Peanut Udon Noodles with Snow Peas

By Kiersten | Last Updated: May 27, 2015

Peanut Udon Noodles with Snow Peas Recipe

Peanut Udon Noodles with Snow Peas
Peanut Udon Noodles are one of my favorite lunches, although I really don’t make them as often as I should. You can eat them warm or cold; you can load them up with any veggies you happen to have on hand. (I made this version with snow peas, but I’ve also used red peppers, green onions, zucchini, and cucumbers.) I’ve tried a lot of peanut noodle recipes in my day, but this is the best by far. What else is there to say about peanut noodles? Well, not much, so instead, here are some random tips that will come in handy when you make this recipe. (And you are making this recipe, right?)

Store Natural Peanut Butter Upside Down
Does this happen to you? You buy the fancy natural peanut butter, you open it up, and there’s about a half inch of oil on top. You try to stir it all together and get oil all over your hands and counter and despite your best efforts, the peanut butter is still dry and rock hard by the time you get to the bottom of the jar. Solution: before you open your jars of peanut butter, store them upside down. That way, the oil will float to the bottom. When you’re ready to use it and turn it right side up, it’s much easier to stir without that layer of oil on top.

Peel Ginger Root with a Spoon
Ginger is a pain to peel. It’s too small for a regular peeler and using a paring knife is tough without cutting off all the little branches and knobby little protuberances. (Can we nominate “protuberance” as one of the ugliest words in the English language?) Solution: use a spoon. Yes, you can peel ginger with a spoon! Just scrape the skin right off with the edge.
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Peanut Udon Noodles with Snow Peas

Prep Time:

10 minutes

Cook Time:

5 minutes

Total Time:

15 minutes

Yield:

4 servings

ingredients:

  • 8 oz. dried udon noodles
  • 4 oz. snow peas, strings removed
  • 1/2 c. natural peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tsp. brown sugar (optional)
  • 1 tsp. grated fresh ginger
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • pinch of red pepper flakes or sriracha to taste (optional)
  • 2-4 tbsp. water
  • 1/4 c. chopped roasted peanuts
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instructions:

  1. Cook udon noodles according to package directions. One minute before cooking time ends, add snow peas to pot. Drain and set aside.
  2. While noodles are cooking, whisk together peanut butter, rice vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, and red pepper flakes or sriracha (if using). Whisk in water 1 tablespoon at a time until sauce is smooth but still flavorful. (Different peanut butter brands will produce different consistencies of sauce, so it's hard to be exact about the amount of water needed. The sauce will thin out a little bit once added to the noodles, so don't add too much water or the end result will be bland.)
  3. Add noodles and snow peas back to pot. Stir in peanut sauce. Serve topped with roasted peanuts and additional sriracha, if desired.

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Comments

I am making this right now and it smells wonderful! I love your blog and all the great recipes! I have tried several already and they are all top notch!

Delicious! I used organic mung bean fettuchini noodles from Earth Fare, and they worked amazing! The noodles had 20 grams of protein per serving which made this meal even more protein packed!

Have you tried this with almond butter? I ask because I have a jar and have no idea what to do with it because it turns out almond butter is gross…(purchased during an ill-advised cleanse where I was supposed to go paleo…which can be awesome food, but I spent the entire time focusing on what I couldn’t eat and pretty convinced I was starving. Poor planning on my part).

HA! Well no, I haven’t tried this particular sauce with almond butter, but I do know that almond butter can be used in just about any peanut sauce recipe. 🙂 Now that said, you might still dislike it because it’s made with almond butter…

It wasn’t a total loss; celery sticks with almond butter and chopped dates turns out to be pretty tasty. And possibly the only thing that kept me from murder. I get stabby when I can’t eat carbs…or sugar…

Just lovely. Used soba noodles and stir fired with julienned carrot, spring onions, bit of fresh chilli. The sauce is wonderful, although I didn’t (and wouldn’t) add sugar. Quick and sooo tasty, will become a staple.

i made this last night – my boyfriend and i loved it! so delish. will def be making next time i have guests…

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