Thai Peanut Noodles

So I have a serious addiction to Asian noodles. It’s very dangerous and can be extremely expensive to treat. These Thai Peanut Noodles are an incredibly easy and inexpensive fix–it uses a lot of pantry staples and you can make it in about 20 minutes! It’s a perfect quick weeknight dinner, but I also often serve it when we have guests because it’s always such a huge hit!

Don’t be scared of peanut butter in the sauce–although it sounds different, it’s a pretty solid staple in peanut-sauce-y dishes because of it’s smooth texture and intense peanut flavor. Even better, it’s fresh, quick, easy, relatively healthy, and addictive–for us, this is Asian takeout, minus the takeout!

Thai Peanut Noodles

You’ll need chicken or vegetable broth, creamy peanut butter, 1-2 teaspoons Sriracha sauce (1 is mild with a bite, 1 1/2 is medium, 2 teaspoons is pretty hot…although you can always add more or less depending on your preferences), honey, soy sauce, fresh ginger, fresh garlic, and linguine.

Thai Peanut Noodle Ingredients

The garnishes are essential for this recipe–you’ll also need chopped green onions, peanuts, lime wedges, and cilantro.

Thai Peanut Noodle Toppings

If you want to make this a little more hearty, feel free to add some grilled shrimp, chicken, or steak (I would thinly slice the chicken or steak and keep the servings around 2-3 ounces per person so you don’t overwhelm the noodle aspect of this dish.)

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. While the water is coming to a boil, wash and chop the ginger, garlic, green onions, cilantro, lime, and nuts. Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook according to package directions.

While the noodles are cooking, combine the broth, peanut butter, Sriracha, honey, soy sauce, ginger, and garlic in a small saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat until the peanut butter melts and the ingredients are combined.

When the noodles are done, drain and place in a large bowl.

Cooked noodles in bowl

Add the peanut butter sauce and toss to combine. Divide the noodles evenly among individual serving bowls then top with meat (if desired), chopped green onions, cilantro, lime wedges, and peanuts. Squeeze the lime juice over the noodles and, if you’d like, add another squeeze or two of Sriracha. Serve immediately.

Thai Peanut Noodles from Our Best Bites

One of my favorite meals EVER.

Thai Peanut Noodles from Our Best Bites

If you’re looking for a low-carb version, be sure and try these Thai Peanut Zoodles!

Thai Peanut Noodles

5 from 3 votes
This incredibly quick and easy lunch or dinner can be made in less than 30 minutes and is loved by both kids and adults! Feel free to add 2-3 ounces of shrimp or grilled chicken or steak per serving to make it a little more hearty!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings3 -4 main dish servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • 3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 1-2 teaspoons Sriracha chili sauce plus more for serving if desired (see note below)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons finely minced fresh ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic pressed or minced
  • 8 ounces linguine noodles
  • 1 bunch chopped green onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 limes cut into quarters
  • 1/4 cup chopped peanuts

Optional:

  • Shrimp or grilled sliced chicken or steak (about 8-10 ounces)

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook according to package directions.
  • While the pasta is cooking, peel and mince the ginger and garlic, slice green onions, chop cilantro, and prepare lime and nuts.
  • To prepare sauce, in a separate sauce pan, combine the broth, peanut butter, Sriracha, honey, soy sauce, ginger, and garlic. Cook over medium-low heat, whisking constantly, until the peanut butter melts and the ingredients are combined.  Cook on a very low simmer for 2-3 minutes until slightly thickened.
  • When the noodles are done, drain well and return to pot. Immediately add the peanut sauce and toss to combine. Divide the noodles evenly among individual serving bowls then top with chopped green onions, cilantro, and peanuts. Squeeze a little lime juice over each serving and serve with an additional lime wedge if desired. Serve immediately.

Notes

A little note about Sriracha: 1 teaspoon is mild with a bite, 1 1/2 teaspoons is medium, and 2 is pretty hot. You can always err on the side of caution and not add too much, then allow people to add more Sriracha to their own servings according to their personal tastes.  You may also choose to leave it out for zero spice at all.
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Questions & Reviews

  1. I’m a college student, and love your website!

    I don’t know why I didn’t try this recipe earlier, I had all of the ingredients besides honey, so I bought some, and it was well worth it! 🙂

    This will definitely be one of my quick, go to meals for next semester. Thank you! 🙂

  2. I’ve been eyeing this recipe on and off for a year or so and I finally made it tonight since I’m a recent sriracha addict. It was amazing! Next time I would totally add vegetables and tofu.

  3. It looks sooo yummy!!
    I just became vegetarian so this is a great dish for me and the family! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Wow! We made this tonight, and it has become an instant favorite! The flavors were perfect- I have tried other Thai recipes and different peanut sauces, and this one was amazing! We added the chicken as suggested, and I couldn’t stop eating it plain as I waited for the sauce to cook! Great flavor combos, and great recipes! This is my new go-to site for any good recipe! Truly, thank you! You ladies are wonderful!

