Spicy Thai Peanut Noodles are big on flavor, full of goodness, and can be served warm, cold, or room temperature. Easy and delicious for any weeknight dinner.
Thai Peanut Noodles with a Kick
Can I just take a moment to say I’m actually good with the sky being cloudy and cool today? It’s soooo not my nature to say something that outlandish; I’m a summer gal through and through. But we just emerged from a weeklong heat wave, with humidity nearly thick enough to steam up your eyeglasses.
I’m that girl that never turns on the air condition in the car or in the house, as I’d rather throw open the windows all the way and let the warm wind happen. (Sorry, Littles.) All summer long, I’m outdoors every second possible. Except last week.
You know the heat was no joke when I actually gave in, rolled up the windows, and turned on the A/C…
Easy Weeknight Meal
Whether it’s keeping the kids busy while they’re home all summer or it’s the hectic reorienting of fall schedules, one thing is certain: easy yet delicious dinners are appreciated.
Thai Peanut Noodles Served Cold or Room Temp
If you like having your meals prepared ahead of time, you’ll love that this Thai peanut noodle dish can be made well before you have to serve it. Because it can be served chilled or at moderate room temperature, there’s no need to worry about timing dinner just right.
Try prepping the peanut sauce even a day or two before, as it keeps well when covered and chilled until ready to serve. All of your add-in options, such as veggies and herbs, can be sliced ahead of time or the night before. Again, cover and chill until ready to serve.
Choose your spice level, pick your protein
This Asian noodle dish is full of fresh, crispy, colorful veggies. It can be made with chicken or meatless for non-meat eaters. It’s full of protein and totally satisfying. It’s gloriously easy and can be served at any temperature.
And yes, absolutely tasty and crowd-pleasing.
Spicy Thai Peanut Noodles are full of deliciousness and nutrition. Can be served warm, room temp, and cold; perfect for parties or potlucks! Easy and crowd-pleasing.
- For the Noodles:
- 16 oz dry noodles (spaghetti or linguine work well)
- 2 TB Asian toasted sesame oil (found in Asian aisles)
- 1 large red bell pepper, seeded, halved, and thinly sliced
- 1 large cucumber, peeled, seeded, and sliced into thin strips 2 inches long
- 1 cup chopped fresh green onions
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 1/2 cup salted roasted peanuts, chopped
- Toasted sesame seeds for garnish
- For the Peanut Sauce:
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 hot water
- 2 TB Asian rice vinegar
- 3 TB regular soy sauce
- 2 TB pure honey
- 2 TB Sriracha (more, if you like more heat)
- 2 TB freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 TB grated fresh ginger
- 4 cloves minced fresh garlic
- 1 TB Asian toasted sesame oil
- In a large heavy pot, cook noodles in well-salted boiling water, according to package instructions. Rinse with cold water thoroughly. Drain well. Transfer to a large bowl and sprinkle with 2 TB Asian sesame oil. Toss well and set aside.
- While pasta is cooking, prepare peanut sauce: Combine all sauce ingredients and whisk together in a bowl until fully incorporated. Set aside.
- Toss sauce with cooked/cooled noodles until well coated. Add bell pepper, cucumber, green onions, and cilantro, tossing to combine well. Can be covered and chilled or kept at room temp until ready to serve. Sprinkle with peanuts and sesame seeds when ready to serve.
Here are a few of our family’s favorite Asian noodle dishes:
- Asian Cold Sesame Noodles. Great alternative for those who can’t do nuts! Delicious and nutty, even without nuts.
- Soba Noodles with Lime Cilantro and Shrimp. Succulent, nutritious, light, and delicious! Great for warm weather.
- Jap Chae (Korean Stir Fry Noodles). Words can’t describe how mouthwatering this dish is! It’s a family, friend, and crowd favorite.
- Chicken Chow Mein (Chinese Stir Fry Noodles). Easy homestyle noodles that taste better than takeout and are way healthier.