Hungry but don’t have time to cook?! This spicy peanut butter noodle recipe is just for you. It’s vegan, gluten free, easy to whip up, and packed with delicious peanut flavor.
I didn’t think I could love a noodle recipe more than I love my sesame noodles, yet here I am, loving these spicy peanut butter noodles more than ever. When a recipe involves both noodles AND peanut butter (I see you Pad Thai), I feel like it just has to be good. And this one is good. Like really good.
It starts with perfectly cooked rice noodles (like my creamy curry noodles) that are chewy yet still have a sliiiiight crunch that’s just barely detectable, but still there so you know you’re eating noodles and not a pile of mush. Then, they’re smothered in THE MOST luscious peanut sauce I have ever made.
It’s spicy (not quite as spicy as my chili garlic noodles, but spicy), it’s savory, it has a mild hint of sweet, and the rice noodles soak it all up so perfectly you’ll think you’ve died and gone to heaven.
Did I mention it all comes together in only 15 minutes? Sounds too good to be true, but it’s not.
How to make this recipe
Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook noodles according to package instructions. You can use any type and shape for these peanut butter noodles, I used brown rice fettuccine to give it a Pad Thai feel. Anything goes!
To start making the sauce, you’ll want to finely mince the garlic and add to a saute pan with 1 tbsp of oil. Any oil will work here, I used olive. Coconut, avocado, etc. all work well too.
Saute the garlic over low heat for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown and very fragrant.
Add in all remaining sauce ingredients and whisk together until smooth.
Add about ½ of the sauce to cooked pasta and mix together. I intentionally made extra sauce in case you want to add some chicken, tofu, veggies etc. I don’t recommend adding all of the sauce at once because it may be too much, so start with ½ and add more depending on your preference.
You can have this recipe so many different ways. With veggies, with chicken, tofu, no veggies, in a salad and more.
You can turn it into a stir fry by adding some tofu and sauteed veggies like cabbage, carrots and bell peppers. OR, just eat the damn noodles as is for a lazy (but deliciously satisfying) meal. I fully support you.
Peanut noodles can be eaten hot or cold! Add in some freshly chopped veggies for a cold noodle salad, or serve alongside some steamed broccoli and grilled chicken for an easy weeknight meal.
The peanut sauce can get too salty very easily if you’re not careful! I recommend using unsalted peanut butter and low sodium soy sauce so the salt isn’t overpowering. Even low sodium soy sauces carries plenty of salt, so don’t worry about the flavor if that’s what you use.
Rice noodles are egg free so this recipe is safe for vegans or anyone with an egg allergy. However, you don’t have to use rice noodles, virtually any noodle or pasta works well.
Does it keep?
Once prepared, this recipe will store in the fridge for 5 days. The sauce tends to dry up as it sits, so if you want to get it saucey again, add the noodles to a pan with a splash of water, broth, or soy sauce and heat until warm.
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15 Minute Spicy Peanut Noodles
- 16 ounces brown rice noodles
- 3 large cloves garlic or 4-5 small
- 1 tbsp fresh grated ginger
- 1 tbsp oil
- ⅔ cup creamy peanut butter (low/no salt*)
- 4 tbsp low sodium tamari or soy sauce
- ⅓-1 cup hot water (hot water mixes with peanut butter more easily than cold)
- 1 tbsp rice vinegar
- 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
- 1-2 tbsp sriracha
- 1-2 tbsp maple syrup or honey
- ½ tsp red pepper flakes (can omit for less spice)
- Optional: 2 tsp chili garlic sauce
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook noodles according to package instructions.
- Finely mince the garlic and add to a saute pan with 1 tbsp of oil. Any oil will work here, I used olive.
- Saute over low heat for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown. Add in the grated ginger and saute for 1-2 more minutes.
- Remove from heat and add in all remaining sauce ingredients (start with ⅓ cup of water) and whisk together until smooth, adding more water as needed to reach your desired consistency. How much you need will depend on the brand of peanut butter you used as well as your personal preference.
- Taste and add more soy sauce, sriracha, or any other seasonings as desired. I usually add more soy sauce because I like it saltier.
- Add about ½ of the sauce to cooked pasta and mix together. I intentionally made extra sauce in case you want to add some chicken, tofu, veggies etc. I don't recommend adding all of the sauce at once because it may be too much depending on your preference, so start with ½ and add more depending on your needs. I usually end up adding all of it because I like it saucey, but up to you!
- Serve with crushed peanuts, scallions, red pepper flakes and enjoy! Delicious alongside veggies and protein of choice.