How To Make Spicy Noodles {Peanut Chili Sauce Pasta}

These spicy noodles are everything your family (or just you!) is craving when it comes to flavor and diversity of taste. Whether you make them one day a month, or one day a week, everyone will be happy when they appear on the table.

What type of noodles should I use?

The great part of spicy noodles is really that you can use any type or brand of noodles you’d like. In general, the only thing you want to keep in mind is that the more sauce you put on the noodles the heavier they will be.

So if you like really saucy noodles, you’ll want to choose a pasta that is sturdier. So I’m this instance, thin rice noodles probably won’t be the best bet. 

If you want to dive deep into the best type of noodles for every sauce, check out: How To Correctly Pair Pasta Shapes With Sauces.

Below are a few types of noodles I’ve made this recipe with:

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How do you spice up noodles?

When making these noodles, it’s all about how much chili sauce or chili oil (if you go in that direction) that you use. 

When I initially made these I used 1 tsp of chili sauce and then added another full tsp of chili sauce at the end. All I can say is that they came out way too spicy for me and my family. 

So the next time I made them, I left out the extra teaspoon and everyone around the table was much happier with the results. Phew!

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Ingredients for Spicy Noodles

  • 1 package of your noodle of choice
  • 1 tbsp fresh grated ginger
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 full shallot, minced
  • Whites of 8 scallions sliced (about a ¼ of a cup)
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp peanut oil
  • 1 teaspoon chili sauce
  • ¼ cup peanut butter 
  • ⅛ cup soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp room temperature water
  • 2 tsp brown sugar or Turbinado sugar (also known as sugar in the raw)
  • Cilantro (optional)
  • Sesame seeds (optional)

Are spicy noodles healthy?

Of course they are! But as I like to say, no food is unhealthy. It’s all about balance and variety. I love these noodles because they are vegetarian and vegan and can easily be made gluten-free if you have dietary restrictions. 

Actually, they are also dairy free! But if you’re still concerned, let’s break down the nutritional information for you. 

One serving of this spicy dish has:

Calories: 573

Fat: 5.1 grams

Sodium: 1030 mg

Carbohydrates: 115.7 grams

  • Fiber: 5.6 grams
  • Sugar: 6.7 grams

Protein: 20 grams

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Toppings for Spicy Noodles 

Have you ever had a noodle dish, or any dish really, that is extremely versatile. So much that you find yourself making it every week, tweaking it slightly, but never getting bored? 

These noodles are one of those meals for my family. With that said, this dish is as versatile as whatever you can find in your pantry or fridge. Here are a few additional toppings to add to your spicy noodles. All depending on your mood! 

Today you might want to make these noodles so they come out more like spicy sriracha noodles. Tomorrow you might want to up the ginger and scallion flavors to create more of a ginger scallion noodles dish. 

Optional noodle toppings: 

  • Green onion
  • Red pepper flakes/red pepper flakes
  • Fried egg
  • Black sesame seeds
  • Sesame seeds
  • Crushed honey roasted peanuts
  • Nori flakes
  • A drizzle of hot chili oil or sesame oil
  • Panko crumbs

What else can I add to these noodles?

On your way to the grocery store? Have leftovers  of this dish you want to elevate for day 2? Here are the best things to add when making this recipe (or throw in later!)

  • Chicken
  • Shrimp
  • Beef
  • Pork
  • Tofu
  • Extra vegetables (think bean sprouts, pea shoots, bok choy, carrots, etc.)
  • Any extra protein you might have in your home!

Instructions for Spicy Noodles

In a  large pot of water, cook the noodles. Regardless of brands, follow the instructions but cook them al dente. Drain noodles and rinse quickly. Set aside. 

To make the savory sauce:

  1. Prep your ingredients: Grate your ginger, slice your scallions, and mince garlic and shallot.
  2. In a small bowl,  combine your fish sauce and chili sauce and whisk. Set aside for later.
  3. In another bowl combine your peanut butter and soy sauce, again, set aside. 
  4. On low heat and in a non-stick skillet or pan, sauté garlic and shallot in 1 tbsp peanut oil on low heat for 5-7 minutes. Add a pinch of salt.
  5. Add green onions and ginger and cook for 8 more minutes. When the mixture is really starting to cook down, add your sugar slowly. Remember, low heat is your friend here. You’re almost creating a paste and caramelizing the mixture. This is why sugar is so important. 
  6. When your mixture of scallions, shallot, garlic, and sugar is looking more like a paste, slowly add your fish sauce/chili sauce and mix. 
  7. In a large mixing bowl mix the noodles, caramelized paste peanut butter/soy sauce.
  8. Sprinkle with your garnish of choice and enjoy!
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How To Make Spicy Noodles {Peanut Chili Sauce Pasta}

With ginger, garlic and peanut butter, these spicy noodles are everything you crave.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: pasta, peanut chili sauce, spicy noodles, summer
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 573kcal
Author: Daily DIY Life

Ingredients

  • 1 package of your noodle of choice
  • 1 tbsp grated ginger
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 full shallot minced
  • Whites of 8 scallions sliced about a ¼ of a cup
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp peanut oil
  • 1 teaspoon chili sauce
  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • cup soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp room temperature water
  • 2 tsp brown sugar or Turbinado sugar
  • Cilantro optional
  • Sesame seeds optional

Instructions

  • In a large pot of water, cook the noodles. Regardless of brands, follow the instructions but cook them al dente. Drain noodles and rinse quickly. Set aside.
  • To make the savory sauce:
  • Prep your ingredients: Grate your ginger, slice your scallions, and mince garlic and shallot.
  • In a small bowl, combine your fish sauce and chili sauce and whisk. Set aside for later.
  • In another bowl combine your peanut butter and soy sauce, again, set aside.
  • On low heat and in a non-stick skillet or pan, sauté garlic and shallot in 1 tbsp peanut oil on low heat for 5-7 minutes. Add a pinch of salt.
  • Add green onions and ginger and cook for 8 more minutes. When the mixture is really starting to cook down, add your sugar slowly. Remember, low heat is your friend here. You're almost creating a paste and caramelizing the mixture. This is why sugar is so important.
  • When your mixture of scallions, shallot, garlic, and sugar is looking more like a paste, slowly add your fish sauce/chili sauce and mix.
  • In a large mixing bowl mix the noodles, caramelized paste peanut butter/soy sauce.
  • Sprinkle with your garnish of choice and enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 2g | Calories: 573kcal | Carbohydrates: 115.7g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 5.1g | Sodium: 1030mg | Sugar: 6.7g

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