I never really though of using peanuts and in particular peanut butter in savoury dishes until I started food blogging. Since discovering the savoury side of peanut butter I have been thoroughly enjoying it! By far, my favorite savoury way to use peanut butter is a spicy Thai peanut sauce that also includes other Thai flavours such as freshly made Thai red curry paste , coconut milk, fish sauce, palm sugar and lime juice. I am always keeping an eye out for new ways to enjoy this peanut sauce and inspiration struck in the most recent issue of Food and Drink magazine in the form of spicy peanut pork dish. I really liked the idea of the dish but I found the recipe a bit lacking so I took the main ingredients including the rice noodles, the pork tenderloin, the peanut sauce and the red peppers and went from there. The first thing that I did was swap in my favorite peanut sauce for the one in the recipe and then I added more vegetables. Given that you are only sauteing the pork for a few minutes you want to start with a nice tender cut like the tenderloin.
Like most sautes, things move quickly once you start cooking so you will want to have everything cleaned and chopped and really to go before you turn on the heat. Once your prep work is done the rest is really quick and simple. The spicy peanut pork noodle saute turned out great! The tasty peanut sauce covered all of the noodles, pork, and vegetables ensuring that every bite was full of flavour and a bit of heat! The pork cooked up nice and tender and I really enjoyed the vegetable combination. Of course the chopped peanuts added a great crunchy texture to the dish. This turned out to be another great way to enjoy peanut butter in a savoury dish and I will definitely be making it again!
Thai Peanut Pork Noodle Saute
- 1/2 package rice noodles
- 1 pork tenderloin (sliced thinly)
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon peanut oil
- 1 bunch green onions (whites and greens separated)
- 1 red pepper (thinly sliced)
- 1 carrot (julienned)
- 2 cups bean sprouts
- 1/2 cup peanut sauce
- 1/4 cup cilantro (chopped)
- 1 handful roasted peanuts (chopped)
- Place the rice noodles in a large bowl, cover with boiling water and let sit for 10 minutes.
- Heat the oil in a pan on med-high heat.
- Add the pork and saute until cooked, about 4 minutes and set aside.
- Add the whites of the green onions and the red pepper saute for 3 minutes.
- Add the carrots and saute for another minute and set aside.
- Add the peanut sauce to the pan and bring to a boil.
- Drain the noodles and add them to the pan along with the pork and beansprouts and toss to coat.
- Remove from heat, mix in the the greens of the green onions and cilantro and garnish with the peanuts.
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This is nice. Have tasted Thai glass noodle with sauce like lemon grass,kaffir lime,chilli sauce, and sugar with ground peanut on top.
This looks so colorful and good, a real eye catcher Kevin. I've never used peanut butter in savory dishes, My hubby is crazy about peanut butter though so i'm wondering if he'd enjoy this. Thanks!
I love your Thai recipes Kevin are so nice and this look awesome and tatsy! Gloria
What an inspiration this dish Kevin. My kind of food. Sample and looks delicious. I can't wait to try your sauce.
I am also a huge fan of peanut in savory dishes, yum!
Nina Timm says
I just watched Nigella make a Peanut Noodles salad last night and here I have the recipe, magic!!!
Rosa's Yummy Yums says
A fabulous dish! So appetizing and tasty looking! Yummy!
Although I am vegetarian, I think swapping the pork for tofu would be great too, and the sauce sounds wonderful! I love your recipes!
Lovely and yummy and I like the peanuts in this.
Hey Kevin, sorry I have not been around lately.
Love the idea of your jerk pulled-pork wrap.
Wow…looks really delicious! Very colourful too!
Anything with peanuts is a definite hit for me.
Im like you, I never thought there were so many savoury uses for peanut butter!!! This dish looks great
Happy cook says
I am sure going to try this.
It looks so tasty!!!
Peanut noodles are one of my favorite dishes and I have tried them a dozen different ways, some with good results and some that are forgettable.
This one looks very appealing. I love them cold, straight from the bowl with my favorite chopsticks.
This is one of my very favourite kind of dishes, beautiful!
Jenn Sutherland says
Yum! I share your love of homeade peanut sauce, and this sounds like an excellent application! Might have to make this one this weekend.
I feel the same way about the peanut sauce – its something I would have never thought to make before but now I'm addicted. I love peanut sauce and pasta. Great dish.
I saw the word noodle and had to stop and carefully read the recipe. The sauce is spectacular. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful day.
I'm like you: peanut butter was for bread… and spreading on oatmeal cookies. I love using it in Asian food and your pasta is on my list to try. I just have a hard time not eating it… and the peanuts, while I'm cooking!
Cookin' Canuck says
You are the most prolific cook! I would love to be a guest in your home. This looks wonderful!
I am a big fan of peanut sauce, too. This looks terrific!
I have some left over red curry paste in the fridge- this gave me a fabulous idea! Thanks for that Kelvin!
I love these quick asian dishes! and I especially love using PB in everything! I used it quite a bit before I started food blogging, now I'm just wild with it 🙂
This has all my favorite flavors in it! Of course, my Thai red curry paste comes from a jar…maybe someday I'll make fresh!
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love the idea of using peanut butter.. sound wonderful!!
loving ye blog very much.. specially the yummy and tasty looking recipes.. can wait to try them out.
Nice one!! I love noodles!
Jackie @PhamFatale.com says
Looks awesome. But to make it very authentic, you should slightly crush the peanut 🙂
Next time you make this you need to invite me over! 😉 I love red curry and peanut flavors mixed. I use both, with some other ingredients, for chicken and it is so nice! Beautiful photos.
That looks amazing and has all my favorite flavors, I gotta make it!
What a fantastic looking noodle dish! I prefer peanut flavours in my savoury rather than sweet dishes. mmm.
The Duo Dishes says
A good peanut sauce can go a long way. Excellent.
I was just thinking yesterday that I am so craving something with peanut sauce. This looks amazing! Perfect timing.
Alisa - Frugal Foodie says
I just bookmarked this, it sounds fabulous!
Ruth Daniels says
I'm definitely drooling over this one. Thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Nights.
this is my go-to pasta dish. I can't tell you how much of this dish I actually do eat on a weekly basis–it's sickening really LOL
I made this tonight with a few minor changes:
1) Forgot the carrots at the grocery store
2) I prefer the texture of rice noodles when gave a cold soak rather than a hot soak. You just let the noodles soak longer (45 minutes)
Anyways it was absolutely awesome. I definitely will be adding this to my recipe book. The only small change i would make next time would be to add some hot peppers. I thought it would already be hot with the red curry paste but i would have liked it hotter (i love very spicy food). That being said i would really consider this a traditional thai dish but more westernized…but it really doesn't matter cause it tasted great.
Looks fantastic! Great flavors. Have to try this!
Sounds fantastic! I'm bookmarking this right now!
Beachlover's Kitchen says
Kevin your Pad Thai look really great!! I bet it tasnutty and spicy..so
My husband would LOVE this!
mmm this looks fab! i've been craving thai food but we don't have a single thai restaurant… i should try this!
This was quite excellent – made it last night with the peanut sauce. Sauce was outstanding and, since I love Asian food, I had all the ingredients for the sauce already. Came together very quickly and was a huge hit!! Only thing we did differently was to grill the pork tenderloin and that added another dimension of flavor. Thanks so much for this recipe!
Unknown: Glad you enjoyed it! Grilling the pork tenderloin would be good!