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 mi-ins: 
– Sriracha hot sauce (an absolute MUST for me!)
– Salt light soy sauce, or fish sauce to taste
– 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 sauté 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


32 thoughts on “Extra (Ap)petite: Quick Asian Peanut Sauce Noodles Recipe

  • Reply Dressed With Soul June 30, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    Looks really quick! And yummy 🙂
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  • Reply Charmaine Ng | Architecture and Lifestyle Blog June 30, 2017 at 12:58 pm

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

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • Reply Briana Nicole June 30, 2017 at 1:18 pm

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


  • Reply Ewa Macherowska June 30, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    Looks great! 🙂


  • Reply Erin Boyer June 30, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    What type of noodles do you recommend?

  • Reply Erin Boyer June 30, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    What type of noodles do you recommend?

  • Reply Rachel Beeton June 30, 2017 at 1:49 pm

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

  • Reply Karina Jacques June 30, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    Looks amazing, definitely gonna try it!
    xo. Kari


  • Reply Anonymous June 30, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    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

  • Reply The Pink Pineapple June 30, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    Delicious recipe,I gonna try it
    The pink pineapple
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  • Reply Samantha Yuen June 30, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    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.

  • Reply Megan @ Lush to Blush June 30, 2017 at 4:32 pm

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

  • Reply Sincerely Ophelia July 1, 2017 at 1:51 am

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

    XOXO //
    SINCERELY OPHELIA | NYC Petite Fashion Blogger

  • Reply Kritsida July 1, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    This looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe!
    Be sure to check out my latest blog post!
    x. kritsida

  • Reply Mizeats July 1, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    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!

  • Reply The Pink Pineapple July 1, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    Great post, thanks for sharing
    The Pink Pineapple
    New post:http://thepinkpineappleblog.blogspot.com/

  • Reply Kim July 2, 2017 at 12:42 am

    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!

  • Reply Michael @ Mile in My Glasses July 2, 2017 at 1:58 pm

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

    I hope you've had a great weekend,

  • Reply Heather A. July 2, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    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!


  • Reply Peppermint Dolly July 3, 2017 at 6:24 am

    Looks and sounds delicious!


  • Reply Jean July 3, 2017 at 11:18 am

    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!

  • Reply Jean July 3, 2017 at 11:19 am

    Hi Rachel – yes, I love this cuff because it bends!

  • Reply Pamela Gonzalez July 3, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    This looks SO good♥
    Thanks for sharing xx


  • Reply Angie July 4, 2017 at 2:27 am

    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.

  • Reply Linna July 4, 2017 at 10:45 am

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

  • Reply Valeri July 5, 2017 at 11:32 am

    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.

  • Reply Jean July 5, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    Interesting! I love tahini so that sounds delicious!

  • Reply Jean July 5, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    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!

  • Reply Jean July 5, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    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? : )

  • Reply Jean July 5, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    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.

  • Reply Jean July 5, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    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!

  • Reply Anonymous July 17, 2017 at 10:33 am

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

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