These vegan peanut butter noodles are ready in only 15 minutes and use the MOST delicious peanut sauce! They're ideal as a quick and easy dinner or meal prep for the week.
The best part of this recipe is the peanut sauce: it's thick, flavorful, and uses a peanut butter base. If you love peanut butter then you'll love this recipe!
The flavors and ingredients of this recipe are simple and Thai-inspired. Most of the ingredient are pantry staples or are easy to find in the grocery store (see below for ingredient notes & substitutions).
The full recipe is at the bottom of this page, but here's a quick overview of what you'll need:
- Udon noodles: if you can't find udon noodles, you can substitute soba, lo mein, spaghetti or fettuccini
- Soy sauce: substitute coconut aminos or tamari sauce to make this recipe gluten-free
- Smooth peanut butter: peanut butter is the most important ingredient in the sauce of these noodles. Use your favorite creamy (not crunchy) option.
- Sesame oil: this gives the noodles extra flavor; it can be found in the grocery aisle with other oils (like olive oil, canola, etc.)
- Rice vinegar: adds acidity to this dish. You can substitute apple cider vinegar but the flavor will be slightly different.
- Sriracha: this is optional to add spice. I usually add ½ teaspoon (or more — up to a tablespoon if I'm craving spice).
Step 1: Cook the Noodles. In a large pot, cook the noodles according to package instructions.
Step 2: Make the Peanut Sauce. While the noodles cook, stir together the ingredients for the sauce in a small bowl: garlic, soy sauce, peanut butter, sesame oil, rice vinegar, ginger, and Sriracha (optional, for spice). Stir (or whisk) the sauce until the peanut butter is completely dissolved and the sauce is smooth, not grainy.
Step 3: Mix the Noodles & Sauce. Once the noodles are cooked, drain and add them to a large bowl. Pour the sauce on top of the hot noodles. Use tongs (or two forks) to toss the noodles with the sauce.
Step 4: Serve & Enjoy! Serve warm, optionally topped with chopped green onions, peanuts, and sesame seeds.
How to Serve
This recipe can be served warm or cold, optionally topped with chopped green onions, peanuts and sesame seeds. It's also tasty as meal prep (the leftovers are delicious)!
Udon noodles are best for this recipe but you can use any similar variety: lo mein, soba, spaghetti or fettuccini all work well.
When you stir together the ingredients for the sauce, be sure to stir until the peanut butter is completely dissolved and not lumpy or grainy. Stir until the sauce is smooth and creamy.
To prevent your noodles from clumping together, pour the peanut sauce on them as soon as they are strained (and while they are still hot).