20 Minute Spicy Thai Noodle Bowls

One of my favorite things to order out is Thai food. There’s a little place just south of downtown Salt Lake City 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 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!

20 Minute 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 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… 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? Make sure to visit Peanut Butter & Co to see all of their unique and delicious peanut butter flavors!

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20 Minute Spicy Thai Noodle Bowls
 
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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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Yield: 6-8 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. spaghetti
  • ¼ c. vegetable or canola oil
  • 1½ tsp. sesame oil
  • 5 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 tsp. rice vinegar
  • ½ tsp. Sriracha (more to taste)*
  • ¼ c. peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 green onion, minced
  • ½ red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 carrot, julienned
  • ⅓ c. cilantro, chopped
  • ½ c. dry roasted peanuts (I used Planters), chopped and whole
  • ¼ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tbsp. sesame seeds
Directions
  1. Bring a large pot water to boil. Add spaghetti and cook till al dente.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
Notes
*Add more Sriracha if you like spicier noodles!


Recipe source: Life Made Simple

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Wife, mother, baker and photographer. Recipe developer & author of Life Made Simple. A self-professed peanut butter lover and fond of anything that involves pumpkin, cookie dough, or sprinkles

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  1. This looks delicious! I can’t wait to try it out. I love Asian dishes, especially noodles. They are my favorite. I bet it is spicy too. Yum!

  2. This is the most beautiful bowl of thai noodles I have ever seen! Repining and will definitely try!

  3. I ran in to some friends the other day at the grocery store and we chatted about grabbing dinner at a local Thai place – now you’ve got me wanting to make it at home! This looks awesome!

  4. Sounds so easy and yummy! Will have to give this a try. Would love to try it with the extra crunchy peanut butter.

  5. The Bees Knees or Mightly Maple or the traditional ones. Oh, what the heck… all of them! 😉 Peanut butter fan here!

  6. You had me at Peanut Butter & Co. peanut butter. LOL I love any kind of noodle dish especially with peanut butter. This looks delicious!!

  7. Made this last week. Delicious!!! We would like the sauce not as thick. Any suggestions on a thinner sauce? Maybe a broth?

    1. You could definitely add a little chicken broth to thin it out- or maybe even a little lime juice? Thanks for giving the recipe a try!

  8. I just made this for dinner tonight and I was very impressed! It tasted delicious and was super easy with minimal mess. Will definitely make this again! Thanks!

    1. I tried to give this a 5 star rating, but I think I hit 4 stars by accident and by the time I tried to change it, it posted. 🙂 but definitely a 5 star!

  9. this is a Pinterest winner right here! Such a yummy and filling recipe. Can’t wait for the cold leftovers tomorrow for lunch!

  10. This recipe was so easy and DELICIOUS! Followed it exactly except I cooked the carrots and peppers for a couple minutes before combining everything. Can’t wait to make it again!

  11. Yummy recipe! I did add a little chicken broth to thin it out and some grated ginger for a kick! Put it the food processor to incorporate! Thanks for a tasty recipe?

  12. I love the spicy this noodle salad from Haggin’s in Washington state. I only get to have it like once a year. It is one of my favorite salads ever! This recipe tastes exactly like it. Now I can enjoy it anytime I want. I just added more sirarcha and some hot chili oil because i like lots of heat. Thank you so much for this recipe!

  13. I make this all the time using Ramen instead of spaghetti and we LOVE it. We call it “fancy Ramen” and it’s usually ready in under 10 minutes.

  14. Came out delicious! I improvised this recipe along with minor changes to accommodate personal preference. I used cashew butter and chopped cashews since it was what i had. To reduce sodium I put in 4 tbsp of soy sauce and I don’t use Siracha. so substitute a little Trader Joe’s jalepeno hot sauce. I read someone’s comment on the sauce being thick, so I added 1/8 cup nut butter, extra tsp rice vinegar and sesame oil. After tasting the sauce it was missing something, so I added 2 tsp ginger paste and voila! gave it the authentic Thai flavour. Consistency of sauce came out perfect. I added matchstick zucchini for more veggies which increased prep time but not by much, This is an easy recipe with simple ingredients that you can tweak however you like. It’s a keeper.

  15. I just made this tonight for my family and loved it. Sooo yummy! I have become obsessed with Thai food lately and it can be overwhelming trying to find good recipes because there are a million out there. This one did not disappoint and I will be making this often!!I wanted to ask you what the pad thai restaurant you love in Salt Lake is called? I live near Salt Lake and would love to try it. Thanks again for the recipe!

    1. Hi Aubrey! So happy to hear that! We really loved My Thai, really good Pad Thai, Mussaman Curry, Thai Fried Rice, and Pad See Ew. Let me know if you end up going there 🙂

  16. 5 tbsp. soya sauce. Way too much salt! I substituted low sodium tamari and ut was still too much. Did you mean tsp instead? Is the amount a typo? 

  17. Hi Natalie, Wow! These are delicious!! I just added 2 tsp of red pepper flakes and skipped the straining part. Perfect!! Husband said he could eat these every week. I added leftover smoked chicken thighs and beef ribs! Woo hoo and so easy.

  18. I recently made a pad thai recipe from a certain famous cook and it was so spicy that I could hardly eat it. And what’s worse–I only used half the sriracha that was in her recipe. Today I found your recipe and I am in love! It is perfect! Saving and adding to my recipe file!

  19. Just wanted to let you know that this recipe is a part of our regular meal rotation! i make it a couple of times per month. It is delicious, inexpensive, and EASY. I love that I can switch up the veggies, or add meat/tofu, the base of the peanut sauce is so delicious it goes with everything. I’m currently 5 months pregnant, and my little guy starts kicking around whenever I eat anything spicy, i can’t wait to feel his reactions tonight! Thank you for creating one of our favorite dinners 🙂

    1. Thank you for saying that! I hope you get a reaction from your little guy 😉 Hope you both like it!

  20. 5 stars
    I edited it a little bit but basically made the same thing. And I’ve made something similar before but it was EXTRA good when I used this recipe. My husband loved it and said it reminded him of Chinese :’) 

    Thanks for sharing!!

  21. 5 stars
    We order noodle bowls from an Thai restaurant frequently. When i saw this recipe I was excited to make but my wife was skeptical.

    I made last night and is was delicious and my wife was amazed how good it was.

    She told me next time i make add to add scrambled eggs to it and it would be perfect, so i will do that next time.

    Thank you for this recipe. It is not always easy find a new recipe that we know we will add to our dinner meals often!

  22. 5 stars
    OMG this is good stuff! My favorite store makes this in their deli. I had a craving and they were out so I gathered all the ingredients and went home to make this. It is WAY BETTER than their salad. Perfect! Will take this to every potluck from now on.