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Gluten-Free Spicy Sesame-Peanut Noodles

Rated as 4 out of 5 Stars

"I love peanut sauce, it can go with just about all meats and vegetables. Here is my favorite recipe using tofu, vegetables, and gluten-free noodles. Perfect for Meatless Monday..."
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1 h 15 m servings 618
Original recipe yields 6 servings


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  1. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil; stir in rice noodles and return to a boil. Cook until tender yet firm to the bite, 3 to 5 minutes. Drain. Run cold water over noodles until cool enough to handle. Drain again and transfer to a large bowl. Add 2 tablespoons sesame oil and toss to coat.
  2. Place tofu onto a plate and place another plate on top. Set a 3- to 5-pound weight on top. Press tofu for 20 to 30 minutes; drain and discard the accumulated liquid. Slice tofu into approximately ten 1/2-inch slices.
  3. Heat 1 teaspoon grapeseed oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Saute tofu slices until crisp on each side, flipping halfway through, 5 to 7 minutes total. Transfer to a cutting board and chop into cubes.
  4. Combine remaining 2 tablespoons sesame oil, peanut butter, tamari, vinegar, agave, garlic, hot water, ginger, and red pepper flakes in the bowl of a food processor. Blend sauce until smooth.
  5. Heat remaining 1 teaspoon grapeseed oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add red cabbage and green cabbage. Stir-fry for 2 minutes and remove from heat.
  6. Add cooked tofu and stir-fried cabbage to the bowl with the noodles. Pour in 1/2 cup sauce and toss to coat. Add more sauce as desired; thin sauce with additional hot water 1 tablespoon at a time, if necessary.
  7. Top with cucumber, carrot, and scallions. Drizzle additional sauce over entire dish as desired.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • You can use quinoa spaghetti or gluten-free brown rice in place of noodles.
  • Feel free to use the sweetener of your choice in place of agave.
  • You can also substitute 1 tablespoon chile-garlic paste for the red pepper flakes.
  • If you are not avoiding meat, you can use cooked chicken or shrimp in place of the tofu.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 618 calories; 26.1 80.6 16.6 0 1051 Full nutrition

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I made this minus tofu because i'm avoiding soy. The peanut sauce was good but if you like spicy, I would increase the amount of red pepper flakes. The noodles were sesame heavy and it overwhelm...