Spicy Peanut Noodles

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These Spicy Peanut Noodles are a Thai-inspired classic that you can enjoy as an easy weeknight meal, featuring sweet chili sauce, sriracha, and crunchy peanuts.

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Why this Spicy Peanut Noodle Recipe is a Keeper

These spicy peanut butter noodles are made with chili garlic oil and a spicy peanut sauce. They’re super easy to make and are a great quick meal prep choice. If you can’t wait to try to make these spicy peanut noodles, read on to see why this will become your new favorite recipe.

  • 5 Minute Meal: Have this quick and easy dinner ready in just 5 minutes with these peanut spicy noodles.
  • Easy Ingredients: All of the ingredients for this easy-to-follow recipe can be found in your kitchen or local grocery store. Making it perfect for dinner.
  • Adaptable: Add your favorite spices, toppings, and more to the peanut sauce noodles . You can use your favorite noodles of choice, from sesame noodles to glass noodles, and toss in your protein of choice as well.

If you love peanut noodles and this recipe was a hit for you, try more Asian-inspired recipes, like: Thai Red Curry Chicken, Red Curry Shrimp, and Easy Japanese Coleslaw.

Can I Replace the Peanuts in this Spicy Peanut Sauce Recipe?

A bowl garnished with chopped peanuts and green onions, with chopsticks resting on the rim.

If you don’t want to add the crushed peanuts on top, you can add in chopped cashews instead, or skip the peanuts altogether for this cold peanut noodles.

Ingredient Notes for Spicy Thai Peanut Noodles

  • Chicken Ramen Noodles: Use a packet of chicken ramen noodles in this recipe. You can use rice noodles, soba noodles, or egg noodles as well. It’s also possible to use spaghetti noodles for this peanut butter noodles.
  • Peanut Butter: Peanut butter will help make the base of the peanut sauce. You can use creamy peanut butter or crunchy peanut butter, but natural peanut butter is recommended.
  • Sweet Chili Sauce: Sweet chili sauce or chili paste will help add a sweet and spicy kick to the noodles.

See the recipe card below for a complete list of the ingredients with measurements.

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Variations and Substitutions for Asian Noodles and Peanut Sauce

  • Vegetables: Feel free to add some vegetables, such as broccoli, bell peppers, or mushrooms. For protein options, add chicken, shrimp, or beef.
  • Tofu: If you want to make a vegan recipe, skip the chicken and fish sauce and add tofu.
  • Gluten Free: You can make this peanut noodles recipe using gluten-free stir fry noodles and soy sauce.

Pro Tip for Peanut Butter Noodles

Depending on your spice preference, you can adjust the amount of chili garlic sauce, sriracha, red pepper flakes, or gochujang.

How to Make Peanut Noodles with Chili Crunch

These are the basic steps for making spicy peanut noodles. Refer to the full, printable recipe card below for detailed instructions.

1. Prepare Ramen and Mix Sauce

Bring a large pot of water to a boil on high heat and cook noodles according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, sweet chili sauce, soy sauce and fish sauce.

2. Make Noodle Broth

As you cook the noodles, reserve 1 cup of the chicken broth and drain the remaining broth from the noodles. Pour reserved broth and sliced green onions into the bowl with the peanut butter mixture, and whisk until creamy. Stir fry vegetables or proteins in a large skillet if desired. Drain the noodles.

3. Add Noodles into the Sauce and Toss

Then add the noodles to the sauce right after cooking and toss to combine, along with any toppings. Finally, add the peanuts on top.

Spicy Peanut Noodles FAQs

How Do I Store these Noodles?

Store the noodles in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They should be good for 3-4 days.

Can I Serve the Noodles Hot or Cold?

Peanut noodles are best served hot. However, you can enjoy them cold as well.

What Can I Add to the Noodles?

Add protein, like chicken or shrimp, or top with bean sprouts or toasted sesame seeds. A drizzle of soy sauce or sesame oil on top to finish.

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Expert Tips for Make this Recipe for Spicy Peanut Noodles

  • Peanut Butter: For a healthier option, use low-sodium or salt-free peanut butter.
  • Crunchy Peanut Butter: Use crunchy peanut butter for extra texture. If the peanut sauce is too thick, add water to thin.
  • Additional Chili Flavor: To make it spicy, or if you didn’t have chili oil, add in chili flakes or some curry paste.
  • Add Garlic: Stir in some minced garlic with the stir-fry noodles. Add the minced garlic along with your stir-fried toppings.
  • Add Oil: The sauce may tend to stick, so you can add a bit of oil. Make the peanut sauce with sesame oil, peanut oil, chili oil, or rice vinegar.

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Spicy Peanut Noodles

Yield: 4 servings
Prep: 2 minutes
Cook: 3 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
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Equipment

Ingredients

  • 2 packages Chicken Flavored Ramen Noodles
  • 2 tablespoons Peanut Butter
  • 1 tablespoon Sweet Chili Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Low Sodium Soy Sauce
  • ½ teaspoon Fish Sauce
  • ½ teaspoon Sriracha
  • 2 Green Onions, chopped
  • ¼ cup Peanuts, chopped

Instructions

  • Prepare ramen according to package directions.
  • Meanwhile, in a bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, sweet chili sauce, soy sauce and fish sauce.
  • When the ramen are finished cooking, reserve 1 cup of the broth and drain the remaining broth from the noodles.
  • Pour reserved broth and sliced green onions into the bowl with the peanut butter mixture and whisk until creamy.
  • Add noodles and toss to combine.
  • Top with chopped peanuts.

Expert Tips

  • Peanut Butter: For a healthier option, use low-sodium or salt-free peanut butter.
  • Crunchy Peanut Butter: Use crunchy peanut butter for extra texture. If the peanut sauce is too thick, add water to thin.
  • Additional Chili Flavor: To make it spicy, or if you didn’t have chili oil, add in chili flakes or some curry paste.
  • Add Garlic: Stir in some minced garlic with the stir-fry noodles. Add the minced garlic along with your stir-fried toppings.
  • Add Oil: The sauce may tend to stick, so you can add a bit of oil. Make the peanut sauce with sesame oil, peanut oil, chili oil, or rice vinegar.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 115kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 440mg | Potassium: 161mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 61IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American

This recipe is my personal adaption of an ethnic-inspired recipe. It is not intended to be an authentic recipe.  I’ve recreated this recipe because I enjoy the flavors and I want to encourage my readers to expand their tastes and try new flavor combinations. The recipe, ingredients, and processes may have been adapted to make the recipe accessible to the average American. I have provided links to authentic versions of the recipe in the post above. I encourage you to visit these pages and learn more about the traditional version(s) of this recipe.

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