Jun 152006

One of my favorite ramen dishes is ramen with a spicy peanut sauce. This one may not be very spicy, but it sounds good. Add some sliced grilled chicken and make this into a real meal.

Submitted By: Matt Hogan
Submitted From: Albany, NY, USA


  • 1 package Ramen noodles. (throw away flavor packet)
  • 1/3 cup natural peanut butter.
  • 1 Tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • Sprinkle of cayenne to taste


Place the ingredients (except ramen) in a bowl. STIR WELL and microwave for 30 seconds.


Cook the noodles like you normally do. When they are finished strain the noodles until fairly dry. Pour in the peanut sauce to taste. This recipe tastes like the peanut sauce noodles they have in Japanese restaurants!

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  38 Responses to “Easy Peanut Sauce Ramen Recipe”

  1. Is the 1 tsp of garlic powder correct? If the powder is still potent, that’s equivalent to eight cloves of garlic!

  2. Yeah i’m pretty sure it’s correct. The flavor doesn’t seem to really stand out that much but you can try it with less and it would probably still taste good.

  3. How could I pass up trying something that could feed my distinct lack of Chili flavored Ramen… So I thought I’d use a brick or two to give this a try.

    This isn’t overtly hard to make, and none of the ingredients are exotic. (Though, you may find it hard to measure 1/3rd of a cup of peanut butter without microwaving the jar first. (No metal please!!))

    Anyway, once everything is said and done… I… Wasn’t entirely fond of this dish. The order of taste seems to go as follows:

    1st: Soy sauce (Very strong)
    2nd: Lemon
    3rd: Garlic
    4th: Peanut butter.

    Everything else seems negligable. I found that the overall taste wasn’t very balanced and the soysauce/lemon combo made things quite sour and… Ugh. My second try wasn’t much better, but confirmed my thoughts on the first try.

    You can still give it a shot given the ease of preparation, who knows, maybe La Choy wasn’t such a grand idea for soysauce in this dish. But I’d have to give this a bit of a thumbs down anyway.

  4. I actually experimented with peanut-sauced ramen about a week ago, and the results were so bad, I’m afraid to try it again.

  5. I am in defense of this recipe with slight changes… I agree that some flavors are too strong. I used less soy sauce but not a lot less, but I have older soy sauce so I’m sure it’s lost something. I changed the tablespoon of garlic powder for a teaspoon and a half about. Instead of lemon juice I used lime and decreased the amount just a little (mainly because I ran out). I had crunchy peanut butter (just generic) and that worked pretty well, I microwaved the peanut butter to get it to mix better. Plus, I’m odd and had a can of madarin oranges (the super small size) and I added those into the sauce, liquid and all. Instead of cayenne I had some Red Hot sauce and added a tiny bit of that. Perhaps this changes the recipe completely but most of the changes were because of my lack of certain ingredients in my dorm. I thought this way it was sort of tasty.

  6. There is a recipe using peanut butter and Hot and Spicy Ramen noodles on this site that is wonderful. Anonymous up there always says something negative about peanut butter based sauces. Maybe he hates peanut butter..but anyway… the recipe uses the spice packet and is very good. You can add all the the extra ingredients you want. I love it and use it all the time. ….

  7. Not bad, although next time I won’t use as much water, turned out a tad runny for my taste.

  8. When i was young i used plain Mie Goreng *so its indo noodles* with peanut butter its the best thing in the world!

  9. I tried it and it wasn’t that great; I would have to cut back the soy a lot. Perhaps mix in a little bit of heavy cream to make it creamier, but in any case, halve the soy.

  10. Not bad when made by the recipe, but I agree with Felinius that it is very runny that way…..
    I made it at work the second and had to kinda “make do”…
    I found that out can do it with 4 packages of Soy Sauce (from your old take out) and they now make this stuff called “True Lemon” which is crystalized Lemon, I used two packages of that and I didnt measure the peanut butter, I “eyeballed” it (I did have garlic powder at work, and had brought in some cayenne pepper)….and I added crushed peanuts and some chicken nuggets….YUMMY!!!
    I did find that even with out adding any water, there is enough sauce for two lunches….Or at lease for my taste there is….

