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Veggie Peanut Satay Noodles

Easy vegan veggie peanut satay noodles! This stir fry is packed with fresh veg and creamy peanut butter sauce.

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If there is one easy, quick weeknight meal I regularly make, it’s noodles. And creamy peanut sauce is one of my all time favs.

It’s funny, because I used to hate peanut butter (and most nuts in general) and now I don’t know how I could live without them.

The peanut butter and coconut cream make for the most velvety, sweet and totally addictive satay sauce. I am almost certain you will be going in for seconds, and thirds.

Where does satay sauce come from?

Satay sauce is an Indonesian dish usually served with rice and skewers. Although lots of countries have their own variation of this dish.

In this recipe, we are using satay sauce in a noodle dish rather than as a dip. Take a look at my Thai inspired tofu skewers with a satay sauce.

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What you’ll need for veggie peanut satay noodles:

  • Red onion – sweeter than white although you can use either
  • Light brown sugar – to caramelise the onions
  • Peanut butter (good quality) – we are using smooth but if you like texture you can sub for crunchy peanut butter. Try to avoid ones with lots of added sugar.
  • Coconut milk – you’ll want to chill this the day before so it separates as we are using the coconut cream not the water
  • Soy sauce – regular soy sauce for that umami saltiness
  • Maple syrup – sweetens out the salty spicy flavours
  • Chilli flakes – you can use more or less to your preference
  • Ground ginger – ginger powder adds a subtle undertone
  • Vegetables of choice – we are using carrot and broccoli but use whatever you have on hand – bell pepper, babycorn, mushrooms, courgette/zucchini
  • Noodles – any noodles you like, wholewheat/ramen/rice
Stir Fry Vegetables

The veggies can be switched for what ever you have in the fridge/is in season, you can’t really go wrong.

I love using broccoli and carrots as base vegetables for stir fries. But any and all would work! Or omit them and just have with the creamy peanut sauce!

Vegan Veggie Peanut Satay Noodle Sauce

To up the protein add some cubed tofu or vegan soy curls or chicken pieces. Fry with the veggies before adding the sauce.

The base to this sauce is caramelised red onions. They are sweet and packed with flavour.

They get mixed with the stir fry veggies and then tossed with the noodles and satay sauce.

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You want to use a good quality peanut butter for this. Cheap ones are usually packed with sweeteners and additives and will affect the flavour! So opt for a natural one.

How to make veggie satay noodles:

This dish doesn’t take long to put together so have everything ready to go. Chop your veggies and onion.

Heat coconut oil on medium heat and add the thinly sliced onions. Don’t cut them too thick or they’ll take longer to cook.

After a few minutes add the brown sugar leave to cook for about 10 minutes until softened and caramelised.

In a saucepan add all the satay sauce ingredients – coconut cream, peanut butter, soy sauce, maple syrup, ginger and chili flakes.

Vegan Veggie Peanut Satay Noodles

Bring to a gentle simmer and whisk until combined then take off the heat. If you want it spicier add some extra chilli flakes. If you want it saltier add a bit more soy sauce!

Transfer the onions to a bowl then use the same pan with a little more oil to cook the veggies on medium to high heat. Stir fry for a few minutes until softened

Cook the noodles according to packet instructions. Add to the pan with the veggies along with the onions.

Lastly, pour the satay sauce over the noodle and veggies and stir well.

Best served straight away but leftovers will keep for a few days in the fridge. Top with some chopped sprin onion/scallions and extra chili flakes.

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For more noodle recipes you may enjoy these:

Thai drunken noodles

Spicy sweet chilli noodles

Vegetable chow mein


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[the photos for this recipe were updated in July 2020, the recipe remains the same!]

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Veggie Peanut Satay Noodles

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Make these vegan veggie satay noodles for a super tasty, quick and easy weeknight meal. Peanut butter and coconut sauce with loads of fresh veggies. Ready in 20 minutes.

Ingredients

Peanut Sauce

  • 1 red onion
  • 1 tsp light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup / 60g smooth peanut butter
  • 1 tin (400ml) coconut milk, chilled
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce + extra for topping
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp dried chilli flakes
  • 1 tsp ground ginger

Everything else

  • 2 carrots
  • 1 red pepper
  • 125g (about 6) chestnut/cremini mushrooms
  • 5oz / 140g wholewheat noodles

Instructions

  1. Thinly slice the onion and fry in vegetable/coconut oil on medium heat. Once translucent, add the sugar and turn down the heat. Stir and cook for about 10-15 minutes until sticky and caramelised.
  2. Add the peanut butter, soy sauce, maple syrup, ginger and chilli. You can omit the chilli or add less if you don't want the spice.
  3. Stir and then add the cream from the tin of the coconut milk a tbsp at a time. Turn back up the heat so it is gently simmering. You will end up using all of the cream from the coconut milk, add a little of the water if you want a thinner consistency.
  4. Meanwhile, fry the vegetables in a separate pan. Start with the carrots, then add the peppers and lastly the mushrooms. If you are adding tofu or seitan you may want to fry in a separate pan and then add to the vegetables.
  5. Boil some water in a saucepan and add the noodles. Cook according to packet instructions. I use wholewheat noodles that take 5 minutes.
  6. Once cooked, drain and put the noodles back in the saucepan. Add the satay sauce and stir until all the noodles are coated. Lastly, add the veg and stir.
  7. Serve and top with extra chilli, soy sauce and chopped scallions.

Notes

I used Whole Earth smooth peanut butter and Sainsburys wholewheat medium noodles.

Use any veggies you like or have on hand and add vegan protein such as tofu or a more filling meal!

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 640Total Fat: 41gSaturated Fat: 25gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gSodium: 1093mgCarbohydrates: 58gFiber: 7gSugar: 18gProtein: 18g

Did you make this recipe?

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Bails

Tuesday 18th of July 2023

Wow this was delicious and I’ll be making it regularly. Thanks for such a lovely recipe.

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Jodie Foreman

Sunday 31st of January 2021

Our friend made this for us. Delicious. I asked for the recipe. Quick question. Why chill and separate coconut milk to get cream? Why not just use coconut cream?

Jodie Foreman

Monday 1st of February 2021

Terrific. How much should I use?

Tamsin

Monday 1st of February 2021

Hi Jodie, glad you enjoyed it. You can definitely swap for coconut cream. I find coconut milk is more readily available and always have it in the pantry but if you have coconut cream you can use that! And add a bit of water if you need to thin in. Tamsin xo

Glynis

Friday 20th of November 2020

This is quick easy & tastes flippin Devine. I recommend if you haven’t a lot of time to spend in the kitchen this is the one to make.

Tamsin

Saturday 21st of November 2020

Hi Glynis, thank you so much for your comment, so glad you enjoyed it :) Tamsin xo

Ellen

Friday 12th of April 2019

I used broccoli, potato and carrot, minus the red pepper. I also boiled the veggies first to cut down time, worked well, but broccoli went everywhere in the stir fry haha! Still tasted good, but I understand why you omitted it now! I made this for my lactose intolerant girlfriend, I love it - hopefully she will love it too when she gets home from work! Thank you for helping me enjoy cooking again. :)

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