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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!
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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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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 hour
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings: 6

Equipment

Ingredients 

  • ¾ pound (340 g) to 1 pound dried spaghetti noodles,, or Asian rice noodles
  • cup (158 ml) water
  • cup (86 g) smooth peanut butter
  • ¼ cup (59 ml) low sodium soy sauce
  • ¼ cup (59 ml) seasoned rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoon dark brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ cup (59 ml) roasted peanut oil
  • 2 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds, plus more for topping
  • 3 teaspoon chili garlic sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1: 1- inch piece of ginger, peeled
  • 1 clove small of garlic
  • Fresh scallions, chopped, for topping
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Instructions 

  • 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

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 505kcal, Carbohydrates: 72g, Protein: 12g, Fat: 19g, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 13g

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193 Comments

  1. I’ve been making this all summer! It’s delicious as written, but also easy to add in some extra veggies if you’d like (I do cucumbers, carrots, and bell pepper). Also sometimes add chopped peanuts on top if I’m in the mood for some crunch. Great for taking to work for lunch.

  2. I’ve tried many cold sesame noodle recipes trying to find the perfect one to match the restaurants in NYC of my childhood. This is the best…and even better than those restaurants. My father said it was the best he’s ever had…I find the roasted peanut oil at Whole Foods.

    Buy all the ingredients and make it to the letter: you’ll be making it over and over again!

    1. it really helps give it flavour but if you don’t have it, you can use a neutral oil like avocado oil

  3. Look forward to trying this. Have you ever added veggies to this and if so, which ones? I was thinking possibly onions, julienned pepper strips or carrots. Possibly cucumbers.

    1. i haven’t added vegetables to this but your vegetable choices sounds great! if it were me, i would definitely use cucumbers and likely red bell pepper strips as well!

  4. Hi
    Your Chili garlic sauce…….is it shop bought (if it is what’s the best brand to get) or is it home made?

  5. Wow! What an explosion of flavors! The complementary ingredients in the peanut sauce elevate it to a whole other level. I have never used Roasted Peanut Oil before and am so glad to be introduced to this aromatic oil. All of the flavors meld together so nicely none of them overpowering the other. While the noodles cooked, I stir-fried some shrimp and vegetables to toss in with the noodles to serve warm as a main course for dinner. I’ve got dibs on the cold noodles for my lunch tomorrow! Will be making this again!