Two Minute Thai Peanut Noodles

Two Minute Thai Peanut NoodlesWay back to I was in college (yikes, when I say it like that it makes me feel really old..) I made these Thai peanut noodles on a regular basis. I actually got the recipe from my husband back when we were “just friends”, a couple years before we were married. He came over to my apartment one day for lunch and all I had was ramen noodles (like… one of those Costco packs of ramen LOL). So I started boiling up the noodles and he asked if I had peanut butter and hot chili sauce…. weird, right? I, in fact, did have some hot chili sauce and some peanut butter. He preceded to put a couple spoonfuls on PB into the noodles and a few good shakes of hot sauce then handed it over to me.


I will admit, I was pretty wary. I didn’t want to be rude.. plus I was a starving (like most college students)… so I tried a bite. Guess what? I loved it! After that I don’t think I ate plain ramen again. It quickly became my favorite meal under $.50. It really is so quick and easy to make– it’s surprising. As an added note, to save on dishes I would almost always eat this directly from the pot– if doing this, be advised… the pot will be hot. 😉

I had this recipe 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 I have actually been getting e-mails asking for me to put it back on…  so here it is!

Anyway, This one’s for YOU, all you poor, starving college students out there! This is one you can make during the middle of finals week without skipping a beat. A quick way to get your blood sugar up and feel like you are getting a meal and saving a buck or two by skipping that McDondalds run. Good luck with your upcoming finals! Much!



Two Minute Thai Noodles

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  • 1 pkg. chicken flavored ramen, prepared to package directions (with the seasoning packet and everything)
  • 2 Tbsp. peanut butter (or in college student terms... 1 big spoonful) creamy or chunky
  • 1 tsp. Sriracha sauce (or to taste)
  • chopped peanuts (optional)
  • chopped green onion (optional)


  • Prepare ramen as directed on package. Drain all but about 1/4 c. of the liquid from the noodles. Add peanut butter and Sriracha sauce. Stir together until well combined. Top with peanuts and/or green onion. Boom. You're done.


  1. West Coaster says:

    Great idea! Thanks!

  2. Sally says:

    I make something similar, but this is even easier. A squirt of lime is a good addition, too.

  3. Jenny Lynn says:

    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?

  4. Tanya says:

    How would this taste with the pork or beef flavored ramon?

    • Erica says:

      I have only tried it with chicken.. I am sure it would be fine with those though

    • Steven Davis says:

      I’ve done this both. It’s really good. Also good is the “spicy chicken” variety.

      • Echo says:

        I’ll have to try it. Thank you!

  5. Denise says:

    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

  6. Emily says:

    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.

    • Erica says:

      So glad you liked it! Couldn’t be easier, huh? Great idea to use sesame oil and cilantro! yum!

  7. candy says:

    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.

    • Erica says:

      Oh yum! That sounds like a great recipe! I always love quick and easy recipes!

  8. Jenni says:

    Yummy, I made this tonight for a lazy supper.

  9. Meg says:

    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!

  10. Kimmy says:

    I think I added to much peanut butter

  11. devon says:

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

    • Erica says:

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

  12. Robert says:

    What is Sriracha sauce ?

    • Erica says:

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

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