Spicy Peanut Butter Ramen

This Spicy Peanut Butter Ramen is an easy way to upgrade this inexpensive convenience food. It’s super quick, filling, and can be customized a hundred ways.

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Consider this a PSA rather than a recipe, because this idea is certainly not new. But if you don’t know about adding peanut butter to your instant ramen noodles, I’m here to tell you that it’s something you definitely need to try. This Spicy Peanut Butter Ramen is super quick, filling, and can be customized a hundred ways. So let me show you the basics and then you can make it your own!

Overhead view of a bowl of spicy peanut ramen in a bowl with lime wedges
Shown with lime wedges (optional, not required for full flavor)

What Kind of Peanut Butter to Use

I highly suggest using natural-style peanut butter, which means it’s just ground up peanuts and maybe a little salt, no sugar, no added oils. The peanut flavor is much stronger with this type of peanut butter than it is with the more processed and heavily sugared varieties.

If you don’t have a natural-style peanut butter available, you may need to reduce the brown sugar listed in the recipe below to make up for the sugar that is already in the peanut butter.

Can I Make it Not Spicy?

The chili garlic sauce doesn’t just add heat, it also adds garlic and acidity, which round out the sauce. So, to make a non-spicy version of this recipe you can add those ingredients individually, by making something similar to this Peanut Lime Dressing instead.

What Else Can I Add to my Peanut Butter Ramen?

You can add all sorts of proteins or vegetables to your Spicy Peanut butter Ramen to make it new and interesting every time. Here are some ideas:

  • Cooked Chicken
  • Shrimp
  • Red bell pepper
  • Spinach
  • Lime
  • Baked tofu
  • Red onion
  • Shredded carrot
  • Snow peas
  • Edamame
  • Sesame seeds

Do I Need the Ramen Seasoning Packet?

The recipe below is designed to be made without the seasoning packet that comes with the ramen. If you prefer to use the seasoning packet, you will want to skip the soy sauce, which adds salt to the ramen in place of the seasoning packet.

Ramen noodles being lifted from the bowl with a fork
Ramen noodles being lifted from the bowl with a fork

Spicy Peanut Butter Ramen

Adding peanut butter to your instant ramen is an easy way to upgrade this inexpensive comfort food with more flavor and protein.
Total Cost $0.83 recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 621.8kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp natural-style peanut butter $0.25
  • 1 Tbsp chili garlic sauce* $0.13
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce $0.06
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar $0.04
  • 1 3oz. packet instant ramen (seasoning discarded) $0.25
  • 1 green onion, sliced $0.10

Instructions

  • Combine the peanut butter, chili garlic sauce, soy sauce, and brown sugar in a bowl until it forms a smooth paste.
  • Bring a small pot of water to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, take ¼ cup of the water and stir it into the peanut-chili paste until it forms a smooth, pourable sauce.
  • Add the ramen noodles (without seasoning packet) to the boiling water and boil for 2-3 minutes, or just until the noodles are tender.
  • Drain the noodles, then return them to the pot with the heat turned off. Pour the peanut sauce over top and stir to combine. Top with sliced green onions and serve immediately.

Notes

*You can sub sriracha for the chili garlic sauce, if needed.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 621.8kcal | Carbohydrates: 69.2g | Protein: 17.8g | Fat: 30.3g | Sodium: 2675.4mg | Fiber: 4.9g
Overhead view of a bowl of spicy peanut butter ramen with a fork in the middle

How to Make Spicy Peanut Butter Ramen – Step by Step Photos

peanut butter and chili paste in a bowl

Begin by stirring together 2 Tbsp natural-style peanut butter, 1 Tbsp chili garlic sauce (or sriracha), 1 Tbsp soy sauce, and 1 Tbsp brown sugar until it forms a smooth paste.

jar of chili garlic sauce

This is what the chili garlic sauce bottle looks like, if you want to look for it in the store. You can find this in most major grocery stores, in the international aisle. If you can’t find this, you can use sriracha.

Hot water being poured into the peanut paste

Bring a small pot of water to a boil over high heat for the ramen. Once it starts boiling, take ¼ cup of the boiling water and stir it into the peanut-chili paste, until it forms a smooth, pourable sauce.

Dry ramen noodles being added to a pot of boiling water

Then add the instant ramen noodles (without the seasoning packet) to the boiling water and boil for 2-3 minutes or just until tender.

chili peanut sauce being poured over the drained ramen noodles

Drain the cooked noodles, then return them to the pot with the heat turned off. Pour the peanut sauce over the noodles and stir to combine.

finished spicy peanut butter ramen noodles in the pot

These noodles are definitely best when served immediately, so don’t let them sit around! Top with a sliced green onion and enjoy!

Front view of a bowl of spicy peanut butter ramen noodles with a fork

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Mushroom Ramen

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This Mushroom Ramen is flavorful and rich—and completely vegan! It’s super simple to make, and makes for the perfect meal on a cold day.  This vegan ramen is made with delicious pan-fried mushr…

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This Mushroom Ramen is flavorful and rich—and completely vegan! It’s super simple to make, and makes for the perfect meal on a cold day.  This vegan ramen is made with delicious pan-fried mushrooms and a splash of chili oil that will satisfy your taste buds! And it’s easier to make than you’d think. To make...

