Two Minute Thai Peanut Noodles

5 from 10 votes

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Two Minute Thai Peanut Noodles jazzes up ordinary Ramen noodles with just a couple of ingredients. So easy and cheap, you’ll find yourself making them all the time!

Two minute Thai Peanut Noodles being lifted with chopsticks from a white square bowl

Thai Peanut Noodles

These two minute Thai Peanut Noodles are a quick and inexpensive way to create a delicious side dish or main course. Back in college, this recipe was life! Like many starving college students, I lived on Ramen noodles. I actually got this recipe from my husband back when we were “just friends”. He came over to my apartment one day for lunch and of course, all I had was Ramen noodles. He added a couple spoonfuls of peanut butter and some chili sauce, handed it to me. I skeptically took a bite and it was so good! I don’t think I ate plain Ramen again. It quickly became my favorite meal that I could make for under fifty cents! And it literally takes two minutes to make from start to finish.

I had this recipe for Two Minute Thai Peanut Noodles posted here on the blog years ago but took it off when we re-designed the site because I thought it was TOO easy… but we got so many e-mails asking to put it back on. So here it is! This one is for YOU, all you poor, starving college students. And for those busy moms who just need to get SOMETHING on the table quickly before running off to baseball practice. Enjoy!

Tips for Thai Peanut Noodles

  • Just about any flavor of Ramen noodles will work. I usually use the regular chicken flavor, but I’ve tried this with beef, spicy chicken, shrimp and spicy beef.
  • Don’t forget to make the Ramen noodles as directed on the package, including adding the seasoning packet. Otherwise your noodles just won’t have enough flavor.
  • Sriracha is a brand of hot sauce that can be found in most grocery stores in the Thai or Asian food section. It has a consistency of thin ketchup but packs a powerful punch that gives this recipe a much needed kick!
  • You can use creamy or crunchy peanut butter, whatever you have on hand. Crunchy will give the whole dish a little more texture which is absolutely delicious.
  • Speaking of added texture, you can add so many toppings to these noodles if you like. I love adding peanuts for crunch and green onions for flavor and color, but you could also toss in shredded carrots, chopped chicken green peas, mushrooms, beef, shrimp, just about anything goes!

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Two minute Thai Peanut Noodles being lifted with chopsticks from a white square bowl

Two Minute Thai Peanut Noodles

5 from 10 votes
Two Minute Thai Peanut Noodles jazzes up ordinary Ramen noodles with just a couple of ingredients. So easy and cheap, you’ll find yourself making them all the time!
Prep Time 0 mins
Cook Time 2 mins
Total Time 2 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Thai
Servings 2




  • Prepare ramen noodles as directed on package.  
  • Add peanut butter and Sriracha sauce.
  • Drain all but about ¼ cup of the liquid from the noodles.
  • Stir together until well combined
  • Top with peanuts and/or green onion. Boom. You’re done.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 309kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 10gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 993mgPotassium: 217mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 30IUVitamin C: 2.1mgCalcium: 25mgIron: 2.2mg

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Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her three beautiful girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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  1. 5 stars
    I have made this many times now and it just keeps getting better! This is my go-to when I’m the only one I have to cook for ( I HATE cooking lol) and I nearly always have the ingredients on hand. I’m not a fan of sriracha so I sub a bit of Thai sweet chili sauce instead and I get the Oriental flavor of ramen because it’s the flavor I prefer. Tonight I added some leftover chicken and some snow peas I had in the fridge, and I added a couple drops of sesame oil and tamari sauce – my daughter in law is gluten intolerant so I never have soy sauce around just in case – and it was delicious! Now if only hubby wasn’t so darn picky…..but that just means that there’s more for me! lol

  2. 5 stars
    Wow such an easy and flavorful recipe. Wish I had seen this earlier today when I wanted to make something quick and tasty. Will make this soon.

  3. These thai peanut noodles are so delicious and so easy to prepare! Such a perfect weeknight recipe that the whole family loves!

  4. 5 stars
    This looks like it will quickly become a family favorite! I love that its so quick and easy to make!! Thank you for sharing!

  5. 5 stars
    I love Thai peanut noodles and this recipe is really such a simple and easy way to make them!Highly recommend 🙂

    1. It is like a spicy chile sauce. You can find it in most stores, probably with the Thai/Asian food. Hope this helps!

  6. 5 stars
    this recipe just saved my life during finals. thank you thank you thank you – a poor, sad, frazzled college student

    1. Oh I have SOOO been there! I feel for ya. But yay, sounds like you got through them!!! Best of luck to you!

  7. I completely spaced and missed the part where you add the chicken seasoning packet! So next time I will add that! But even without it I really enjoyed this recipe! Thanks so much!

  8. A neighbor had me for lunch (really) and had ramen. She drained all but about 2 T. of water, then broke an egg in, mixing with half the packet and leftover vegetables from the night before. It didn’t taste like leftovers or just plain ramen.
    This has become a go-to for me, plus my 2 grown sons.

  9. 5 stars
    just made this tonight. all three kids loved it. Served it with steamed broccoli. I used plain rice noodles since that is what i had on hand and added some sesame oil and topped with cilantro. This will be a keeper.

  10. I LOVE this idea! I use the packets of noodles from the asian aisle of the grocery store or an Asian market though, because There is SO much sodium in ramen seasoning packets

  11. simple and sounds tasty , glad you re-shared it. I have a couple of college students back home for a short time. I will be sharing it with them. Have you ever used chunky peanut butter?