Craving peanut sauce? This vegan Thai peanut noodles recipe is the best! The no-cook sauce is pantry friendly and super easy to make. You can easily whip it up while the noodles cook. You can easily customize the spice level and top with fresh cilantro or green onions for a quick meal that’s full of flavor. Makes 2 servings (easily doubled).
Why I love this peanut noodles recipe
I absolutely adore peanut sauces. I have already published at least four other recipes containing some form of peanut sauce, and believe me, there have been many more recipes test out behind the scenes. There’s just something about it that I can’t stop craving.
So when Marc was on the road a few weeks ago, I raided my cabinets for the ingredients and whipped up a batch of quick peanut noodles. I decided not to bother with vegetables or meat, and I made myself a big heaping bowl of nutty, slightly spicy noodles. They are literally the easiest thing ever.
To make things even easier, I didn’t even bother to warm the sauce. I just whisked the ingredients together in a bowl while I cooked the pasta. Once it was strained, I tossed everything back in the same bowl and mixed it all up. It doesn’t get much simpler than that.
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Here’s what you’ll need to make them
Ingredients note: Feel free to make substitutions as needed. You can use tamari and rice noodles to make this gluten free. Substitute honey (or agave) for the brown sugar. Use Sriracha instead of crushed red pepper. Whatever you have will work.
How to make Thai peanut noodles
Cook the noodles. We used spaghetti for this recipe, but you can use linguine or rice noodles. Really any long noodle or pasta will work. Cook them according to the package directions and drain when done.
Make the peanut sauce. In a small mixing bowl, whisk the sauce ingredients together. I like to add the peanut butter to the bowl first and heat it in the microwave for 15 – 30 seconds to make it easier to mix.
Toss the noodles with sauce. Mix the noodles and sauce together until evenly coated. Top with fresh cilantro and extra crushed red pepper flakes before serving.
FAQs and tips for making Thai peanut noodles
Thai peanut noodles are great as-is but you can serve yours with some cooked chicken breasts, sliced bell peppers, red cabbage, sesame seeds, salted peanuts or even some green onions. All of them add a little “something extra” to the dish and taste incredible!
You can use any noodles that you have on hand, but I find that spaghetti noodles are great. Mostly because it’s easy to keep them on hand and it’s pretty close to what you’d get in a restaurant. You could also use rice noodles or ramen noodles if you have those on hand.
Yes, you could. You can use smooth or chunky depending on your preferences. If you’re looking for a peanut crunch you could also use smooth peanut butter and a handful of crushed peanuts
Either one! While the dish tastes great warm and fresh, there’s nothing wrong with grabbing a cold bowl of cooked noodles from the fridge for a fast snack or meal.
More peanut recipes:
- Asian meatballs skewers
- Easy udon Noodles
- Cilantro Peanut Pesto Linguini
- Peanut Chicken Wraps
- Grilled beef satay
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This Thai peanut noodles recipe is the best! The no-cook sauce is pantry friendly and super easy to make. You can customize the spice level and top with fresh cilantro or green onions for a quick meal that’s full of flavor.
- 8 ounces spaghetti or linguini pasta
- 1/3 cup natural peanut butter (slightly warmed in microwave to make whisking easier)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil,
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 1/2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 large garlic clove, minced
- 1/2 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
- Fresh cilantro leaves, for garnish
- Cook pasta according to package directions.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the sauce ingredients.
- When pasta is cooked and drained, return to pot with sauce and toss until pasta is evenly coated and sauce has warmed.
- Garnish with fresh cilantro, if desired.
If you’re usual traditional peanut butter (not natural), you might want to reduce the sugar a bit.
Keywords: noodles, dairy free, vegan, pasta, peanut, vegetarian
Last Updated on September 1, 2021 by Melissa Belanger