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Cold Peanut Sesame Noodles

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These easy, Cold Peanut Sesame Noodles are the ultimate Chinese-inspired treat for warm weather. Chinese egg noodles are tossed with a spicy peanut butter sauce with carrots, snap peas, and scallions that you can just enjoy on their own or add cooked protein or tofu and extra veggies such as cucumber or strips of daikon radish for a more complete meal.

Bowl of cold noodles garnished with chopped cucumber with a pair of chopsticks sitting across the top.

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Popularized in New York, Cold Sesame Noodles were brought to the public’s attention by Shorty Tang in his Chinatown restaurant, Hwa Yuan.

The dish was inspired and revamped from Tang’s familiar Sichuan cuisine. His son, Jerry, explains that the dish, Sesame Noodles, had its roots in “Chop Suey” before being revolutionized by his father.

“The real thing was the spice and the marinated meats, like a lot of marination overnight. He gave you the best ingredients you could find on the market. He didn’t do that to make money, it was his passion,” acknowledges his son.

Isn’t that true of most great things in life? The secret ingredient always seems to be “passion.” What are you passionate about?

If it’s a tasty dish, you will want to try this easy version of Cold Peanut Sesame Noodles. They’re simply… delicious!


Here’s a list of what you will need:

  • Fresh linguine or Chinese egg noodles (1/8-inch thick)
  • Dark sesame oil
  • Scallions
  • Carrots; shoestring works great or you can use grated carrots
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Roasted peanut

For the Sauce

  • Garlic
  • Fresh ginger
  • Brown sugar
  • Soy sauce
  • Peanut butter
  • Chili-garlic paste, once you have a jar you can also use it to make my Spicy Ginger Pork Noodles

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Easy Cold Sesame Peanut Noodles

If it’s easy, tasty dishes you want– try this easy version of Peanut Sesame Noodles. They’re simply… delicious!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 servings



  • 8 ounces fresh linguine or 1 lb Chinese egg noodles (1/8-inch thick)
  • 3 tablespoons dark sesame oil
  • 3 scallions minced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger minced
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon chili garlic paste
  • 1 cup shoestring carrots or grated carrots
  • 1 cup sugar snap peas thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup roasted peanuts for serving


  • Boil pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse until the noodles are cold.

For the Sauce

  • Combine 3 tablespoons sesame oil, scallions, garlic, ginger, and brown sugar in a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat until it begins to sizzle, then cook for 15 seconds. Remove from the heat and stir in soy sauce, peanut butter, and chili-garlic paste. Set aside.

For the Vegetables

  • Blanch carrots and sugar snap peas for 1 minute in boiling water. (Or during the last minute of cooking the noodles, add the vegetables. Drain and rinse under cold water.

Assembling the Noodles

  • Pour the sauce over the noodles and vegetables, tossing to coat. Garnish with peanuts. Serve immediately or chill to allow the flavors to combine and intensify.


For a more complete meal add cooked protein or tofu. Chilled slices of cucumber also make a delicious addition! 


Calories: 328kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Sodium: 664mg | Potassium: 354mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 5702IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: sesame noodles, cold sesame noodles

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