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These easy peanut noodles are smothered in a savory and spicy peanut sauce that comes together in just 10 minutes.
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  1. Peanut Noodles Ingredients
  2. Substitutions And Additions
  3. How To Make This Peanut Noodles Recipe
  4. How To Serve
  5. Storage
  6. Frequently Asked Questions
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Gooey and rich with flavor, this classic peanut noodles dish is a delicious indulgence for anyone looking to spice up their meal time. Combining the best of Asian flavors with the nutty delight of peanut butter yields an experience that tantalizes your taste buds and comes together in only ten minutes.

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Peanut Noodles Ingredients

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This peanut sauce with noodles recipe has all the spicy and savory flavors of the delicious peanut sauce, while the al dente texture of the rice noodles plays perfectly with the creamy, intense flavor of the sauce.

To make this easy noodle dish, you’ll need:

  • 8.8-ounce box of rice noodles (also known as Pad Thai noodles)
  • ½ cup of creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup of water
  • ¼ cup of low-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 1½ tablespoons of fresh lime juice (1 lime)
  • 2 teaspoons of toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon of grated fresh garlic (2 large cloves)
  • 1-2 teaspoons of sriracha
  • 1 teaspoon of sesame seeds, optional garnish
  • 1-2 tablespoons of scallions (thinly sliced), optional garnish
  • 1-2 tablespoons of lightly salted peanuts (chopped), optional garnish

PRO TIP:

The rice noodles (also known as Pad Thai noodles) sometimes only come in larger 14-ounce boxes. You can either double the sauce amount or just boil half the box of noodles if you can’t find a smaller quantity.

Substitutions And Additions

PEANUT BUTTER: We used a standard creamy peanut butter (Peter Pan) for the Thai peanut butter sauce. You can use any brand you wish, or you can even use chunky peanut butter if you want to add extra texture to your peanut noodles. We’d don’t recommend using natural peanut butter as it may not give you the consistency you want for this dish.

BROWN SUGAR: You can substitute honey for brown sugar in this peanut noodle recipe. It will give it a slightly floral sweetness from the honey, but it will still be delicious.

NOODLES: Some good substitutes for rice noodles would be soba noodles, udon noodles, ramen noodles, or even glass noodles. All these can be found in the Asian food section of your local grocery store.

SPICE: You can substitute chili sauce for a milder heat in this Thai peanut sauce noodles recipe. You could also omit the sriracha and substitute ¼ teaspoon (or more) of red pepper flakes.

How To Make This Peanut Noodles Recipe

This peanut butter noodles recipe literally takes 10 minutes to make. It can’t get any easier than that! While you are boiling the rice noodles, you will make your creamy peanut sauce by whisking all the ingredients together. 

Once the noodles are ready, drain them, and combine them with the sauce. Garnish and enjoy.

STEP ONE: In a large pot of boiling water, boil your rice noodles according to the package instructions (approximately 5-7 minutes). 

STEP TWO: While your noodles are boiling, you can make your sauce by whisking together the creamy peanut butter, water, low-sodium soy sauce, brown sugar, fresh lime juice, toasted sesame oil, grated fresh garlic, and sriracha in a medium bowl until the sauce is smooth. Set aside.

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

I like to use the full 2 teaspoons of sriracha when I make these peanut noodles because I love how the heat works with the peanut flavor. However, you can start with just ½-1 teaspoon and see how the spice level works for you. 

peanut butter, water, soy sauce, sugar, lime, oil, garlic, and sriracha whisked in a bowl

STEP THREE: Once your rice noodles are done cooking, drain the water from the noodles. You can reserve some of the hot cooking water to thin your sauce if needed.

drain water once rice noodles are done cooking

STEP FOUR: Transfer the hot cooked noodles to a large bowl and use tongs to toss them with the reserved peanut sauce. 

tongs used to toss noodles with the peanut sauce

STEP FIVE: Garnish with any or all of the optional toppings and serve while the peanut noodles are hot.

