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Weeknight style (under 30 minutes) Spicy Peanut Noodles with Chili Garlic Oil. Best for those nights when you’re craving extra saucy, slightly spicy peanut noodles, but don’t want to leave your house…or wait for take out. Noodles tossed with a spicy, sweet, and salty peanut sauce, bell peppers, fresh garden basil, and plenty of black pepper. Serve each bowl with an addicting chili garlic oil spooned over top. These quick and healthy peanut noodles can be made and ready in under 30 minutes. Bonus, these are vegan, gluten-free, and filled with summer produce.

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Pasta on Monday, cocktails on Tuesday, and noodles on Wednesday. Man, it’s surely shaping up to be a pretty good week…

Truth is, I didn’t intend to share this recipe today, BUT I made these spicy noodles on Monday and truly? I just fell in love with them. These noodles are everything. Spicy, tangy, peanutty, a touch sweet, filled with vegetables, fresh basil, garlic, shallots, and just so freaking delicious.

I could go on and on, I love these noodles so much.

They’re also colorful and full of summer produce and made in under 30 minutes. Oh, and gluten-free (depending on the noodle you use of course), vegan, and healthy.

So, everybody in? This is the perfect peanut noodle, can’t get enough.

Chili Garlic Oil in skillet

Sunday I was going through my DM’s and towards the end of the night I got a pretty harsh message. It was unnecessary and mean, but yet I let it affect me to the point of losing sleep. I laid in bed and kept thinking about this message. My practical self knew it meant nothing. I knew this person was just grumpy or having a bad day, but yet the words “your recipes are stale” stuck in my head for a solid 24 hours (along with all the other not so nice comments this person went on to make).

I get nice comments every single day, but sadly it’s the mean ones that always tend to stick with me. Most of the time I brush the mean ones off. But then there are some that hit me when my confidence is low and it can be rough. They are hard to shake off, and yes, I am human, it does affect me.

Instead of being sad all day long, I did something I don’t normally do. I took to Instagram, shared my thoughts, a darn good quote, and immediately you guys turned things around for me. Your messages made me smile ear to ear. I found new inspiration and I made these peanut noodles with newfound confidence.

And I loved them. So here I am today confidently sharing the recipe.

So thank you guys for sticking with me. I love this little (but actually not so little) HBH family just as much as I love my crazy Gerard family.

Spicy Peanut sauce in food processor bowl

Long story over, let’s talk peanut noodles.

First, yes, I have made peanut noodles before, BUT these peanut noodles are so different. My older peanut noodle recipe (which I still LOVE) is much more Thai inspired.

Today’s noodles are Korean inspired and made with all the bell peppers and summertime basil. They’re peanutty, spicy, and they have chili oil with fried garlic and shallots.

Best part? That they are SO GOOD and SO EASY to make.

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Start with the chili oil. It’s simple but so flavorful. Think peanut oil simmered with thinly sliced garlic, shallots, and chili flakes. The garlic and shallots fry in the oil while the chili flakes make everything extra spicy. This oil is beyond good and can be spooned over anything and everything.

The shallots break down and almost turn jammy, releasing their sweetness. It’s a nice balance to all the spice. And the garlic just gets extra crispy and extra delicious. Add a little salt and the oil is complete.

Now, the noodles.

I just used spaghetti, but rice noodles or soba noodles are both great options too. It’s really all about the sauce, which is very unusual.

This peanut sauce consists of peanut butter, soy sauce, and the very special and flavorful Korean chili paste, Gochujang.

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Toss the peanut sauce with the hot noodles, add the bell peppers, plenty of basil, black pepper, and some chili oil. Toss it all together one more time and serve.

These noodles are delicious warm or cold, but personally, I love them warm. Yes, to be expected of me…

These noodles are great served the following day for lunch. They also make an awesome noodle dish for meal prepping, since they keep for a few days when left in the fridge.

My one suggestion? Double the recipe, these noodles go fast. It’s that peanut sauce. Salty, spicy, tangy, and just a touch sweet…so delicious!

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If you make these spicy peanut noodles with garlic chili oil be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Spicy Peanut Noodles with Chili Garlic Oil.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories Per Serving: 641 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.


Chili Garlic Oil

Peanut Noodles


  • 1. To make the chili oil. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the peanut oil, shallots, garlic, and chili flakes. Cook, stirring occasionally until the garlic is fragrant and toasted, 8-10 minutes. Remove from the heat, let cool, and carefully transfer the oil to a heat-proof bowl or glass jar.  
    2. To make the peanut noodles. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the noodles according to package directions. Drain.
    3. Combine the peanut butter, soy sauce, Gochujang, sesame oil, vinegar, honey, ginger, and 1/4 cup water in a food processor or blender. Pulse until combined and smooth. Pour the sauce over the hot noodles. Add the bell peppers, basil, a large pinch of pepper, and 2 tablespoons chili oil. Toss to combine.
    4. Divide the noodles among bowls and serve topped with additional chili oil and basil. Noodles are delicious warm or cold. Enjoy! 
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  1. First time making this dish and I loved it! So much flavour and I scaled it down to make one serving for myself. So far this week I’ve made your Cheesy Eggs, Mrs Mooneys Gumbo and now this. All have been a hit!!

