Quick and Easy Dinner: Peanut Sesame Noodles

Peanut Sesame Noodles are one of our favorite quick, go to meals in our home. They are simple to make and everyone loves them.

I never thought I would like peanut butter in a savory meal but turns out I love it.

The addition of soy sauce, vinegar, brown sugar and red pepper flakes tones down the peanut butter taste and rounds out the sauce nicely. If you love a peanutty recipe, you’re going to need to try this one.

I have adapted this recipe that I found at food.com to suit our taste. To make it more of a meal, we serve it warm with grilled chicken. If you want to keep it vegetarian feel free to leave it out.

These peanut sesame noodles are also great cold eaten straight from the fridge.

The original recipe calls for 1 pound of noodles but I use less because we like ours saucy. If you want your pasta a little drier, make a whole pound and add as much as desired.

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Peanut Sesame Noodles

These Peanut Sesame Noodles make for a quick and delicious dinner. Add to the menu this week.
Prep Time5 minutes
Active Time15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: peanut sesame noodles
Yield: 4 servings
Author: Meghan Payne-Hensley


  • 12 ounces lo mein noodles or spaghetti noodles
  • 2 Tablespoons hot pasta water, to thin out the sauce you may not need all of the water
  • 1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1/2 Tablespoon minced ginger
  • 5 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons sesame oil
  • green onions, for garnish
  • red pepper flakes, optional for garnish
  • grilled chicken, optional


  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook noodles according to package directions. When it's time to drain them, reserve about 2 tablespoons of pasta water to thin out the sauce (you may not need all of it).
  • While the pasta is cooking, make the sauce. Whisk together sesame seeds, peanut butter, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, vinegar and brown sugar until smooth. Drizzle in a little pasta water and whisk again. Add water until the sauce has thinned out to your desired consistency.
  • Drain pasta then add to a bowl. Drizzle with sesame oil and toss until coated. Add peanut sauce to the noodles and toss again. Top with green onion and red pepper flakes if desired. Add grilled chicken if you want more protein.

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