This flavorful Spicy Sesame Peanut Zucchini Noodles recipe is made with super simple ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry. It’s made with things like peanut butter, coconut aminos, sesame oil, and zucchini, making it healthy and delicious! It’s also gluten free and dairy free!
If you haven’t tried zucchini noodles (zoodles) with peanut sauce before, you are in for a treat! It’s one of the simplest recipes to make and it’s full of delicious flavor. It’s also easy to customize so feel free to add protein or more vegetables to switch it up. Save it, print it, bookmark it, I have a feeling this is going to be one of those recipes you keep coming back to. I know it is that for me.
Why you'll love this recipe:
Simple to make: from start to finish, this dish will take you about 10 minutes to make.
Full of flavor: not only is it simple to make, it’s also delicious! The peanut and sesame flavors combined with the coconut aminos and red pepper flakes is *chef’s kiss*!
Customizable: If you don’t like spicy, leave out the red pepper flakes. If you want protein, feel free to add chicken or tofu. If you want more vegetables, go ahead, add them!
Ingredients for Spicy Sesame Peanut Zucchini Noodles
Zucchini: I use this spiralizer to make the easy zucchini noodles at home but some grocery stores also sell zoodles pre-made. You can usually find them in the produce section or in the frozen vegetable section.
Peanut Butter: I use natural creamy peanut butter in this recipe. You could try chunky but of course, the sauce will be chunky also then.
Coconut Aminos: Coconut aminos is the soy sauce alternative I use regularly in sauces and stir-frys.
Rice Vinegar: Make sure to use rice vinegar and not white vinegar in this recipe. Rice vinegar has a delicate and sweet flavor that helps the peanut sauce taste so good.
Garlic: Of course there’s a little bit of that lovely garlic flavor!
Sesame Oil: The sesame oil is key to the peanut sauce. It brings an unmistakable flavor so don’t skip this!
Honey: Honey brings out a little more sweetness in the dish.
Red Pepper: Crushed red pepper flakes are added to this recipe for a little heat. If you don’t like spicy food, feel free to skip.
Water: We add ¼ cup of water to the peanut sauce to thin. Feel free to add more or less depending on your preferred consistency.
Optional Toppings: Green onions and sesame seeds
How to make Spicy Sesame Peanut Zucchini Noodles
Step 1: Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Add the spiralized zucchini noodles. Stir and cook for about 3-5 minutes, until the zucchini is softened and warm. Remove from heat and set aside.
Step 2: In a small saucepan, combine the peanut sauce ingredients. Warm over low heat and whisk continuously until combined and the sauce is warmed.
Step 3: Pour the heated sauce over the prepared zucchini noodles. Toss to combine and top with chopped green onions and sesame seeds. Serve immediately.
How Do You Make Zoodles?
Zoodles, or zucchini noodles, are very simple to make. Just use a spiralizer like this one with the whole zucchini. You don’t even need to peel the zucchini. If you don’t have a spiralizer, you can thinly slice the zucchini instead or use regular pasta for this recipe.
More Delicious Dinner Recipes:
- Best Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie
- Stuffed Acorn Squash with Sausage and Apple
- Baked Tuscan Chicken
- Broccoli Alfredo Pasta (Vegan, Gluten Free)
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Spicy Sesame Peanut Zucchini Noodles
- 4-6 zucchini, spiralized into noodles
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- ½ cup creamy natural peanut butter
- ⅓ cup coconut aminos
- 2 tbsp rice vinegar (check to make sure it's gluten free)
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 2 tsp sesame oil
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 tsp crushed red pepper
- ¼ cup water
- green onions
- sesame seeds
- Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Add the spiralized zucchini noodles. Stir and cook for about 3-5 minutes, until the zucchini is softened and warm. Remove from heat and set aside.
- In a small saucepan, combine the peanut sauce ingredients. Warm over low heat and whisk continuously until combined and the sauce is warmed.
- Pour the heated sauce over the prepared zucchini noodles. Toss to combine and top with chopped green onions and sesame seeds. Serve immediately.
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