    1. Hi Ashley,
      I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was a hit, thanks so much for making it and sharing your review! Thanks for giving so many recipes a try:) xTieghan

  2. 5 stars
    I don’t usually leave comments , but This recipe is spot on!! These noodles are amazing, I followed the recipe exactly and wouldn’t change a thing. My whole family loved them and actually asked me to make them tomorrow. ?

    1. Hey Trisha,
      That’s great!! I love to hear that this recipe was a hit, thanks so much for making it! xxT

  3. 3 stars
    My husband and I thought it was way too much peanut butter, making the sauce too thick. The flavor was okay, but I think it could have been achieved with 1/4 cup of peanut butter.

  4. 5 stars
    I have a cold and am asking my husband to make these for dinner tonight. I love peanut butter in dinners and don’t do it nearly enough. Thanks for your amazing recipes! I follow you on Instagram and have saved almost every recipe you’ve posted. I really appreciate you opening my horizons to noodle dishes–with kids, I tend to think every meal has to have a lot of protein in it, but a noodle night once a week would be great for our family 🙂
    You have so many positive comments because people are happy when they try your recipes. You get super negative ones when someone just wants to bring everyone else down. Think of how sad someone’s life must be if they took the time to message you negativity. I hope you can shrug off the bad and remember that the good far outweighs it.
    Keep up the delicious work!

    1. Hey Nicole,
      Happy Wednesday!! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for giving it a go!! Thanks so much for your kind message:) ☘️Tieghan

  5. So delicious. Will add chicken when making for the husband but I love it as is. I did add jalapeño to the chili oil as I really like spicy!

    1. Hi Kathy,
      Happy Wednesday!! Thanks a lot for making this recipe, I am so glad to hear it was enjoyed!! xT

  6. I made the chili oil and noodles. I am now obsessed with chili oil!!! I didn’t add all of my sauce to my noodles because I thought they had enough sauce already. The dish was very spicy (I love spice) and leftovers were fought over! My husband added a little lime juice to his and it was a nice touch. 🙂

    1. Oh WOW! This is so so so good! I had a hankering for noodles tonight and am now sitting with a very satisfied stomach and soul. Quick and easy to make but so full of layered flavour. Loved it! This has just become a favourite.

      1. Hi Elle,
        Happy Wednesday!! Thanks a lot for giving this recipe a try, I am so glad to hear it was enjoyed! xT

  7. 5 stars
    This recipe is AMAZING. I will double it next time so I have the cold version for lunch the next day which is JUST as good or better!

  8. 5 stars
    Spicy peanut sauce is incredible!! So simple and so delicious. I was short on time so I used Trader Joe’s spicy sesame oil in place of making the chili oil – great quick substitute.

    Now using the leftover sauce for potstickers!

    1. Hey Alexis,
      Happy Friday! Thanks so much for giving this recipe a try, I love to hear that it was enjoyed! xTieghan

    1. Hey Caroline,
      I love to hear that this recipe worked out for you, thanks a bunch for giving it a try! xTieghan

  9. I don’t know how anyone could say that your recipes are “stale” – I’m amazed by how fresh, interesting, unexpected, and just so GOOD every one of them that I’ve tried are. Plus they’re pretty simple to make with ingredients that I usually have on hand. Your recipes make my mediocre cooking way better – thanks! I can’t wait to try this one – it looks delicious!

  10. 5 stars
    Okay wow, these are incredible! I loved the fried Shallots and garlic to put on top! I crushed up some peanuts to add some texture to the mix and served with some skillet green beans for some veggies. Was definitely a winner in our house!

    1. Hey Erin,
      Awesome! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a lot for making it! Have a wonderful weekend☀️ xTieghan

  11. 5 stars
    The bomb. I had to make minor substitutes bc of what I had on hand – cashew butter (my hubby bought light pb ? and I didn’t want to use that). I was short soy sauce by a 1/4 cup so I watered down some hoisin to make the rest. You gotta do what you gotta do. The peanut sauce. Oh my word that sauce. I want to drink it.
    Thanks for the great recipe.
    Added some vegetables and chicken cause that’s how I roll.

    1. Hey Tulip,
      So so glad this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a lot for giving it a try!! Thanks for sharing what worked for you:) xxTieghan

  12. Hi, I’m allergic to peanuts but can eat almonds. Do you think using almond butter would taste OK in this recipe?

    1. Hey Ida,
      Sure, I think almond butter would work just fine here. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  13. 5 stars
    THIS IS AMAZING. So delicious and super quick to whip up! I added chicken and cooked it in the oil before dumping it in with the noodles 🙂 thanks for another great recipe, Tieghan!

    1. Hey Karlie,
      Happy Weekend! Thanks for giving the recipe a try, I am so glad it was enjoyed! xTieghan