  11. this was without a doubt the worst thing ive ever eaten. it sounded great from the recipe description but it was not good at all. i mean i almost threw up when i tasted it. and i ended up wasting some chicken too because i put that in there. i followed the recipe to the letter and it was awful. you other people that said it was good must have made some changes to the recipe or something. disgusting

  12. It’s not terrible, but it needs some fixing. Maybe my peanut butter is different, but it, combined with the soy sauce, is overpowering. It needs either less, or something to counter it (I added hot sauce, which worked decently). Needs more development.

  13. I tried it with a little less than a tablespoon of soy sauce, and it’s really good, if a bit rich.

  14. Loved this recipe…Superb. 🙂

  15. The kind of peanut butter you use really makes a difference. I used all natural peanut butter so that might be why it’s coming out gross for a lot of you guys.

  16. Ooohwee, that sounds delicious. I am going to try that out tomorrow. Thanks!

  17. My came out… O.K.

    Here’s what I changed:

    supermarket brand crunchy peanut butter about 1/3 cup – half added at start 1/2 added at end.

    1 teaspoon of garlic powder

    1 tablespoon of soy sauce

    sprinkle of dried cayenne pepper AND several drops of Tabasco sauce

    Definitely edible, and not bad, but consider it a work in progress – it could have been better.

  18. yeah i thought it needed some thing else in it
    it needed texture to it
    but besides that it was good

  19. Although I get disgusted looks from co-workers when entering the lunch room, this has become a staple for me at work.
    Chili flavored ramen cooked in the microwave for 4-5 minutes.
    Dump all but 1/2 cup of water.
    add 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, the spice packet, a few shakes of garlic powder, some black pepper, stir well and microwave another 1 minute.
    Add a teaspoon or so of soy sauce and 1/2 of a lemon juice packet.
    Cheap edible lunch.

  20. Personally I found that this recipe yielded WAY too much sauce for 1 package of ramen. I would recommend using 2 packages or cutting the ingredients in half. Otherwise it was pretty good. I love peanut-based sauces. I did not have any cayenne pepper or chili powder available so it was lacking spice, I can’t wait to try the recipe again with some spice.

  21. Not bad, though I used one normal size clove of garlic from a bug smashed up and added. I found that while this dish was still hot, it was a little too “peanut-buttery” for my tastes. The next day, cold though, it was quite tasty.

  22. i loved this actually, but I changed it around a little.

    I added some ground ginger, maybe 1/2 tsp.

    i used Braggs Liquid Aminos instead of soy sauce

    i used about half of everything the ingredients called for, especally including water.

    omitted sugar

    i used pre-packaged fried garlic from the chinese grocer instead of powder


  23. Why so much peanut butter? I love peanut butter but this was WAY too much. Otherwise, good flavor. Try it.

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  25. over-all i love this recipe, but theres about twice as much lemon juice as nessascery if u ask me. i find that half as much is deliciouse

  26. I made this today for lunch and it was pretty good. But, I didn’t follow the recipe. I used all the ingredients it called for, but just put the amounts to my own preferance. I’ll try different amounts and combinations in the future for this to get it to my liking. I suggest using the igredients list as a base and then changing it to your own personal taste.

  27. very good, filling and easy! i love the pasta recipes on peanutbutterlovers.com, but wanted to see if there was a quicker ramen version. this was very close. i didn’t measure everything out, just eyeballed. no need to heat the sauce separately, just cook the ramen in water, drain most of the water and add the other ingredients (minus the water). next time i will add a tablespoon of grated white onion.

  28. I find that its good if you make the ramen normaly with its packet, (shrimp or oriental flavor)just do a cup and a half of water, a few spoon full of all naturall peanut butter, and some Sriracha. I put that stuff on everything. Im not kidding.

