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10 Minute Spicy Peanut Butter Noodles

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Don't knock spicy peanut butter noodles until you try them! They're uber-flavourful and creamy, making them an excellent comfort meal.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Makes: 4

There’s nothing better than a 10-minute recipe. As mentioned, these delicious spicy peanut butter noodles can be ready quickly. So, whether you had a busy day or need lunch in a snap, you’ll love how easy and quick these spicy peanut noodles are.

Noodles in a bowl with chop sticks and topped with slices of spring onion. Chilli flakes and peanut butter next to the bowl.

Why you’ll love this speedy recipe

In 10 minutes, you can have these cosy, spicy peanut butter noodles cooked and ready to eat! If you’re short on time during the week, you’ll want to keep this dish in your repertoire. Plus, you likely have the ingredients in your pantry, especially if you cook Asian-inspired recipes regularly.

These noodles are served with a delicious (and addictive!) creamy peanut butter sauce that makes them irresistible.

This recipe is super versatile. You can enjoy peanut butter pasta as a main dish. Or, serve it on the side with Chicken Goujons, KFC Popcorn Chicken Recipe and Crispy Chilli Chicken. Don’t be afraid to mix and match dish flavours; you may find a new combo you love!


Ingredients to make noodles with peanut butter and laid out on a pale blue background and labelled.

Egg Noodles
Versatile noodles that help create a rich flavour. You can also use other noodle varieties like Vermicelli rice noodles, spaghetti noodles, or brown rice noodles, in a pinch for peanut butter noodles.

Peanut Butter
Peanut butter is an essential ingredient in these spicy peanut sauce noodles. It helps create a creamy texture and flavour in the dish.

You can also use almond butter or sunflower seed butter if you are allergic to peanuts. Other recipes for you to try using egg noodles and peanuts ; Thai Noodle Salad with Peanut Sauce and Peanut Noodle Salad

Rice Vinegar
Helps cut the richness of the peanut butter by adding some acidity. You can also use a squeeze of lemon juice or lime juice.

Soy Sauce/Sweet Soy Sauce
Provides a delicious umami flavour to the dish. Sweet soy sauce is best for a hint of sweetness, but regular soy sauce also works.

See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.

How to make this recipe

  1. On a chopping board, start by slicing the spring onions diagonally (Image 1).
  2. Once the spring onions are sliced, set aside for the garnish (Image 2).
Step by step photos, the first photo spring onions being sliced on chopping board and the second photo all the spring onions slices diagonally on board.

3. Prepare the ingredients for the peanut sauce, including the peanut butter, minced garlic, Sriracha, rice vinegar, soy sauce and hot water (Image 3).

4. Mix together in a bowl with a whisk (Image 4).

Step by step photos, the first photo with ingredients to make the peanut sauce laid round glass bowl and the second photo with the sauce mixed in bowl.

5. Add the dry noodle nests to a pan of boiling water and cook according to the packet instructions (Image 5).

6. Once the noodles have softened and cooked, drain the noodles and reserve a mug of the starchy water (Image 6).

Step by step photos, the first photo with 3 noodle nests in a pan  and the second photo with the noodles cooked with water in pan.

7. Combine the noodles with the peanut butter on a low heat until the sauce thickens and the noodles cook completely. Loosen with the reserved water as necessary (Image 7). 

8. Serve with sliced spring onions and optional chilli flakes (Image 8). 

Step by step photos, with peanut sauce being poured into pan with noodles, and the second photo with the sauce mixed together with noodles in pan.

Tips and Tricks

For this recipe I used egg noodles and it’s best to use thin or medium sized noodles. You can use vermicelli noodles, rice noodles, soba noodles and even spaghetti!

You can make the sauce ahead of time, but cook the dry noodles the day you want to eat and cook and serve straight away with the peanut butter sauce.!

If you are a spice lover increase the amount of Sriracha to the sauce and adjust to taste.

Add different toppings along with the slices of spring onions, such as peanuts, chopped coriander and some chilli flakes.

Other noodle recipes for you to try: Beef Udon Stir Fry, Healthy Noodle Bowls (10 Minute Meal Prep) and Chicken Vermicelli Noodles

Noodles in bowl with slices of spring onion and chillies  and a glass bowl of chillies behind plate.


