Peanut Butter Ramen has quickly taken the top spot as our quick and easy weekday meal. These tasty spicy peanut noodles are ready in less than 10 minutes. Using fresh ingredients, this better than takeout meal makes the perfect single serving dish or family dinner.
The idea for this meal gained popularity with a variation on TikTok as seen by Kara and Nate. This version packs in more flavor and makes the perfect lunch or dinner. An easy vegetarian-style noodle recipe that can be eaten on its own, or served with cilantro, green onion, and peanuts for extra flavor. I always top mine with a Jammy Egg.
We love all things ramen! Try our homemade Ramen Seasoning.
This is such a fun homemade ramen recipe. The ingredients are pretty straight forward, but be sure to use our tips and tricks for the best experience.
- Ramen Noodles- Millet and brown rice ramen is our go to!
- Natural Peanut Butter - Use creamy or crunchy. We like using natural peanut butter for this recipe because it makes for a runnier sauce that spreads easily.
- Honey- This is a great ingredient that sweetens up the dish without using sugar.
- Soy Sauce- Gives that fun traditional flavor.
- Ground Ginger- To make this meal easy we used ground ginger instead of fresh ginger in order to make it with pantry staples.
- Chili Garlic Sauce- You can mix this into the sauce but also can be topped on individual bowls if people want to hold back on the spicy kick. Not to confused with sweet chili sauce.
See recipe card for quantities.
- Green Onion- This adds a great little taste and crunch to the dish.
- Peanuts- Adding extra peanuts adds to the flavor and a great texture.
- Cilantro- I love adding cilantro to any dish that I can. This one is no exception.
How To Make Peanut Butter Ramen
This meal comes together in 10 minutes, making it one of our favorite quick and easy family meals. Follow these step-by-step process photos for the best experience.
3. Mix the peanut butter, honey, chili garlic and soy sauce together. Add the dried ground ginger and stir until smooth.
4. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Place the ramen noodle blocks in the boiling water. Boil the noodles according to package directions. Drain the noodles and return to the pot or medium sized bowl.
7. Mix the peanut butter sauce with the cooked and drained ramen noodles.
8. Serve with garnishes on top like cilantro, green onion, and chopped peanuts for divine peanut noodles.
Hint: Add more chili garlic sauce if you want the ramen to be spicier. If you don't want any spice to the ramen dish, serve the chili garlic sauce on the side for those who want to mix it in to their portion.
Substitutions and Variations
- Instant Ramen- substitute the ramen noodles with instant ramen noodles. Open a package of ramen noodles (if a serving for 1) and discard the seasoning packet. Cook the noodles according to the package direction and then drain the noodles completely. Mix with the peanut sauce and enjoy!
- Mai Poi Chili Sauce- Substitute the chili garlic sauce with Mai Poi Chili Sauce. The flavor will differs slightly but still have a delicious taste.
- Sriracha- Instead of using chili garlic sauce, use sriracha. This will add a lot more heat so use in moderation. The flavor will vary from the original recipe as well.
- Non Natural Peanut Butter- Natural Peanut Butter has a thinner/runnier consistency than non natural peanut butter like Skippy of Jiff. If using non natural peanut butter, the peanut butter sauce will be thicker. Add extra soy sauce, ¼ teaspoon at a time, to get a thinner consistency.
Because I have a family of small kids who aren't ready for spicy dishes, I don't add the garlic chili sauce into the sauce mixture. I serve it on the side so everyone can enjoy it the way they want to. This is an easy way for both kids and adults to like this dish.
Storing Spicy Peanut Noodles
If not eating right away, don't mix the noodles and sauce together until ready to eat and serve. When the noodles and sauce are mixed together for an extended period of time the noodles soak up the flavor and it's not as strong.
Store any leftovers in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Reheat in the microwave. As noted before the flavor will not be as strong and you may need to add a dash of soy sauce, peanut butter, and or chili garlic to add a punch of flavor.
Garnish with cilantro, green onion, and peanuts after you reheat the leftovers.
Use natural peanut butter if possible when making this meal. The peanut butter sauce will be thinner/runnier constancy that is easier to mix with the ramen noodles. When non natural peanut butter, or thicker natural peanut butter is used, you will need to mix in a little extra soy sauce to help the sauce thin and mix well with the ramen noodles.
If you don't have natural peanut butter, you may need to use less honey or you may have an overly sweet sauce. It may also be hard to get the same consistency as seen in the photos, but when you mix it with the hot noodles, it works out fine.
Peanut Butter Ramen
- 2 blocks of Ramen Noodles
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 2 teaspoons soy sauce
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon chili garlic sauce
- green onion sliced
- peanuts chopped
- Bring a pot of water to a boil. Place dried ramen noodles in the boiling water and cook according to package directions. Drain noodles and put in a bowl.
- While the noodles cook, mix together peanut butter, soy sauce, ground ginger, chili garlic sauce, and honey. Mix until a smooth sauce. See photos above for a great visual on what this looks like.
- Pour the sauce over the drained noodles and mix until the noodles are well coated.
- Serve with garnishes on top and enjoy!
- Natural Peanut butter was used in the creation of this recipe. Natural peanut butter is thinner and runnier by nature. If using thicker peanut butter, the consistency of the sauce may be thicker. To thin, add ¼ teaspoon of soy sauce at a time until desired thinness and taste.
- Serve chili garlic sauce on the side if you not everyone likes spicy noodles.
- Use instant ramen noodles by opening a package of top ramen, discarding the seasoning and cooking the noodles according to the package. Drain and serve with peanut sauce.
- This meal refrigerate great but once the ramen and sauce are mixed together and it sits for a period of time the flavor is weaker. Add in an extra dash of soy sauce, peanut butter, or chili garlic sauce to flavor leftover ramen.
- If using a sweeter peanut butter, like non natural peanut butter, use a tablespoon less honey so it's not overly sweet.
- Spicy - want it extra spicy? Double the chili garlic sauce, or splash on some sriracha.
- Protein- Top with cooked shrimp or shredded chicken for added protein to the dish.
- Not Spicy! - Don't like it spicy? Skip the chili garlic sauce altogether. If serving for a large group, we have a dish of chili garlic sauce on the side so people can put as much or as little as they want in their own serving.
- Jammy Egg - Add a jammy egg to this noodle recipe.
- Kid friendly - serve the noodles plain with the peanut sauce, sans chili garlic sauce. My kids love these noodles!
- Deluxe - add garnishes like cilantro, green onion, and chopped peanuts to the top of the prepared ramen dish.