|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 15g||19%|
|Saturated Fat 2g||11%|
|Total Carbohydrate 97g||35%|
|Dietary Fiber 2g||9%|
|Total Sugars 4g|
|Vitamin C 2mg||9%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Cold sesame noodles, a popular item on Chinese food menus, have been Americanized to include peanut butter, making this dish a closer relative to Thai noodle dishes and more family-friendly. Although there are several ingredients in the recipe, you probably have most of them in your pantry—especially if you cook Asian food often. Peanut butter combines with sesame oil, soy sauce, tahini, cooking sherry or rice vinegar, maple syrup, garlic, and ginger to make a flavorful sauce that is then tossed with cooked rice stick noodles.
Rice stick noodles are a thinner variety of rice noodles, which are flat and most often the size of linguine. In this recipe, they are quickly boiled in water, drained, and then stir-fried in sesame oil until soft. Then the noodles are tossed in the peanut sauce until well coated and the dish is chilled until nice and cold.
This recipe for cold sesame noodles is a great base for adding a few diced or julienned veggies if you like, such as broccoli, snow peas, or bell peppers. Shredded carrots and thinly sliced cucumbers also work nicely. Top the dish with sesame seeds or crushed peanuts, fresh cilantro, and a squeeze of lime juice for a colorful finish with a bit of crunch.
This recipe is vegan, but if you need it to also be gluten-free, be sure to use a gluten-free and wheat-free soy sauce (such as tamari).
“This was a very tasty vegan version of Chinese cold sesame noodles. The recipe was simple to prepare, and the quantity of peanut sauce was just right. Next time, I’ll definitely garnish it with sesame seeds, cilantro, and a squeeze of lime. A very flexible recipe with an easy option to make it gluten-free as well.” —Diana Andrews
1 pound rice stick noodles
3 tablespoons sesame oil, divided
1 tablespoon peanut butter (creamy is best)
1 teaspoon water
1 tablespoon tahini
1 tablespoon cooking sherry, or rice vinegar
1 tablespoon maple syrup
2 teaspoons soy sauce, or tamari for gluten-free
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
2 medium green onions, white and green parts chopped
Salt, to taste, optional
Toasted sesame seeds, optional
Coarsely chopped cilantro, optional
Lime wedges, optional
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
Cook the rice noodles in boiling water just until they begin to soften but are not yet all the way cooked, about 5 minutes. Drain well.
In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the sesame oil and fry the noodles, stirring frequently. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the noodles are soft. Remove from the heat.
In a large bowl or blender, whisk or blend together the remaining 1 tablespoon of sesame oil, the peanut butter, water, tahini, sherry or rice vinegar, maple syrup, soy sauce (or tamari), garlic, and ginger.
Toss this mixture with the noodles. Adjust the seasoning with salt, if necessary.
Stir in the chopped green onions. Chill about 20 minutes before serving. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds, cilantro, and lime wedges, if desired. Enjoy!
Can I Serve Sesame Noodles Warm?
If a cold noodle dish won't go over well at the dinner table, you can offer it warm or room temperature. Simply serve it straight from the stovetop.