August 1, 2023| By

Spicy Peanut Noodles

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
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Everyone loves takeout! If you love noodles then look no further - I've got you covered with these warm, spicy peanut noodles. It's much quicker to make your favorites at home, and I promise this one is so easy and you likely always have everything on hand.

I've made spicy peanut noodles before, but with Sesame Meatballs. Feel free to make those if you want to add some meat to your meal.

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Chopsticks resting on a white scalloped bowl filled with spicy peanut noodles.
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No need to make phone calls and wait for delivery, and you definitely don't need to leave the house. I also love recreating restaurant favorites at home to make sure I am tweaking the flavors to be exactly what my family loves.

These spicy peanut noodles are no exception. The sauce is crazy silky and plays so nicely with your favorite noodles.

Why You'll Love this Recipe

- Quick for busy nights. You likely keep most of these ingredients on hand at all times, and the sauce comes together while the noodles boil.

- Enjoy leftovers at lunch! The sauce will soak in some, but these will reheat great or even be enjoyed cold.

Super flavorful! Hot, sweet, crispy - it's all there.

Spicy Peanut Noodle Ingredients

Ingredients to makes spicy peanut noodles on a white surface.

See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.

Sesame oil -  If you plan to do a lot of "takeout cooking" at home, this is a must-have ingredient. Light sesame oil is a neutral oil with a high smoke point, making it perfect for stir fry as well.

Peanut butter - Choose whatever kind you like to eat plain. Chunky or creamy doesn't matter, it will just add to the texture.

Soy sauce - Here's our umami! Soy sauce is key to rounding out the flavors in this peanut sauce.

Chicken broth - I like to use chicken broth to bulk up the sauce while thinning out the peanut butter.

Sriracha and pepper flakes - Bring on the heat! I like to use both here to add both heat and visual interest.

Honey - A touch of sweetness will offset the heat and also add a wonderful texture to the finished sauce.

Noodles - Somen noodles, soba, buckwheat noodles will all have the perfect texture to soak up the sauce. If you are gluten-free you can easily find rice ramen or other gluten-free options.

A pair of chopsticks in a bowl of spicy peanut noodles.

Pro Tips

- Save some pasta water in case you thicken the sauce too much. This will help you achieve the proper consistency.

- Start your pasta early, since the sauce comes together quickly.

- Add protein such as cubed tofu or cooked, sliced chicken.

How to make Spicy Peanut Noodles

- Heat the sesame oil and add the garlic until fragrant. Then add the pepper flakes and ginger.

Garlic and ginger infusing sesame oil in a saucepan.

- Whisk in the remaining ingredients until smooth. Heat while stirring until the desired consistency is reached.

Spicy peanut sauce in a saucepan.

- Toss the sauce with the cooked noodles and you're in business.

What to Serve with Peanut Noodles

Crab Rangoon Egg Rolls would be the perfect side dish here. Don't forget to have a Matcha Cheesecake tucked away in the fridge for dessert!

You can also serve with crunch salad and a refreshing Mai Tai to wash it all down!

Closeup of peanuts and spicy sesame oil sauce over soba noodles.


Looking to get to dinner even quicker? If you just want a quick meal, there's no harm in using precut garlic and ginger. Even the frozen cubes you can buy are decent.

Storing Leftovers

Pasta loves to soak up sauce as it sits, so if you know for a fact you won't eat the entire batch in one sitting, store the sauce and noodles separately.

You won't believe how delicious this tastes cold, as well! Easy to pack for work lunch!

Recipe FAQs

Are peanut noodles vegetarian?

Guess what - you can easily adapt this recipe to fit many diets! I used chicken broth when I made this dish, but you can easily substitute vegetable broth. And worst case, just use water. The main reason we are using broth is to bulk out the sauce, and of course add some flavor. But in a pinch, water will work.

Is this dish gluten-free?

Swap out the soy sauce for tamari or coconut aminos to avoid gluten. Pick up rice noodles or even gluten-free spaghetti or angel hair. Because the noodles are cooked separately, you can very easily use any type you like and cook to package directions.

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Chopsticks resting on a white scalloped bowl filled with spicy peanut noodles.

Spicy Peanut Noodles

Ditch the takeout and make your own spicy peanut noodles at home! It's even faster than waiting for delivery. Suitable for vegetarians.
Serving: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Calories: 352kcal


  • ¼ cup sesame oil
  • 6 cloves garlic diced
  • Thumb of Ginger diced finely
  • 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ½ cup + 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • ¾ cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha
  • Scallions
  • 9.5 oz pack of Japanese Somen Noodles or 8.8 oz pack of Rice Noodles


  • Add sesame oil to a pan over medium heat and warm the oil for 3-5 minutes. Add diced garlic and cook until fragrant. Add red pepper flakes and ginger and continue to cook for an additional 3 minutes.
  • Gently whisk in peanut butter, soy sauce, chicken broth, honey, and sriracha. When sauce begins to thicken, reduce heat to low and whisk constantly until desired texture is reached. Remove from heat.
  • Boil noodles according to package instructions. Drain and toss in the sauce.


Calories: 352kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 1655mg | Potassium: 260mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 400IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Pasta
Cuisine: Asian

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