Easy Thai Noodles With Peanut Sauce is a spicy Thai noodle dish. I made it with sweet and spicy peanut sauce. This super quick noodle recipe calls for colorful veggies, peanut butter, and soy sauce. Such an easy every day dish! Better than a restaurant take-out!
Why make Spicy Thai Noodles
- To begin with, these delicious Thai Noodles recipe is a great weeknight dinner! I used regular ingredients and made it super easy!
- You will love the simple, but authentic spicy Thai sauce. It’s spicy, yet sweet. Those two go hand in hand together. Besides, you won’t have to hunt for too many unfamiliar ingredients. Soy sauce, peanut butter and chili sauce. That’s it!
- I also love the toppings in this classic Thai noodle recipe. Chopped peanuts, sesame seeds and scallions! They taste lovely together. I promise.
- How about using regular linguine here? If you are not sure about rice noodles, use long ribbon pasta that you are familiar with! I did. Of course, you can also make it with ramen noodles, rice noodles, or even gluten free pasta. But I love how versatile this easy noodle recipe is!
- Last but not least, this easy dinner recipe brings perfect amount of spice. But not overwhelming at all.
Do I need to use a wok to make Thai noodles?
By the way, do you see that I didn’t use a wok? Look at the pictures above. I used a carbon steel pan instead. I love the fact that you can use a regular pan to make this amazing Thai noodle recipe.
This easy vegetarian noodle recipe tastes like stir fried noodles. Except, there is no need to fry any noodles! The spicy sauce does all the work. Together with soy sauce and peanut butter. If desired, you can add pork, ground beef, chicken, or shrimp. I most likely will. In my next Thai noodles recipe.
What kind of chili sauce should I use?
The best option to use in this Thai noodles recipe is Sriracha Chili Sauce – it’s that thick sriracha sauce packed with heat that comes in a plastic red bottle. You can squeeze it straight out of the bottle. The most popular sauce is the Huy Fong variety.
Keep in mind that sriracha sauce is different from tabasco or any other hot sauce. It is much thicker with a strong hint of garlic and sugar.
Can you substituted Sriracha Chili sauce with sweet chili sauce? Unfortunately, sriracha and sweet chili sauce are two different things. Where sriracha packs an element of heat, sweet chili sauce is dominated with a sweet garlic taste.
Soy sauce substitute options
There are two very good options available to substitute for soy sauce: Tamari sauce or coconut aminos.
Variations for Thai Noodles recipe
- Besides peanuts, you can also use ¼ c water chestnuts, sliced.
- Serve Thai Noodles with fresh mung bean sprouts on the side.
- If you like it spicy, use ½ tablespoon Chili sauce.
So perfect for weeknight dinner!
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Easy Thai Noodles
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- 1 lb. linguine, (or ramen, spaghetti, fettuccini)
- 3 cloves garlic, (chopped)
- 1 bell pepper, (red, julienned)
- 1 carrot, (julienned)
- ⅓ cup soy sauce, (or Tamari, or Coconut Aminos)
- 1 tablespoon honey, (or agave syrup, or brown sugar)
- ¼ cup peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon Chili sauce
- ⅓ cup peanuts, (chopped)
- ¼ cup green onions, (sliced)
- 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
- Boil pasta or noodles according to box directions. Then drain.
- While the pasta is cooking, prepare the sauce. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together soy sauce, agave syrup, peanut butter and chili sauce until fully combined. Set aside.
- Preheat oil in a large skillet. Add bell pepper, carrots and garlic and sauté for 2-3 minutes.
- Add drained pasta and sauce into the skillet and mix until fully combined.
- Top with chopped peanuts, cilantro, green onions and sesame seeds.
Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only. This information comes from online calculators. Although whatsinthepan.com attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.
This recipe was a FAIL. My son didn’t like it at all. Had to throw it away-said it tasted weird! The soy sauce is too much as well, made it really salty.
You can use Tamari or Coconut Aminos instead of the soy sauce – both have much less sodium.
Your son didn’t like it and that made it bad, hah ha really?
I added ginger and lime and used chopped jalapeños turned out very tasty 😀
That sounds divine!
Lauren Vavala Harris says
This was really good! I added ginger and chicken. The sauce was a bit thick likely due to using natural peanut butter, but the flavor was great!
Thank you Lauren!
My husband and I really enjoyed this dish. I used two packages of wide Asian singleserving packages, and it was perfect. I adjusted the amount of sauce to 1/2 of the recipe to accommodate the smaller amount of noodles. I did add a small scallion, and next time I would also add some small broccoli florettes. I did diced chicken in it, and it was really delicious, I also did not add any extra peanuts into it, that could be why some people are fighting it to peanut buttery. I am keeping this recipe for mini dinners to come in the future.
I love the idea of mini dinners! Thank you for sharing your adjustments for a smaller version.
This was good and fast! It was a little too peanut buttery for me. I don’t think I used enough pasta. The one thing I eyeballed instead of measuring. If I make it again, I will add more pasta and chili sauce to find a better balance for my particular taste.
I added broccoli, which I will do again and increase. (Yum!) I liked the suggestion to use water chestnuts instead of peanuts. 👍🏼!
I think increasing more broccoli will offset the taste as well. I hope you find a pleasant amount of peanut butter for this dish.
Not sure why but for me it was way too creamy and too thick and too peanut buttery. The pwanut butter taste was too much. Maybe because i used a different kind of peanut butter. I couldn’t taste the other ingredients it was just peanut butter
Peanut butter does have a strong taste in general. And smell.
Looks like a recipe I’d like to try out, but I’m running into a question which many online recipes bring up — i.e., what exactly do you mean by “chili sauce”? There is sweet chili sauce, chili garlic sauce (which is much hotter), american chili sauce (which is similar to catsup) as well as many bottled hot sauces generically called chile sauces.
I used a basic sriracha hot sauce here. I will make sure to specify that – that’s a good feedback – thank you
Jennifer Oshus says
Super yummy. I sautéed with veggie broth instead of oil to lower the fat content, but did add about a teaspoon of sesame oil after veggies were done. Also added 1/4 c water chestnuts and served with fresh mung bean sprouts on the side. If you like it spicy, use 1/2 Tbsp Chili sauce. And you don’t need a whole pound of noodles. Have to 3/4 box is fine.
Hi Jennifer – I really like the details in your comment – thank you so much. And so glad you love fresh mung bean sprouts as well!
Thomas Gaborcik says
We made this tonight with rice noodles and added shredded cabbage. It was delicious.
Shredded cabbage is an excellent choice, Thomas!
1/4 cup oil for sautee?
Yes, 1/4 cup oil for sauté.
I really can’t find the flat Thai noodles … will it make a difference if I use spaghetti instead ?
It will be absolutely fine!