanut butter sauce mixture and mix well.
  5. Add crispy chili oil to your liking (add a little at a time). Garnish with cucumbers, carrots, crushed nuts, and sliced scallions. Enjoy (You can also enjoy this dish cold as a salad).
rice noodles with peanut sauce

Tips For Making Perfect Peanut Butter Noodles

To ensure that your noodles turn out perfectly every time, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind.

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  • First and foremost, cook your noodles al dente to avoid them becoming mushy in the sauce.
  • Secondly, adjust the spice level according to your taste by adding more or less hot oil.
  • Finally, don’t forget to garnish with chopped peanuts and scallion/green onions for extra crunch!

By following these simple tips, you’ll have a delicious bowl of peanut noodles ready in just 10 minutes that’s bursting with flavor!

Variation of Noodles With Peanut Sauce

Here are some variations you can experiment with yourself. For example, you can use sriracha to spice up your dish.

Also, switch up the noodles by using zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash instead of traditional noodles. Others are like: 

Add Tofu For A Vegetarian Option

If you’re looking for more plant-based protein in your diet, you can add some tempeh or marinated tofu. Tofu has a neutral flavor that pairs well with the spicy and nutty flavors of the sauce. To prep the tofu, drain it and pat dry with paper towels to remove excess moisture.

Then cut it into small cubes or thin strips and season with salt and pepper before stir-frying in sesame oil until golden brown. Add it to your noodles for an added boost of protein and texture.

Substitute Noodles For Zucchini Noodles Or Spaghetti Squash

For those looking for a healthier alternative to traditional noodles, zucchini noodles, and spaghetti squash are great options. These vegetable-based substitutes offer the same texture and mouthfeel as regular noodles without high carb content.

The nutty taste of peanut butter complements the freshness of the zucchini and spaghetti squash perfectly, making for a healthy yet hearty meal.

Rice Noodles

Rice noodles are gluten-free, made from rice, and have a slight sweetness and nutty flavor that pairs well with a variety of dishes. 

In addition to being used in savory dishes like stir-fries and soups, they can also be used in sweet desserts or salads.

peanut butter ramen

What To Do With Leftover Peanut Sauce 

You can transform leftover peanut sauce into a delicious and satisfying meal with just a few simple additions. One option is to use them as a base for a stir-fry by adding fresh veggies like broccoli, peppers, and snap peas.

Add some protein like tofu and toss everything in a hot wok with some soy sauce, garlic, and grated ginger.

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Another great way to use up leftover peanut noodles is to turn them into a cold salad. This is done by mixing in crunchy vegetables like shredded carrots, cabbage, and cucumbers.

Top it off with some fresh herbs like cilantro or mint and a light dressing made with rice vinegar, sesame oil, and lime juice. 

With creativity and imagination, the possibilities for using up leftover peanut sauce are endless!

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FAQS:

Q: What ingredients do I need to make peanut noodles?


To make these noodles, you will need any type of noodle you prefer, peanut butter, soy sauce, crispy chili oil, garlic paste and vinegar. You can also add chopped nuts, veggies, and scallions for extra flavor.

Q: Can I use a different type of nut butter instead of peanut butter?


Yes! You can experiment with other nut butters such as almond butter, cashew butter, or even tahini if you prefer a different flavor profile. Just adjust the amount used according to your preference.

Q: How spicy are these noodles?


The level of spiciness depends on how much chili oil you add as well as personal taste preferences. If you are sensitive to spice, start with a small amount then gradually increase it until desired taste is achieved.

Q: Can I meal prep these noodles ahead of time?


While these noodles are quick and easy to make in just 10 minutes, they can be made ahead of time and stored in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to three days. You can eat them cold or simply reheat them in the microwave before serving if desired.

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thai peanut noodles recipe

Spicy Peanut Noodles

These Spicy Peanut Noodles are the perfect weeknight dinner! They're quick and easy to make, and packed with flavor. Plus, they can be made ahead of time and reheated for an even easier meal.
5 from 47 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 454kcal
Author: SHU-CHUN

Ingredients

  • 12 oz dried noodles of choice 320g

Quick Peanut Sauce

Toppings

  • 2 tbsp crispy chili oil (*must-have) adjusting to your liking
  • 2 tbsp crushed nuts
  • 1 cup cucumber cut into match sticks
  • 1 cup carrot cut into match sticks

Instructions

  • Add light soy sauce, peanut butter, rice vinegar, balsamic vinegar, minced garlic, sesame oil, and water to a bowl. Whisk them together until well-combined.
  • In a large pot, boil the noodles according to package directions while preparing the nuts, scallions, cucumbers and carrots.
  • Once your noodles reach that perfect al dente texture, drain the noodles.
  • Toss cooked noodles in your peanut butter sauce mixture and mix well.
  • Add crispy chilli oil to your liking (add a little at a time). Garnish with cucumbers, carrots, crushed nuts, and sliced scallion. Enjoy (You can also enjoy this dish cold as a salad).

Nutrition

Serving: 1person | Calories: 454kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 1891mg | Potassium: 308mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 5370IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg

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