Thai peanut noodles

Contributed by Leticia Nagata, RD

Thai peanut noodles

A yummy sauce can make your favorite noodles even tastier. This vegan sauce has been adapted from a recipe submitted by one of our registered dietitians here in Maui, Cassie Johnson. The sauce, which replaces fish sauce with rice wine vinegar, has a slight tang. I routinely add rice wine vinegar to dilute some of my favorite dressing and sauces, in order to enhance flavors without the extra fat and to reduce calories. Try it out and enjoy!

Servings: 2 (2-cup servings)

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 5 minutes


  • 2 small summer squash or zucchini (if making zoodles) or 7 ounces of yam noodles (also known as Shirataki)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (or grass-fed butter, ghee or oil of choice)
  • 4 tablespoons chopped green or regular onion
  • 4 tablespoons veggie or chicken broth (or water)
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter (or almond butter, if you prefer)
  • 2 teaspoons shoyu
  • 1 tablespoon rice or apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha or similar chili sauce
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 2 cups cut and cooked vegetables of choice (suggestions: steamed green beans, carrots, broccoli, chopped cabbage)
  • Optional: chopped cilantro, chopped peanuts or almonds


  1. Spiralize your squash or zucchini to make your zoodles and set aside. If using yam noodles, rinse under running water and set aside.
  2. In a saucepan over medium-high heat, sauce the onions in the olive oil until they are soft, golden and fragrant.
  3. Turn the temperature down to medium-low and add the broth, peanut butter, shoyu, rice vinegar, maple syrup and Sriracha. Mix for about 2 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in sesame oil.
  5. Mix in the noodles and vegetables. Top with cilantro and crushed peanuts or almonds or more hot sauce.
  6. Enjoy!

Nutrition information (per serving)

Thai Peanut With Zoodles

  • Calories: 280
  • Total fat: 19 g
  • Saturated fat: 3 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 610 mg
  • Total carbohydrate: 24 g
  • Dietary fiber: 5 g
  • Sugars: 11 g
  • Protein: 7 g

Thai Peanut With Yam Noodles

  • Calories: 270
  • Total fat: 18 g
  • Saturated fat: 3 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 610 mg
  • Total carbohydrate: 23 g
  • Dietary fiber: 6 g
  • Sugars: 9 g
  • Protein: 6 g