Spicy Peanut Noodles. Chewy wide noodles smothered in a spicy, nutty savory sauce. Ready in 10 minutes and vegan!
What are Spicy Peanut Noodles?
Spicy Peanut Noodles are a popular Chinese noodle dish packed with nutty, spicy, sweet, savory flavors from the homemade chili oil, garlic, peanut butter, soy sauce and sugar. It's a delicious Asian dish that satisfies all your taste buds and that’s why this dish is so addictive. It's one of my favorite noodles because the taste palate is very appeasing to many especially if you enjoy spicy food. The best part is it can also be served as cold as well, made in very little time and with simple pantry ingredients.
They're also a great base or foundation to add to so you can add vegetables (like bell peppers, snow peas, julienned carrot, snap peas, or cucumbers), extra protein or swap out the noodles for ones that you enjoy. It's a very versatile recipe.
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Note: Most Asian grocers will carry these ingredients. You may find some at your select grocery store or online, like on Amazon.
- Ribbon wheat noodles: or substitute with any noodles of choice. Great options include: soba noodles, rice noodles, ramen, egg noodles, or any type of noodle that suits your fancy! If you choose to cook with different noodles, please follow the provided package instructions.
Key Sauce Ingredients:
- Smooth peanut butter: is recommended unless you enjoy crunchy peanut butter with your cooked noodles. If you only have chunky peanut butter or natural peanut butter and would like the nutty sauce totally smooth, run the peanut butter through a blender or food processor before making your noodle sauce.
- Or substitute with almond butter, sunflower butter, cashew butter, Chinese sesame paste, tahini for this spicy peanut noodle recipe
- Gochugaru or Sichuan Red Pepper Flakes: gochugaru are Korean red pepper flakes which are milder and Sichuan red pepper flakes are spicier. So the choice is up to your spice preferences for this spicy peanut butter noodles recipes.
- You may use normal red chili flakes.
Other Sauce Ingredients:
- Regular soy sauce: or substitute with low sodium soy sauce or light soy sauce. If you’re gluten-free, substitute with tamari sauce, coconut aminos or a gluten-free soy sauce of your choice.
- Dark soy sauce: this type of soy sauce adds a dark color to the creamy peanut butter sauce.
- Chinese black vinegar: sub with half portion white vinegar, or rice vinegar or omit if unavailable. I wouldn't suggest apple cider vinegar as it's quite strong. It's also not the same as balsamic vinegar. This specific ingredient gives our spicy peanut butter noodles recipe some acidity to balance out the salty flavors.
- White granulated sugar: or substitute with honey, maple syrup, brown sugar, cane sugar or any sweetener of your choice.
- Neutral oil: like avocado oil, sunflower oil, grapeseed oil, peanut oil, vegetable oil or canola oil. Avoid olive oil, coconut oil or any heavy scented oils.
- For a low-calorie version, omit the oil and sub with a bit of water from noodles as you boil them and add as much as you need to create a smooth luscious sauce. I would start with a couple of tablespoons.
- Green onions: The green onions add a wonderful aroma to our spicy peanut noodles recipe.
- Garlic: The hot oil will saute garlic without you having to cook it separately in a sauté pan - win win situation here! The garlic also adds much flavor and aroma to our noodles.
- Toasted sesame seeds: A little bit of sesame oil goes a long way and adds a nutty taste and flavor to our peanut flavor noodles.
How to make Spicy Peanut Noodles
Add Sauce Ingredients to a Bowl
In a large bowl, add all your sauce ingredients, except for the oil.
Heat your oil in a saucepan over medium heat. To check if it is hot enough, place a chopstick into the oil and watch for bubbles. Once you see bubbles, pour hot oil into the bowl with the sauce ingredients.
Mix oil with Sauce
Combine the oil with the other sauce ingredients. A whisk can be helpful.
Boil & Strain Noodles
In a large pot of water, bring to a boil. Add noodles to boiling hot water and cook according to package directions or over medium high heat for 3-5 minutes until al dente. Strain immediately. Do not rinse off with cold water to preserve the full flavors of the wheat noodles.
Mix Noodles with Sauce
Transfer hot noodles into bowl with sauce and mix until each noodle is coated in hot sauce. Enjoy!
Storage & Reheating
This dish will last up to 4 days stored in an airtight container in the fridge. To reheat, microwave for 2-3 minutes or reheat on the stovetop in a pan on medium heat until hot.
What if I'm allergic to peanuts?
If you don’t like peanuts or you’re allergic to them, omit the peanut butter and you’ll have simple Chili Garlic Oil Noodles!
Where can I find ribbon noodles?
Any Asian grocer will carry them in the dried noodle aisle. They're also called "dough sliced wheat noodles". If you don't have an Asian grocer nearby, feel free to substitute with any noodles that you enjoy, such ramen or udon noodles!
Other recipes you may like!
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- Stir Fried Ramen For One Recipe
- Quick Spicy Ramen Stir-Fry
- Vegan Asian Sesame Noodles
10-min. Easy Spicy Peanut Noodles
- 227 grams wheat noodles dried kind
- 2 tablespoon peanut butter smooth kind
- 1 ½ tablespoon Sichuan red pepper flakes or gochugaru (Korean hot pepper flakes)
- 1 ¾ tablespoon regular soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon Chinese black vinegar aka Chinkiang vinegar
- 1 stalk green onions finely sliced
- 1 teaspoon garlic minced
- ½ tablespoon sesame seeds
- 1 teaspoon white granulated sugar
- ¼ cup avocado oil or any neutral oil
- In a large bowl, add all your sauce ingredients, except for the oil
- Heat your oil in a sauce pan over medium heat. To check if it is hot enough, place a chopstick into the oil and watch for bubbles. Once you see bubbles, pour hot oil into the bowl with the sauce ingredients. Mix until well combined.
- In a medium pot of water, bring to a boil. Add noodles to boiling hot water and cook according to package directions or over medium high heat for 3-5 minutes until al dente. Strain immediately. Do not rinse off with cold water.
- Transfer hot noodles into bowl with sauce and mix until each noodle is coated in sauce. Enjoy!
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