Cold Spicy Peanut Sesame Noodles

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    These cold spicy peanut sesame noodles are nostalgic because it reminds me of childhood and my mother's intricate school lunches. Spicy peanut sesame noodles are served cold so they're incredibly refreshing on a warm day!

    A little back story on my cold spicy peanut sesame noodles recipe

    When my brother and I were in grade school, I remember my mom always made us the coolest lunches.

    By 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.

    These cold spicy peanut sesame noodles are nostalgic because it reminds me of childhood and my mother's intricate school lunches. Spicy peanut sesame noodles are served cold so they're incredibly refreshing on a warm day!

    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 cold spicy peanut sesame noodle recipe is a similar take to the classic peanut noodles that she’d make for us.

    These cold spicy peanut sesame noodles are nostalgic because it reminds me of childhood and my mother's intricate school lunches. Spicy peanut sesame noodles are served cold so they're incredibly refreshing on a warm day!

    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! :)

    The sauce for these cold spicy peanut sesame noodles is irresistible and totally makes the dish what it is!

    Let’s get started on common questions that may arise with these cold spicy peanut sesame noodles!

    Can I use another nut butter?

    Sure! Cashew butter would be wonderfully delicious.

    These cold spicy peanut sesame noodles are nostalgic because it reminds me of childhood and my mother's intricate school lunches. Spicy peanut sesame noodles are served cold so they're incredibly refreshing on a warm day!

    Can this be eaten warm?

    You can eat it warm but the beauty of this dish is when it’s eaten cold/chilled!

    What kind of peanut butter do I use?

    I would definitely use smooth but as far as natural or regular, I used regular (like JIF), but natural works just as well.

    I think your sauce might be slightly more liquidy if you use natural though.

    How do I make this less spicy?

    Use less of the spicy garlic sauce.

    What if I don’t have a blender?

    You can use a food processor!

    These cold spicy peanut sesame noodles are nostalgic because it reminds me of childhood and my mother's intricate school lunches. Spicy peanut sesame noodles are served cold so they're incredibly refreshing on a warm day!

    Can I use another type of pasta shape?

    Mmm, spaghetti or medium rice noodles would be best in this dish.

    How long can this stay out of the fridge?

    At least 6-8 hours for sure.

    **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!

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    4.81 from 21 votes

    Cold Spicy Peanut Sesame Noodles

    These cold spicy peanut sesame noodles are reminiscent of my childhood and my mother's intricate school lunches. Spicy peanut sesame noodles are served cold so they're incredibly refreshing on a warm day!
    Prep Time: 1 hr
    Cook Time: 25 mins
    Total Time: 1 hr 25 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 6
    Calories: 505kcal
    Author: Julie Chiou
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    • 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


    • In a large stockpot, bring water to boil then add spaghetti noodles and cook according to box. Drain well when done.
    • 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.
    • 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 :)
    • 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.
    • Toss noodles again prior to serving. Top with fresh scallions and sesame seeds.


    Nutrition Facts
    Cold Spicy Peanut Sesame Noodles
    Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
    Calories 505 Calories from Fat 171
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 19g29%
    Carbohydrates 72g24%
    Fiber 4g16%
    Sugar 13g14%
    Protein 12g24%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.
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  • Caroline @ chocolate & carrots says:

    This looks fabulous! I’m all about anything with peanut butter, so cold noodles are perfect. This is a must try recipe! :D

  • Jamie @lifelovelemons says:

    Ohhh yum!! Craving some of these right now and it’s only 6am….

  • Kathryn says:

    I’m so stealing this idea as one of my take-to-work lunches!

  • Tracey says:

    Wow, your mom really did rock the school lunches! These noodles look and sound amazing, I’m adding them to my lunch rotation very soon!

  • Tieghan says:

    I would have loved these in my lunch box! It was always turkey and cheese, PB & J or maybe a cream cheese bagel. Nothing to awesome or even as healthy as this!! I love peanut to much and these photos are killing me. It looks so perfect!

  • Jess @ Gas Stove Girl says:

    Oh my goodness – I need these noodles in my life! I have been looking for a good sesame/peanut noodle recipe to make at home. Can you find chili garlic sauce in your regular grocery store?

  • Liz @ The Lemon Bowl says:

    I have been craving a peanut noodle dish!!! I’m sure I’ll mess it up and add too many veggies because really all I want is the noodles these days!!! This looks so good!

  • Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough says:

    Love me a good peanut noodle dish! This would be perfect as a quick lunch dish for me and my husband during our busy days!

  • Leah | So, How's It Taste? says:

    Oh this looks so good! There was a place I used to get cold noodle salad at when I lived in Birmingham and it was fantastic. This sounds a lot like it. Can’t wait to make it!

  • Bernice says:

    These look delicious! I’m always looking for lunch ideas, however these days most schools have gone ‘peanut free’ due to allergies. It really limits lunches we can send.
    I think they would be a welcome post school snack though, perfect for before football practice!

    • JR Nuerge says:

      My daughter-in-law is using Cashew Butter in school lunches.

      • Julie says:

        Great alternative!!

    • Julie says:

      This would definitely be a great snack before football practice! It’ll give them energy! :)

    • Lissa says:

      I’m not one that cares too much for peanut butter so I subbed Almond butter and it turned out amazing!

  • Heather Christo says:

    theses are amazing. I think I would keep the whole batch home with me while my kids go to school!!

  • Aimee Wimbush-Bourque says:

    No allergies in this house! This looks like lunch. =)

  • Meagan @ A Zesty Bite says:

    This peanut butter dish is making me drool for breakfast. Great job Julie!

  • Kevin @ Closet Cooking says:

    I’m in for anything and everything spicy peanut!

  • Marian (Sweetopia) says:

    Oh I could go for some of this right now!

  • Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl says:

    Peanut Sesame Noodles have been on my list sometime to make, especially as I got some spicy peanut butter I’ve been dying to try with it.. can’t wait!

  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking says:

    I made something really similar last week, and OMG. So good! I bet your take on these tasty noodles is amazing, Julie! They sure look it! Great job :)

  • marla says:

    WOW! I’ll take 5 bowls of these beautiful noodles!

  • ashley - Baker by Nature says:

    Julie, these noodles totally need to take over my life! They look incredible!!!

  • dixya| food, pleasure, and health says:

    these are my absolute favorite and I make them alot with soba noodles :)

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    I want a giant bowl of noodles right now! But I guess virtually will have to do with this one! Looks faaaabulous :)

  • ThisBakerGirlBlogs says:

    This is definitely the dish for me! I’m mad about noodles and these look delicious :)

  • Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch says:

    Seriously want a bowl of this!!! YUM!

  • Quyen says:

    I love cold noodles! My husband hates pasta salads and I have been making him cold noodles without mayonnaise. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) says:

    Yes please, I’d love a big bowl – the spicy peanut sauce is calling my name!

  • Maria says:

    One of my favorite meals!

  • Gaby says:

    dinner tonight?! I think so!

  • Cassie | Bake Your Day says:

    I love peanut noodles. These look so perfectly creamy!

  • Jackie {Domestic Fits} says:

    This looks SO good. Perfect for the way too crazy hot days here in LA!

  • Ash-foodfashionparty says:

    This is definitely a must try. It would make a great school lunch idea.

  • Gerry @ Foodness Gracious says:

    Totally my kinda dish!! Pinned..

  • Lori Idoux says:

    Have you tried it heated? I think warm sounds amazing. Any thoughts?

    • Julie says:

      Hi Lori, yes, you can have it heated, however, I would let the sauce set up in the fridge for about an hour before heating it up to eat because otherwise, it’s an extremely liquidy sauce when you make it and pour it on hot noodles. You’d basically be having peanut noodle soup :)

  • Des says:

    So peanutty and delicious! Love this!

  • Leslie says:

    Thanks for a great dinner idea for a 100 degree day in St. Louis where I refuse to turn my oven on!

    • Julie says:

      Glad I could be of inspiration to you! Hope you give this a try :)

  • Lauryn says:

    Hi- I made these today for dinner this evening and I actually didn’t have enough sauce, which surprised me since you mentioned that it would look like soup. I have re-read the recipe and I followed it exactly. I used 1 lb. of uncooked spaghetti noodles, which was a whole box…the only thing I did different was use the thin spaghetti as opposed to regular, which I wouldn’t think would make a difference. I made a second batch of sauce and it took all of that to coat the noodles (but still didn’t look like soup). It’s in the refrigerator now and I’m hoping it turns out! I’m wondering if there is a typo in the recipe…maybe in the amount of pasta to use or one of the liquid ingredients? I love the flavor of the sauce, so I want to be able to make it again, but I’m thinking I would use no more than half of the amount of pasta listed. Thanks!

