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5 from 4 votes

Quick Asian Peanut Sauce Noodles

Servings: 2 with leftovers

Ingredients

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 mix-ins

  • Sriracha hot sauce an absolute MUST for me!
  • Salt light soy sauce or fish sauce to taste
  • Grated ginger
  • Minced garlic
  • Sesame oil

Other Ingredients

  • 8 oz 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

Instructions

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Notes

**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.