5 from 10 votes

Easy Asian Peanut Noodles (20 Minute)

20-Minute Easy Asian Peanut Butter Noodles! Satisfying, protein-packed, and a perfect quick meal or take-along lunch!
Author: Kaitlin - The Garden Grazer
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Gluten-Free Option, Oil-Free, Vegan
Servings: 4 medium bowls

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. spaghetti noodles (gf if desired)

Thai Peanut Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
  • 2 Tbsp. maple syrup or brown sugar (more/less to taste)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. tamari (or soy sauce)
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon or lime juice
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp. fresh grated ginger (more to taste)
  • Hot water to thin to desired consistency

For serving (optional):

  • Crushed peanuts, sesame seeds, cilantro, fresh lime juice, green onion, sriracha, red pepper flakes

Instructions

  • Cook pasta according to package instructions, taking care not to overcook. Drain when finished.
  • Meanwhile, make the peanut sauce:
    Mince garlic and grate ginger. (I use this microplane grater for ginger.) In a medium/large mixing bowl, add all peanut sauce ingredients except water.
    Heat 3/4 cup water to just under boiling. Add hot water a couple tablespoons at a time, slowly whisking and working the mixture together.
    Continue adding water and whisking until sauce is thin enough to mix the noodles in. (I usually add about 1/2 cup to 2/3 cup hot water.) Adjust flavors if needed.
  • When pasta is cooked and drained, immediately add it to bowl with peanut sauce. Gently toss to combine. (Sauce will thicken further when combined with pasta.)
  • Serve with any desired toppings. Add fresh lime juice or extra tamari for a flavor boost if needed. Great served warm or chilled!

Notes

Made gluten-free with gf pasta and tamari. (I love brown rice/quinoa spaghetti.)
If serving warm, the texture will be more soft & creamy. If serving chilled, it will be drier & sticky.
Smooth or crunchy peanut butter works for this recipe (crunchy will give it more texture).
Other additions: edamame, shredded carrot, cabbage, snow peas, bell pepper, baked tofu, etc.
See more notes & variations of the Thai Peanut Sauce here.

NUTRITION PER SERVING (ESTIMATE)

Calories: 427kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Potassium: 374mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin C: 3.1mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1.5mg