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Spicy Gochujang peanut butter ramen is an absolute comfort food recipe with a delicious, creamy broth, gochujang flavors, lots of ginger and garlic, topped with Gochujang tofu. It’s a 30-minute, One-pan meal! Options for gluten-free Soyfree Nutfree included.

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For this spicy peanut butter ramen, you cook the noodles directly in the broth, so you only need one pot. I topped it with some crispy tofu, and you can use the same pot to crisp up the tofu that you use to cook the ramen. You can bake the tofu, though, if you prefer.

The peanut butter gives this ramen a creamy, rich broth, and gochujang brings sweet heat and gives this vegan ramen recipe such a special flavor! You will want to make this every day! Change up the veggies and toppings for variation.

noodles in the peanut broth, after cooking, garnished with green onion

Why You’ll Love Spicy Peanut Butter Ramen

  • spicy-sweet-creamy broth
  • One Pot dinner
  • nut-free option
  • crispy gochujang garlic tofu is toothsome and flavorful
  • Good balance of protein.
  • Versatile, add more of less veggies to balance in the broth
spicy peanut butter ramen in the bowl, after adding tofu, green onions, and sesame seeds

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Spicy Peanut Butter Ramen

5 from 86 votes
By: Vegan Richa
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Course: dinner, Main, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: Asian fusion
Spicy peanut butter ramen is an absolute comfort food recipe with a delicious, creamy broth, gochujang flavors, lots of ginger and garlic, topped with Gochujang tofu. It's a 30-minute, One-pan meal. The noodles are cooked directly in the broth, so you only need one pot.
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Ingredients 
 

For the crispy gochujang garlic tofu:

  • 10 oz firm or extra firm tofu, pressed for at least 15 minutes and sliced into rectangles or cubes or whatever shape you like
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce, or tamari
  • 2 teaspoons gochujang
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch or tapioca starch

For the peanut butter ramen:

  • 1 teaspoon oil, optional
  • 6 oz sliced mushrooms, such as white or cremini or portabella
  • 2 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste, or you can mince or blend 1 inch of ginger and 3 cloves of garlic with a few teaspoons water, to make a paste and use
  • 3 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon gochujang, or other Asian chile sauce
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce, or tamari
  • 4-6 cups water or stock , **
  • 6 oz ramen or thin udon noodles

For garnish:

  • lime wedges, green onions, sesame seeds

Instructions 

Make the gochujang garlic tofu.

  • Press and cube the tofu if you haven’t already and add it to a bowl.
  • In a small bowl mix the soy sauce, gochujang, garlic powder, and sesame oil and pour it over the tofu. Toss well to coat. Add 2 teaspoons of the cornstarch and toss well. If the mixture is still somewhat wet then add the rest of the cornstarch and toss well.
  • Then either bake the tofu: transfer the tofu cubes to a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake it at 400ºF (205c) for 20-25 minutes , or transfer them to a hot wok with a teaspoon of oil and cook them until they are crisp on most of the edges, about 5-6 minutes.

Make the ramen:

  • I use the same wok for making the tofu as well as the ramen. Remove the tofu once crisp from the pot and then make the ramen. Add oil, mushrooms, and a good pinch of salt and cook for 2-3 minutes to brown the mushrooms on some of the edges. Then add the ginger-garlic paste, peanut butter, gochujang, maple syrup and soy sauce and mix really well. Add 1/4 cup of the water or broth and mix in. Mix well to incorporate the peanut butter.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil then gradually add the rest of the broth. Mix and Bring to a good rolling boil, then add your noodles. Press to submerge in the boiling broth, then cook them according to the time on the packaging. Ramen noodles will cook pretty quickly, within 3-4 minutes, while udon noodles will take around 7-8 minutes.
  • Once the noodles are cooked to your preference, switch off the heat. Taste and adjust salt and flavor. If you want it sweeter then you can add more maple syrup. You can more salt if needed or some black pepper for extra heat.
  • To serve, ladle the broth into your serving bowls. Then transfer some of the noodles with mushrooms to your serving bowls. Top it with the crispy tofu, a squeeze of lime or lemon, lime wedge, green onions, and sesame seeds, and serve.
  • To make ahead: cook the noodles separately and store. Crisp up the tofu and store. Add only 3 cups broth and boil and refrigerate after cooling. To serve, bring the broth to a boil, add noodles and serve. Refrigerate for up 3 days.

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Notes

  • Nutfree: use sunflower butter or almond butter instead of peanut butter for Peanut-free
  • Glutenfree: Use Glutenfree or rice noodles, use tamari instead of soy sauce. ensure that Gochujang is gluten-free 
  • Soy-free: Use chickpea tofu instead of tofu, coconut aminos for the soy sauce.  Gochujang often has soy, so use 2 teaspoons each of gochugaru pepper flakes, chickpea miso, coconut aminos and. 1 teaspoon maple syrup to make your own Gochujang. 
** Use 3.5-4 cups for noodle stir fry kind of result , 6-7 cups for more brothy noodles . Liquid content also depends on the type of noodles and the brand. Ramen that cook faster will absorb less. Udon will absorb more. I mostly use udon and the recipe reflects corresponding liquid amount. 
Add veggies such as broccoli or bok choy or other half way through the noodle cook time. 
 

Nutrition

Calories: 342kcal, Carbohydrates: 45g, Protein: 18g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 625mg, Potassium: 306mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 13IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 114mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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ramen and spicy peanut sauce ingredients in bowls on the kitchen counter

Ingredients and Substitutions

  • tofu – This is your protein. You can use chickpea tofu, if you prefer. Do know that gochujang contains soy. You can make your Soyfree Gochujang and use that instead..
  • soy sauce – Adds salt and umami to the tofu flavoring and to the broth. Use tamari for gluten-free
  • gochujang – This adds a sweet heat that’s just amazing in the peanut butter broth! You’re using gochujang in both the tofu and in the broth.
  • garlic powder – Deepens the flavor of the tofu.
  • cornstarch – Helps the tofu get really nice and crisp. You can use tapioca starch, if you prefer.
  • sesame oil – Oil helps the tofu get crispy, and using sesame oil specifically also adds even more flavor!
  • mushrooms – These add a nice texture and flavor to the peanut butter ramen broth.
  • ginger-garlic paste – Ginger and garlic pair so well with peanut butter! You can use minced or pureed ginger and garlic if you can’t find ginger-garlic paste.
  • smooth peanut butter – Makes the broth creamy and gives it an amazing flavor!
  • water /stock – This bulks out the broth and cooks the noodles at the same time, in the same pan.
  • noodles – Use ramen or thin udon noodles to make this soup.
  • garnishes – Lime wedges, green onion, and sesame seeds finish this ramen.

Tips

  • Make sure that you press your tofu for 15 minutes before cooking! You can prep the rest of the ingredients while the tofu presses.
  • You may not need all of the cornstarch listed. Start with two teaspoons, and see if that’s enough to soak up the moisture, so it adheres to the tofu. If needed, add the remaining cornstarch.
  • When you add that first quarter cup of broth, whisk well to get the peanut butter to dissolve, so you won’t have any lumps.

How to Make Peanut Butter Ramen

First, make the gochujang garlic tofu. 

Press and cube the tofu, and add it to a bowl.

sliced tofu in a bowl

In a small bowl mix the soy sauce, gochujang, garlic powder, and sesame oil and pour it over the tofu. Toss well to coat.

sliced tofu in a bowl with gochujang added
adding cornstarch to the gochujang tofu

Add two teaspoons of the cornstarch and toss well. If the mixture is still somewhat wet, then add the rest of the cornstarch and toss well. 

gochujang tofu after mixing in the cornstarch

Then you can either transfer the tofu cubes to a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake it at 400ºF for 20-25 minutes or you can transfer them to a hot wok or saucepan with a teaspoon of oil and cook them until they are crisp on most of the edges, about 5-6 minutes. 

gochujang tofu in the frying pan, before cooking
gochujang tofu in the frying pan, after cooking

I use the same wok for making the tofu as well as the ramen. Remove the tofu once crisp from the pot and then make the ramen.

