Thai Peanut Sauce Noodles with Shrimp

Dairy-Free  |  Published Dec 7, 2021  |  Updated Dec 7, 2021  |  By Tawnie

noodles in a white bowl with peanut sauce and shrimp garnished with green onions

These Thai Peanut Noodles are made with every day ingredients and it’s one of our favorite weeknight dinners to throw together.

A couple other favorite stir fry meals include this Cashew Chicken Stir Fry and this Beef and Veggie Noodles Stir Fry.

This no cook Thai Peanut Sauce is seriously SO good friends. I could stick a straw in the bowl and slurp it up it’s that good! I’m obsessed.

a white bowl filled with noodles and shrimp topped with green onions

Thai peanut noodles ingredients

The list may look long, but it’s really quite simple and you’ll be surprised how much you have in your fridge or pantry already!

For the peanut sauce noodles, you’ll need:

  • Yakisoba stir-fry noodles: use any stir fry or ramen noodle you prefer. You can also use rice noodles or even white or brown rice if you prefer.
  • Cooked shrimp: I love the small size of the 91/110 shrimp but feel free to use any shrimp you prefer. I like to buy the frozen, cooked shrimp with tails off for convenience.
  • Carrots: julienned. You’ll want thinly sliced carrots in this, so I don’t recommend buying the pre-cut carrots. Those can vary in size.
  • Frozen peas: keep them frozen until you add them in.
  • Bell pepper: red bell pepper is our favorite with the thai peanut sauce.
  • Unsalted peanuts: adds a little crunch!
  • Avocado oil: you can use avocado oil or vegetable oil if needed.
  • Salt and pepper: season as desired.

And for the homemade peanut sauce, you’ll need:

Sauces in small bowls for Thai Peanut Sauce
  • Creamy peanut butter: a creamy, drippy peanut butter is best.
  • Low-sodium soy sauce: use a gluten free soy sauce if needed.
  • Honey: this can be swapped with brown sugar if needed.
  • Rice vinegar: helps to balance out the sauce.
  • Lime juice: freshly squeezed.
  • Garlic: freshly minced garlic for best best.
  • Sesame oil: use plain or toasted sesame oil.
  • Sriracha: spicy lovers, unite!
  • Chili garlic paste: I love using the combination of Sriracha and chili garlic paste for a spicy kick. If you don’t want that much spice, feel free to omit.
  • Red pepper flakes (optional)

How to make Thai peanut sauce

I like to get all of my ingredients out on the counter, measure them out and mix!

No need to separate into smaller bowls like shown in the photo above, just use 1 mixing bowl. This sauce recipe makes 1 cup of Thai Peanut Sauce.

step by step photos making thai noodles

How to make Thai peanut noodles

To make these Thai peanut noodles, prep the veggies as instructed, then sauté them over medium heat in a wok with a little avocado oil.

Add the shrimp and noodles to the wok and cook until the shrimp is pink all over. Stir in the frozen peas and some of the Thai peanut sauce, and continue cooking until it’s heated through.

I like to garnish my Thai peanut noodles with chopped peanuts, but they’re totally optional!

a blue bowl filled with thai peanut sauce

What else to do with Thai peanut sauce

Don’t limit your consumption of homemade Thai peanut sauce to just these Thai peanut noodles! This peanut sauce recipe is good with pretty much any stir-fry recipe and goes very well with any noodle dish.

If you’d like to use it as a dressing try thinning out the sauce with a little water.

A few of my favorite ways to use Thai peanut sauce are:

  • In a cold noodle salad with sliced chicken breast and chopped cilantro on top.
  • Slathered onto chicken salad wraps (or any wrap really!).
  • Swap out the Asian sauce in my Asian butter leaf lettuce recipe for this Thai Peanut Sauce.
  • Use it as a dip for kebabs or spring rolls.
noodles, shrimp and veggies in a wok

FAQ

Is Thai Peanut Sauce Gluten Free?

It can easily be made gluten free just make sure your soy sauce is gluten-free and you use gluten free noodles.

Do I have to use shrimp?

