Helping Hands in the Kitchen: Sesame Peanut Noodles

A bowl filled with sesame peanut noodles topped with sliced green onions, chopped peanuts, and sesame seeds.

You’re going to love this recipe for Sesame Peanut Noodles. This dish is perfect for anyone who loves the combination of creamy peanut butter and nutty sesame flavors. Not only is it delicious, but it’s also incredibly easy to make and can be customized to suit your personal taste preferences. Whether you’re looking for a quick and easy lunch or a satisfying dinner, this recipe is sure to become a new favorite. So, grab your ingredients, and let’s get cooking!

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Cooking pot with lid, mixing spoon, large frying pan, knife, cutting board, mixing bowl, whisk (or fork), colander (or straining tools.)

ESTIMATED COST: $8.00-$12.00
COST PER SERVING: $2.00-$3.00


  • 5 cups water
  • 1 box noodles of your choice
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil (e.g. canola, coconut, olive)
  • 1 ea onion, chopped
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 cups frozen peas (optional)
  • 1 cup carrots, shredded
  • 1 cup cabbage, shredded (optional)
  • To taste, salt and pepper
  • Optional toppings: peanuts, green onion, cilantro, jalapenos, sesame seeds
  • For the sesame peanut sauce:
    • 1/2 cup peanut butter (or nut/seed butter of your choice)
    • 3 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
    • 1/4 cup sesame oil
    • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Start with the sesame peanut sauce. In a small bowl, mix the ingredients together. Set aside.
  2. In a medium cooking pot, add water and cook the noodles according to package directions.
  3. While the noodles are cooking, in a frying pan over medium heat add the oil. Warm oil over low heat. Add the onion and a dash of salt. Sauté for 2-5 minutes, or until translucent.
  4. Next, add the garlic and sauté for an additional 3 minutes, or until fragrant.
  5. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well. Pour in the peanut sauce and mix until everything is evenly coated in the sauce. Cook on low for 10 minutes, or until the carrots are tender.
  6. Strain the noodles when ready and add them to the frying pan. Mix everything well.
  7. Enjoy at once as is or with cilantro, peanuts, green onions, sesame seeds, or jalapenos.


Sesame Peanut Noodles
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1.5 cups
Servings: 6
Amount Per Serving & % Daily Value*
Calories: 337
Total Fat: 24.8g 32%
Saturated Fat 7.5g 38%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 317mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 22.8g 8%
Dietary Fiber 6.1g 22%
Sugars 6.9g
Protein 9.5g
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 31mg 2%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 385mg 8%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


Cabbage: A great source of vitamin K, folate, vitamin C, and fiber. As well, cabbage contains polyphenols, which have been shown to help regulate blood pressure and promote healthy circulation of blood. Try adding cabbage to fried rice, stir fry, or sauteed with herbs

Peas: A great source of vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin B1, folate, fiber, and protein. The protein and fiber in peas help to regulate blood sugar levels, making them great for those with type 2 diabetes. As well, peas contain lutein, which is beneficial to eye health by protecting the eyes from UV damage. Try adding peas to a curry, quinoa salad, or as a side

Left: A bunch of peas
Right: A head of cabbage

Recipe provided by Kristin Schaefer
Maryland University of Integrative Health