15-minute Cashew Zucchini Noodles
These 15-minute Cashew Zucchini Noodles are so flavorful! Cooking in a sauce that's a complex mix of salty, nutty, and umami, with just a touch of heat, it's utterly addictive.
Servings: 2 servings
- 4 medium zucchini, spiralized* (about 2 lbs.)
- ½ cup raw cashews
- 2 tsp. sesame oil
- ½ cup chopped cilantro
For the Sauce
- 2 tbsp. peanut butter
- 1 tbsp. Hoisin sauce
- ½ tbsp. Sriracha sauce or to taste
- 3 tbsp. soy sauce
- ½ lime, juiced
- 1 tsp. minced garlic
- 1 tsp. minced ginger
Spiralize the zucchini on the medium setting. Set aside.
Into a large skillet, add the peanut butter, hoisin sauce, sriracha sauce, soy sauce, lime juice, ginger, and garlic and put the heat on low. Stirring constantly, cook it for about 2 minutes or until the sauce starts to thicken.
At this point, add the cashews, sesame oil, and zucchini noodles. Using tongs, gently toss the noodles every 20 seconds or so for about 5 minutes until everything is lightly cooked and heated through. The zucchini will release some liquid, which will help to thin the sauce.
Lastly, when the dish is ready, add the cilantro in and toss. Serve immediately.
*ABOUT SPIRALIZED ZUCCHINI
You'll need some spiralized zucchini noodles (aka Zoodles) for this recipe. You can:
- Make them yourself. Making zucchini noodles is super easy, but you do need to have a spiralizer on hand. I own this Ultimate 7-Blade Vegetable Spiralizer and you can buy it for just under $30 from Amazon. Once you get your hands on a good spiralizer, you are ready to make zoodles at home. There are so many other vegetables you can spiralizer; you’ll have a lot of fun with your new kitchen friend. Read more here: 7 Best Vegetables to Spiralize.
- Buy them. If you just want to dip your foot into the spiralizing waters, and are not ready to invest in a spiralizer, you can purchase zoodles from any large grocery or health food store. They are usually sold in the produce section, where pre-chopped vegetables and salad mixes are located. Make sure you buy fresh and not frozen zoodles.
HOW TO STORE & REHEAT
Cashew Zucchini Noodles will stay fresh in the fridge for 2-3 days. Place them in an airtight container or ziplock bag. They will release some moisture as they are stored, which you can drain off, if you prefer, before reheating. Warm up this dish in the microwave or place it in a pan on the stovetop until warmed through.
Calories: 410kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 1561mg | Potassium: 1433mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 1064IU | Vitamin C: 77mg | Calcium: 92mg | Iron: 5mg