These spicy almond butter noodles are the perfect weeknight dinner to get a meal on the table in just 25 minutes! You can adjust how spicy your noodles are based on how much sriracha you add. This dish is packed with vegetables and the noodles are super creamy, thanks to almond butter! Edamame and almonds provide protein to make this vegan noodle recipe more nourishing and filling. Enjoy!!
Rice noodles can be found in most grocery stores, and the great thing about them is that you don’t need to boil them! That saves time and energy! You can soak them in warm water for 20 minutes to soften while you prepare the rest of the ingredients. Or sometimes I boil them for 5 minutes on the stove if I forgot to soak them ahead of time.
Sometimes nut butter sauces like peanut sauce can be too salty or too sweet. This almond butter sauce is the perfect balance of sweet, salty, umami and spicy. Feel free to substitute any other type of creamy nut or seed butter in the sauce for these spicy almond butter noodles.
These vegan spicy noodles are delicious and nutritious! And seriously, a dinner recipe in under 30 minutes? What’s not to love?! If you’re looking for more easy noodle recipes, try ramen three different ways.
Why You Should Make This Recipe
- It’s a quick weeknight dinner recipe to get your meal on the table in under 30 minutes.
- The creamy almond butter sauce flavor is perfectly balanced. It’s a little salty, a little sweet, and has a kick of spice.
- You can easily add more protein to these vegan noodles by topping it with baked tofu or tempeh.
- Leftovers can be stored in the fridge in airtight containers and still retain their punch of flavor!
- This dish tastes great served hot or cold.
- Minced ginger – Adds a kick of spice to the sauce
- Almond butter – This is the base for the creamy sauce. Feel free to substitute any nut or seed butter.
- Soy sauce – Adds both salty and umami flavors. Substitute Bragg liquid aminos to keep this dish gluten-free.
- Lime juice – Brighten everything with a kick of citrus. Be sure to use a fresh lime, not the pre-squeezed bottle.
- Sriracha – Feel free to add more or less sriracha depending on how spicy you like your noodles.
- Rice noodles – These noodles are gluten-free and super easy to prepare.
- Edamame – These little soybeans are rich in vitamins, minerals, and protein.
- Red bell pepper – You can use any colored bell pepper, but I think red gives the best contrast to the rest of the vegetables.
- Carrots – Carrots add more crunch along with tons of vitamin A.
- Purple cabbage – Purple cabbage adds another color to this rainbow vegetable salad, along with lots of Vitamin K.
- Almonds – Chopped almonds add a layer of crunch to each bite. Feel free to substitute your favorite nuts or omit them completely.
- Green onions – Fresh green onions are juicy and a little pungent, rounding out the flavors of these noodles.
- Cilantro – Add the final layer of fresh, citrus flavor with cilantro. But if you don’t like its flavor, feel free to leave it out.
How To Make Spicy Almond Butter Noodles
Hydrate the rice noodles: Soften the rice noodles either for 20 – 30 minutes in a large bowl of hot water or about 5 minutes in a large pot of boiling water. Drain the noodles and return to the large bowl or pot.
Prepare the sauce: In a medium-sized bowl, mix the minced ginger, almond butter, soy sauce, lime juice and sriracha until smooth and creamy. Set aside.
Prepare the vegetables: Slice and shred the bell pepper, carrots and purple cabbage. Combine in a large mixing bowl along with the edamame and chopped almonds.
Mix everything together: To the large bowl of vegetables, add the softened rice noodles and almond butter sauce. Mix everything with large tongs or spoons until the noodles and vegetables are evenly coated.
Add your toppings: Top with more chopped almonds, green onions, cilantro and lime wedges.
Are rice noodles healthier than pasta?
Rice noodles usually contain less fiber and protein than grain-based pasta. But rice noodles are gluten-free. Therefore rice noodles aren’t inherently healthier than pasta, but they do have benefits if you’re on a gluten-free diet.
Are ramen noodles the same as rice noodles?
No, ramen noodles and rice noodles are different. Ramen noodles contain wheat and they often have a crinkly look. Rice noodles are made from rice flour which is gluten-free and they are smooth and soft when cooked.
How do you add spice to noodles?
My favorite way to add spice to noodles is sriracha. A little goes a long way and it adds a great flavor to the dish. You could also add red chili flakes, sambal oelek, garlic chili paste, gochujang, or your favorite hot sauce.
Spicy Almond Butter Noodles
Almond Butter Sauce
- 2 tsp minced ginger
- ½ cup almond butter (or any nut or seed butter)
- ⅓ cup soy sauce
- 2 Tbsp lime juice (from 1 whole lime)
- 3 – 4 Tbsp siracha
- 16 ounces rice noodles
- ¼ cup chopped almonds
- 1 cup edamame
- 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
- 1 cup shredded carrots (from about 2 large carrots)
- 1 cup shredded purple cabbage
- chopped almonds
- sliced green onions
- lime wedges
Prepare the Almond Butter Sauce
- In a medium-sized bowl, mix all the dressing ingredients until smooth and creamy. Set aside.
Prepare the Rice Noodles
- Hydrate the rice noodles either for 20 – 30 minutes in a large bowl of hot water or about 5 minutes in a large pot of boiling water. Drain the noodles and return to the large bowl or pot.
Mix Everything Together
- To the bowl or pot of noodles, mix in the ¼ cup chopped almonds, edamame, bell pepper, carrots, and purple cabbage.Pour the almond butter sauce on top and mix everything with large tongs or spoons until the noodles and vegetables are fully coated.
- Top with additional chopped almonds, sliced green onions, cilantro and lime wedges. Enjoy!