Peanut Soba Noodles

Peanut soba noodles are here to rescue your dinner routine, uniting savory peanut butter and bright vegetables to create a perfect bowl of goodness. Get ready for a brilliantly simple meal that’s faster than takeout and way more satisfying!
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A bowl pf peanut soba noodles.
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Peanut soba noodles are your new weeknight superhero. Nutty peanut butter and salty soy sauce team up with a touch of sweetness and a hint of spice for a flavor-packed meal that’s ready in a flash. It’s the kind of dish that makes you feel like a kitchen wizard, even if you’re short on time and ingredients.

What’s great about this recipe? It’s endlessly adaptable. Whether you’re using soba noodles, spaghetti, or whatever you found in the back of your pantry, this dish is a hit. It’s packed with protein, ridiculously easy to make, and a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.

Why You Must Make This Soba Noodles Recipe with Peanuts

Imagine a dish that’s quick, delicious, and makes you look like a culinary rockstar. That’s what we’re serving up with these peanut soba noodles. It’s the perfect meal to impress yourself and everyone around you, even on the busiest of nights.

  • Easy-Peasy Peanutty Goodness: This recipe is a breeze to make, perfect for those nights when you’re big on hunger but short on time.
  • Pantry Power: We’ve all got that stash of random noodles—this dish makes the most of whatever you’ve got on hand. Here are our favorite healthy noodles for inspiration.
  • Protein-Packed Punch: With peanut butter and edamame, this dish delivers a solid dose of plant-based protein. It’s hearty, satisfying, and keeps you full for hours.
  • Versatile Veggies: Toss in any veggies you have lying around. It’s a great, budget-friendly way to use up what’s in the fridge.
  • Vegan Victory: Completely plant-based, this dish proves that vegan meals can be both hearty and delicious.
  • Kid-Approved: The nutty, savory flavors are a hit with the little ones, making dinner a drama-free affair.
  • Leftover Love: Tastes even better the next day, making it a fantastic option for meal prep and leftovers.

Key Ingredients and Substitutions

Ready to dive into a delicious bowl of peanut soba noodles? Here’s a breakdown of the key ingredients that make this dish a superstar, plus some smart substitutions to keep things flexible and delicious.

Ingredients for peanut soba noodles with labels.
  • Peanut Butter: The heart and soul of our sauce, peanut butter brings that rich, creamy texture and nutty flavor. You can use either crunchy or smooth, depending on your texture preference. No peanut butter? Almond butter or sunflower seed butter can step in as worthy substitutes.
  • Soy Sauce: Adds the essential umami and saltiness that balances the peanut butter. Tamari is a great gluten-free alternative!
  • Toasted Sesame Oil: This gives a lovely nutty aroma and depth to the sauce.
  • Agave Nectar: Adds a touch of sweetness to balance the savory elements. Feel free to sub with granulated sugar or maple syrup.
  • Sriracha: Brings the heat! Adjust the amount to suit your spice tolerance. Any hot sauce you like can be a good substitute, or you can skip it altogether for a milder dish.
  • Garlic: Fresh cloves add a robust, savory kick. If you’re out of fresh garlic, garlic powder can be used in a pinch.
  • Soba Noodles: These buckwheat noodles are traditional, but don’t stress if you don’t have them. Spaghetti, vegan ramen, or udon noodles are all excellent alternatives.
  • Red Cabbage: Adds crunch and a pop of color. If you don’t have red cabbage, green cabbage or even shredded Brussels sprouts work well.
  • Carrots: Sweet and crunchy, carrots are a staple in this dish. Feel free to swap in other crunchy veggies like bell peppers or radishes if you prefer.
  • Snap Peas: These add a fresh, crisp texture. Snow peas, frozen peas, or even these Chinese green beans make great substitutes if snap peas aren’t available.
  • Frozen Edamame: Packed with protein and a lovely bite, edamame is fantastic here. If you can’t find it, green peas or even chickpeas can be a good replacement.

