Cold Sesame Peanut Noodles

This Cold Sesame Peanut Noodles recipe is made with the most irresistible peanut sauce recipe, and it’s easy to customize with your favorite noodles and veggies (plus optional chicken, beef, shrimp or tofu, if you’d like).

Cold Sesame Peanut Noodles, made with the BEST Peanut Sauce Recipe

Meet…the ridiculously irresistible noodle recipe that’s perfect for just about any occasion in life. 

For example, looking for a quick and easy recipe for dinner tonight?  These noodles can be ready to go and on the table in less than 30 minutes.  Looking for an easy meal prep recipe for lunches and dinners for the week ahead?  Done, these noodles keep in the fridge perfectly over the course of a work week, and that peanut sauce gets better and better with each passing day.  Looking for a crowd-pleasing recipe to bring to a picnic or potluck, or maybe even bring to a friend in need?  These noodles are wildly delicious, plus they’re easy to customize for various allergies (i.e. gluten-free or peanut-free) if need be.  Looking for crazy-good vegetarian recipe that’s perfectly satisfying and filling?  These noodles definitely hold their own as a main or side dish, although they would also welcome the addition of your favorite cooked chicken, shrimp, pork, beef or tofu, if you happen to be craving some extra protein.

These peanut noodles check all the boxes!  And I think you are going to love them.  I can at least vouch that we’ve been eating them all week long for meal prep lunches every day in our casa, and still haven’t grown tired of them yet.  (Which says something, especially for the girl who gets bored with leftovers.)

Let’s make a batch!

Cold Peanut Sesame Noodles Recipe

Cold Sesame Peanut Noodles Ingredients:

To make this recipe, you will need:

  • Noodles: I used Chinese egg noodles that I happened to have on hand, and think they work really well here.  But any favorite noodles (i.e. rice noodles, soba noodles, ramen noodles, spiralized veggie noodles, or even plain spaghetti) would work well here.
  • Veggies: I shredded carrots, cucumber and cabbage for this recipe.  But feel free to add in any other raw veggies that you love.  Plus lots of green onions (or diced red onions, if you prefer).
  • Cilantro: If you fall in the no-cilantro camp, feel free to omit this.  But it’s my favorite fresh flavor to pair with a good peanut sauce.
  • Lots of toppings: Chopped peanuts (or your favorite nuts or sunflower seeds), toasted sesame seeds and fresh lime wedges are my go-to toppings here.
  • Sesame Peanut Sauce: Let’s talk more about that…

Cold Sesame Peanut Noodles Ingredients -- Egg Noodles, Veggies and Peanut Sauce

Sesame Peanut Sauce Ingredients:

This sesame peanut sauce recipe totally steals the show in this noodle dish.  It’s the perfect blend of sweet and savory (plus however much spicy red pepper or Sriracha you might like to add).  It’s quick and easy to make in just a few minutes.  And it’s also easy to customize for food allergies.  You’ll just need:

  • Natural peanut butter: Or almond butter or sunbutter, if peanuts aren’t your thing.
  • Lime juice: Freshly squeezed for the best flavor.
  • Low-sodium soy sauce: I recommend beginning with 2 tablespoons in your sauce, and then you can always add more.  (Or use gluten-free tamari, if making this recipe GF.)
  • Rice vinegar: To balance out those flavors.
  • Honey or maple syrup: Optional, if you would like a sweeter sauce.
  • Toasted sesame oil: A must — one of my favorite ingredients!
  • Seasonings: 1/2 teaspoon each of garlic powder, ground ginger, black pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes (or you could use Sriracha instead)

The BEST Cold Sesame Peanut Noodles Recipe

How To Make Peanut Noodles:

Easy!  Simply…

  1. Cook, drain and rinse your noodles. Cook them nice and al dente, according to package instructions.  Then drain in a strainer and rinse with cold water until chilled.
  2. Prep your sauce.  Whisk everything together until combined.  Then taste and season with extra soy sauce, salt and/or pepper as needed.
  3. Chop your veggies.  I like to enlist the help of my food processor with the grater attachment.  But you can also chop everything by hand.
  4. Combine everything.  Toss your noodles, sauce and veggies together in a large bowl until combined.
  5. Then…serve!  Garnished with lots and lots of toppings!  Or, refrigerate the noodles in sealed containers until ready to eat.

