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Creamy Thai-style Noodles with peanut butter sauce

Easy Peanut Noodles

These 20-minute peanut butter noodles are so satisfying, protein-packed, and easy to make. Great for a quick lunch, dinner, or meal prep!
AuthorKaitlin - The Garden Grazer
Prep Time:10 mins
Cook Time:10 mins
Total Time:20 mins
CourseMain Dish
CuisineGluten-Free Option, Oil-Free, Vegan
Servings4 medium bowls


  • 8 oz. spaghetti noodles (gluten-free if desired)

For the 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. freshly grated ginger (more/less to taste)
  • Hot water to thin to desired consistency

For serving (optional):

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


  • 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 a micro plane 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.


For gluten-free, use GF pasta and tamari. (I like brown rice + quinoa spaghetti.)
If serving warm, the texture will be more soft + creamy. If serving chilled, it will be thick + sticky (and slightly dry).
Smooth or crunchy peanut butter works for this recipe. Crunchy will give it more texture.

Nutrition Per Serving (Estimate)

Calories: 428 kcal | Carbohydrates: 55 g | Protein: 16 g | Fat: 17 g | Saturated Fat: 4 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8 g | Potassium: 381 mg | Fiber: 4 g | Sugar: 9 g | Vitamin A: 1 IU | Vitamin C: 3 mg | Calcium: 37 mg | Iron: 2 mg