Extra (Ap)petite: Quick Asian Peanut Sauce Noodles Recipe

asian peanut butter sauce noodles zoodles easy summer recipe

While transitioning our wardrobes to beat the heat of summer, Nick and I have also been switching out our hearty, cold-weather meals for fresh, vibrant dishes that are perfect for the season. We often browse our neighborhood farmers market, and look for quick recipes that allow us to toss so much of that local produce into one nutritious meal!
asian peanut butter noodles easy summer recipe
We’re both love the flavorful peanut dipping sauce that comes with Vietnamese spring rolls or chicken satay skewers - it’s the perfect combination of creaminess with sweet and savory. Using just a handful of ingredients, you can recreate a simplified version of the sauce at home in no time. And by thinning it out a bit, it becomes a great sauce on noodles, and can double as a dressing for Asian-inspired salads.

asian peanut butter noodle sauce ingredients
This dish is also easy to adjust based on your diet (i.e. great with zucchini noodles if you want to go light on the carbs). We used Chinese egg noodles here, but any flat pasta like fettuccine should also be good for soaking up the sauce. We've also made this with chicken thighs, or ground chicken or turkey. Everything can be prepared in advance, and served later at room temperature!
peanut butter hoisin sauce noodles ingredients
our go-to brands of peanut butter & hoisin sauce

Quick Asian Peanut Sauce Noodles
Serves approx. 2, with leftovers

Sauce Ingredients:
- 1/3 cup unsalted peanut butter, either smooth or crunchy
- 1/4 cup hoisin sauce**
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 2/3 cup hot water

Optional sauce add-ins: 
- Salt light soy sauce, or fish sauce to taste
- Sriracha hot sauce (a must for me!)
- Grated ginger
- Minced garlic
- Sesame oil

**If you can't find hoisin sauce (a dark, thicker, sweet and salty Chinese condiment) at your grocery store, try the same amount of peanut butter mixed with 3 tablespoons light / low-sodium soy sauce, 2.5 tablespoons honey, 2 tablespoons lime juice, and 6 tablespoons water stirred in a few spoonfulls at a time.

Other Ingredients: 
- 8oz or about half a package of noodles
- cooked protein of your choice
- cut-up veggies of your choice
- Chopped scallion and cilantro for garnish
- Roughly-chopped roasted peanuts for garnish

Step 1: Cook the noodles per the package instructions until al dente. Drain then rinse the cooked noodles with cold water so they don’t stick, and can be served at room temperature later on.

thai peanut butter noodle sauce recipe

Step 2: While waiting for your noodle water to boil, make the sauce. Combine the peanut butter, hoisin sauce, lime juice, and any other optional sauce mix-ins in a small bowl. Add in hot water from the noodle pot gradually, while stirring. You may need more or less than the listed 2/3 cup of hot water based on the type of peanut butter used, so keep an eye on the consistency as you incorporate the water. Add a pinch of salt or dash of light soy sauce to taste, if desired.

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Step 3: Lightly saut√© the vegetables in olive oil, not so much that they lose their vibrant color. Add in the cooled noodles, cooked protein, and peanut sauce, tossing until everything is evenly coated. Garnish with cilantro, scallions and toasted peanuts when serving.

thai peanut noodles sauce recipe

I hope you guys have a wonderful 4th of July long weekend! Let me know if you make some variation of this sauce & noodle dish at home, and if so, what you do differently!

easy summer recipe peanut butter sauce noodles

PS - This embroidered Charter Club dress (also in navy) borrowed from Mom is easy and breezy for hot summer days, but FYI sizing only starts in xsp so it is straighter cut and a roomier fit on someone my size. The ribbed knit material is unlined and stretches to fit. Measurements in XSP: 31.5" total length, 16" across armpits, 15"across waist.

quick peanut butter sauce asian noodles easy summer recipe


  1. Looks really quick! And yummy :)
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  2. Peanut sauce on noodles is my absolute favourite. Maybe it's because I'm Asian, haha! Your dish looks delicious, my mouth is watering :D

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  3. That looks so fresh and tasty! I love peanut sauce!