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20 Minute Veggie Ramen Noodles with Sesame Fried Eggs.

20 minute ramen noodles are a must-make this week!  I mean, look at that. Easy. Delicious. Full of flavor! Dinner is on the table in minutes.  And that egg! Oh we are going to talk about that egg.  These noodles are a spin off of the my 15 minute sesame ramen noodles from my last […]

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20 minute ramen noodles are a must-make this week! 

20 minute ramen noodles with sesame fried eggs

I mean, look at that. Easy. Delicious. Full of flavor! (more…)

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Ramen Noodle Crunch Salad.

This ramen noodle crunch salad is def my new favorite salad. It’s only May so I can assure you that I will say that approximately nine more times before the warm season is over. But still.  Here we go! First summer salad of the year! This salad is SO easy. Throw everything together, let it […]

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This ramen noodle crunch salad is def my new favorite salad.

This ramen noodle crunch salad is the perfect make ahead party salad! It's full of sesame flavor and super crunchy. It's a huge hit!

It’s only May so I can assure you that I will say that approximately nine more times before the warm season is over. But still. 

Here we go! First summer salad of the year!

cabbage, kale, red pepper, carrot, scallions in a bowl.

This salad is SO easy. Throw everything together, let it chill for 30 minutes and serve. It’s simple but everyone loves it. And I’m guessing you’ve maaaaybe had a version of it before? We used to eat this all the time when I was a kid and especially when I was in high school. Pretty sure it was a graduation party staple!

This version is loaded with tons of fresh chopped veggies.

I cannot get enough of it. 

And while it tastes like lovely 90s nostalgia, it is updated quite a bit!

almonds and sunflower seeds on salad

First, a mix of shredded kale and cabbage. Both wilt down when covered in dressing but they manage to hold some crunch too, which is the whole point of this thing.

I also like to add in some thinly sliced red pepper and shaved carrot for more texture. And flavor! And color too? Yes sure. 

The dressing is an incredible mix of toasted sesame oil, honey, rice wine vinegar, ginger and even a little lime. I remember making this from a recipe book my mom had back when I was in high school and it used lots of vegetable oil and sugar. So I swapped them! 

tossed ramen noodle crunch salad

For even more crunch: toasted sunflower seeds and almonds. I’m pretty sure these are somewhat standard in the salad. 

And for the final, extra, expected but wonderful crunch: the ramen noodles! I usually use the classic in the pouch, but since I’ve been making my own version of ramen at home, I often have these noodles on hand. They are thinner than the most known brand but they work great. They are so crunchy and then as the salad sits, they get fantastically CHEWY.

Oh my gosh. I could eat this forever!

This ramen noodle crunch salad is the perfect make ahead party salad! It's full of sesame flavor and super crunchy. It's a huge hit!

I’m in love with this salad as a weeknight side dish. Or even as the main dish, served with a side of eggs or something! I mean, I’d do that. You could also of course add in shredded rotisserie chicken or even shrimp if you’d like. 

But the main reason I’m sharing it now is because Memorial Day is coming up and this is the IDEAL side dish to serve with burgers or hot dogs. 

It’s refreshing, it’s crisp, it’s light, but at the same time it’s loaded with tons of flavor and texture. Even the veggie haters love it! 

up close ramen noodle crunch salad

You can make the salad ahead of time. Truthfully, it gets better as it sits. Even if we can’t have our usual huge Memorial Day parties, you can relieve a bit of cooking in the moment by making this ahead.

And finally, it makes for such a good picnic or poolside lunch! 

This ramen noodle crunch salad is the perfect make ahead party salad! It's full of sesame flavor and super crunchy. It's a huge hit!

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m just going to go eat it for lunch.

This ramen noodle crunch salad is the perfect make ahead party salad! It's full of sesame flavor and super crunchy. It's a huge hit!

Ramen Noodle Crunch Salad

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Ramen Noodle Crunch Salad

This ramen noodle crunch salad is the perfect make ahead party salad! It's full of sesame flavor and super crunchy. It's a huge hit!
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Chilling Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 to 6 people, is easily doubled!
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • ½ head green cabbage, shredded (about 3 cups
  • 1 bunch kale, stems removed and shredded (about 2 cups)
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 large carrot, thinly sliced or shaved
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup almonds
  • 6 ounces dry ramen noodles, e.g. from 2 (3oz ramen packs)

sesame vinaigrette

  • cup toasted sesame oil
  • cup olive oil
  • rice wine vinegar, or apple cider, or white wine
  • cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juiced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • pinch of salt and pepper

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, combine the cabbage, kale, peppers, carrots, green onions, almonds and sunflower seeds. Break apart the ramen noodles and add them into the bowl. Toss everything together.
  • Whisk together the oils, vinegar, honey, lime juice, garlic, ginger and a pinch of salt and pepper. Pour the dressing over the cabbage mixture and toss well to coat. Toss continuously until everything is combined. Place the salad in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before serving.
  • Taste and season with more salt and pepper if needed. Serve cold!
  • You can make this ahead of time - even the night before! Just store it in the fridge. Toss well before serving.

up close ramen noodle crunch salad

Crunchy heaven.

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