Wednesday 7 August 2013

Sesame Peanut Noodles

I really do enjoy a light and healthy salad lunch and when I came across this recipe - the peanut lover in me just had to give it a try. 

Here is Nigella's Sesame Peanut Noodle - egg noodles (in my case I used spaghetti) tossed in a flavourful peanut sauce, topped with crunchy vegetables and garnished with sesame seeds.  

The sauce made of peanut butter, sesame oil, garlic oil, chilli and lime juice was refreshing, flavourful and aromatic. 

I added a sprinkle of crushed peanuts as well as my favourite pan fried bean curd to go with the salad. It is easy to prepare and can also be eaten straight out of the refrigerator. This is one of those recipes I won't get tired of having!

Sesame Peanut Noodles (serves 6)
Recipe by Nigella


for the dressing
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon garlic infused olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sweet chilli sauce
  • 100 grams smooth peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 4 tbsp water (my own addition)
for the salad
  • 125 grams mangetout (snow peas)
  • 150 grams beansprouts (rinsed)
  • 1 red pepper (deseeded and cut into small strips)
  • 2 spring onions (finely sliced)
  • 550 grams egg noodles (ready prepared)
  • 20 grams sesame seeds
  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander
  • 2 tbsp of crushed peanuts (my own addition)
  • 2 pieces of tau gua, cut into pieces and lightly pan fried (my own addition)
  • Whisk together all the dressing ingredients in a bowl or jug.
  • Put the mangetout, beansprouts, red pepper strips, sliced spring onions and the noodles into a bowl.
  • Pour the dressing over them and mix thoroughly to coat everything well.
  • Sprinkle with the sesame seeds and chopped coriander and pack up as needed.
My notes: 
  • I added 4 tbsp of water to the dressing as I found it too dry
  • I used 500 g of cooked spaghetti.
  • I stir fried the bean sprouts, snow peas and red peppers over medium heat for about 3-4 mins before adding into the noodles.
  • I didn't mix in all the cooked vegetables, I left some as garnish.
This is for Cook Like A Star hosted by Zoe from Bake for Happy Kids, Joyce from Kitchen Flavours and Anuja from Simple Baking


  1. Hi Mich,
    I have been meaning to try this recipe ever since I got her book, Express! This looks delicious! I know that I will enjoy this as well!
    Thanks for linking!

  2. that makes two of us wanting to try this dish and Mich you beat us to it! Big Yumms!

  3. This is one of my favourite summer dishes! Yum!

  4. I love sesame Mich and with noodles sounds so good!!!

  5. I love peanut dressing, Mich! Why is it I never think to prepare it!!! Thanks for the reminder. Yours is perfect, as is. I better save it:) I love that you used spaghetti too, lol...

    Thanks for sharing...

  6. Divine! A dish I have seen in restaurants. I wish I could come to "your restaurant" and taste these wonderful dishes. You truly are a great cook!

  7. Yummy!!! What a flavorful dish!!!

  8. Sounds simple yet a healthy dressing; instead of just to salad but into noodles as well.

  9. Hi Mich,

    When I first saw your picture, I thought you cooked mee goreng. And actually, I think you did but more like the Nigella's non-spicy kind of mee goreng :D

    It looks delicious!


  10. Hi Mich,

    That is my kind of noodles love to try is.

  11. Oh, looks like Nigella also shows an affection to asian food! This dish certainly looks very refreshing & yummy! Peanut & sesame, very nice nutty flavour!

  12. This noodles is so yummy and healthy too. Moreover, sesame is my favourite!

  13. Mich, this salad simply looks yummy! I know for sure I will love it a lot!

  14. Hi Mich! Love this version of healthy noodles & I'm sure it's sedaplicious with peanut dressing ! I'm drooling!

  15. One of the best comfort food! Love the dressing. Will eat this anytime........mmmmm.

  16. Looks fabulous! I wonder if i could make it

  17. Looks and sounds wonderful!
    I love salads (eat them each and every day), but I've never had PB dressing.
    I must try it

  18. Hi Mich for some reason the dressing reminds me a little of satay sauce. What a healthy, delicious noodle salad!

  19. Hi Mich! I love a good sesame noodle recipe and this looks delicious. Thank you for sharing it!

  20. i must try doing peanut butter sauce one day too, it looks delicious!

  21. Mich, I've seen Nigella cook this on one of her shows before. I must say that although I don't eat peanut butter, I'm sure these noodles taste great from the look of it. Nigella will be proud of you :)

  22. Looks good, mich. I hv her cookbook too. Maybe I shd give this a try!

  23. Mich , I made Nutella cheesecake after I've seen your post , maybe I'll make this one as well lol This looks terrific and I bet delicious , too !

  24. This looks like the perfect summer entrée -- refreshing, full of veggies, and now a bit healthier, too!

  25. Wow, this looks so appetizing! How I wish to have this as my lunch now!

  26. Hi Mich, your sesame peanut noodles look very inviting and appetizing. Love all the ingredients, all my favorite. :))

    Have a wonderful week ahead.

  27. These sesame noodles look really delicious! I want to slurp them up!

  28. Ohhh Mich! You are killing me with these delicious noodles! My kids and I eat noodles for lunch often. This would be a perfect meal for us!

  29. Yum...I love the sound of the dressing! Great post Mich!