Peanut Noodles

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These peanut noodles are a quick and easy meal that is sure to please everyone at the table! The spicy, creamy peanut sauce comes together in minutes while the noodles cook, making it a hassle-free dish that you can whip up any night of the week!
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These peanut noodles are a delicious and easy Asian-inspired noodle dish perfect for a quick and easy meal! This dish features tender noodles and a creamy Thai peanut sauce. It takes only 15 minutes from start to finish. Satisfy your takeout cravings with this healthy peanut butter noodle recipe!

Peanut noodles.

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • These sesame peanut noodles are quick and easy to make.
  • This recipe takes only 15 minutes in total.
  • The creamy peanut butter sauce is so flavorful.
  • The peanut sauce pairs perfectly with the noodles.
  • It is versatile and customizable.
  • You can customize the dish to your taste by adding different vegetables or proteins.
  • It is healthy.
  • This dish is packed with fiber.
  • This recipe is naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, and can be made vegan as well.
  • Check out this Lo Mein for another takeout inspired dish!

Ingredients & Substitutes

These are the ingredients and substitutes for peanut noodles. Scroll down to the recipe card below for the entire recipe.

Cook the brown rice noodles until al dente. Look for noodles made from only brown rice flour and salt.

Coconut aminos is the soy-free and gluten-free version of soy sauce.

Rice vinegar and toasted sesame oil add flavor.

Honey adds a natural sweetness. If desired, replace with maple syrup for a vegan version.

Freshly squeezed lime juice adds a touch of tartness.

Minced garlic adds a delicious garlicky flavor.

In addition, grated ginger adds freshness and flavor. If needed, use ground ginger.

Red pepper flakes add spice and heat. This ingredient is optional.

Thin out the sauce with warm water. Use more to make a thinner sauce.

Lastly, top with sesame seeds, chopped peanuts, and cilantro if desired.

Ingredients for peanut noodles.

Taste & Texture

The peanut sauce in this recipe is creamy and flavorful, with a slight sweetness from the honey. The sauce becomes a little spicy with the red pepper flakes. Omit for a more mild flavor.

The noodles are soft and chewy.

The overall dish is delicious and satisfying.

How to Make

Step 1

First, cook the brown rice noodles according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain and rinse them under cold water to stop the cooking process. Set them aside.

Step 2

In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, coconut aminos, rice vinegar, toasted sesame oil, honey, lime juice, minced garlic, grated ginger, and red pepper flakes (if using).

Step 3

Gradually add warm water to the sauce, whisking continuously, until you achieve a smooth and creamy consistency. Set the sauce aside.

Step 4

In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked rice noodles with the peanut sauce. Toss and stir gently until the noodles are well coated with the sauce.

Step 5

If desired, garnish with chopped green onions, sesame seeds, chopped peanuts, and cilantro.

Sesame pasta in bowl.

Step 6

Finally, serve the peanut noodles immediately at room temperature, or refrigerate for a few hours to serve chilled.

Expert Tips for Success

Follow these tips and tricks to make the best peanut noodles.

First, use unsalted all-natural peanut butter. Coconut aminos already contains salt, so try to use unsalted peanut butter.

Cook the noodles until al dente. Do not cook until mushy.

Taste the sauce after mixing. Adjust the seasonings as desired.

Thin out the sauce with more water.

To make thicker sauce, use more peanut butter.

Creamy pasta with sauce.

Flavor Variations & Add-Ins

Here are some ideas to switch up the flavors of your peanut butter noodles.

Add in different vegetables, such as carrots, broccoli, or bell peppers.

Add in protein, such as chicken, shrimp, or tufo.

Top with fresh herbs.

For added crunch, top with chopped peanuts.

How to Serve & Store

Peanut noodles are delicious both warm or chilled.

Top with chopped peanuts, fresh herbs, and sesame seeds.

Serve as a main meal or side dish.

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

We do not recommend freezing these peanut butter noodles.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do I know when the noodles are done cooking?

The noodles are done cooking when they are soft and chewy. You can test them by biting into one. If it is soft and chewy, it is done cooking.

What is peanut noodles made of?

Peanut noodles are a popular Asian dish typically made with noodles, vegetables, and a creamy peanut sauce.

What country invented peanut noodles?

The exact origin of peanut noodles is uncertain, but they are believed to have originated in Southeast Asia, particularly in China, Thailand, or Indonesia. Peanut sauce, the key ingredient in peanut noodles, has a long history in Southeast Asian cuisine, with its earliest recorded usage dating back to the 16th century in the Indonesian archipelago. It is possible that peanut noodles emerged from the combination of noodles, a staple food in many Asian cultures, and the widespread use of peanut sauce.

What is peanut sauce good on?

Peanut sauce is great for marinades, salad dressings, dipping sauces, and noodle sauces.

Pasta with sesame seeds.

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  1. 4 stars
    I doubles this recipe because my family likes their noodles! But it ended up being way too saucey. I should’ve added the sauce more slowly rather than add the noodles to the bowl the sauce was in. I will get more rice noodles and add them to the left overs to fix the ratio. The flavoring was good!