These creamy Thai Inspired peanut noodles are a quick and delicious dinner that’s perfect for busy weeknights. Noodles are tossed in a quick peanut sauce along with our favorite veggies: carrots, bean sprouts, and cabbage. 

If your family is like mine, finding a dish everyone loves can be a challenge but everyone always agrees on this dish inspired by a favorite local Thai restaurant! You can add chicken or shrimp if you’d like!

Peanut Thai noodles in a bowl with peanuts and cilantro on top

What’s in Peanut Butter Noodles?

These peanut noodles are not an authentic Thai dish but they’re definitely inspired by a favorite peanut sauce of ours.

  • Sauce: An easy and creamy sauce made with peanut butter, a hint of heat, and lots of flavor. You can make it as spicy (or mild) as you like. Add a dash of fish sauce if you have it on hand!
  • Noodles: Rice noodles, linguine or spaghetti work well in this recipe (whole wheat noodles work too).
  • Veggies: Julienned or shredded veggies are great in this dish. Use whatever you have on hand.
  • Toppings: My favorite part! Lime juice, peanuts, cilantro, and green onions all add a big punch of flavor!

ingredients for Peanut Noodles

Tips For Making Peanut Noodles

  • Once you start cooking this recipe comes together FAST! Prep all ingredients before getting started.
  • Add leftover oven baked chicken breasts or shrimp to this recipe.
  • Peanut butter noodle sauce is too thick, just add a little pasta water or chicken broth to thin it out.
  • The sauce does thicken up a bit when it sits on the pasta, so it’s best to serve this dish right after tossing the pasta and sauce together.
  • The amount of salt you’ll ultimately need in this dish will be greatly affected by the soy sauce you use. I use low sodium soy sauce.

Peanut noodles ingredients in a pot with and without noodles

My Favorite Toppings

If you’re looking for some quick and easy toppings for these peanut noodles, try some of these:

  • meat: chicken, shrimp, beef, or pork
  • peanuts
  • cilantro
  • lime juice
  • green onions

Peanut noodles in a pot with lime wedges


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Peanut Thai noodles in a pot with peanut cilantro and lime wedges on top
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Creamy Peanut Noodles

This peanut noodle recipe is a quick and delicious dish.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 servings
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  • 8 ounces dry pasta linguine or spaghetti
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon ginger grated
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ cup carrots julienned
  • 1 ½ cups cabbage thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup bean sprouts optional
  • green onions, peanuts, and cilantro for garnish


  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha or to taste
  • 1 ½ teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes optional


  • Combine sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain well, do not rinse.
  • Meanwhile, cook ginger and garlic in vegetable oil until fragrant.
  • Add carrots and cabbage and cook 2-3 minutes or until slightly tender. Add sauce while stirring over medium heat and simmer until thickened, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Stir in noodles and bean sprouts. Garnish with crushed peanuts, cilantro and green onions (add lime wedges).
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 337.26 | Carbohydrates: 51.58g | Protein: 11.29g | Fat: 10.07g | Saturated Fat: 4.09g | Sodium: 696.17mg | Potassium: 326.45mg | Fiber: 3.59g | Sugar: 7.22g | Vitamin A: 2735.75IU | Vitamin C: 14.68mg | Calcium: 33.84mg | Iron: 1.39mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Pasta
Cuisine Asian Fusion

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    1. I haven’t tried it so I can’t say for sure Marlene, but that should work just fine! If you try it I would love to hear how it turns out!

  1. My husband and I both agreed this was our favourite new recipe in quite a while! It’s really flavourful and has the perfect kick to make things a little more interesting for me who’s typically pretty comfortable in the “mild” lane when it comes to this sort of dish. I did it with a package of flat rice noodles and it made for a really delicious pad thai sort of vibe. This is definitely going to become a frequent meal in our household!5 stars

  2. This is my all time favorite go to weeknight dinner. So simple and delicious and great to use up any veggies I have kicking around!5 stars

  3. This recipe is wonderful and is now on my list of favorites! Even my picky 13 year old son liked it. I followed the recipe exactly ezcept for the bean sprouts which my local store dies not carry.5 stars