Peanut Sesame Noodles



When I make a batch of pasta, it usually means that I will have plenty of leftovers. Which translate to having leftover dinner as soon as I get in the door after work. I love eating home cooked meals on weeknights. It is even better when they are available in no time


Peanut Sesame Noodle


  • 8 ounces whole wheat pasta (approx 1/2 of the box package), cooked according to package directions.  Once it’s cooked, drain the pasta and add about 1 tsp toasted sesame oil to keep pasta moist.


3 Tablespoons creamy peanut butter

2 Tablespoon hot water

3 Tablespoons low sodium soy sauce

1 1/2  Tablespoon toasted sesame oil

1 Tablespoon rice vinegar

1 Tablespoon chile paste

1 1/2 Tablespoon Garlic Gold (or 1-2 large cloves garlic, minced)

Add-ins:  cooked shrimp, edamame, shredded carrots, cucumbers

In a large bowl mix peanut butter, hot water, sesame oil, rice vinegar, chili paste and garlic.

Add the cooked noodles and your choice of add-ins and toss together.

Serves approx 3-4

Other add-ins that would taste great (I didn’t have any):  fresh cilantro, bell peppers, green onions, bean sprouts and toasted peanuts.


You can also add Sriracha sauce if you like your noodles to be a spicy. I highly recommend it. I added Sriracha and toasted sesame seeds to my pasta and it tasted really good and helped kick the flavor up a notch 🙂


This dish is very versatile and you can make the sauce according to taste. I’ve made it before without the peanut butter  (which makes the dish just sesame noodle) or without the shrimp and it was still tasty.

If you exclude the peanut butter, also exclude the hot water.

Have you had peanut sauce in your noodles before? Or tried sesame noodles?

I like pasta dishes that are flavorful, light and not coated with heavy sauce. I like eating from asian restaurants the cold soba sesame noodles or the peanut sesame noodles at Thai restaurants. This recipe is a crossover between the two 🙂


  1. Do you think for a peanut allergy almond butter would be a good sub?? This looks awesome!

    • Hi Jenna,

      I think using almond butter will be fine. The soy sauce and the sesame oil usually over powers the peanut butter in this recipe. If you want to try doing 1 tablespoon almond butter/1 tablespoon hot water to start with, and then you can just add to more to taste.

      I’ve made this recipe without the peanut butter and it still tasted great 🙂 but I did add cilantro on that dish to add more flavor.

      ~ Lea

  2. I LOVE peanut sauce AND sesame noodles… I want to come over and eat at YOUR house! 😀

  3. love love peanut noodles. I make a version of Rachael Ray’s hot and cold sesame noodles and they are the best! If I’m feeling like the sauce, but not the noodles I just make hot and cold vegetables. Your recipe looks beautiful. I usually add chicken to Josh’s, I will have to add shrimp next time

  4. I love peanut sauce… and have done variations of it so I can also use it on salads and such…

    I feel so cliche with my peanut butter obsession! 🙂

  5. Lea this looks delicious. I love peanut sauce on noodles!

  6. Lea, great presentation and beautiful pictures! This looks delicious. We should totally have a dinner party sometime.

    • Thanks Roxan. Awww peanut sesame noodles + green tea desserts 🙂

      I would love to have a dinner party, maybe we’ll do a SoCal blogger potluck around the holidays.

  7. I love peanut sauces – especially spicy ones.

  8. Different noodles are fun to play are different sauces.

    Your dish looks so pretty (minus those pesky icky shrimp 😉 )

    • Shanna, I see you’re not a shrimp lover eh? I’ll keep that in mind 🙂

      So when you requested some bread budding, I guess you didn’t want it with a side of shrimp? lol! eewwww.

  9. peanut butter and noodles- dont they go so wonderfully together!! i never thought about shrimp added to the mix, but why not, since i add chicken and sometimes turkey with peanut butter 😛
    looks lovely!!

  10. Ooh I love me some peanut sauce! Peanut butter goes with anything 🙂

  11. I love how you decorated the plate with cucumbers! So pretty!!! Everything looks so delicious!

  12. YUM!!!! I LOVE anything noodle-y with shrimp 🙂 I LOVE your presentation with the cucumber sticks.

  13. I love peanut and sesame sauce but I’ve never made it myself before!

    • Katherine, until I made this recipe, I didn’t make them either. But when I make this dish, I usually make a lot of pasta and sauce, then I set them aside separately. Then every night I just add pasta/sauce and whatever veggies I like eating for that day. So it’s a good base for a meal and you add whatever you want to it and change it up each time 🙂

  14. I enjoy soba noodles but have never cooked them myself! Something I need to do! This dish looks awesome!

  15. i love eating noodles it’s sorta my comfort food. this recipe sounds really appetizing and pretty darn hard to resist. thank you for sharing this. your pictures are so stunning.

  16. Annette (Defiant Vegan) says:

    I tried this Noodle recipe and it called for Peanuts or PB and it was delicious..


  17. Love your blog Lea…truly


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