  5. I made this tonight. OMYUM! (that’s oh my yum for you). I am excited to try the other adian peanut recipe you gals have on here, but this one was very easy, delicious and I will for sure make it again!

  6. I love these noodles! This is one of my favorite lunches now…in addition to the tuna salad!

  7. Soooo good! My husband and I have this once a week! Add slivered carrots, snow peas and bean sprouts for some veggies!

  8. Why did it take me so long to try this recipe?! Absolutely AMAZING!!! I made it along with chicken satay and roasted broccoli and it seriously tasted like something from a restaurant. Thanks so much for your awesome recipes 🙂

  9. Made this for dinner last night and loved it! Great amount of flavors, especially the peanut butter. Will definitely make this again.

    I used rice stick noodles instead since that is what I had. I added some stir fry veggies (frozen mix) which I cooked in some light soy sauce. Also, cooked some chicken with a bit of red curry paste (for an extra kick). Yum!

  10. this recipe is fantastic. my sil has made it several times and i finally bought the ingredients to make it myself. thanks!

    ps. i am a sriracha sauce wimp too…if you don't like spicy either skip this step or DO NOT use more than 1tsp

  11. Maria–Most of our recipes don't have them, but it's super easy to calculate them if you're a WW member! 🙂

  12. Sorry if you have addressed this before – but do you have the nutritional values (including WW points) for this recipe? Thanks!

  13. Love these noodles. The cilantro and lime complete the recipe! Thanks so much for sharing!

  14. made this for dinner tonight and i'll admitt i was skeptical (i made a similar sounding recipe once that was almost inedible) but it was DELICIOUS!! my whole family LOVED it!! thanks!

  15. I just scorched my tongue "testing" the broth but YUM~O! Can't wait til it's done!!

  16. Oh.My.Goodness… The noodles were fantastic! Even my daughter who is going through an 'I don't like anything' phase right now, told me that although she didn't expect to like them,'they were actually pretty good"!!! That's music to my ears!

  17. Made this tonight and it was so good! We doubled it so we wouldn't have leftover broth or noodles and it was perfect. This one is a keeper for sure!

  18. we officially LOVE this! I made it tonight with ramen noodles (we ditched the "seasoning" packet of course) and it's a hit. It's also really filling, which is nice. My husband and eight-month baby girl happily slurped it down. (I used sugar instead of honey and lowered the spice so it'd be okay for the baby. And she didn't get any toppings.)

  19. Fantastic! Hubby said this is his new fav. Go easy on the sauce if you have little ones. I made a double batch and used 2 tsp it was too spicy for them. I LOVE IT!!!

  20. oh my goodness!! These are to DIE for! I cooked the chicken up just as you suggested and it was amazing! Just a note, if you don't eat it right away or plan on left overs as the noodles (at least the linguine noodles) soaked up the sauce. Thanks it is one of my favorites!

  21. I don't know who is in charge of this website but I LOVE the humor and the recipes look FANTASTIC!

  22. awesome recipe, i am enjoying it as i type.

    i envy you guys in america where you might even be able to get all the ingredients at one stop!

    i have to travel all over for these. but so worth it! thanks.

    ~lytha

  23. this recipe was so good 🙂 I'm glad I could use up some of my asian ingredients because I bought chili sauce for a dish I made months ago and didn't know what else to use it for. I doubled it for a family of 5 and even with some having seconds there was a little left over. I also added thawed frozen asian vegetables (green beans, broccoli, chopped onion & mushroom) as well as chicken and shrimp. I think it would be better with just chicken since shrimp tends to add a more seafood type taste and this is more sweet. I did the 1.5 tsp (doubled for the recipe)chili sauce and only tasted a hint of it so I think others will be fine with that amount. For some reason it was cold when I served it so I might not have waited for the sauce to heat through since I just waited for it to blend..most recipes say wait til it simmers or boils and this didn't so I guess I forgot haha. Thanks again for a great recipe 🙂

  24. I just stumbled across this recipe and realized this is exactly what i've been craving for several days now. Making shopping list now. Mmm.

  25. I just discovered this blog and settled on this recipe because I happened to have almost all the ingredients in my kitchen already. This was seriously one of the best meals I've ever made on my own. I threw in some chicken to make it a one-dish meal and it was great! For the record, I used 1 and 1/4 teaspoons of sriracha which definitely gave it a kick. I can't even fathom how spicy it would have been with 2. I will definitely be making this one again and I'm excited to try out some others from the blog as well!

  26. I'm a sriracha wimp, 1 tsp. is too hot for me!!! I'll do 1/2 tsp. next time, and there will be a next time because these are really good! (except for the burning tongue!)