Are you tired of your regular noodle recipe and looking for some inspiration? Then here comes vegan spicy peanut noodles that are a game-changer. The dish combines peanut butter with spicy, tangy sauces to deliver the perfect kick to your palate.
What’s more, this healthy and satisfying one-pot meal is much quicker than take out as it takes not more than 20 minutes, from start to finish.
On my last trip to Singapore, I ate at a famous food court in Singapore. The food court had so many mind-boggling variations of noodles.
The customers could pick a bowl, select their veggies, proteins, sauce, and noodles at the stall. And then the cook prepares the dish for you instantly.
And out of all the varieties such as Vegan Stir Fry Udon Noodles, Chili Garlic Noodles with Tofu, and Vegan Pad Thai Noodles, I picked spicy peanut noodles and the result was a satisfying and delicious meal!
Since then, I have wanted to create the same flavors in my kitchen, and these spicy peanut noodles are my interpretation of the most famous Singapore street foods that taste as good as the original one.
Reasons You’ll ♡ Vegan Spicy Peanut Noodles
You’ll love everything about this dish, as it is –
- Made with a handful of ingredients
- Full of flavor
- Satisfying and delicious
- Easily customizable
- Can be adapted to suit your dietary needs, and
- It is loved by all ages, and needless to say – it’s very addictive!!
I meal prep for a week, and these spicy peanut noodles always make it into the list as noodles are one of my go-to comfort foods, especially on busy weekdays.
To boot, cause of its simplicity and taste, it keeps appearing more frequently in my menu repertoire. Trust me; this vegan spicy peanut noodles recipe is absolutely divine with its luscious nutty peanut sauce.
Ingredient list for Vegan Spicy Peanut Noodles
This ingredient list for spicy peanut noodles is relatively short, and it comes together quickly with no complicated ingredients or procedures to follow.
Spaghetti — I have used uncooked thin spaghetti for this recipe. If you don’t have spaghetti, you can use your favorite noodle.
Peanut Butter — Peanut butter is a medley of sweet, nutty, spicy, and earthy flavor notes. Though we usually associate peanut butter with sweet dishes, especially those with chocolate, it goes well with spicy and umami flavors too, which is true in our case.
Soy sauce — The addition of the soy sauce gives the noodles the much-needed umami flavor. I always prefer the low-sodium version. Oh, and if your guests are gluten intolerant, no problem! Simply swap the soy sauce with tamari.
Red Chili Sauce — With the perfect combo of sweet, spicy, and sour notes, vegan red chili sauce lends a spicy kick and depth of flavor to the dish while increasing the flavor.
Ginger and Garlic — Adding fresh ginger and garlic paste provides a savory twist while increasing the meal’s flavor along with a heavenly aroma.
Sesame Oil — The nutty and earthy flavor of sesame oil blends perfectly in this dish. If you prefer, you can roast the sesame oil to enhance the flavor.
Green Onions — The spicy, peppery flavor of the green onion goes a long way in increasing the taste of the noodles.
How to make Spicy Peanut Noodles
Boil the noodles — Boil a large pot of water. Once it is boiling, stir in the noodles. Stir them well and cook as per package instructions. Once done, drain through a colander and wash it under cold running time to stop further cooking. Shake off excess water and set it aside.
Make the Sauce — Combine all the sauce ingredients in a mixing bowl. Whisk until combined. Set aside.
Sauté the veggies — Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Add the ginger-garlic paste and sauté a for few seconds. Stir in the veggies and cook for a couple more minutes. Do not overcook the vegetables as tehy will become mushy. The vegetables are sautéed in this recipe to draw out the flavor before the sauce and the boiled noodles go in.
Finish the dish — Add the boiled noodles and prepared sauce to the skillet. Toss everything well until the noodles are well coated in sauce and heated through. Garnish your vegan spicy peanut noodles with some toasted chopped peanuts, cilantro leaves, and chopped green onions or sesame seeds for incredible flavor and the perfect crunch factor. Serve hot.
Expert tips & Variations
Customize — As the recipe is highly customizable and adaptive, you can add your choice of vegetables to increase the nutritional content, color, and crunch factor. A few excellent options for these would be steamed broccoli, grilled red pepper, or onion.
Noodles — Use any long noodles you have on hand. I have used thin spaghetti, but rice noodles, udon, or ramen would work great too. Just make sure you follow the package directions closely for preparing these different noodles.
Protein — You can add crispy stir-fried tofu, paneer, shrimp, or even grilled chicken to up the protein percentage, making it a complete meal.
Assembling — Make the sauce first, and then cook the noodles so that the heat from the noodles and the residual moisture will allow the noodles to mix thoroughly in the sauce.
Sauce — It is better if the sauce isn’t that thick since it would be hard to toss the noodles otherwise.
Serve — You can serve the noodles warm or as a cold spicy peanut noodle.
Peanut butter — Using crunchy peanut butter would bring in texture. If you prefer a smoother one, that will work great too. Avoid sweetened ones to avoid unnecessary sugar. Almond butter and cashew butter would be fine, but the taste would be different.
Spice level — Vegan Spicy Peanut noodles are supposed to be spicy. But since you are making it yourself, adjust the spice level to your liking. Feel free to add more or less of the chili sauce that your taste buds can handle.
Homemade Peanut sauce — To make peanut butter at home, roast 1/4 cup peanuts in a pan until light brown. Remove its skin. Add toasted peanut to a blender, add 2 teaspoon oil, 2 teaspoon honey, and salt. Pulse until smooth and creamy.
The sauce is simple to throw together, and the flavors shine on their own, especially the peanut butter, which has a magical way of transforming any dish it’s added to. The red chili sauce brings out the noodles’ flavor nicely as it straddles the line between sweet and savory while hitting all the right flavor notes.
The mishmash of peanut butter, soy sauce, and chili sauce adds the perfect kick to this recipe.
The savory taste from the garlic and ginger and the sweetness from the peanut butter elevate it to the next level.
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK!
Take these Vegan spicy peanut noodles to dinner parties or potlucks, and it would satisfy many tastebuds as there is a flavor explosion in every bite. Best of all, you can tweak it up, jazz it; however, your heart desires and will taste delicious.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How can I make this noodle recipe in advance?
This is the perfect make-ahead dinner as you can assemble and slice the ingredients in advance. You can also make the sauce before and store it in the refrigerator in airtight containers. All you need to do on the day you are planning to make is to cook the noodles.
Store leftover vegan spicy noodles in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. You can reheat it in the microwave or in a skillet on the cooktop.
To reheat, transfer the noodles to a microwave bowl, splash the noodles with a little water, and warm until heated through.
Can I freeze these noodles?
I would not recommend freezing this dish as the noodles don’t thaw well and will lose their texture and end up being soft and mushy.
Calories: 446kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 663mg | Potassium: 352mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 445IU | Vitamin C: 23.8mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 2.4mg