Spicy Peanut Bowl 🥜

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I’ve had a few friends ask for this recipe so thought I’d write it up on the blog. Commonly served after a hard day at work or when fighting off the cold; spice tends to clear out my sinuses.

  • 🧑‍❤️‍👩 Typically serves 2 people
  • ⏲️ Takes around 25-30 minutes to prepare

I don’t have exact measurements for a lot of things so you’ll have to do some experimenting; I’ve been sort of keen to the “put sh*t in a pot” method of cooking lately.


As with most cooking adventures, feel free to add and subtract from this list as you see fit.

  • Onion
  • Red and Yellow Bell Peppers
  • Shelled Unsalted Peanuts
  • Edamame
  • Chili pepper
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Fresh Ginger
  • Beyond Ground Beef / Ground beef
  • Udon noodles: Bucatini or lo mein noodles will also work.
  • Olive oil
  • Soy Sauce
  • Sriracha
  • For peanut sauce: can also just use store bought
    • Smooth PB sauce
    • Soy Sauce
    • Chili oil
    • Sesame Oil
    • 2 garlic cloves
    • Hoisin sauce
    • Fresh Ginger
    • Rice vinegar


Rough steps; feel free to add your own twists and turns in as we go


Before starting with anything else I find it useful to cut things up

  • Cut up the onion and bell peppers and put them aside.
    • cut diced or into strips depending on preference.
  • Roughly chop the chili pepper up and put it aside.
  • Roughly chop a few cloves of garlic and put them aside.
  • Mince or finely chop the fresh ginger.
  • Take out a pot for boiling the pasta.
  • Take out a large non-stick pan for veggies and protein.
  • Take out a small bowl for the peanut sauce (only if you don’t have store bought).

Cooking noodles

The noodles will likely take the longest time so I start that before anything else

  • add ~6-10 cups of water to the pot depending on the amount of noodles being made.
  • salt the water in the pot to your preference.
  • bring the pot to a boil.
  • add the noodles to the pan and set a timer for the suggested cook time of your noodles.
  • halfway through, add your edamame beans to the pasta water.
  • When the timer is done, strain pasta and edamame and set aside.

Preparing peanut sauce (optional)

If you have store bought peanut sauce ignore this step.

  • in a small bowl whisk together:
    • peanut butter (1/4 cup)
    • soy sauce (1/4 cup)
    • sesame oil (1 teaspoon)
    • chilli oil (1 teaspoon)
    • rice vinegar (1 tablespoon)
    • ginger (2 teaspoons or more)
    • garlic cloves (minced from before)
    • pasta water (1/4 cup: adds starch!)
  • Once it’s well incorporated, set aside.

Preparing protein & veggies

While your pasta is cooking, you can get stated with the protein and veggies.

  • put your pan on the stove and set it to medium high heat.
  • add olive oil and wait until the pan is hot.
  • when hot, add your preferred protein to the pan and break it up into small pieces.
  • cook protein until it looks close to complete (5-6 minutes).
  • Add peppers, onion, garlic, and chilli pepper to the pan.
    • you can add a lil’ soy sauce / water at this point if it’s sticking.
  • Cook and stir often until the veggies seem tender-crisp (2-3 minutes).

Putting it all together

Once all your components are done, you can mix everything in the large non-stick pan.

  • bring the pan down to medium heat.
  • incorporate the noodles and the edamame into the pan.
  • incorporate the peanut sauce into the pan.
  • Add salt, pepper, chili pepper, and other seasonings to taste.
  • Toss to coat the noodles evenly.
  • Taste test and adjust accordingly.


Split things out into 2 bowls and add the following toppings:

  • Peanuts.
  • Sesame seeds.
  • Sriracha (optional, but personally preferred).
  • Cilantro (optional, personally not preferred).

Enjoy 🌶️


The recipe is heavily inspired by a HelloFresh box we got ~2 years ago, but I’ve made some improvements since then. If you want a free HelloFresh box I’ve accumulated a bunch of free boxes for friends, take one!.

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