This delicious peanut butter noodles recipe is vegetarian, so for the vegan option use rice noodles and you can add Pan-Fried Crispy Tofu to boost the protein and make the dish more filling.

Egg noodles contain flour, so they’re not a good choice for gluten-free eaters. You can swap these with a gluten-free noodle alternative to make gluten-free peanut butter noodles. You can try Vegan Creamy Pea and Mint Soup dish, if you’re searching for a gluten-free side dish to this recipe.


Is this recipe vegan?

No. These peanut butter noodles contain egg noodles, but you can easily swop and use rice noodles, so you won’t miss out on trying this delicious dish!

Where do peanut noodles originate?

Some people say spicy peanut butter noodles are inspired by a Chinese dish (dan dan noodles). It is thought that combining pasta with a fiery peanut butter noodles sauce was crafted in a Chinese American kitchen in the US.
However, peanut sauce has been around for a long time, with many Indonesian and Thai recipes calling for it. It originated in Indonesia as a sauce for skewered meats, aka satay sauce.

It has since been adopted by many cultures and used in Asian and Asian-inspired recipes, like this Peanut Butter Chicken Satay Curry recipe.

How can I make this recipe healthier?

You can make the recipe healthier by adding a source of protein to the dish. When you add protein, it makes the recipe more filling, so you won’t be tempted to eat multiple servings of the noodles in one sitting. Try making Garlic Butter Chicken or another protein-rich side with it.
You can also add extra veg into the peanut butter noodles to boost the nutrients. I’ve found that mixed peppers, snow peas, and carrots all work well in this recipe.

Noodles in a bowl with spring onion topping and chop sticks lifting some noodles from the bowl.


Can I freeze peanut butter noodles?
The answer is sort of. You can freeze the sauce separately, but cooked noodles don’t reheat well, as they turn out soggy once reheated.

Can I reheat this recipe?
As mentioned above, the noodles don’t freeze well. If you freeze the sauce separately, you can cook a fresh batch of noodles to serve along with the sauce. Ensure you freeze the sauce in small batches so it’s easy to defrost and reheat later.

Then, sprinkle freshly chopped green onion on top for a slight crunch. I like to create larger batches of the sauce, as you can keep it in the freezer for up to six months.

If you tried this  Spicy Peanut Butter Noodles recipe, it would be mean so much to me if you could leave a review & a star rating to let me know how you found it! I love hearing about your experiences – it motivates me to keep creating more and more recipes for you guys 💛 Let’s get cooking! – Mimi x

10 Minute Spicy Peanut Butter Noodles

5 from 7 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4
Don't knock spicy peanut butter noodles until you try them! They're uber-flavourful and creamy, making them an excellent comfort meal.


  • 4 tbsp peanut butter (£1.12/5)=£0.22)
  • 250 g egg noodles (£0.75)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced (or garlic powder) (£0.39)
  • 4 spring onions, thinly sliced (£0.50)

Cupboard Essentials

  • 1 tbsp Sriracha (£1.98)
  • tbsp tbsp rice vinegar
  • 200 ml hot water
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce or Sweet Soy Sauce if you have
  • Optional chilli flakes


  • Cook the noodles according to packet instructions, setting your timer to the packet time minus 1 minute.
  • Meanwhile, combine peanut butter, minced garlic, sriracha, rice vinegar, soy sauce and hot water in a large mixing bowl.
  • Drain the noodles and reserve a mug of the starchy water. Combine the noodles with the peanut butter and continue to cook on a low heat until the sauce thickens and the noodles cook completely. Loosen with the reserved water as necessary.
  • Serve with sliced spring onions and optional chilli flakes.


  • Use thin or medium-sized noodles, such as egg noodles, vermicelli, rice noodles, soba noodles or spaghetti.
  • Make the sauce ahead of time and cook the noodles the day you want to eat. Add more Sriracha sauce if you prefer it spicier.
  • Add toppings such as peanuts, coriander, and chili flakes along with the sliced spring onions.


Servings: 4 servings
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