Spicy Thai Peanut Noodles

Spicy Thai Peanut Noodles

Do you ever get one of those cravings where nothing, and I mean nothing, will do except for a huge bowl full of noodles?

Carbs, man. Bring ‘em on.

When I have one of those days, I usually cheat and just do some fun shape of pasta, a little butter, a lot of garlic, and a bit of Parmesan. It’s easy, it’s quick, and my kids will eat it.

Spicy Thai Peanut Noodles

Sometimes I live it up, though. I make Thai noodles. Spicy, full of cilantro (you can totally substitute Thai basil or even regular basil), with a nick kick. My favorite part is the crunchy peanuts. The texture of the noodles with the peanuts is just perfection.

My tween loves these noodles, but he loves big flavors just like his mama. My daughter gives me her patented death look, drags her stool to the counter, and proceeds to make a peanut butter jelly.

spicy thai peanut noodles

Give this a try. It’s good both hot and cold, though I do prefer it served hot. And, take it easy on the red pepper if you don’t love heat. You can always squirt on some sriracha if things aren’t spicy enough for you.

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Spicy Thai Peanut Noodles

Ingredients:

12 ounces spaghetti or linguini
1 to 2 tablespoons red pepper flakes (1 is pretty mild, but 2 is too much for my kids)
1/2 cup sesame oil
1/4 cup peanut butter, optional
3 tablespoons honey
6 tablespoons soy sauce
green onions, cilantro, and chopped peanuts, for topping

Directions:

Cook noodles according to package directions.

While noodles are cooking, heat the sesame oil and red pepper flakes over medium heat for 3-5 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh strainer, discarding the pepper flakes and saving the oil. Stir the peanut butter into the hot oil until melted and combined.

Mix the honey and soy sauce into the oil until well combined.

Drain the noodles when finished cooking and toss with the sauce.

Top with cilantro, green onions, and plenty of chopped peanuts before serving.

adapted from A Small Snippet

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26 Responses to “Spicy Thai Peanut Noodles”

  1. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel December 4, 2012 @ 10:49 am (#
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    Bring. On. The. Carbs. Forserious, there’s never ever enough. Also, extra cilantro. I friggin’ love the stuff.

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  2. Rachel Cooks December 4, 2012 @ 11:13 am (#
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    Wish I was eating this for lunch! Love everything about it!

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  3. Averie @ Averie Cooks December 4, 2012 @ 11:20 am (#
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    Love spicy thai food and anything with peanut or peanut sauce rocks!

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  4. Cassie | Bake Your Day December 4, 2012 @ 4:33 pm (#
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    Mmmm. This is definitely my kind of meal.

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  5. vanillasugarblog December 4, 2012 @ 5:58 pm (#
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    spicy thai anything and i can eat it everynight
    that and sushi
    so good!!

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  6. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts December 4, 2012 @ 7:57 pm (#
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    Yum! Love anything with Thai flavors, and these noodles are perfect!

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  7. Joanne December 4, 2012 @ 8:14 pm (#
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    There’s a VERY strong possibility the.boy. and I will be having this for dinner tomorrow night. Just seeing it made one of those unstoppable cravings hit!

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  8. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes December 4, 2012 @ 8:19 pm (#
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    I love Thai ANYTHING! Looks so delicious!

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  9. Jan December 4, 2012 @ 11:48 pm (#
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    Yum! Something quick and easy to make and it’s going to be sooo good!

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  10. Rhona @ Mrs Ellwood's Simple Life December 5, 2012 @ 7:04 am (#
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    Oh my goodness I get those cravings all the time! Usually accompanied by a feeling of “I just want to curl up and not be disturbed”, which means minimal cooking too- noodles are perfect for that! I actually just blogged about that exact feeling the other week!

    I’m so excited to try this recipe as a sub for my usual noodle dish; I love thai flavours! Thank you!

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  11. shelly (cookies and cups) December 5, 2012 @ 7:26 am (#
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    I LOVE these kinds of noodles. LOVE. And neither of my kids will eat them, which is fine with me. Kids.

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  12. Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings December 5, 2012 @ 8:24 am (#
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    yum!!! thanks for sharing!

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  13. Elizabeth @Food Ramblings December 5, 2012 @ 9:56 pm (#
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    BEAUTIFUL new look!

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  14. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar December 6, 2012 @ 5:27 am (#
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    I absolutely love the new design!! Awesome look!!

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  15. Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen December 7, 2012 @ 12:43 am (#
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    Whenever we get Chinese, I always get the noodles, so I’d be all over these!

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  16. Kelly Senyei (Just a Taste) December 7, 2012 @ 10:04 am (#
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    This is right up my alley! I LOVE a good peanut noodle dish, and I can practically taste this one through my screen!

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  17. Joy @ Baking-Joy December 9, 2012 @ 11:47 am (#
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    These sound delicious! Any recipe (sweet or savoury) with peanut butter in is a winner for me :-)

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  18. Michelle @ Taste As You Go January 3, 2013 @ 12:24 pm (#
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    We are alike in so many ways! Not only do I make simple meals of pasta, butter, garlic, and Parmesan (it’s comfort food to me), but I also like to eat spicy peanut noodles. This recipe looks so simple to make that I’m definitely going to pin it to Pinterest for cooking inspiration!

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  19. Ronja @ a dash of faith January 4, 2013 @ 7:50 am (#
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    I love Thai food and anything with cilantro, and these spicy, peanut buttery noodles sound absolutely delicious!

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  20. Megan @ The Pink Flour January 18, 2013 @ 11:52 am (#
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    I hadn’t had Thai food for awhile until last week and now your recipe makes me crave it again! May have to try this this weekend :)

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  21. Ruthie January 18, 2013 @ 9:35 pm (#
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    oh my goodness… this looks amazing! I hope you’ll come and share it at my link party tomo! http://www.whatscookingwithruthie.com xoxo~Ruthie

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  22. Jana March 8, 2013 @ 2:44 pm (#
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    I made this last night and it was delicious! I’ve tried several peanut noodle recipes and this one blows them all away. My husband kept saying how great it was. One thing, it’s very spicy. Too much for me but perfect for my husband. I even cut the red pepper flakes in half. I’ll cut back even more next time and he can use sriracha sauce at the table.

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  23. msr June 27, 2013 @ 5:41 pm (#
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    6 TBS soysauce was way too much.

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  24. Randi Warick December 6, 2013 @ 8:44 pm (#
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    This recipe is fantastic and a new family favorite! I use srirachi sauce versus red pepper flakes, and sometimes add chicken!

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  25. claire @ the realistic nutritionist December 10, 2013 @ 5:50 pm (#
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    This is probably my FAVORITE RECIPE EVER.

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