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Sesame Peanut Noodles – Connoisseurus Veg

Slurpable noodles are drenched in silky peanut sauce with a touch of sesame oil, then served up with crispy cabbage and pan-fried tofu to make these scrumptious peanut sesame noodles. A delicious vegan meal that can be served hot or cold!

Bowl of Sesame Peanut Noodles with a bunch of scallions in the background.

These sesame peanut noodles have a lot going for them. They’re scrumptious and a great excuse to have peanut butter for dinner. We eat a lot of peanut butter in my house. I just counted and we currently have seven(!) jars of peanut butter in the pantry. We love our peanut butter.

Anyway, if you also find yourself with too much peanut butter on hand, make these. Since the recipe is made with mostly pantry staples, it’s easy to throw together on a whim. It’s also just easy to throw together. It’ll take you about 35 minutes to get this one on the table!

Side note: This recipe is included in my Weeknight Vegan Dinners E-Book. Definitely check it out if you’re looking for more easy vegan dinner recipes like this one. It contains over 25 recipes, including favorites from this site and a few exclusive recipe that you’ll only find in the book.

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Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Dried spaghetti. This is completely inauthentic, but it works great and many of us often have dried spaghetti on hand, so I went with it. Feel free to substitute another type of noodle. Soba noodles or ramen would work great. Rice noodles are a good option if you need to keep the dish gluten-free.
  • Peanut butter. I recommend using natural peanut butter of the creamy variety.
  • Soy sauce or tamari.
  • Rice vinegar.
  • Maple syrup. You could substitute another type of sweetener if you’d like. Organic brown sugar works well.
  • Toasted sesame oil. Look for this in the international foods section at your supermarket.
  • Water.
  • Peanut oil. Feel free to substitute another high-heat oil, such as canola oil, corn oil or coconut oil.
  • Super firm tofu. I like using super firm tofu for this recipe because the texture is great and it’s easy to work with. Extra firm tofu can be substituted, but you’ll need to press it before you begin cooking.
  • Garlic.
  • Fresh ginger.
  • Scallions. Also known as green onions.
  • Red cabbage. Green cabbage works too! Also, feel free to switch this up with your favorite veggies. Bell peppers, broccoli, and carrots would all work well.
  • Roasted peanuts. Check the ingredients on these. Believe it or not, some brands of roasted peanuts contain gelatin.
  • Toasted sesame seeds. I used a mix of black and white sesame seeds, but either one is fine on it’s own.

How It’s Made

The following is a detailed photo tutorial on how to make sesame peanut noodles. Scroll down if you’d prefer to skip right to the recipe.

  • Start by cooking your pasta according to the package directions. Drain it into a colander when it’s finished, then toss it with a dash of oil to prevent sticking.
  • While the pasta cooks, make the sauce by whisking peanut butter, soy sauce, rice vinegar, maple syrup, and sesame oil together in a small bowl. Thin the mixture with some water to make it pourable.
Hand whisking Vegan Peanut Sauce together in a bowl.
  • Now heat up some oil in a skillet, and add cubed tofu. Pan fry the cubes for about 5 minutes on each side, until they’re lightly browned and crispy.
  • Take the tofu out of the skillet and transfer it to a plate when it’s done cooking.
Tofu in a Skillet for Making Sesame Peanut Noodles
  • Heat up a bit more oil in the skillet, then add the garlic, ginger, and white parts of your scallions. Cook the aromatics very briefly, until they become very fragrant.
Garlic, ginger and scallions cooking in a skillet.
  • Add the cooked noodles and tofu, then the sauce.
Peanut sauce being poured over noodles and tofu in a skillet.
  • Toss everything a few times and cook it just until it’s hot.
  • Add the cabbage last, so it stays nice and crispy.
Hand stirring Sesame Peanut Noodles in a skillet with a fork.
  • Take the skillet off of the burner and top your sesame peanut noodles with chopped peanuts, sesame seeds, and the green parts of your scallions.
  • Serve and enjoy!
Close up of Sesame Peanut Noodles in a cast iron skillet.

Leftovers & Storage

Leftover sesame peanut noodles will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about 3 days, or in the freezer for about 3 months.

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Bowl of Sesame Peanut Noodles with a bunch of scallions in the background.

Sesame Peanut Noodles

Slurpable noodles are drenched in silky peanut sauce with a touch of sesame oil, then served up with crispy cabbage and pan-fried tofu to make these scrumptious peanut sesame noodles. A delicious vegan meal that can be served hot or cold!

Ingredients

  • 7
    ounces
    dried spaghetti
    (or noodles of choice)

For the Peanut Sesame Sauce


  • cup
    creamy natural peanut butter
  • ¼
    cup
    soy sauce or tamari
  • 2
    tablespoons
    rice vinegar
  • 2
    tablespoons
    maple syrup
  • 1
    tablespoon
    toasted sesame oil
  • About ⅓
    cup
    water,
    or as needed

For the Pan-Fried Tofu

  • 1
    tablespoon
    peanut oil,
    or high heat oil of choice
  • 7
    ounces
    super firm tofu,
    cut into 1-inch cubes

For the Peanut Noodles

  • 1
    tablespoon
    peanut oil,
    or high heat oil of choice
  • 3
    garlic cloves,
    minced
  • 2
    teaspoons
    freshly grated ginger
  • 4
    scallions,
    white and green parts separated and chopped
  • 2
    cups
    shredded red cabbage

For Serving

  • ¼
    cup
    chopped roasted peanuts
  • 2
    tablespoons
    toasted sesame seeds

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook it according to the package directions. 

  2. While the pasta cooks, whisk the ingredients for the peanut sesame sauce together in a small bowl, thinning the mixture with as much water as you need. You want the sauce to be thick and creamy, but pourable and not too runny.

  3. Drain the pasta into a colander and return it to the pot.

  4. Next, make the pan-fried tofu. Coat the bottom of a large skillet with 1 tablespoon of peanut oil and place it over medium heat.

  5. When the oil is hot, add the tofu in an even layer. Cook the pieces for about 10 minutes, flipping one or two times, until the cubes are browned and crispy on multiple sides.

  6. Remove the tofu from the skillet and transfer it to a plate when done.

  7. Add a tablespoon of peanut oil to the skillet, then add the garlic, ginger and white parts of scallions. Sauté the aromatics for about 1 minute, until very fragrant. 

  8. Add the noodles and tofu sauce the skillet, then the sauce. Stir everything with a fork to coat the noodles and tofu with the sauce. Raise the heat to high and cook everything for about a minute, just until heated throughout.

  9. Remove the skillet from heat and stir in the cabbage.

  10. Top the noodles with the peanuts, sesame seeds, and green parts of scallions. Divide onto plates and serve.

Nutrition Facts

Sesame Peanut Noodles

Amount Per Serving

Calories 579
Calories from Fat 275

% Daily Value*

Fat 30.5g47%

Saturated Fat 5.2g26%

Sodium 924mg39%

Potassium 446mg13%

Carbohydrates 56.8g19%

Fiber 6.2g25%

Sugar 11.1g12%

Protein 22.3g45%

Calcium 202mg20%

Iron 4mg22%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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