cold spicy sesame peanut noodles

cold sesame noodles

The cold sesame noodles are tossed with a spicy sesame peanut sauce, cucumbers, radishes and red bell peppers. Sichuan peppercorns give it a numbing spice and lime juice brightens the flavors.


  • 1 (9.5 oz) packet dried udon or ramen noodles
  • 1 tbsp plus 1 tsp toasted sesame oil, divided
  • 1/4 cup Chinese sesame paste (can use tahini in a pinch, just add an extra teaspoon of toasted sesame oil)
  • 2 tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup sichuan chili oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 4 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cucumber, sliced into matchsticks, seeds discarded
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, sliced into matchsticks
  • 3 radishes, cut into matchsticks
  • 2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup chopped roasted peanuts


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add noodles and cook according to package instructions. Noodles should be slightly chewy. Drain, rinse with cold water to stop the cooking, then toss with 1 tsp sesame oil.
  2. Combine sesame paste, peanut butter, chili oil, remaining 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil, sugar, salt, soy sauce, and lime juice in a bowl or large measuring glass cup. Whisk to combine. Taste and add more chili oil or soy sauce if desired.
  3. Place noodles, cucumber, bell pepper and radishes in a large bowl. Pour in sauce and toss to coat. Transfer to a serving bowl and top with sesame seeds, peanuts and a few drizzles of chili oil.


Keywords: spicy sesame noodles