Nope! This recipe is flexible. Add in chicken, tofu or leave the meat out all together.

I have left over sauce, what do I do with it?

Save it to add to your leftovers or see some of my ideas listed above!

What noodles should I use?

Use your favorite stir fry noodles. Cook them prior to adding into the stir fry, according to the specific package instructions.

a white bowl filled with noodles and shrimp topped with green onions

Tips for making Thai peanut noodles

  • To make your life a little easier, I recommend buying shrimp that already has the tail and shell removed. That way you can add the shrimp straight to the pan without any extra prep work.
  • You’ll want to use natural peanut butter for the peanut sauce, as the sugar in peanut butter from brands like Peter Pan can mess with the flavor of the sauce.
  • Feel free to add other veggies to these peanut sauce noodles. This is a very forgiving recipe, so you can likely use whatever is hanging out in your produce drawer.

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Thai Peanut Sauce Noodles with Shrimp

This Thai Peanut Sauce is satisfying, easy to make and a perfect meal to add to your weekly menu planning!
4.89 from 27 reviews
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 571kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 package Yakisoba Stir Fry Noodles, cooked (17.76 oz.)*
  • 1 cup frozen cooked shrimp, tail off, shell off, size: 91/110 (add more shrimp as desired)
  • 1 cup carrots, julienned
  • 3/4 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 large red bell pepper, julienned
  • 1/3 cup unsalted peanuts, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. avocado oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

For the Thai Peanut Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter, creamy
  • 3 Tbsp. soy sauce, low sodium
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 2 Tbsp. rice vinegar (seasoned)
  • 2 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. sesame oil
  • 2 tsp. sriracha
  • 2 tsp. chili garlic sauce
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper chili flakes (optional)
  • green onions, garnish

Instructions

  • Make the Thai peanut sauce. Gather all ingredients and whisk together in a medium sized bowl. This recipe makes 1 cup Thai peanut sauce. Set aside. (*Note: the sauce is thick. Add a little water to it to thin it out, if desired).
  • Heat avocado oil over medium high heat in a wok or large frying pan. Once hot, add in carrots & bell pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. I like to add in about 1/4 cup Thai peanut sauce with the veggies too while they cook. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Add in shrimp and noodles (cook noodles according to package directions before adding in), and cook for another 4-5 minutes. Once shrimp is cooked, add in 1/2 cup sauce and peas. Start with 1/2 cup of sauce, and continue to add more sauce until the noodles are coated with as much sauce as you'd like.
  • Garnish with chopped peanuts and green onions. Enjoy! 

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Notes

  • You can use rice noodles, ramen or even brown rice in place of the stir fry noodles. Follow the cooking directions on the package.
  • Feel free to use different protein instead of shrimp: tofu or chicken are yummy options!
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Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 571kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Monounsaturated Fat: 19g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Potassium: 665mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin C: 44mg | Calcium: 92mg | Iron: 3mg

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Stephanie Dunbar
1 year ago

I made this tonight and it is so good! The only thing is I didn’t have some of the ingredients but it’s still yummy.

Stephanie
2 years ago

Delicious recipe! Made exactly as written except I had to sub scallions for the red pepper because that’s all I had! Will definitely make it again. Thanks for the recipe!

Alison
2 years ago

This Thai Peanut Sauce is amazing! I want to put it on top of everything!

2 years ago

This is something I always order when I go out. I’m glad to finally have a recipe that I can use at home. It will save me so much time and money

Cindy Gordon
2 years ago

5 stars from the hubs. He loves shrimp and we all love thai peanut sauce!

Jordin
2 years ago

Loving all the ingredients in this recipe! And how easy and fun it is to make! Must try

Natalie
2 years ago

Looks amazing and so delicious! Such a great idea for dinner ♥

3 years ago

Yum! I made something just like this the other day. I will have to try your version too!

3 years ago

I just made this for dinner, and it was the most amazing past night!

3 years ago

Didn’t have shrimp so used chicken. Amaaaaazing. Could literally drink the sauce. Too much?? ????????‍♀️????????‍♀️

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