These Thai peanut noodles are affordable, easy and ready to eat in just 15 minutes. Cooked noodles are tossed with a simple peanut sauce and vegetables for a crave worthy meal!
Let me introduce you to one of my favorite easy meals, ever: Thai Peanut Noodles. This recipe tastes just as good as take-out, and is affordable with pantry staples like peanut butter and pasta.
For an even easier recipe, leave out some of the veggies or use pre-chopped. I like the color and flavor veggies add here, and I usually use a combination of red bell pepper, cucumbers or red cabbage, carrots and green onions.
I love adding shelled edamame because it packs a serious protein punch and doesn’t require any prep. Feel free to add some Air Fryer Tofu, Peanut Tofu or Marinated Tempeh, if you’d like. But of course, that will require more effort.
Ingredients needed (with substitutions)
- Peanut sauce – Natural peanut butter, water, soy sauce (or tamari), garlic, lime juice (or use rice vinegar), agave (or brown sugar), hot sauce.
- Pasta – I used spaghetti but I’ve also used rice noodles. Any pasta will work but I do prefer long, spaghetti-type noodles. Use gluten free if needed and cook according to package instructions.
- Edamame – For protein and taste. You can leave it out or substitute Marinated Tofu, Vegan Chicken or any other protein you like.
- Vegetables – I used cucumbers, shredded carrots, red bell peppers, green onions and cilantro. You can vary the veggies or omit what you don’t like/have, I just suggest using ones that don’t need to be cooked first. Sliced red cabbage, baby bok choy and baby spinach are also good additions.
- Chopped peanuts – Leave out if needed.
How to make easy peanut noodles
Find the instructions with the full ingredients list, measurements, and directions on the recipe card below.
It’s ridiculously easy to make this recipe:
- Whisk peanut sauce ingredients together in a small bowl.
- Cook noodles, drain and add to a large bowl.
- Add all veggies, edamame and peanuts to the bowl along with the peanut sauce. Toss to combine and serve with a sprinkle of red chili flakes or sesame seeds and more cilantro, if desired.
Frequently asked questions
- How to make spicy peanut noodles? If you love spicy food as much as I do, increase the Sriracha in the peanut sauce, to taste, and add red chili flakes.
- How can I make the recipe 100% gluten free? To ensure the recipe is gluten free, use gluten free tamari and gluten free noodles.
- How long will the noodles last in the refrigerator? Store leftovers in a covered container in the refrigerator for about 3 days.
- Can you freeze them? The noodles don’t freeze well so I wouldn’t recommend it, but you could freeze the sauce separately if you’d like.
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Thai Peanut Noodles
- 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce or tamari for gluten free
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice or rice vinegar
- 3 tablespoons agave or brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon Sriracha hot sauce
- 8 ounces spaghetti noodles or rice noodles
- 1 cup shelled edamame
- 1/2 cup chopped cucumbers see Notes for options
- 1 cup shredded carrots
- 1 red bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
- 2 green onions, chopped
- 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
- 1/4 cup chopped peanuts
- Make the Peanut Sauce: In a small/medium bowl, whisk together all sauce ingredients until smooth. Set aside.
- Prepare the noodles: Cook your noodles of choice according to the package instructions, then drain.
- Combine: To a large bowl, add the cooked noodles, along with the edamame, vegetables and peanuts. Pour in the peanut sauce and stir well. Serve immediately with lime wedges, hot sauce, more chopped peanuts and cilantro, as desired. Enjoy!
- Gluten free – Make sure to use gluten free tamari and gluten free noodles.
- This recipe works well with spaghetti noodles (regular or whole wheat), gluten free noodles and rice noodles. Or sub the noodles and mix with cooked quinoa instead for peanut quinoa!
- Feel free to vary the vegetables as you wish, leaving out what you don’t like and adding in what you do.
- Peanut noodles will keep for 3-4 days in the refrigerator. They don’t freeze well.