20 Minute Spicy Thai Noodle Bowls

These 20 minute Thai Noodle Bowls are so easy to whip up! They’re packed full of sweet and spicy Thai flavor!

One of my favorite things to order out is Thai food. There’s a little place close to us that has the best pad Thai. I crave it 24/7!

So, I thought it would be fun to make a noodle bowl that incorporates some of those flavors that I love so much. And let me tell you… it doesn’t get any easier than this! Just 20 minutes start to finish and you’ve got a pot full of sweet, spicy, peanuty noodles. Mmmm.

20 Minute Thai Noodle Bowls

Like I mentioned above, this Thai Noodle Bowls recipe is really quick and easy. However it is by no means authentic. I used spaghetti for the noodles. Go ahead, judge me, but it works perfectly and was something I had on hand. If you want to purchase rice noodles you could definitely use them instead. Anyway, as part of the Peanut Butter & Co’s Yum Squad, I was challenged to use their peanut butter in a recipe along with Sriracha. This spicy Thai noodle bowl seemed like the perfect way to combine the two ingredients!

Peanut Butter and Sriracha Sauce with noodles in a red bowl

How to Make Thai Noodle Bowls

So are you ready to get started?

Fill a large pot full of water and bring it to a boil.

While you’re waiting on it boil and for the spaghetti to cook, do all of your prep work.

Chop the peanuts, red pepper, carrots and cilantro.

Then make the sauce. In a small mixing bowl combine the vegetable oil, sesame oil, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sriracha, peanut butter (I the Peanut Butter & Co’s “The Bee’s Knees” for the added sweetness), honey, minced garlic and minced green onion. Whisk vigorously until smooth.

20 Minute Thai Noodle Bowls

When the spaghetti is al dente, drain it and pour in the sauce.

Add in the red pepper, carrots, cilantro, peanuts, red pepper flakes and sesame seeds. Then stir, stir, stir.

Serve these Thai Noodle Bowls warm or cold and garnish with extra peanuts!

If you want to make this more substantial you can add shrimp or chicken which will help bulk it up a bit- but with meat or without, I guarantee you’re going to love it!

20 Minute Thai Noodle Bowls

Our family slurped and gobbled away these Thai Noodle Bowls… even our 18 month old loved the noodles.

And the cold leftovers were great the next day for lunch. I’m always a fan of throw-it-in-a-bowl-and-devour-it kind of leftovers for lunch, how about you?

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20 Minute Thai Noodle Bowls

20 Minute Spicy Thai Noodle Bowls Recipe

These 20 minute Thai noodle bowls are so easy to whip up! They're packed full of sweet and spicy Thai flavor!
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Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: Thai
Prep Time: 12 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 361kcal
Author: Andrea
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  • 1 lb spaghetti
  • 1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 5 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp Sriracha - (more to taste)*
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 2 cloves garlic - minced
  • 1 green onion - minced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper - thinly sliced
  • 1 carrot - julienned
  • 1/3 cup cilantro - chopped
  • 1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts (I used Planters) - chopped and whole
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 Tbsp sesame seeds


  • Bring a large pot water to boil. Add spaghetti and cook till al dente.
  • Meanwhile, in a small mixing bowl, combine the vegetable oil, sesame oil, soy sauce, rice vinegar, Sriracha, peanut butter, honey, minced garlic and minced green onion. Whisk vigorously until smooth.
  • Drain the noodles and return to the same large pot. Add the sauce, red bell pepper, carrot, cilantro, peanuts, crushed red pepper flakes and sesame seeds. Toss until combined, serve and garnish as desired.



*Add more Sriracha if you like spicier noodles!


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 361kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 747mg | Potassium: 329mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1586IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 2mg

Recipe source: Life Made Simple

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  1. Hi Andrea (my daughters name☺️). Was wondering if you could add a broth or would it take away from all the flavors?
    Sounds delish. Can’t wait to try.

    1. Hi Patty,

      Adding a broth to this 20 Minute Spicy Thai Noodle Bowls recipe could transform it from a noodle bowl to a noodle soup. A broth can work well with these ingredients, but there are some considerations and modifications you might want to make:

      Type of Broth: A chicken or vegetable broth would work best with the existing flavors. Using a mild-flavored broth would help in not overpowering the flavors of the sauce.

      Adjustment of Ingredients: With the addition of broth, you might want to increase the quantities of the sauce ingredients slightly to ensure the flavors remain pronounced in the soup.

      Cooking Method: Instead of tossing the spaghetti with the sauce and veggies, you’d simmer them together in the broth for a few minutes, to allow the flavors to meld.

      Serving: Since it’ll be more of a soup, you’d ladle it into bowls ensuring each serving has a good mix of noodles, veggies, and broth.

      Optional Additions: Common ingredients like sliced mushrooms, bok choy, or tofu can be added to give the soup more body and texture.

      However, while adding a broth can make the dish delicious in a different way, it will change its nature. If you’re seeking the original dish’s flavors and experience, it might be better to keep it as-is. If you’re looking for a soup-like experience with the same base flavors, then go ahead and experiment with a broth!

    1. Hi Ashley,

      Yes, you can definitely make the sauce ahead of time for this recipe.

      Once the sauce is prepared, you can store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use it.

      When it’s time to use the sauce:

      Remove the sauce from the refrigerator. Depending on how long the sauce was stored, some of the ingredients may have separated.
      If this is the case, whisk the sauce again until it’s well combined and has a smooth consistency. This step is important to ensure all the flavors are evenly distributed throughout the sauce.
      The sauce can typically be made 2-3 days ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator.