Kelp Noodles with Peanut Sauce

I finally tried kelp noodles!

I bought two bags at the beginning of the summer, but it took me a few months to get try them. I was a little afraid. I had a couple bad experiences with those tofu noodles, and I couldn’t get that out of my head. But, there are completely different! There is no odor out of the package. None! And, although they’re a little crunchy, soaking them in cold water before using helps a lot.

I’ve been debating on what sauce to use with my noodles, and I finally decided upon a peanut sauce.

While traveling in Philadelphia, Mr. M and I ate at a Japanese restaurant near our hotel. This, in itself, is very unusual; Mr. M HATES the smell of anything from the sea: fish, shell fish, and sea weed of any kind; I can barely use nori sheets at home without loud complaints and him leaving the room. So, I took full advantage of this opportunity and ordered whatever looked good off the menu. (We ended up with enough food for at least four people, but, to be fair, I was starving – ha!) The tastiest dish I ordered ended up being a sesame noodle dish made with soba noodles and some kind of peanut sauce. I’d never had peanut sauce before, but it was delicious! I’ve been thinking about it for nearly two weeks, and today I finally recreated it. Kind of.

Peanut Sauce

1/2 c peanut butter (or almond butter, but then you’ll be making almond butter sauce)

2 tsp sesame oil (I like toasted)

1 TBSP extra virgin olive oil

1 TBSP lemon juice (juice of about half a lemon)

1 TBSP rice vinegar (or other vinegar of choice – or more lemon juice)

1 TBSP tamari (low sodium)

1/4 c water

Add everything to a small blender and blend until well combined and smooth. (I used a Magic Bullet.) Add sauce to kelp noodles or other noodle of your choice and toss to combine. Let sauce sit on noodles for a while to absorb the flavor.

This sauce makes enough for two packages of kelp noodles. Since it was an experiment, I wasn’t sure how much to make.

Feel free to make this recipe your own. I just kind of threw things together after reading a bunch of recipes online.

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