Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

This recipe is safe for those who are lactose intolerant.

This is a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten. Use low sodium Tamari sauce instead of soy sauce.


"Peanut butter [is] the pâté of childhood."
-Florence Fabricant, Writer

The refrigerator light goes on...

In your neighborhood Asian restaurant this recipe would likely have twice the fat and 4 times the sodium. In the time it takes to drive to and from the restaurant you can have much better food cooked in a single pan. Easy!

I love the rich peanut flavor and cooking the rice noodles this way help create a silky sauce. If you like it a bit spicier you can replace some of the sesame oil with chili oil. 1/4 or 1/2 teaspoon will add a lot of flavor.


Shrimp with Rice Noodles and Peanut Sauce

Servings: 2 | Serving size: 4 ounces shrimp with noodles and sauce

Cooking Time: 30 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.

This recipe does not make very good leftovers.

2 Tbsp peanut butter
1/4 cup light coconut milk
1 3/4 cup water
1 Tbsp low sodium soy or gluten-free tamari sauce
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1 Tbsp rice vinegar
1/4 tsp ground ginger
fresh ground black pepper (to taste)
2 tsp dark sesame oil
1/2 small white onion (diced)
1 rib celery (finely diced)
2 medium carrots (diced)
4 ounces rice noodles
8 ounces shrimp (peeled and deveined)
2 Tbsp cilantro leaves

Whisk together the peanut butter, coconut milk, water, soy sauce, cayenne pepper, rice vinegar, ginger and pepper. When the sauce is well blended, set aside.

Place the sesame oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the onion and cook for about 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the celery and carrots. Cook for about 2 minutes, stirring frequently.

Add the peanut sauce and stir. Add the rice noodles and cover. (Do not precook the noodles.)

Cook for about two minutes and stir the noodles into the sauce using tongs. Cover and cook for another two minutes and stir.

Add the shrimp and cover. Stir the shrimp and the noodles about every 2 minutes. The shrimp will take about 8 - 10 minutes to cook through. Add water 1/4 cup at a time as needed.

Serve topped with cilantro.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 4 ounces shrimp with noodles and sauce

Servings: 2

Amount Per Serving

Calories 515 Calories from Fat 145
% Daily Value
Total Fat 17g 26%
    Saturated Fat 5g 23%
    Monounsaturated Fat 6g
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 170mg 57%
Sodium 502mg 21%
Total Carbohydrates 63g 21%
    Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
    Sugars 6g
Protein 29g
Vitamin A 212% Vitamin C 15%
Calcium 12% Iron 28%
Vitamin K 18 mcg Potassium 651 mg
Magnesium 88 mg