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Spicy Peanut Noodles (Vegan)

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Updated 2020

Spicy peanut noodles AKA my go-to weeknight meal! This is something that sounds complicated, but really this recipe is incredibly easy. I make peanut noodles whenever I need a quick meal that is something different than the norm. This recipe is plant-based of course, but still carnivore-friendly.

*2020 update: This post used to be titled, “Thai Peanut Noodles”. I didn’t feel comfortable leaving that title because this isn’t a traditional Thai recipe. Also, I don’t want to come across like I’m an expert or that I reinvented a cultural dish. This blog does not support cultural appropriation. I renamed this “Spicy Peanut Noodles” because that title better describes this dish.

This recipe is umami, comforting, and just the right amount of spicy. You can adjust it to your own preferences, but please don’t skip the peanut butter or green onions. A variety of proteins and vegetables can be used for this. If you don’t have chili sauce, you can substitute sriracha or extra red pepper flakes. This recipe is straightforward, I do include a chili garlic oil. This is totally optional! See the recipe card below. If you have any questions, leave me a comment!

Spicy Peanut Noodles

Spicy noodles with peanut butter, green onions, veggies, and plant protein. My favorite way to eat noodles!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Chinese
Servings 4 Servings


  • 8 oz rice noodles or wheat noodles.
  • 1 cup broccoli cut into florets.
  • 1 carrot shredded or diced.
  • 1-2 cups plant-based protein tofu, tempeh, seitan, etc..
  • 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter.
  • 1 tbsp sambal oelek chili sauce.
  • 1 tsp minced ginger.
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar.
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil or neutral cooking oil.
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce + additional for topping.
  • Black pepper to taste.

Chili Garlic Oil (optional)

  • 1 tbsp minced garlic.
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes.
  • 1-2 tbsp grape seed oil.


  • First, make the chili garlic oil. Mince fresh garlic and place in a hot fry pan with oil and red pepper flakes. Cook until fragrant. Be mindful to not burn the garlic. Set aside the chili garlic oil for later.
  • In a large pot, boil water and cook noodles according to package instructions. Prepare vegetables and protein and sauté over medium heat, using sesame oil.
  • Stir together peanut butter, chili sauce, ginger, rice vinegar, and soy sauce. Add water if too thick. Pour sauce over cooked vegetables.
  • Drain noodles and add to the sauce mixture. Drizzle chili garlic oil over the noodles. Garnish with green onions.
  • Serve immediately!


You can add basically any vegetable.
I typically eat this with seitan.
Keyword noodles, peanuts, savory, spicy, vegan

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Let me know if you try this recipe.


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  • Reply
    Tanya Kohl
    June 23, 2018 at 12:14 am

    Looks delish👌🙂

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      June 23, 2018 at 12:22 am

      Thank you 😊

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    Florida Fruit Geek
    June 23, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    Wow! Looks super easy, and delicious. Definitely gonna try this, thanks for posting, Kaley.

    • Reply
      June 23, 2018 at 3:05 pm

      Yay! Let me know if you like it and thanks for commenting!

  • Reply
    June 24, 2018 at 2:59 am

    Looks too tasty 🙂

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    June 24, 2018 at 7:38 am

    Incredibleeee <3 I love the photographs so much, you're doing a great job!!

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    June 25, 2018 at 9:46 am

    That looks amazing! I’ve definitely been looking for new recipes – my meals had been getting quite repetitive!

    • Reply
      June 25, 2018 at 1:44 pm

      Thank you! It’s good to switch it up every once in a while.

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    With love, Caroline
    July 2, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    It looks so tasty!! I love noodles and peanut butter haha 😛

    • Reply
      July 2, 2018 at 2:03 pm

      Thank you and me too haha 😂

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    July 5, 2018 at 10:19 pm

    It looks so yummy! Thanks for the recent visit to my page.

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    Creative Sumi
    August 2, 2018 at 1:46 am

    Nice recipe…👍👍

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      August 2, 2018 at 1:47 am

      Thank you!

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    August 11, 2018 at 11:15 pm

    Looks really good!

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      August 11, 2018 at 11:28 pm

      Thank you

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