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Peanut Noodles served on a plate that is sitting on a table.

Easy Peanut Noodles

Easy Peanut Noodles is a quick and comforting meal perfect for peanut butter lovers on busy weeknights. This Thai inspired dinner has simple ingredients and can be adjusted easily with spice levels and various add ons. Leftovers make a delicious packed work lunch.
Course Lunch or Dinner
Cuisine Asian
Keyword Easy Peanut Noodles, Peanut Butter Noodles, Peanut Noodles
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 699kcal
Author Heather


  • 14 ounces lo mein noodles See Note #1 below
  • 2/3 cup crunchy peanut butter *or creamy
  • 4 large garlic cloves *crushed, about 1 tablespoon (See Note #2 below)
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger See Note #3 below
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce *or Tamari
  • 1/2-3/4 cup boiling water (from pasta water)
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons Sriracha


  • Bring water to boil for pasta. See Note #4 below
  • In a large mixing bowl add peanut butter, garlic and soy sauce.
  • Using a glass liquid measuring cup, remove the desired amount of boiling water from the pot for the pasta. Pour boiling water over the top of the peanut butter mixture and whisk until smooth.
  • Cook pasta following instructions on the package. (Lo Mein noodles cook very quickly.)
  • Meanwhile, add the vinegar, sesame oil and sriracha to the peanut butter mixture. Mix well.
  • Add cooked and drained pasta to the peanut butter mixture and toss well.
  • Garnish with diced green onions, cilantro leaves, toasted sesame seeds or toasted peanuts.


Recipe Notes
Note #1- I used lo mean noodles for this recipe because I love the chewy texture. However, spaghetti, ramen, soba, rice or linguine noodles may also be used successfully. Also, 14-16 ounces of pasta works well with this recipe.
Note #2- A garlic press makes an easy job of crushing the garlic. Also, this quick video shows how to peel garlic without loosing your mind. 
Note #3- This is my favorite ground ginger because of the taste and quality. Also, using ground ginger shaves off several minutes of the preparation time. 
Note #4- Start boiling the water for the pasta immediately before preparing anything else since the boiling water will be needed shortly into the preparation.
Note #5- This recipe has a mild spice. For a very spicy alternative add in 1/4 cup of chili garlic sauce along with a few tablespoons of ground Thai chili. For medium heat add 1-2 tablespoons more sriracha. Lower the sriracha down to 1/2-1 tablespoon and increase the vinegar by 1 tablespoon for anyone who has delicate taste buds. 
Note #6- See the variations section in the above post for additional add on options. 


Calories: 699kcal | Carbohydrates: 83g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Sodium: 1214mg | Potassium: 377mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 11IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg