These quick and easy Thai peanut noodles are incredibly creamy and flavorful and only take 10 minutes to make! They’re versatile enough to customize with whatever veggies and fresh herbs you like, and this recipe uses my homemade peanut sauce that takes these noodles to the next level!
Table of Contents
- What are Thai Peanut Noodles?
- Why You’ll Love This Peanut Noodles Recipe
- Ingredients to Make Peanut Noodles
- Peanut Sauce
- How to Make Peanut Noodles (Step by Step)
- Joyce’s Tips For Making the Best Peanut Noodles
- Serving Suggestions
- Recipe Variations for Peanut Noodles
- Frequently Asked Questions
- How to Store Leftover Peanut Noodles
- Recipes To Use Up Leftover Red Curry Paste
- More Thai Recipes You May Like
- Recipe Card
This peanut noodle recipe is easy, flavorful, and incredibly creamy. The best part is that you can make it from scratch in just 10 minutes tops because the peanut sauce comes together quickly and you don’t need to cook it or do anything complicated!
What I love most about this dish is that you can add any vegetables and fresh herbs you like! This means I keep changing up the toppings every time I make these noodles, depending on my mood. But even without all of that, they taste so good you won’t be able to stop eating them!
Read on to learn exactly how to make this delicious peanut noodles recipe today!
What are Thai Peanut Noodles?
Thai Peanut noodles are a quick and easy dish that combines a homemade Thai satay peanut sauce with noodles such as rice noodles (wide rice noodles and thin vermicelli), wheat noodles, udon noodles or spaghettini.
Although we associate peanut noodles with Thai cuisine, it is actually more of an Thai-American fusion dish that was created in America and if you dig a bit deeper, you'll actually find that peanut noodles actual hail from China from the town of Shaxian.
Why You’ll Love This Peanut Noodles Recipe
Quick and Easy: These peanut noodles are super quick and easy to make from scratch. In fact, the whole dish comes together in less than 10 minutes!
Creamy (Not Dry or Tacky): As long as you use the same peanut sauce to noodle ratio in the recipe, this peanut noodle is ultra creamy, which means these peanut noodles won't be dry and tacky.
Use Any Type Of Noodles: This recipe is versatile in terms of the type of noodles you can use because the star of the show is the peanut sauce. Whether you prefer rice noodles, udon, or spaghettini, the choice is yours. Each type of noodle brings a unique texture to the dish, making it even more exciting to eat.
Ingredients to Make Peanut Noodles
Here's an overview of the specific ingredients for this delicious peanut noodles recipe. For the exact ingredients and measurements, please scroll to the recipe card below.
- Rice Noodles: For this recipe, I use ¼ inch rice sticks. That being said, you can also use thin vermicelli, wheat noodles, udon noodles, or spaghettini, depending on your preference. The thinner the noodle, the more the peanut sauce flavor will come through. If you're using udon, go for the frozen ones for a chewy texture. If you're using vermicelli noodles, directly pour boiling water into a heat-safe bowl with your thin vermicelli noodles and soak them for about a minute or two instead of cooking them in a pot.
- Green Onions: These are used for garnish, adding a pop of color and a fresh, crisp flavor to contrast the creamy peanut sauce. I highly recommend using this because it really breaks up the heaviness of the peanut sauce.
- Peanut Butter: I like to use natural peanut butter to make my peanut sauces (the kind where the oil and peanut butter separate) because I find they don't have thickeners so it is a lot easier to mix and coats the noodles better. Natural peanut should only contain two ingredients, peanuts and salt. If you use peanut with stabilizers and thickeners, you will need to add more water to the sauce to thin it out, and you may need to re-adjust for flavors as well.
- Red Curry Paste: Adding red curry paste is an super easy way to add a lot of flavors into your peanut sauce because it contains garlic, kaffir lime leaves (makrut lime leaves), chili, lemongrass, galangal, shrimp and shrimp paste.
- Honey: I like to use honey to sweeten this sauce because I find it mixes more evenly with the sauce. You can also brown sugar as well but it may be gritty if you don't fully dissolve it.
- Sesame Oil: I like to add this because adds a more nutty flavor to the peanut sauce.
- Fish Sauce: This will add a lot of umami and savory, salty flavors. If you don't have fish sauce, you can sub it for soy sauce as well.
- Rice Vinegar: I use this to cut the heaviness of the peanut sauce, you can also use white vinegar or lime juice as well.
- Coconut Milk (Optional): You can use coconut cream or coconut milk for this. I find it adds a bit more creaminess to the sauce but it is completely optional if you don't want to open a can for a few tablespoons.
How to Make Peanut Noodles (Step by Step)
Making this incredible peanut noodles recipe at home is super easy and will give you great results every single time. Here's how to make it step by step:
Finely Chop the Green Onions: Wash and discard the green onion root end. Finely chop the green onion and set it aside for later for garnishing.
Making the Peanut Sauce
Combine Peanut Butter and Red Curry Paste: Start by mixing the peanut butter and red Thai curry until they are well combined.
Mix In The Rest of the Sauce Ingredients: Next, add in the honey, fish sauce (or soy sauce), coconut milk (or coconut cream), and rice vinegar (or lime juice) and mix well.
Adjust Consistency: Add in ¼ cup of water and mix well. If you are not using coconut milk, add in an extra 2 tablespoons of water. Whisk everything together well until it is smooth.
Flavor Adjustment: Finally, do a taste test. If you prefer your sauce more sour, sweet, or salty, adjust the flavors with rice vinegar, honey, or fish sauce. Set your sauce aside for later.
Preparing the Noodles
Boil the Noodles: Add a pot of water on the stove and set it to medium heat and wait for the water to boil. Then boil the noodles for 5 minutes if you are using ¼ inch wide rice noodles. If you are using another type of noodle, follow the package instructions to cook the noodles, but subtract one minute from the cooking time to keep the noodles al dente.
Turn Off the Heat and Drain: Once done, turn off the heat. Drain the noodles using the lid but ensure they remain in the pot.
Mixing Everything Together
Combine Noodles and Sauce: While the noodles are still hot and wet, add the noodles into the bowl with the peanut sauce.
Mix Everything Together: Mix well. Toss until everything is well coated with the sauce.
Enjoy your delicious peanut noodles!
Joyce’s Tips For Making the Best Peanut Noodles
Choose the Right Noodles For The Best Texture: If you're using udon, go for the frozen ones because they have a chewier texture. If you're opting for spaghettini, remember that it's thinner than spaghetti and better for absorbing the peanut sauce flavor.
Thin Vermicelli Noodles Don't Require Any Cooking: For thin vermicelli noodles, skip the pot and pour boiling water directly into a heat safe bowl with the noodles. Soak for about a minute or two, then drain. It's quicker and means one less pot to clean.
Taste Test Your Peanut Sauce: When mixing your peanut sauce, remember to taste test. Adjust the levels of rice vinegar, honey, or fish sauce to make it more sour, sweet, or salty, according to your preference.
Keep Noodles Al Dente: To maintain a firm texture, subtract one minute from the package instructions when boiling your noodles.
Mix Everything When Noodles Are Hot: Add the freshly cooked noodles directly into the bowl with the peanut sauce while they're still hot and wet. This ensures the sauce coats the noodles evenly, infusing them with flavor.
Don't Use More Noodles Than Instructed: The recipe has a good ratio of peanut sauce to noodles, so that you still have a silky, slurpy dish. If you put too much noodles, you risk not having enough sauce, which will make your final peanut noodle dish drier and more tacky.
Always Use Green Onions: Peanut noodles are pretty heavy because of the peanut butter, but adding finely minced green onions really breaks up the heaviness and gives it a delicious fresh pop.