  4. Looks great! :)


  5. What type of noodles do you recommend?

  6. What type of noodles do you recommend?

    1. In this post, it says she used chinese egg noodles, but you can sub out zucchini noodles, looks like rice noodles would be a good option too

    2. Hi Erin! As ^ above mentioned, I like Chinese egg noodles from the Asian market but if that's not accessible to you, I think fettuccini or similar flat noodles will do!

  7. Looks yummy. I love your cuff bracelet. Does it bend at all? I have a tiny, tiny wrist.

    1. Hi Rachel - yes, I love this cuff because it bends!

  8. Looks amazing, definitely gonna try it!
    xo. Kari


  9. Delicious recipe,I gonna try it
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  10. I've been making a similar dish with tahini instead of peanut butter. Still tastes very nutty and refreshing. Can't wait to try it with shrimp like your version.

    1. Interesting! I love tahini so that sounds delicious!

  11. This sounds SO yummy! I love your dress too <3

  12. This looks so delicious. And your cooking outfit is too cute <3

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    SINCERELY OPHELIA | NYC Petite Fashion Blogger

  13. This looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe!
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    x. kritsida

  14. Yum yum yum! This recipe is perfect, Jean! Thanks for posting it! It looks delicious and doesn't take long to prepare! Love recipes with a peanut butter taste! I'll definitely try it out! Love the "extra appetite"...very clever! Loving your cute outfit as well!

  15. Great post, thanks for sharing
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  16. I might have to try making this. Usually I pass on asian recipes featured online but I trust this is as good as it looks. Never seen peanut sauce on noodles, but seems like a good idea. Love making summer rolls and it's pretty validating to learn you make peanut sauce very similar to me because I just guessed at it and ended up at 50-50 hoisin-peanut butter by taste. I like it thick with the chunky peanut butter, but will try adding lime juice next time! Thanks for this post!

    1. Hi Kim - yes, hoisin and peanut butter is a magic combo ; ) You really can't go wrong with some sort of ratio of those two. I agree with you on the chunky peanut butter - love the added crunch and texture!

  17. Wow, that looks amazing Jean! I always love your photos - they're so wonderful!

    I hope you've had a great weekend,

  18. I bought the dress in Navy, love it! Also bought a very petite friendly dress for work from the same brand (2P fit well, and I'm typically an XXS). Thank you!


    1. Happy to hear the dress worked for you! Thanks for sharing your recommendation. Did you see their lemon print dress, too, in that same cut? : )

  19. Looks and sounds delicious!


  20. This looks SO good♥
    Thanks for sharing xx


  21. Thanks for sharing, looks yummy & easy. I love trying different Asian noodle dishes . How do you season your chicken to keep the Asian flavor

    I usually make a nuoc cham sauce a friend taught me with:

    lime juice
    Fish sauce
    Thai chilis
    And a little water

    I love noodles! I crave them all the time.

    1. Hi Angie, I love nuoc cham sauce! It's hard to go wrong with some combo of those aromatics you mentioned. For chicken, I usually just go simple with salt since it'll be covered in the peanut butter sauce. If it's ground chicken or turkey and I'm sauteeing it, I'll add in some garlic, soy, fish sauce and sugar.

  22. This looks delicious! I will definitely try this recipe. P.S.Love your shift dress, it's perfect for summer!

  23. Hi Jean. I made the dish you showcased in this blog and it was very flavorful and a beautiful meal to put on the table. I grilled the shrimp and was really happy with the dish. Thanks for the share. I also made the Crusty Bread you talked about awhile ago. It is now my go-to bread.

    1. So glad to hear that, Valeri! Yum, great idea - I'll have to do the same next time and grill the shrimp for some added char. And I'm craving the crusty bread now that you mentioned it!

  24. You snapchatted this sauce maybe a year ago and I tried it and loved it! Thanks for sharing the recipe!