Additional Veggie Options

Looking to mix it up or use what you’ve got in the fridge? Here are some other veggies and vegan proteins that can shine in this peanut soba noodle dish:

  • Broccoli: Adds a hearty, satisfying crunch and pairs perfectly with the peanut sauce.
  • Bell Peppers: Brings in some sweetness and a vibrant color palette.
  • Zucchini or Zoodles: Light and fresh, zucchini adds a nice contrast to the rich sauce.
  • Baby Spinach: Stir in at the end for a boost of greens without much extra effort.
  • Mushrooms: Any variety works, but oyster or shiitake mushrooms add a particularly lovely texture and umami flavor.
  • Crisp Cucumber: This salad would be smashing in this bowl!
  • Tofu: Pan-fry, bake cubes, or shred the tofu for a protein-packed addition. It soaks up the sauce like a sponge, making every bite a flavor bomb. Marinate your tofu beforehand if you like!
  • Tempeh: Crumble or slice tempeh and cook until golden brown. Its nutty flavor and firm texture are a perfect match for the creamy peanut sauce. For the perfect protein boost, try our air-fried tempeh recipe!
A bowl of peanut soba noodles with garnish and a fork.

How To Make

Ready to become a noodle ninja? Making peanut soba noodles is easier than you think. Here’s a quick and breezy guide to show you how effortlessly this delicious dish comes together.

Step 1: Noodle Know-How
Cook your soba noodles (or whatever noodles you found lurking in the pantry) according to the package instructions. Drain and set those noodly wonders aside.

A steamer basket filled with colorful vegetables.

Step 2: Veggie Magic
Steam your colorful array of veggies—red cabbage, carrots, snap peas, and edamame—until they’re tender-crisp and gorgeous.

Peanut sauce in a food processor.

Step 3: Super Sauce
In a blender, combine peanut butter, soy sauce, toasted sesame oil, sweetener, sriracha, garlic, and water. Blend until smooth. If your sauce needs a little thinning out, add more water until it’s just right.

Step 4: Mix and Mingle
Toss the cooked noodles with your vibrant veggies, then pour that luscious peanut sauce all over. Mix it up until every strand and bite is beautifully coated.

A close-up shot of peanut soba noodles.

Step 5: Garnish Greatness
Sprinkle with crushed peanuts or sesame seeds if you’re feeling fancy, and serve your peanut soba noodles hot or cold. Boom—dinner is served!

For all the nitty-gritty details, check out the full recipe in the recipe card below!

Serving Suggestions

So you’ve got your peanut soba noodles ready—now what? Here are some fun and clever ways to serve this versatile dish that will impress everyone, from your vegan bestie to your pickiest eater.

  • Party Platter: Serve a big bowl of these noodles at your next gathering and watch them disappear faster than you can say “peanut butter.” They’re perfect for potlucks, BBQs, and dinner parties.
  • Lunchbox Hero: Pack these noodles in a bento box for a work or school lunch that’s anything but boring. Just add some fresh veggies and a sprinkle of sesame seeds for a complete meal.
  • Picnic Perfect: These noodles are just as delicious cold, making them an ideal choice for a sunny picnic. Pair with some fresh fruit and a sparkling beverage like this strawberry peach spritzer for an alfresco feast.
  • Snack Attack: Got leftovers? Snack on them straight from the fridge for a quick and satisfying bite. They’re the perfect pick-me-up between meals.
  • Main Event: Make these noodles the star of your dinner table. Add some savory tofu or tempeh for extra protein, and serve with a side of steamed greens if you’d like.
  • Lazy Sundays: Curl up with a big bowl of peanut soba noodles and marathon-watch your favorite shows or listen to a great vegan podcast. It’s comfort food and relaxation at its finest.
  • Family Feast: These noodles are a hit with kids and adults alike. Set up a DIY noodle bar with various toppings like sweet and sour tofu, spicy kale, pickled cucumbers, or tofu skewers so everyone can customize their own bowl.

FAQs

Is this dish gluten-free?

It can be! Use gluten-free tamari instead of soy sauce and ensure your noodles are gluten-free. Rice noodles or gluten-free pasta are excellent choices.

