Orange and Sesame Peanut Noodles

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Orange sesame peanut noodles are my new favorite quick meal.
It’s seriously as easy as boiling some noodles and whisking a no-cook sauce. In the ten minutes it takes to boil the noodles, your sauce is done.  And it’s flavorful and delicious. Who doesn’t love dinner like that?
sesame peanut noodles
Oh, and you can customize this depending on what you’re going for. Want more nutrition? Add some veggies like cabbage, peppers, carrots, or mushrooms. Need more protein? Add shrimp or chicken. Gluten-free? Rice noodles for the win.
sesame peanut noodles
I’m also a big fan of meals that don’t require a lot of prep or cleanup. Since it feels like I’m doing dishes all day every day, I like being able to throw two or three things in the dishwasher and be done.
sesame peanut noodles
So let’s talk about the sauce for this. It starts with toasted sesame oil. And yes, it has to be toasted. You’ll know the difference because toasted sesame oil is brown and has a rich, nutty smell that comes through in the peanut sauce here. I mean, sure, you can use plain old sesame oil if that’s all you have, but don’t expect any magic.
From there, you’ll add garlic, ginger, chili paste, soy sauce, orange and lime juice, and lots of orange zest. The result is a sauce that is sweet, salty, pungent, and floral. This recipe makes more sauce than you might like, but that’s because I like my noodles, well, saucy. Some chopped peanuts, fresh cilantro, scallions, and a pinch of Hot Roasted Garlic make this perfect for me.
I typically use linguine for this, but you can use whatever you like — rice noodles, fettuccini, or even spaghetti. If you want cold noodles, rinse the noodles and chill before mixing them with the sauce. Seriously, you can make this however you want, and dinner is on the table in a flash.
sesame peanut noodles

Orange and Sesame Peanut Noodles

For dinner faster than takeout, these orange sesame peanut noodles are perfect — flavorful and versatile, they are perfect for busy nights or lazy days.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Servings 2
Calories 519 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 4 ounces linguini noodles

Sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh grated ginger
  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sambal oelek or Sriracha
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Juice and zest of 1 orange

To serve:

  • 1/4 cup chopped peanuts
  • Handful fresh chopped cilantro
  • Handful fresh sliced scallions
  • Hot Roasted Garlic or red pepper flakes for serving

Instructions
 

  • Cook the noodles according to the package directions.
  • While the noodles are cooking, put the sauce ingredients in a large mixing bowl and whisk until smooth.
  • When the noodles are done, drain and add to the sauce. Add the peanuts, cilantro, and scallions. Toss to coat.
  • Divide into bowls and sprinkle with pepper flakes if desired.

Notes

Storing leftovers: Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to two days. Delicious cold, but can also be reheated.
Pairs well with: Charred Scallion Salt, Homemade Hot Honey, Pan Fried Vegetable Dumplings

Nutrition

Calories: 519kcalCarbohydrates: 54gProtein: 22gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 1161mgPotassium: 522mgFiber: 6gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 1IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 54mgIron: 3mg
Nutrition information is only an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. View full nutrition disclousre.
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