- Meat: If you're a fan of Thai cuisine, try serving the peanut noodles with grilled coconut chicken skewers or Thai chicken satay. The peanut sauce also works as a great dip for these skewered delights.
- Snacky Appetizers: For a lighter option, serve your peanut noodles with blistered shishito peppers. The mild heat of the peppers adds a nice kick to the sweet and savory peanut noodles. For a meaty option to consider is lemongrass meatballs. The aromatic flavors of lemongrass in the meatballs complement the peanut sauce in the noodles, creating a delicious blend of flavors.
- Other Appetizer Options: Garlic cheese baked mussels or grilled halloumi cheese are other appetizer options that would pair well with the peanut noodles. The creamy, garlicky mussels or the salty, grilled halloumi cheese provide a delicious contrast to the sweet and savory peanut noodles.
- Soup: I love having a bowl of Tom Kha Gai (Thai coconut soup), alongside my peanut noodles because the creamy, tangy soup balances the rich flavors of the peanut noodles.
- Salad: For a refreshing side, serve a Korean cucumber salad (Oi Muchim) with your peanut noodles. The crisp, tangy salad cuts through the richness of the peanut sauce!
Recipe Variations for Peanut Noodles
This delicious peanut noodles recipe is so flavorful and easy to make, you'll want to try out some of these delicious variations! Here are some great ideas:
- Add Some Crunch: If you're a fan of adding a bit of crunch to your dishes, try adding some chopped peanuts or sesame seeds as garnish. This will not only give your peanut noodles a nice crunch, but it will also enhance the peanut flavor.
- Seafood Version: For seafood lovers, adding shrimp to your peanut noodles can be a great variation. The sweet and succulent flavors of the shrimp pairs well with the creamy peanut sauce. Just make sure to cook the shrimp properly before adding it to the dish.
- Extra Vegetables: Add a variety of veggies like bell peppers, carrots, and broccoli to your peanut noodles for a healthy twist. The fresh flavors and colors of the veggies make this dish even more appetizing, and it's a great way to increase your daily vegetable intake.
- Make it Tangy: For a tangy twist, add a squeeze of fresh lime juice to the peanut sauce. The acidity of the lime juice will cut through the richness of the peanut butter, giving your dish a refreshing and balanced flavor.
- Protein-Packed: If you're looking to add more protein to your meal, try adding my easy to make lemongrass chicken to your peanut noodles. The chicken will absorb the flavors of the peanut sauce and adds a satisfying, meaty texture to the dish.
- Vegan Version: For a vegan variation, replace the chicken with tofu. Tofu is a great source of protein and it absorbs the flavors of the dish well. You can also use soy sauce instead of fish sauce for a vegan-friendly dish.
- Spicier: If you enjoy spicy food, add a bit of chili sauce to your peanut sauce. This will give your peanut noodles a nice kick and will add an exciting layer of flavor to your dish. You can adjust the amount of chili sauce based on your preference.
Frequently Asked Questions
You can use a variety of noodles for this dish like rice noodles, wheat noodles, udon noodles, spaghettini, or even ramen noodles in a pinch. If you are using udon, the frozen ones tend to have the chewiest texture. If you opt for spaghettini, ensure it's not spaghetti which is thicker and may not absorb the peanut sauce flavor as well.
If you're using thin vermicelli noodles, you can pour boiling water into a heat-safe bowl and submerge the noodles, letting them soak for about one to two minutes. Drain the water once they're cooked. This method saves you from having to clean an extra pot.
Absolutely! You can add chicken to this dish for a non-vegetarian version. If you prefer a vegetarian option, you could add tofu or additional veggies.
Yes, you can. Feel free to add any veggies, aromatics, and fresh herbs you like such as snap peas, red bell pepper, red cabbage, fresh ginger, and cilantro. The flavors work great!
