Cold Spicy Peanut Sesame Noodles

These cold spicy peanut sesame noodles are so yummy for any day of the week! If your kid enjoys a little spice and has no peanut allergies, then this could be the perfect lunchbox item!

Cold Spicy Peanut Sesame Noodles |

Did everyone have a good long weekend? What did you all do for Labor Day? We just got back from Pensacola Beach last night and the trip was a great way to end summer and get that last summer tan! It was relaxing and I sometimes wish I could spend an endless amount of time by the pool with a mojito in hand, but reality is nice too! Can’t get too cushy! :)

Cold Spicy Peanut Sesame Noodles |

I’m sure a lot of you are sending your kids back to school today, if not already. Where I grew up, we always started school the day after Labor Day so to hear that other kids start weeks before, it blew my mind. I was so stuck on the fact that all schools went back after Labor Day. I guess it makes our school years longer, though. We always got out around mid-June and everyone else was already out of school.

Cold Spicy Peanut Sesame Noodles |

When my brother and I were in grade school, I remember my mom always made us the coolest lunches. My coolest, I mean, it was always unique and diversified. We didn’t have peanut butter and jelly, my mom would go out of the way to make sure our lunches were interesting so we wouldn’t get tired of them. Some days, we’d get sushi for lunch or fried rice or even a fried egg sandwich. My mom was seriously multi-talented in the kitchen when it came to lunches. One of my favorite dishes my mom made for us were cold peanut noodles. There was something about the ice cold noodles and the creamy peanut butter mixture that made the noodles addicting. This recipe is a similar take to the classic peanut noodles that she’d make for us. This version is a lot spicier but it’s just as delicious. Jason and I would keep sneaking into the fridge to eat a few noodles. They didn’t last us long at all. It’s SO easy to make and it’s perfect for school lunches because you don’t have to worry about the refrigeration part of the lunch. It’s best to eat it cold/room temperature! :)

Cold Spicy Peanut Sesame Noodles |

**If your child or children around them have peanut allergies, please be conscious of this as this is dish contains peanuts! Also, if you or your child don’t like spicy foods, you can tone down the spice level by reducing the chili garlic sauce, or simply omit it altogether. The sauce will still taste great!

Cold Spicy Peanut Sesame Noodles |

Cold Spicy Peanut Sesame Noodles
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
1 hr 25 mins

These cold spicy peanut sesame noodles are so yummy for any day of the week! 

Servings: 6
  • 3/4 cup to 1 pound dried spaghetti noodles, or Asian rice noodles
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup seasoned rice vinegar
  • 3 tbsp dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup roasted peanut oil
  • 2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds, plus more for topping
  • 3 tsp chili garlic sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1: 1- inch piece of ginger, peeled
  • 1 clove small of garlic
  • Fresh scallions, chopped, for topping
  1. In a large stockpot, bring water to boil then add spaghetti noodles and cook according to box. Drain well when done.
  2. In a jar of a blender, combine water, peanut butter, soy sauce, rice vinegar, brown sugar, peanut oil, sesame seeds, chili garlic sauce, sesame oil, ginger, and garlic. Process until smooth.
  3. After pasta is done cooking and drained, add to a large glass bowl. Pour the peanut sesame sauce over the noodles and toss to coat. The mixture/sauce will be very runny and it will look like you made way too much. Trust me, once you pop it in the fridge, the sauce sets up and it's perfect :)
  4. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour - the longer, the better. I had mine in there for at least three. I love when it's super cold and the sauce is nice and thick.
  5. Toss noodles again prior to serving. Top with fresh scallions and sesame seeds.
Recipe Notes

Source: Food Network



Posted on September 03, 2013

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  1. Jess
    10/23/2017 at 7:52 pm

    This recipe is fantastic! I didn’t have peanut oil on hand, so I just added a tad more sesame oil (about 2tsp), and maybe 2 tbsp of canola oil. The sauce is so delicious I could have drank it. I added fresh julienned carrots and cucumbers to the noodles, and topped the noodles with spring onions, cilantro, chopped roasted peanuts, and served with lime wedges.

    For rice noodles, I recommend increasing the sauce by 50% or even doubling it. I ended up making 1 lb rice noodles, and I decided to make another batch of the sauce after seeing how the noodles soaked it up and muted the sauce’s flavor.

    Absolutely fantastic recipe! I’ll be making it again soon.

  2. Cat
    10/29/2017 at 11:19 pm

    We had cool lunches growing up too!
    This recipe is spectacular! I found your site while googling for cold noodle recipes for school lunches, I’ve made it four times, all my kids love it, I can sneak in veggies, it uses pantry staples, it’s easy AND delicious!

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