Quick & Easy Rice Noodles with Spicy Peanut Sauce

April 29, 2022

If you’re looking for a healthy, delicious recipe that takes less than 10 minutes to throw together, yet still tastes like takeout, then friends, this recipe is for you! My Quick & Easy Rice Noodles with Spicy Peanut Sauce comes together quicker than you could order a meal from Doordash! Plus, this recipe is vegan, gluten-free, and rich with delicious Asian-inspired flavors. This recipe truly can’t be beat!

A large bowl of the quick & easy rice noodles with spicy peanut sauce, topped with lime wedges and surrounded by smaller bowls with the other ingredients

Even as a recipe developer, I still have my days where I don’t want to spend more than 10-15 minutes TOPS cooking. I know, it’s hard to believe, right? But when you spend all day cooking for work, sometimes, the last thing you want to do is cook yet another meal at the end of the day. That’s where this recipe comes in to save the day.

No matter what it is that you do for a living, I guarantee we’ve all had those moments of coming home at the end of the day, looking in our fridge, and feeling that sense of existential dread as you think about what to make for dinner. Back in my lawyer days, this was the norm for me, and often led to too much takeout food, which was a costly and inconvenient habit. Needless to say, this is, and was, wholly unsustainable.

That’s why I’m so excited to bring you a recipe that comes together faster than you can order takeout. As mentioned earlier, this recipe takes only about 10 minutes, and, not to mention, the sauce can be prepared ahead of time, which means this recipe can come together in as little as five minutes. No excuses – anyone can make this recipe!

What You Need to Make These 10 Minute Noodles

This recipe comes together in two parts: first, with the sauce, and second, with the noodles. It’s so simple and easy!

  • Peanut Butter: Of course, you need peanut butter in order to make peanut sauce! I recommend using a creamy peanut butter here, so that it all blends smoothly and you get a nice, even sauce.
  • Sesame Oil: Sesame oil adds a rich flavor that is truly unparalleled! Don’t skip this!
  • Soy Sauce or Coconut Aminos: You can use traditional soy sauce in this recipe, or, to keep it gluten-free, you can use coconut aminos. Both work well in this recipe!
  • Maple Syrup or Honey: Just like with the soy sauce, you can pick which sweetener you want to use in this sauce! Both maple syrup and honey work great here, just be sure to only pick one!
  • Garlic: I will always recommend using fresh garlic here! It adds the best flavor, in ways that garlic powder can’t.
  • Sriracha: Sriracha is one of my favorite hot sauces, because it adds a little bit of spice (and a whole lot of flavor) without being overpowering.
  • Lime Juice: A squeeze of fresh lime juice adds the perfect amount of acidity to help balance out this sauce!
  • Rice Noodles: Of course, you also need rice noodles to make this recipe. You can find pre-packaged rice noodles at most major grocery stores!
  • Sesame Seeds: These are optional, but I love adding sesame seeds as a garnish to this dish for an extra added crunch. Plus, sesame seeds are high in antioxidants!
  • Green Onions & Mint: To add some vibrancy, color, and a fresh element to this dish, I highly recommend garnishing it with some fresh green onions and mint leaves.
  • Crushed Roasted and Salted Peanuts: And if you really want to take this dish to the next level, I highly recommend garnishing it with some crushed roasted and salted peanuts. Trust me when I say that it adds the perfect touch!
A large plate of the quick and easy rice noodles with spicy peanut sauce. Smaller bowls of crushed peanuts sit to the side of the bowl.

How to Make this Quick, Easy, & Healthy Noodle Dish

As mentioned above, there are two main parts to this recipe: making the sauce and making the noodles.

To make the sauce, add all of the sauce ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.

Then, bring a pot of water to a boil on the stove, and once it’s at a rolling boil, add in your rice noodles. Cook according to the directions on the package, then drain the water from them.

Toss your sauce into the pot with the noodles and mix until the noodles are fully coated in the sauce.

Plate, and garnish with sesame seeds, fresh mint leaves, green onions, and chopped peanuts, if desired. Serve immediately, and enjoy! Store any leftovers in the fridge for up to three days.

If you make this recipe, please be sure to leave a review and rating below! And, since I practically live on Instagram, be sure to tag me in your creations so that I can repost them! x

** Photography by Gayle McLeod
A large bowl of the quick & easy rice noodles with spicy peanut sauce, topped with lime wedges and surrounded by smaller bowls with the other ingredients
Dairy Free/gluten-free/Refined Sugar Free/Vegan

Quick & Easy Rice Noodles with Spicy Peanut Sauce

5 from 1 vote
Nicole Modic
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
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If you're looking for a healthy, delicious recipe that takes less than 10 minutes to throw together, yet still tastes like takeout, then friends, this recipe is for you! My Quick & Easy Rice Noodles with Spicy Peanut Sauce comes together quicker than you could order a meal from Doordash! Plus, this recipe is vegan, gluten-free, and rich with delicious Asian-inspired flavors. This recipe truly can't be beat!

Ingredients

For the Sauce:

  • 1/2 Cup Peanut Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Sesame Oil
  • 3 Tablespoons Soy Sauce or Coconut Aminos
  • 1 Tablespoon Maple Syrup or Honey
  • 3 Cloves Garlic
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Sriracha
  • 1 Lime juiced
  • 1/4 Cup Water

For the Noodles:

  • 14 oz Rice Noodles or equivalent package

For the Garnishes:

  • Sesame Seeds
  • Fresh Mint Leaves torn
  • Green Onions chopped
  • Roasted & Salted Peanuts crushed

Instructions

  • Start by preparing the sauce; add all of your sauce ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Next, bring a pot of water to a boil on the stove and cook your rice noodles according to the package.
  • Once your rice noodles are done, drain the water from them.
  • Then, add the peanut sauce into the pot with the noodles and stir until the noodles are fully coated in the sauce.
  • Plate your noodles and add your garnishes, if desired.
  • Serve immediately, and enjoy! Store any leftovers in the fridge for up to three days. Enjoy!

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  1. 5 stars
    I made this quick and easy plant-based dish for lunch and it was yummy! I did not have rice noodles, so I used buckwheat soba noodles instead which worked great. I also did not use mint. I added chili onion crunch to my toppings and sautéed white onion, carrot ribbons, and green beans mixed into the noodles and sauce for some added veggies. This would be good with protein added, like crispy tofu as an example.

    • Woohoo! Steph, I am so happy that you made this recipe and thrilled that you found a variation that works for you! Thank you so much for leaving such a sweet review!