Can I make this ahead of time?

Yes, you can! This dish tastes great the next day. Just store the noodles and veggies separately from the sauce for the best texture. Mix them together right before serving.

What other vegetables can I add?

Get creative! Broccoli, bell peppers, zucchini, baby spinach, and mushrooms are all great additions. Feel free to use what you have on hand.

Is this peanut soba noodles dish served hot or cold?

This dish is delicious both hot and cold. Serve it hot for a comforting dinner or enjoy it cold as a refreshing lunch or picnic option.

If you make this peanut soba noodles recipe, please leave a star rating and let me know what you think in the comments below! I love reading your comments!

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Peanut Soba Noodles

5 from 8 votes
Meet your new weeknight dinner BFF: peanut soba noodles. Think creamy peanut sauce, a kick of spice, and slurp-worthy noodles coming together in a bowl of pure magic. It’s quick, it’s easy, and it’s about to become your go-to meal for every occasion.
A bowl pf peanut soba noodles.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 14 minutes
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients

Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1 cup peanut butter, any variety—crunchy or smooth!
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce, or tamari
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons agave nectar, or granulated sugar, maple syrup, or other sweetener
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha, or other hot pepper sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 to 1½ cups water

Vegetable & Noodle Ingredients:

  • 1 (16-ounce) package soba noodles, (or other noodles like spaghetti, ramen, or udon)
  • 2 cups red cabbage, shredded
  • ½ cup carrots, shredded
  • 1 cup snap peas, roughly chopped
  • 2 cups frozen edamame, shells removed
  • crushed peanuts or sesame seeds to garnish, optional

Instructions

  • Cook the soba noodles (or whichever noodles you're using) according to package instructions. Drain, rinse, pour into a large serving bowl, and set aside.
  • Steam red cabbage, carrots, snap peas, and edamame for 4 minutes or until the snap peas are bright green and edamame is cooked. Set aside.
  • In a blender, add the peanut butter, soy sauce, toasted sesame oil, agave nectar, sriracha, garlic, and 1 cup of water to a blender. Blend until smooth—and add additional water if needed to get your desired consistency.
  • Add the steamed vegetables to the noodles and pour the peanut sauce over it. Garnish with crushed peanuts or sesame seeds.

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Notes

  • Fridge Freshness: Store any leftover noodles with peanut sauce in an airtight container in the fridge. They’ll stay fresh and tasty for about three days.
  • Reheat Right: When reheating, warm the noodles first, then add freshly cooked or quickly steamed veggies for the best texture and flavor.
  • Flavor Enhancers: Add a squeeze of fresh lime juice and a sprinkle of chopped cilantro or green onions just before serving to brighten up the flavors.
  • Umami Boost: Incorporate a dash of tamari or soy sauce to the veggies while steaming for an extra layer of savory goodness.
  • Sauce Reserve: Keep a small amount of the peanut sauce aside to drizzle over the dish just before serving for an extra punch of flavor.

Nutrition

Calories: 566kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 18g | Sodium: 1340mg | Potassium: 953mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 3438IU | Vitamin C: 43mg | Calcium: 138mg | Iron: 4mg
Course — dinner, Lunch
Cuisine — asian
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8 comments
  1. 5 stars
    I am going to try this out with maybe an almond sauce since I can’t eat peanuts 🙂

  2. Andrea White says:

    5 stars
    Oooo. I need to give this a try! Looks so good!

  3. 5 stars
    Soba noodles are super tasty and I love peanut sauce. My husband will love this recipe. Can’t wait to try it!

  4. Beatriz Buono-Core says:

    5 stars
    Yum! These are so good and so easy to whip up for a quick dinner 🙂

  5. 5 stars
    This is so easy to make and delicious!! Everyone loves this dish!!

  6. 5 stars
    Peanut-y soba noodles are one of my faves and this recipe is awesome! I’ve had it multiple times. So cool that it works with spaghetti too if you don’t have soba noodles on hand!

  7. 5 stars
    What a simple and filling recipe! So delicious and easy 🙂

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