Stir Fry Noodles is the perfect dish for those nights when you don't have a dinner plan. It comes together faster than you can order take-out, and it's easy to customize to suit what you have on hand in the fridge. This easy weeknight recipe is made with lots of vegetables and addictively delicious spicy peanut sauce. It's vegan and gluten-free.
Stir Fry Noodles
I'll let you in a secret. I don't always have a plan for dinner. And I don't always feel like cooking. It may look like I'm whipping up fancy piccatas and hearty lasagnas all the time, but when I'm not taking pictures for this blog, I make simple meals like stir-fries and pastas.
The stir fry is one of my go-tos for days when I don't feel like spending a lot of time in the kitchen. It's super easy to throw one together just using what's in the fridge. In fact, the original name of this recipe was What's In the Fridge Stir-Fry.
Most of my stir-fries are served over rice, but I use noodles here, because there's something about noodles that makes a meal feel extra special.
How to Make Stir Fry Noodles
This recipe couldn't be easier to make!
- First you mix together all of the sauce ingredients. You can whisk them together by hand until they're creamy, or you can use a blender to cut back on time.
- Then you heat the oil in a large pan over medium-high heat and cook the onion until it begins to soften, about 5 minutes.
- Next you add the mushrooms, red pepper, carrot, and edamame to the pan and cook for another 5 or 10 minutes, until the veggies are all tender.
- Finally, you and the spinach, cooked noodles, sauce, and salt to the pan. You give it a few big stirs to combine everything and cook for another 5 minutes or so, until the sauce is headed throughout and the spinach has wilted.
- Garnish your stir-fry with sliced scallions and sesame seeds.
How To Customize Your Stir Fry
If you don’t have everything on hand, feel free to swap ingredients out for what you do.
- Don't have any edamame on hand? Use baked tofu instead!
- If you have a green pepper instead of a red one, it will do just fine.
- Out of leafy greens but there's some broccoli lurking at the back of the fridge? Use it here!
- I've been known to use almond butter instead of peanut butter.
- Chopped peanuts or almonds can be used to top your stir-fry instead of sesame seeds.
- You can use udon, soba, or rice noodles instead of rice noodles. Spaghetti can even be used in a pinch!
The secret to this dish’s deliciousness is really the peanut sauce, which would taste great on just about anything. You can use it in pretty much any stir fry. I’ve even used it as a dressing on asian-style salads!
Stir-Fry Noodles with Vegetables and Spicy Peanut Sauce
For the Peanut Sauce
- ⅓ cup natural smooth peanut butter
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 3 tablespoons lime juice
- 3 tablespoons Tamari
- 3 tablespoons water
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 2 teaspoons grated ginger
- 2 teaspoons agave nectar
- 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
- Pinch red pepper flakes optional
For the Stir-Fry
- 8 ounces rice noodles cooked according to the package
- 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
- ½ onion thinly sliced (about ½ cup)
- 1 cup mushrooms thinly sliced
- 1 red bell pepper thinly sliced
- 1 carrot julienned or shredded
- ½ cup edamame fresh or frozen and thawed
- 2 cups baby spinach or baby kale
- pinch sea salt
- 2 scallions thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- Mix all of the sauce ingredients together and set aside.
- Heat the oil in a large pan over medium high heat. Cook the onion for about 5 minutes, until it begins to soften.
- Add the mushrooms, red pepper, carrot, and edamame to the pan. Cook for another 5 to 10 minutes, until the veggies are tender.
- Add the spinach, sauce, noodles and salt to the pan. Stir to combine everything, and cook for another 5 minutes or so, until everything is heated throughout.
- Serve hot topped with the sliced scallions and sesame seeds.
More Stir-Fry Recipes You May Enjoy Include:
- Coconut-Peanut Butter Chickpea and Broccoli Stir-Fry
- Spicy Soy Curl Stir-Fry
- Sweet and Sour Tofu
- Tofu Teriyaki Stir-Fry
More Noodle Recipes You Might Like Include:
- Curry Noodles from Vegan on a Budget by Nava Atlas
- Tofu and Shirataki Noodle Stir-Fry
- Coconut Curry Noodles and Butternut Squash from One-Dish Vegan by Robin Robertson
- Sesame Noodles