Add oil, mushrooms, and a good pinch of salt and cook for 2-3 minutes to brown the mushrooms on some of the edges.

adding mushrooms to the pan after removing the tofu

Then add the ginger-garlic paste, peanut butter, gochujang, and soy sauce and mix really well.

adding ginger-garlic paste to the pan of mushrooms
adding peanut butter and spicy gochujang to the pan of mushrooms

Add a 1/4 cup of the water or broth and mix in to mix the peanut butter, else it will clump up . Bring the mixture to a boil then gradually add the rest of the broth and mix in. 

peanut butter mixture dissolved in hot water in the pan
spicy peanut butter broth after adding the additional water

Bring the broth to a good rolling boil, then add your noodles and cook them according to the time on the packaging. Ramen noodles will cook pretty quickly, within 3-4 minutes, while udon noodles will take around 7-8 minutes. 

adding ramen noodles to the spicy peanut broth

Once the noodles are cooked to your preference, switch off the heat. Taste and adjust salt and flavor. If you want it sweeter then you can add more maple syrup. You can add more salt if needed or some black pepper for extra heat. 

noodles in the peanut broth, after cooking

Serve the broth using a ladle into your serving bowls. Then transfer some of the noodles with mushrooms to your serving bowls. Top it with the crispy tofu, lime wedge, green onions, and sesame seeds, and serve.

spicy peanut butter brot, ladled into the bowl
adding ramen noodles to the bowl of spicy peanut butter broth
spicy peanut butter ramen in the bowl, after adding tofu and green onions

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make this peanut-free?

To make this recipe without peanuts, you can use sunflower butter or almond butter instead of peanut butter. 

What is gochujang?

Gochujang is a spicy-sweet Korean chili paste made from fermented glutenous rice and soybeans with red chilis and salt.

Can I make this gluten-free?

Use Glutenfree noodles, use tamari instead of soy sauce. ensure that Gochujang is gluten-free 

Can I make this soy-free?

Use chickpea tofu instead of tofu, coconut aminos for the soy sauce.  Gochujang often has soy, so use 2 teaspoons each of gochugaru pepper flakes, chickpea miso, coconut aminos and. 1 teaspoon maple syrup to make your own Gochujang. 

About Richa

Hi, I'm Richa! I create flavorful plant based recipes that are inspired by my Indian upbringing, including many gluten-free, soy-free, and oil-free options.

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151 Comments

  1. Kayla S says:

    5 stars
    Made this and it was absolutely delicious and full of flavor!

    1. Richa says:

      Yay

  2. Amanda W says:

    5 stars
    Wow! This is going to be on high repeat for sure. Super easy and delicious.

    1. Richa says:

      Yay

  3. Vini says:

    5 stars
    Great recipe, easy to make and tastes great!

    1. Vegan Richa Support says:

      Awesome!

  4. Nikki Rasmusen says:

    5 stars
    I just made this and instantly had to write a review. So tasty and incredibly easy! Thank you so much <3

    1. Vegan Richa Support says:

      So glad you liked it!

  5. Karen says:

    5 stars
    Love this recipe. What is the green, non-stick wok in the images? I don’t see it in your shopping list. I’d like to get one of those! Thanks.

    1. Vegan Richa Support says:

      Ozeri Green Earth Wok

  6. Nicole says:

    5 stars
    Oh my good this recipe is so good! The family loved it, and it’s really quick and easy to make. I used broccoli, capsicum and bok choy. It turned out perfect! Can wait to make it again. All of Richa’s recipes are winners!

    1. Vegan Richa Support says:

      So glad you liked it!

  7. Lauren says:

    5 stars
    I just had this for dinner and it is ridiculously delicious!! Wow! Such amazing flavors. Note I didn’t have mushrooms on hand so I just used what I had (Corn, peas, carrot) and that worked really nicely. I’ll definitely be making this regularly!

    1. Vegan Richa Support says:

      Yay! So glad you liked it!