3 Easy Spicy Basil Noodles Better Than Takeaway

For any noodle fan, nothing can quite match spicy basil noodles. This dish is super popular in Thailand, but many people in the U.S. simply can’t get enough of it. Unless you can’t handle the heat, you will be ordering spicy noodles day in and day out.

3 Easy Spicy Basil Noodles For Everyone’s Taste

We’ve decided to crank it up a notch and show you how you can make the perfect spicy noodles that will satisfy your taste buds and will be 100 times better than takeaway. We have the:

  • Vegan Spicy Basil Noodles
  • Sesame Noodles with Crunchy Peanuts and Basil
  • Chili Noodles with Basil

They are super easy to whip up and don’t take more than 30 min. So, without further ado, let’s get right to it.

1.   Vegan Spicy Basil Noodles

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Not every Thai restaurant has a full vegan menu. We took the inspiration from the typical drunken noodles and revamped them to suit every vegan. Let’s begin. 

Serving size: 3 people
Cooking time: 30 min
Unique features: Vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan-friendly


  • 1 cup of chopped basil leaves
  • Half an onion (sliced)
  • 1 bell pepper (sliced into thin strips)
  • 1 sliced zucchini
  • 3 minced cloves of garlic
  • 2 sliced chilies
  • 3 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 2 diced shallots
  • 1 tablespoon of grapeseed oil
  • 14 ounces of cooked noodles
  • 2 and a half teaspoon of coconut sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 8 sliced cherry tomatoes
  • Half a teaspoon of tamarind paste
  • A quarter teaspoon of white/black pepper

Let’s Start Cooking

  1. Add the garlic, chili, and shallots to a blender. Let them blend until you get a nice paste.
  2. In a separate bowl, add the sugar, soy, lime, pepper, and tamarind paste. Whisk it well until all the ingredients are incorporated.
  3. Get a big frying pan with a non-stick surface, sprinkle the oil, and let it heat on medium. Add the mix you prepared with the first step and let it simmer for a minute or two. Stir the paste until you get a thick and soft mixture.
  4. Add the tomatoes and the onion to the pan and let them cook for 3 minutes or until they get nice and soft.
  5. Pour in the sauce, beans, zucchini, and pepper, and keep stirring. Cover the pan with a lid and leave a slight opening until the ingredients are all cooked through (5 min). Stir from time to time.
  6. Pour in the noodles. Mix them well and cook for 2 minutes. Make sure to get every nook and cranny of the noodles submerged in the sauce.
  7. Take the noodles off the heat and add the basil. Cover the pan and let it sit for at least a minute.

Done! Your meal is ready to eat.

2.   Sesame Noodles with Crunchy Peanuts and Basil

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Many people have a hard time digesting noodles with heavy sauces but this one is different. It’s super easy on the stomach, and it’s packed with flavor and nutrients. You get a substantial energy boost with a simple meal. What more could you ask for?

Serving size: 4-6 people
Cooking time: 30 min
Unique features: Easy to digest, flavorful, vegetarian


  • A quarter cup of sliced fresh basil
  • Half a cup of pre-roasted chopped peanuts
  • 12 sliced onions
  • A pound of cooked noodles
  • 1 and a half teaspoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of chili oil (add more if you’d like)
  • 1 and a half tablespoon of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of vinegar (preferably balsamic)
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons of sesame oil
  • 2 minced cloves of garlic
  • 2 tablespoon of minced ginger
  • 1 tablespoon of peanut oil

Let’s Start Cooking

  1. Place a skillet to medium heat and pour in the oil. Cook the garlic and ginger for a minute.
  2. Transfer the cooked ginger and garlic to a bowl and add the sesame oil, soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, chili, and salt. Whisk everything well. 
  3. Pour the noodles in the bowl with the sauce. Add the onions and mix.
  4. Let the noodles sit for at least an hour to absorb all the flavor.
  5. Add the peanuts and mix again.

Done! Your meal is ready.

3.   Chili Noodles with Basil

A bowl of instant Chinese noodles with green onions, red hot chilli peppers, and carrots, shot from above on a dark texture with chopsticks and a place for text

Sometimes simple is best, and it can’t get easier than with these spicy noodles. You get plenty of flavor with just a few ingredients.

Serving size: 6 people
Cooking time: 20 min
Unique features: Tasty, few ingredients


  • A pinch of chopped basil leaves (to taste)
  • 1 pound of cooked noodles
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 1 and a half tablespoon red pepper flakes (add more to make it spicier)
  • 1/3  cup of sesame oil
  • 1 and a half teaspoon of chili paste (or more to taste)
  • 6 tablespoons of honey
  • 6 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • Scallions (for garnish)

Let’s Get Cooking

  1. Heat the sesame and vegetable oil on medium. Add the red pepper flakes.
  2. When the pan is nice and hot, remove the flakes and add the chili paste. Whisk for a minute and add the honey and soy sauce. Let them cook for another minute.
  3. Add the noodles and coat them in the sauce. Add the basil.
  4. Transfer the noodles to a bowl. Garnish the plate.

Done! Your meal is ready!

Final Thoughts

There is a little bit for everyone. Whether you are a vegan, vegetarian, or you simply want to try out some spicy noodles, these recipes are worth the effort. You get plenty of different tastes, all made in just 30 minutes or less.

Have you tried any of these before? Let us know in the comments.

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