Spicy Peanut and Sesame Noodles

by Amy on 21 May 2014

Spicy Peanut and Sesame NoodlesIf I had to choose only one type of food to eat for the rest of my life, it would unquestionably be pasta. It is absolutely, undoubtedly my favorite food. While most of my pasta posts tend to be either Italian-inspired or American comfort food, I do also have a major weakness for Asian noodles – especially peanut noodles, noodle soups (like pho and ramen) and curried noodles. Last week, I made my Slow-Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken (which is SO good!) + since it’s a dish with Asian-inspired flavors, I decided to try out a new side dish to accompany it – these Spicy Peanut and Sesame Noodles. And y’all, they turned out SO tasty!

They’ve got a great balance of flavors, between the rich peanut butter, the bright ginger/cilantro/lime, the sweet honey, the salty soy, and the spicy bite from the sriracha. And the textures balance beautifully, too – the creamy peanut butter against the crisp, thinly-sliced veggies and the crunchy sesame seed/peanut topping. These noodles are also fab because of their versatility – they can be a vegetarian-friendly main dish, or, they make a awesome side dish alongside an Asian-inspired chicken, pork, or tofu entree. Serve ’em hot, at room temperature, or even cold straight out of the fridge – they truly taste delicious all three ways!

Spicy Peanut and Sesame Noodles

Spicy Peanut and Sesame Noodles

Serves 4-6, adapted from Food Network


3 tablespoons sesame seeds
12 ounces noodles – I used udon noodles (which were amazing!), but you can use soba noodles, rice noodles, or even a non-Asian pasta like linguini.

For the Peanut Dressing:
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon Sriracha
1 teaspoon sesame oil
Zest and juice of 1/2 lime

1/2 cup loosely-packed chopped fresh cilantro
2 green onions, sliced
2 carrots, peeled into strips with a vegetable peeler
1 small red bell pepper, sliced into very thin strips

For garnish:
1/4 cup roughly chopped skinless roasted peanuts
Lime wedges


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Place the sesame seeds in a pie tin and toast in the oven until light golden in color, 4 to 6 minutes, and set aside. Meanwhile, cook the pasta/noodles until al dente. Do not overcook. Drain, (reserving 1/2 cup of the starchy pasta water), and set aside.

Make the peanut dressing: Place the peanut butter in a large measuring cup (or a microwave-safe) bowl and microwave to soften, 15 seconds. Whisk together the softened peanut butter, soy sauce, vinegar, canola oil, ginger, honey, Sriracha, sesame oil and lime zest and juice. Thin with the starchy pasta water if needed, 1 tablespoon at a time. (Dressing should be thick, but pourable.)

Place the cooked pasta/noodles in a large mixing bowl and add the cilantro, green onions, carrots, and bell pepper – toss everything well to combine. Pour the peanut dressing over everything, and toss again until the noodle salad is well-coated and the dressing is evenly distributed. Top with the chopped peanuts, additional cilantro, lime wedges, and toasted sesame seeds and serve.

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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Alexandra May 21, 2014 at 7:40 am

I can personally vouch for the room-temperature and cold noodle eating. Delicious! Packed with fresh ginger + cilantro + lime flavors, I loved it. So much brighter than your typical gloopy peanut noodles.

2 amy May 21, 2014 at 7:57 am

So thrilled you liked ’em – I’m always happy to share! =)

3 Kathryn May 21, 2014 at 10:16 am

These sound so great! Definitely one to make next time we have something Asian for dinner; love the brightness of all these flavours.

4 Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie May 21, 2014 at 10:40 am

I must have this in my life. Love the bell peppers and carrot shreds in this.

5 sarah k @ the pajama chef May 21, 2014 at 11:36 am

umm, yum! ben & i have definitely gotten into the whole peanut sesame noodle thing lately. i love all your add ins!

6 Choc Chip Uru May 21, 2014 at 7:52 pm

Thai food is my favourite, so peanut and noodles are a match made in heaven for me 😀
Great recipe!

Choc Chip Uru

7 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar May 21, 2014 at 8:00 pm

These noodles look so dang yummy. Love the recipe!

8 Anna (Hidden Ponies) May 21, 2014 at 11:52 pm

Looks like a perfect side dish! I love any excuse to pick pasta over rice, and the flavours here sound incredible!

9 danielle May 22, 2014 at 10:39 am

One of my favorite dishes to eat cold right out of the fridge – these make the best leftovers ever!

10 Beth May 22, 2014 at 12:38 pm

This is really similar to a dish I like to make – one of my favourites!

11 Kelly May 22, 2014 at 1:41 pm

Oh my goodness, these noodles look incredible Amy – love the pretty vibrant pics! Spicy peanut noodles are one of my favorites too and looking at yours makes me wish this was dinner tonight :) Yum!

12 WearEatLove May 22, 2014 at 9:13 pm

All of my favorite things…really good combination, love it! Perfect for my carboloading :)

13 Leah | So, How's It Taste? May 23, 2014 at 9:28 am

Gosh I wish I had a huge bowl of this right now! I love that you can eat these hot or cold. Back when I lived in Birmingham, there was this cafe we’d go to for lunch that served the best cold peanut noodle salad. Yours looks so similar, I can’t wait to make it!

14 amy May 23, 2014 at 9:37 am

You’ll have to report back how similar it is to the Birmingham version when you try it! =)

15 Adri May 23, 2014 at 10:10 am

What absolutely beautiful pictures, and your description of the dish is so well done, I can taste it right now. I bet it is wonderful What wonderful work!

16 amy May 23, 2014 at 11:07 am

Wow, thank you so much for the kind words, Adri – that totally made my day!! =)

17 Amy (Savory Moments) May 25, 2014 at 12:16 pm

Your photos of this dish look wonderful! I love spicy peanut noodles and these look so flavorful and delicious!

18 EA-The Spicy RD June 2, 2014 at 11:58 pm

So yummy!! I just bought some fresh rice noodles at the grocery store which would be absolutely perfect for this recipe. I’m a fan of pasta too :-)

19 Lucy June 17, 2014 at 10:10 am

So fun to make. Just the right amount of spicy and peanut flavors. We loved it!

20 amy June 17, 2014 at 12:27 pm


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