  29. I made it and it was SO GOOD but I changed it:

    use less soy sauce, more like a teaspoon and a half
    NO lemon juice
    regular peanut butter
    NO sugar
    1/2 cup water
    NO cayenne

  30. Thanks for this recipe! I didn’t have all the ingredients in my kitchen, so I decided to experiment a little. I really love the result — very rich with just a little kick.

    1 package of shrimp-flavored Ramen (prepared separate with only half of seasoning packet)

    For the sauce:

    Thai peanut sauce (mine was Chun’s brand) — 1/4 cup
    Two dashes of soy sauce
    Two dashes of lemon juice
    One dash of chili pepper sauce (Trader Joe’s brand)
    1 tsp. of brown sugar
    Dillute a bit with 1/4 cup of water

    Then I sprinkled the whole thing with shredded Pork Fu, a recent discovery courtesy of my roommate.


  31. Amazing!

  32. Im a freshman college student and I eat peanut butter ramen like its my job. Its easy to make it a dorm room and very filling on a low budget.

    I also make a few adjustments (mostly because of my very limited pantry in the dorms).

    I cook a pre-packaged cup of ramen that already has the seasoning in it. Then pour about 3 tablespoons of the broth into a bowl. I mix in about 2 tablespoons of peanut butter and a few dashes of Sriracha (asian hot sauce). I mix it together until the sauce is saucy and then stir in the noodles.

    Many a week have i lived (and loved) on hot peanut ramen

  33. I couldn’t finish mine, 2 tbs of soy sauce is definitely too much. I think it would be delicious with a little less than half as much. But other than that I think it tasted pretty good.

  34. I tried this, it was great, but I think the garlic was a bit much.

    However, instead of ramen, I used this on stir-fried rice with chicken. Cut the garlic down, substituted soy sauce with teriyaki, omitted sugar (because the peanut butter had sugar in it), and substituted cayenne with the vast majority of a chicken flavoring packet. (Accounting for some spills, and adding a pinch of it to the rice as it cooked in the rice cooker.) Other than that, no changes.

    Loved the nutty flavor, it was exactly what I was looking for.

  35. Peanut Butter Top Ramen is one of my favorite meals to make at home. Its also so cheap, convient and fast. 🙂

  36. Spicy Peanut Butter Top Ramen is my favorite! Its cheap, easy, fast and so satisfying. This Ramen recipe reminds me of Thai food dish.

    To start, I use about a cup or more of water because I like a lot of broth. Next, I put in frozen veggies you can buy in a bag at the grocery store ( I get stir fry veggie bag – mushrooms, onions, brocolli, green peas, and celerly) I use a oreintal or beef flavor packet, Sriracha (Asian hot sauce), and a HUGE glob of peanut butter. When its done, I add sweet chili sauce and sesame seeds.

    Literally, AMAZING !

    You can also pair this well with garlic bread (you can dip in the broth) or chicken nuggets. Sometimes after the nuggets are cooked I’ll chop them up and add them in the ramen with the sesame seeds. It gives you extra protein 🙂

    For a low-carb/healthier option, use half or less ramen noodles, add more veggies and chicken, and use only half the flavor packet. Dont worry about limiting the peanut butter, it will keep you full and gives you protein.

    Hope someone enjoys this!!

  37. I do it differently. Throw away the ramen seasoning packet and boil until ready to go. Then drain the noodles, leaving about 1/4 of the water. Add a splash of Kikkoman, two tablespoons of Sambal, two tablespoons of peanut butter and a drizzle of sesame oil. The hot water and noodles will melt the peanut butter together with everything, making a nice creamy sauce. I like to garnish mine with some green onion. Enjoy.

  38. i recommend waiting to put the sugar after popping the bowl in the microwave. add much more than a teaspoon. i think it tastes a lot better sweet not so garlicky. 🙂 but anyway great recipe!

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