15-Minute Peanut Ramen Noodles

15-minute peanut ramen noodles. A quick and easy weeknight dinner, made with only 8 ingredients! Just ramen noodles with carrots and a simple peanut sauce.

Peanut Ramen Noodles

I found my new favorite quick and easy meal. The meal I turn to when my fridge is almost empty and I need something good, fast. 15-minute peanut ramen noodles.

All you need are 8 basic ingredients:

  • Ramen noodles (rice noodles would work too)
  • Carrots
  • Peanut butter
  • Soy sauce
  • rice vinegar (white vinegar would work too)
  • Garlic or garlic powder
  • Lime juice (or more vinegar)
  • Red curry paste (totally optional, but recommended)

See? If you don’t have all of these ingredients in your pantry already, you likely have one of the alternatives. Personally, I don’t always have ramen noodles on hand (I probably will now), but again, rice noodles would be great too!

brown rice ramen noodles
peanut sauce and ingredients

Now that we know how minimal the ingredients list really is, let’s see how quick this recipe is to put together. It’s done in 3 steps:

  • First, Boil the noodles. Add the carrots in the last minute of cooking.
  • Second, make the sauce while the noodles are cooking. Just whisk all the ingredients together.
  • Finally, stir the sauce into the noodles. Done!

A Few Notes on the Recipe

I love to top my bowl with chopped peanuts and green onions for a little extra, but it’s not necessary.

This recipe makes about 2-3 servings. Feel free to double it if you’re serving a bigger family.

I used these brown rice and millet ramen noodles. They have portions already made, so I just used 3 little portions. Alternatively, you could use other packaged noodles with flavors (just don’t use the flavor pack).

The carrots are also technically optional. I decided to add them in for color and crunch.

And finally, the curry paste is something extra that I decided to use. If you don’t usually buy it, just omit it. However, I do find it adds some good flavor and spice.

julienned carrots
cooked noodles and carrots
15-Minute Peanut Ramen Noodles
15-Minute Peanut Ramen Noodles
Peanut Ramen Noodles
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15-Minute Peanut Ramen Noodles

Vegan peanut ramen noodles, made in 15 minutes with only 8 ingredients! The perfect quick and easy weeknight meal.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Thai
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 3 packages ramen noodles (I used brown rice and millet noodles)
  • 1 medium carrot, julienned
  • Green onions for serving
  • Chopped peanuts for serving

Peanut Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter, smooth, natural
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce, low-sodium
  • 1 small garlic clove, finely grated (or 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder)
  • 1/2 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon lime juice (or more vinegar)
  • 1-2 tablespoons water, as needed to thin
  • 1 teaspoon spicy red curry paste (optional)

Instructions

  • Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Cook the ramen noodles according to package's instructions. I cooked mine for 4-5 minutes until just cooked. Do not overcook. Add the carrots in the last minute of cooking to soften.
  • While the noodles are cooking, prepare the peanut sauce: In a small bowl, whisk together all the ingredients, except for the water. Add water to thin, 1 tablespoon at a time until creamy.
  • Once the noodles and carrots are done cooking, strain using a fine mesh sieve and return to the saucepan, away from heat. Stir in the peanut sauce to coat.
  • Serve with chopped peanuts and green onions if desired.

Notes

I like to add a teaspoon of curry paste to the sauce, but this is optional. It adds some flavor and spice. 1 teaspoon was just enough for me as I’m not big on heat. Feel free to omit. If you like spicier food, you can add more to taste.
I used a julienne peeler for my carrots. Make sure they’re sliced very thinly or use a grater. You don’t want large pieces of carrots.

2 Comments

  • Yoyo

    Hi, this recipe looks amazing! I like peanut butter soooo much! But I don’t have rice vinegar at hand, may I change it to apple cider vinegar or red wine vinegar? Thanks!

    • Unsweetened Caroline

      Thank you so much, it’s definitely one of my favorites! The best alternative would be white vinegar if you have that on hand? I haven’t tried it with apple cider vinegar or red wine vinegar, and I’m not sure it would be as good as they have distinct flavors. I would maybe omit it and just add the 1/2 tablespoon of lime if you have it? That should give it the little acidity it needs. Hope this helps! Enjoy 🙂

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