PRO TIP:

These peanut noodles are a very simple and quick meal; therefore, I do not suggest making this dish ahead of time. You do want to serve this dish while it is hot.

As this dish sits, the noodles will start to absorb some of the peanut sauce. You can reserve some of your sauce (not adding it all immediately) to add to any leftovers you may have.

How To Serve

Spicy Thai peanut noodles make a delicious meal, but to truly indulge in their amazing flavors, you will want to complete the dish with some delicious and complementary side dishes. 

Fresh vegetables like steamed or roasted broccoli or slow cooker corn on the cob bring color and a delightful crunch to the dish, as does a classic coleslaw or an array of crunchy stir-fried vegetables.

If you love Asian-inspired noodle dishes, our Korean noodles and beef ramen stir-fry are both loaded with plenty of savory flavors.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: You can keep these peanut butter noodles airtight container for a quick lunch or easy dinner. Leftovers will last about 3 days in the fridge.

IN THE FREEZER: These noodles with peanut sauce don’t tend to freeze well, and since this is such a quick recipe to whip up, we recommend making it fresh.

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Nothing quite hits the spot like a big bowl of hearty, creamy peanut noodles. With its delicious combination of savory and spicy flavors and comforting textures, this classic Asian dish never fails to satisfy.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I reheat these spicy peanut noodles?

You can reheat this peanut Thai noodles recipe, although it does taste the best when made fresh.

Can I use noodles other than rice noodles for this peanut sauce noodles recipe?

Yes! Any long noodles would work fine. Try ramen noodles, soba noodles, or even linguine.

Is this Thai peanut noodles recipe spicy?

These noodles tend to be on the spicy side, but you can adjust the amount of spice by reducing the sriracha in the sauce.

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Peanut Noodles

5 from 2 votes
These easy peanut noodles are smothered in a savory and spicy peanut sauce that comes together in just 10 minutes.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 8.8 ounces rice noodles, also known as Pad Thai noodles
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • tablespoons fresh lime juice, 1 lime
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh garlic, 2 large cloves
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons sriracha
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds, optional garnish
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons scallions, thinly sliced (optional garnish)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons lightly salted peanuts, chopped (optional garnish)

Instructions
 

  • In a large pot of boiling water, boil your rice noodles according to the package directions (approximately 5 to 7 minutes).
  • While your noodles are boiling, you can make your sauce by whisking together, in a medium bowl, the creamy peanut butter, water, low-sodium soy sauce, brown sugar, fresh lime juice, toasted sesame oil, grated fresh garlic, and sriracha until the sauce is smooth. Set aside.
  • Once your rice noodles are done cooking, drain the water from the noodles. You can reserve some of the hot cooking water to thin your sauce if needed.
  • Transfer the hot cooked noodles to a large bowl and toss them with the reserved peanut sauce.
  • Garnish with any, or all, of the optional toppings and serve while the peanut noodles are hot.

Notes

  • The rice noodles (also known as Pad Thai noodles) sometimes only come in larger 14-ounce boxes. You can either double the sauce amount or just boil half the box of noodles if you can’t find a smaller quantity.
  • I like to use the full 2 teaspoons of sriracha when I make these peanut noodles because I love how the heat works with the peanut flavor. However, you can start with just ½ to 1 teaspoon and see how the spice level works for you.
  • These peanut noodles are a very simple and quick meal; therefore, I do not suggest making this dish ahead of time. You do want to serve this dish while it is hot. As this dish sits, the noodles will start to absorb some of the peanut sauce. You can reserve some of your sauce (not adding it all immediately) to add to any leftovers you may have.

Nutrition

Calories: 344kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Sodium: 766mg | Potassium: 294mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Estelle Forrest says

    What a fantastic recipe. Thanks so much for sharing at SSPS, hope to see you again next week.

  2. Cara ~ Vintage Style Gal says

    Do you think I could make this with gluten free pasta? I am thinking my husband would love it, we try new things all the time. Thank you for sharing with Whimsy Home Wednesday.

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