Cold Ramen Noodles with Spicy Peanut Sauce make a fabulous meal! It’s simple and savory. Tangle up those noodles in chopsticks, or twirl them up with a fork to enjoy them!
Noodles are my thing! Growing up in an Italian family, I ate a lot of pasta. Allll sorts of pasta. I looooove Asian noodle dishes, and I love making these Cold Ramen Noodles with Spicy Peanut Sauce.
These cold noodles might not be super-authentic but they’re easy to make, fun to serve, and they taste amazing. I usually always have the ingredients on hand, and you can toss in a bunch of your favorite veggies.
After you make this cold ramen noodle dish, give this warm noodle dish a try — it’s one of my absolute favorites! My Pan-Fried Udon Noodles with Garlic and Rapini recipe is not to be missed! Seriously.
I like adding cucumber to these Cold Ramen Noodles with Spicy Peanut Sauce. I think they hold up well and offer a nice, cool pairing to go with the spicy sauce.
The base of this sauce is plain old peanut butter. You’ll be amazed how two simple ingredients – ramen noodles and peanut butter – can be turned into such a savory and satisfying dish.
Did you eat a lot of ramen noodles when you were young? Do you eat them now? I occasionally buy them and stick them in the back of the cupboard.
In my reading, I learned that Momofuku Ando created instant noodles in 1958 as a way to help with the food shortage that plagued Japan. He said, “Peace will come to the world when the people have enough to eat.” I love that quote!
Cold Ramen Noodles with Spicy Peanut Sauce
Sometimes I make ramen noodles (sans flavor packet) when I want something quick and plain, and other times I use them as my main dish with a fun sauce, like with these Cold Ramen Noodles with Spicy Peanut Sauce.
The one thing I love about this noodle dish is the garlic chili oil used in the sauce. Mmm! One of my favorite condiments!
What’s not to love? Garlic and hot pepper combine with oil to make dishes and sauces taste amazing. Lay it on heavy if you can handle the heat or use just a bit if you can’t. Bet you’ll find yourself using it on lots of dishes.
I have another cold noodle dish that’s super-tasty and similar to this ramen recipe: Cold Sesame-Peanut Noodle Salad. You’ll find extra veggies in this dish to make it quite filling.
If you’re up for a simple and delicious dish you can tangle up in chopsticks or twirl around a fork, make Cold Ramen Noodles with Spicy Peanut Sauce. You’ll love it!
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Serves Serves 2-4
4.8 based on 9 review(s)
- 2 (3-ounce) packages ramen noodles, flavor packets discarded
- 1/2 green bell pepper, diced
- 1/2 cucumber, seeds discarded, cut into matchsticks
- 1/4 cup shredded carrot
- 6 tablespoons peanut butter (chunky or smooth)
- 2 teaspoons prepared garlic chili oil
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- Juice from one small lime
- Chopped peanuts for garnish
- Cook the ramen noodles according to the package directions (without using the flavor packets). Rinse with cold water, drain, and place in a bowl to chill in the refrigerator.
- Mix together the peanut butter, garlic chili oil, soy sauce, brown sugar, and lime juice in a small bowl. Mix until combined. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
- Remove the noodles from the refrigerator. Add the bell pepper, cucumber, and shredded carrot to the bowl.
- Pour the peanut butter mixture over the noodles and veggies and toss until well coated.
- Serve cold garnished with chopped peanuts.