Don't worry if you don't have rice vinegar at hand. You can replace it with fresh lime juice or white vinegar. Just ensure to adjust the flavors as per your preference.
How to Store Leftover Peanut Noodles
I highly recommend enjoying peanut noodles fresh, because it tastes best that way. The recipe takes 10 minutes to make, so you don't need to worry about it taking a lot of time to make as well.
I don't recommend these cold from the fridge because the rice noodles will harden in the fridge and will not have a soft texture. You also can't re-heat them as well because that will make them dry and tacky.
Unfortunately, peanut noodles don't freeze well. The texture of the noodles can become mushy once thawed, and the peanut sauce may separate, losing its creamy consistency. So, it's best to enjoy your peanut noodles within a few days of making them.
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Joyce's Recipe Notes
- Don't Use More Noodles Than Instructed: The recipe has a good ratio of peanut sauce to noodles, so that you still have a silky, creamy dish. If you put too many noodles, you risk not having enough sauce, which will make your final peanut noodle dish drier and more tacky.
- Choose the Right Noodles For The Best Texture: If you're using udon, go for the frozen ones because they have a chewier texture. If you're opting for spaghettini, remember that it's thinner than spaghetti and better for absorbing the peanut sauce flavor.
- Thin Vermicelli Noodles Don't Require Any Cooking: For thin vermicelli noodles, skip the pot and pour boiling water directly into a heat safe bowl with the noodles. Soak for about a minute or two, then drain. It's quicker and means one less pot to clean.
- Keep Noodles Al Dente: To maintain a firm texture, subtract one minute from the package instructions when boiling your noodles.
- Mix Everything When Noodles Are Hot: Add the freshly cooked noodles directly into the bowl with the peanut sauce while they're still hot and wet. This ensures the sauce coats the noodles evenly, infusing them with flavor.
- Always Use Green Onions: Peanut noodles are pretty heavy because of the peanut butter, but adding finely minced green onions really breaks up the heaviness and gives it a delicious fresh pop.
- 150 g ¼ inch rice sticks (approximately ⅓ of a 454g package)
Peanut Noodle Sauce
- ¼ cup natural peanut butter (unsweetened) (the kind where the oil and peanut butter separate)
- 1½ teaspoon red curry paste
- 2 tablespoons coconut milk (optional, but highly recommended)
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce (or soy sauce)
- 2½ tablespoons honey
- 2 teaspoons sesame oil
- ¼ cup water (add 2 tablespoons more, if you are skipping coconut milk)
- 1 stalk green onion (finely minced)
- handful crushed peanuts (optional)
- Wash 1 stalk green onion and cut off the root end, and discard it. Finely chop the whole green onion and set it aside as a garnish at the end.
Make the Peanut Sauce
- In a large bowl mix together 1½ teaspoon red curry paste and ¼ cup natural peanut butter (unsweetened). Make sure to use a bowl large enough to fit the noodles in too.
- Then mix in 2 tablespoons coconut milk (optional), 2 tablespoons fish sauce, 2½ tablespoons honey, and 2 teaspoons sesame oil.
- Once everything is mixed well, mix in ¼ cup water and stir until everything is well combined and smooth. If you are not using coconut milk, add an extra 2 tablespoons of water. Set the sauce aside for later.
Boil the Noodles
- Place a pot of water over the stove and set it to medium heat. Wait for the water to boil.
- Once the water boils, add in the rice sticks and cook it for 5 minutes if you are using ¼ inch rice sticks. If you are using another type of noodle, use the package instructions, but subtract 1 minute from it for an al dente texture. If you are using thin vermicelli, then soak the noodles in boiling water for 1-2 minutes instead of boiling it.
Put Everything Together
- Once the noodles are done, quickly add it to the bowl of peanut sauce while it is still hot and wet.
- Mix everything together well
- Garnish with green onions, plate and enjoy!
*Nutritional information is calculated using online tools and is an estimate*
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