    • Julie says:

      Hi Lauryn! I’m so glad you made this! I’m sorry it didn’t work out though. Honestly, my sauce was really loose and the consistency of soup and then when I put it in the fridge, it thickened up and coated the noodles perfectly. I used 1 pound of spaghetti too. What you see in the pictures above was only half of what I made! That’s so interesting yours didn’t get as liquidy as mine. I hope it turns out for you. Maybe next time add a bit of water to the sauce (like 1/2 cup?) and then also maybe reduce it down to 3/4 pound? I’m going to adjust the recipe due to your feedback and give a range and also add some water to the measurements. I’m just stumped as to why it didn’t work out. I’m really sorry :(

      • Colin says:

        Angel hair (thin spaghetti) has a lot more exposed area to cover , which means it will take up more sauce (almost twice as much as a wider noodle like fettuccini). But angel hair also likes thinner sauces that it can move freely in. Fettuccini and linguini are friends with thicker sauces like this one.

  • Nutmeg Nanny says:

    Oh wow this looks incredible!! I can’t wait to whip this up :)

  • Nicole says:

    This was amazing! I made a few substitutions since I forgot rice noodles and peanut oil.
    I used:
    – Soba noodles, the wheaty flavor/texture was great!
    – Seseame oil instead of peanut oil. I put in a small additional spoonful of PB so the peanut flavor would come through – it was so good!

    • Julie says:

      I love your creative spoonful of PB idea! That’s a great alternative if you don’t have peanut oil on hand. Thanks for sharing the feedback, Nicole! I’m so glad you enjoyed this :)

  • Lynna says:

    I love how simple this can be prepared! It`s definitely on my to-make list now!

  • Britt Menendez says:

    Made this last night- delicious!!! I added another big scoop of PB, some extra peanut oil and extra garlic. And I used a jar of puréed ginger, about 2 teaspoons. So good. I made it with regular spaghetti for my daughter and husband, and since I am doing a low carb way of life, I saved about a half cup of the sauce and poured it over a sautéed chicken breast that was served over spinach and a handful of sliced grape tomatoes. DELISH!!! I am going to make more sauce and just have it on hand as a yummy dip/pour over for anything!!! I think I’m going to add a bit more of the chili garlic this time…. Xoxo

    • Julie says:

      Glad you liked this, Britt! It’s a favorite of mine :)

  • Joe says:

    I served this last night at a chicken BBQ with old friends. The hostess made an Asian salad with mandarin oranges and a sprinkling of crunchy noodles on top. The scant leftovers went into the kids’ lunch boxes today. Thoroughly delicious.

    • Julie says:

      So happy to hear this, Joe! This is one of my absolute summer favorites!

  • Kerry says:

    I made this tonight super yummy and easy. I just added some chopped carrot, celery, rotisserie chicken and some cilantro.

    • Julie says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed this, Kerry!

  • Cari says:

    When I eat Chinese takeout, I inevitably comment to my husband “I prefer MY peanut noodles…”. Of course, MY peanut noodles are yours :)

    • Julie says:

      Haha, too funny, Cari!! :)

  • Joseph says:

    Thank you for posting this recipe! I made this last night, and the results, were restaurant quality!!!

    No more expensive Chinese orders for me in NYC, when I can make my cold noodles myself!!

    Forever, greatful!! :)

    • Julie says:

      Awesome! Glad you made it and thought so highly of it!

  • Viviannwil says:

    Oh happiness! I’m going to try this one this weekend. Thank you!

  • Lisa says:

    Do you have a nutritional value for this? Just wondering about the amounts of cholesterol and sodium? Thanks so much!

  • Kimberly says:

    Oh my gosh I made this recipe this weekend and it was FANTASTIC! 8 people oohed and awed over it! Thank you for sharing!

  • Jessica says:

    Wonderful!!! This was delish! I left out the sesame seeds because I’m not a big fan of their crunch and added in a little extra sesame oil. It was so good, I took like five bites before putting it in the fridge!
    I’ll be pinning this and making again!

    • Julie says:

      So happy to hear this! Thank you for sharing!

  • Tisha Leonard says:

    I made this today and it turned out great! Thank you for the recipe!!

  • LIz says:

    This is one of my fave takeout dishes! But this homemade version is superior to any takeout I’ve tasted. Very easy to whip up and super delicious. Thanks for sharing it!

  • Cathy Pakosta says:

    Any substitute for roasted peanut oil?

    • Julie says:

      You could use vegetable oil

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