Vegan Peanut Noodles Recipe

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Easy vegan peanut noodles recipe with loads of vegetables, ramen, air fried tofu and sesame seeds. Loaded with flavor from lime, cilantro and fresh basil, crunchy texture from cucumbers and bell peppers lusciously coated in a garlicky vegan peanut sauce. Super easy to make and perfect for leftover lunches to go. Healthy, oil free and gluten free!

Peanut Noodles

Pure deliciousness for hungry bellies and hot summer days. Let’s dive straight into this plant powered veggie bowl!

Which Noodles To Use?

  • Whole grain ramen are simply the perfect noodles in this Asian themed dinner. I stock up on the millet brown rice variety so i can always make my easy vegan ramen in miso coconut broth + now these to die for peanut noodles.
  • Rice udon noodles, soba and even spaghetti could work fine here as well. Just take care not to overcook them, drain and rinse well with cold water to stop the cooking process and prevent them from sticking.

The Peanut Sauce


I love the marriage of flavors between creamy peanut butter, freshly squeezed lime, salty tamari, grated fresh garlic and a little heat from chili flakes. All perfectly balanced with a little sweetness from maple syrup. Taste as you go and adjust everything to your tastebuds, add in a little splash of water if. thinner consistency is desired.

The Veggies

Red and green cabbage, crisp cucumbers, bell peppers and juicy tomatoes all bring their unique flavors and textures to the dish. However this is a recipe to build on, it really changes from day to day depending on what vegetables are having a moment. I love adding sliced radishes into the mix and a handful of broccoli slaw if I have it in the fridge that day. Jicama makes a lovely crisp addition too, so get creative and feel free to experiment with some of your favorites here. Mung beans anyone? Regardless of the veggies, if you have some peanut butter and a bag of ramen you have yourself an awesome dinner!

About the Tofu


This fan favorite air fried tofu with just a pinch of sea salt and coated in tapioca will yield the perfect little protein bites to add to this salad. Reminiscent of a light tempura batter but oil free and actually good for you.

Vegan peanut noodles bowl with homemade peanut sauce.


Both cilantro and fresh basil are so lovely here, however if you don’t have a loving relationship with cilantro just replace it with more basil or flat leaf parsley.

Can I make Peanut Sauce without Soy Sauce?


Absolutely, you can use coco aminos instead of soy, just remember to adjust seasonings with a pinch of sea salt to your likeness.

Make it Spicy

A good pinch of red chili flakes is perfect for me, if you want to embrace the heat a little more I’d suggest adding some fresh slices of habanero pepper or a good dash of hot sauce if you can handle the heat.

Vegan peanut noodles.

How to Make Vegan Peanut Noodles with Ramen & Tofu

  1. Cook your noodles in advance, slice the veggies and mix up the sauce. Store in separate containers in the refrigerator, yes including the noodles and the sauce.
  2. When ready to assemble simply give the noodles a quick rinse under some warm water to separate them before combining with everything else.
  3. Cook the tofu so it’s fresh and crispy.
  4. Mix everything in a large bowl and drizzle with the peanut sauce over the top. Toss until all the ingredients are lusciously coated and enjoy sprinkled with sesame seeds. Follow the recipe instructions below for the step by step tutorial.
Loaded Veggie Noodle Bowl

I’m not sure if these are Thai or Chinese noodle bowls, all I know is that they are some kind of delicious fusion you need to have in your life on a regular basis. What a fun way to get lots of fresh veggies in the belly. Let’s do this kids!

Vegan peanut noodles with vegetables and tofu.
P.S. Hey if you make this recipe please come back here to rate, snap a photo and tag me with #VeggieSociety on Instagram, it makes my day seeing what you prepared from this blog ~ Florentina Xo’s
Vegan Peanut Noodles
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Vegan Peanut Noodles

An easy vegan peanut noodles recipe with vegetables, ramen, air fried tofu and sesame seeds. Loaded with flavor from lime, cilantro and fresh basil, crunchy texture from cucumbers and bell peppers lusciously coated in a garlicky peanut sauce. 
Print Recipe
Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:15 minutes
Pressing the Tofu:2 hours
Total Time:2 hours 25 minutes


  • Air Fryer


Vegan Peanut Butter Sauce

  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 6 tbsp soy sauce / tamari
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2-3 large limes juiced
  • 5 cloves garlic grated
  • 1 tsp red chili flakes or to taste
  • 1/4 cup water (+ more as desired to thin the sauce)

Veggies & Herbs

Tofu & Noodles

  • 14 oz block firm tofu organic non-gmo
  • 1 tbsp tapioca
  • sea salt to taste
  • 8 oz brown rice ramen or soba noodles no seasonings


Make the Peanut Sauce:

  • Whisk the peanut butter, tamari, lime juice, maple syrup, chili flakes and garlic until creamy and smooth. Adjust seasonings to your taste and stretch the sauce with a splash of water as desired. Refrigerate until needed.

Prepare the Tofu & Noodles

  • Drain the block of tofu and slice in half horizontally. Wrap both pieces in a tea towel and place on a plate with a heavy pot on top. Press for a couple of hours then cut tofu into one inch pieces or so. Pat as much of the moisture out as possible.
  • Transfer the tofu cubes to a bowl and toss with a pinch of sea salt and the tapioca.
  • Place each cube on a parchment lined air fryer tray without touching each other preferably. Air fry at 375” for 14 minutes. No need to flip them half way, we are just looking to get them a little crisp with a tempura like coating.
  • Meanwhile cook the ramen noodles according to the instructions on the package. Take good care not to overcook them. Usually as soon as they separate from one another they should be ready to come out. Drain in a colander and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process and prevent sticking.

Toss the Noodles

  • Add your sliced vegetables, herbs (reserve some for garnish), scallions and cooked ramen noodles to a large bowl together with the air fried tofu pieces. Drizzle with the peanut sauce over the top and toss well until lusciously coated all over. Serve sprinkled with the sesame seeds and garnish with some of the fresh basil and cilantro.


  • You can slice your cucumber into rounds or cut them into sticks, really whatever shape you fancy is fine.
  • Can I make the peanut sauce without soy sauce? - Absolutely, you can use coco aminos instead of soy, just remember to adjust seasonings with a pinch of sea salt to your likeness.


Calories: 762kcal | Carbohydrates: 77g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Sodium: 2921mg | Potassium: 955mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 1930IU | Vitamin C: 87.8mg | Calcium: 279mg | Iron: 7.1mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: noodles, plant based, tofu, vegan salad
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 762kcal
Author: Florentina
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  1. One of the best and easiest meals I’ve had in a long time. Thank you for sharing, can’t resist a luscious bowl of noodles and extra points for making healthy and not using oil. 10 stars from me baby ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ X 2

  2. Hi just wondering about the tamari in the peanut sauce? And how much to use, it’s not listen in the ingredients used! Thanks 🙂

  3. What does the tapioca do? I’m new to the tofu world so just curious as i don’t have it on hand is it necessary? Also, crispy tofu can i do this in the oven as i don’t own an air fryer(Or a deep fryer)

    1. The tapioca gives the tofu a very light crust we love, of course you can omit it and bake the tofu instead but i’d toss it with a couple of tbsp of soy sauce first in that case.

  4. This looks like stuff that will keep well so that I can bring it to work the next day for lunch too! Those are the best meals because I can enjoy them multiple times 🙂

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