Cold Sesame Peanut Noodles Recipe In Bowl

How To Customize Your Noodles:

As mentioned above, feel free to customize your noodles however you prefer.  Some ideas could include:

  • Add protein: Cooked chicken, beef, pork, shrimp or tofu would be delicious mixed into these noodles (or served on the side)
  • Add extra veggies: Any other favorite raw veggies would also be delicious in this recipe.  (Or you can also use spiralized veggie noodles in place of traditional noodles.)
  • Make them gluten-free: Swap tamari for the soy sauce, and rice noodles for the egg noodles.  And, of course, always check to be sure that all ingredients are certified gluten-free.
  • Make them peanut-free: Just swap in your favorite nut butter.  Or use sunbutter to make the recipe completely nut-free.
  • Make them spicy: I love sprinkling on extra crushed red pepper flakes, or stirring in Sriracha to make these extra spicy.

Cold Sesame Peanut Noodles Meal Prep Ideas

Meal Prep Ideas and Tips:

These noodles are the perfect vegetarian meal prep recipe!  Just make them in advance, pop in your favorite meal prep containers, and they will keep well in the refrigerator for the work week ahead.

If you are looking for recommendations for meal prep containers, I own and love the following (all available on Amazon):

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Enjoy, everyone!

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Cold Sesame Peanut Noodles

This Cold Sesame Peanut Noodles recipe is made with the most irresistible peanut sauce, and easy to customize with your favorite noodles and veggies (plus chicken, beef, shrimp or tofu, if you’d like).  Perfect for weekly meal prep or served as a quick and easy dinner recipe.

Ingredients:

Noodle Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces Chinese egg noodles (or your preferred kind of noodle¹)
  • 2 large carrots, grated² or diced
  • 1 English cucumber, grated or diced
  • half of a small red cabbage, finely chopped
  • 2/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup thinly-sliced green onions
  • toppings: chopped peanuts, toasted sesame seeds, extra cilantro, lime wedges

Sesame Peanut Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup freshly-squeezed lime juice
  • 2-3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon each: garlic powder, ground ginger, black pepper, crushed red pepper flakes

Directions:

  1. Cook the noodles al dente according to package instructions.  Drain, then rinse with cold water in a colander until the noodles are chilled.
  2. Meanwhile, make your sesame peanut sauce.  Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl until combined.  Taste and add extra soy sauce, if needed.  Also, if the sauce seems too thick (it should be thin enough to drizzle), whisk in a tablespoon or two of water.
  3. Add noodles, carrots, cucumber, cabbage, cilantro, green onions and sesame peanut sauce to a large mixing bowl.  Toss until evenly combined.
  4. Serve cold, topped with your desired garnishes.  Or transfer to a sealed container and refrigerate for up to 4 days.

¹ Feel free to substitute in your favorite kind of noodles (such as rice, soba, ramen, udon noodles, or even plain spaghetti) if you prefer.

² I use my food processor with the grater attachment to grate vegetables quickly.  But a hand grater would also work well!

This recipe would also be delicious with cooked chicken, steak, pork, shrimp or tofu added in.

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8 comments on “Cold Sesame Peanut Noodles”

  1. I am not a big fan of cold noodles but this recipe sounds too good! Great one!

    Rating: 5
  2. When ever I make something involving peanut sauce that I then refrigerate (hoping to eat the dish all week for lunches) the peanut sauce sort of solidifies, for lack of a better way to put it, when refrigerated. Does that happen with this recipe, or do you have any suggestions on how to avoid that happening?

  3. This recipe with all the different options is wonderful.
    Tasty and quick for a little old lady like me! Thank you.

  4. This looks delicious! I am going back to work next week (I’m a teacher) and I’m also almost 20 weeks pregnant, so I have been on the hunt for healthier, make-ahead lunches that still fit my cravings (namely, noodles/carbs). :) Thank you, making this next week!

  5. Seriously so excited about that peanut sauce….I have a feeling that will be eaten on pretty much ANYTHING! It’s been way too long since I’ve made a savory peanut sauce.

  6. I’ve just made the noodles for a picnic this evening. Delicious! I did feel the need to add 2 T. fish sauce. We’re having it with peanuts and shrimp. Thank you for this.

    Rating: 4
  7. I read your post last night and made the recipe this morning! Followed the basic recipe, used a food processor to shred up the veggies and had crunchy peanut butter on hand for in the sauce, which is so delicious. Sriracha and fresh lime on the side. Next time I’d like to get creative with your ways to change up the recipe. This is so good I will likely eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner until it is gone! Thank you!

    Rating: 5
  8. Prepped this last night for lunch today and the rest of the week…so easy and absolutely delicious!!! My meal prep needed some resuscitation and this was perfect. I needed the recipe to be under 400 calories so cut the amount of noodles in half, doubled the veggies and added some chicken using your Baked Chicken Breasts recipe. Thanks again for putting some pep in my prep!!

    Rating: 5