Coconut Curry SunButter Noodle Bowl
Published Nov 09, 2022, Updated Jan 07, 2023
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This coconut curry noodle bowl combines brown rice noodles with vegetables all tossed in a creamy curried SunButter sauce and it comes together in under 30 minutes! This post is sponsored by SunButter.
I love a good bowl meal! They’re usually healthy, easy to whip up and make for awesome leftovers.
This SunButter noodle bowl is no exception! It is jam-packed with fresh veggies, features brown rice noodles for some added nutrients and a Thai-inspired curried SunButter sauce, which is definitely the star of the show. Trust me, you’ll want to lick it straight off the spoon – it’s SO good!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- It can be customized to your liking with different vegetables and added protein.
- Comes together in under 30 minutes so it’s perfect for those busy weeknights.
- Loaded with flavor thanks to the curried SunButter sauce!
- Meets most dietary needs because it’s gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free and vegan.
- brown rice noodles – I like using Thai brown rice noodles as a healthier alternative to traditional white rice noodles. They are high in fiber and contain more nutrients. That said, if you only have white rice noodles on hand, those will work too!
- olive or avocado oil – we’re using this to sauté the vegetables and in the sauce. Olive and avocado oil are both great options.
- vegetables – I went with carrots, broccoli, yellow onion and bell pepper (any color works) for this bowl, but feel free to switch up the veggies based on what you have on hand.
- garlic and ginger – two key ingredients for the sauce. They add so much flavor!
- SunButter – I used original SunButter for the sauce and I thought the hint of sweetness really balanced out the flavors.
- red curry paste – adds a bold curry flavor to this sauce. I recommend the Thai Kitchen red curry paste.
- coconut milk – the main liquid for the sauce. The coconut milk adds a nice creaminess and balances out the flavors nicely. I used regular coconut milk, but light coconut milk will also work.
- vegetable broth – adds more flavor to the sauce and keeps it from being too thick. I like using low-sodium broth so I can control the sodium content.
- sambal oelek – also called Huy Fong chili paste or garlic chili sauce, this spicy condiment is a mainstay in Asian cooking. It’s made from a blend of chili peppers, vinegar and salt and has a coarse, thick texture. You can find it on the international aisle at your grocery store. If you don’t have sambal oelek you can use sriracha instead. If you don’t want the dish to be spicy at all, simply omit it! If you like more flavor and spice, you can add more.
- tamari or soy sauce – adds a ton of flavor to the sauce. Tamari is a good gluten-free option for soy sauce but if you don’t need the dish to be gluten-free, feel free to use soy sauce. Coconut aminos are another great gluten-free option that’s similar to soy sauce but made from coconut.
- lime juice – this adds a bit of acidity to the sauce which helps balance out all the flavors.
- salt and pepper – to bring all the flavors together!
Curried SunButter Sauce
The star of this noodle bowl is the creamy, curried SunButter sauce. A lot of Thai dishes include peanuts but we’re using SunButter here so this noodle bowl has that nutty flavor but is still nut-free! The sauce is creamy, salty and sweet. There is a tiny bit of spice from the curry paste and sambal oelek, but I found that this dish was mild enough for family members who are spice adverse, including my toddler. That being said if you don’t like any spice at all you can omit the sambal.
The main ingredient in the sauce is SunButter, which is made from roasted and ground sunflower seeds. Sunflower seeds are packed with vitamins and minerals including Vitamin E, copper, manganese and selenium. Sunflower seed butter contains 7 grams of plant-based protein per serving and more vitamins and minerals than most nut butters!
SunButter is a great substitute for peanut butter (or any nut butter) in recipes. It’s totally free from the top 8 food allergies in the US: peanuts, tree nuts, soy, milk, eggs, wheat, fish and crustacean shellfish.
How to Make
Cook noodles: Cook noodles in a large pot according to package directions, but cook for 1 minute less than the package instructs. This will help to make sure the noodles don’t get too soft. Once cooked, drain and set aside. If you are cooking the noodles in advance you can add 1 teaspoon of oil to the noodles so they don’t stick together.
Make sauce: Heat oil in medium saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and ginger and saute until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes. Add SunButter, curry paste, coconut milk, broth, sambal, tamari and lime juice. Stir together ingredients and heat just until everything is incorporated and smooth. Remove from heat.
Sauté vegetables: Heat oil in a large wok or skillet over medium-high heat, add onion, carrots, broccoli and bell pepper. Stir-fry, stirring frequently, for 5-7 minutes or until veggies are crisp-tender.
Serve: Turn heat on the veggies down to low and add noodles and sauce to the skillet. Toss until everything is nicely coated with the sauce. Serve warm with a lime wedge and fresh herbs like Thai basil or cilantro.
Customize Your Bowl
- Use different veggies – have different veggies on hand? Chop them up and toss them in this noodle bowl! Purple cabbage and snap peas would be delicious additions!
- Add protein – this noodle bowl would be delicious paired with protein for a heartier meal. Here are some ideas: crispy baked tofu, tempeh, apple cider vinegar chicken or air fryer chicken breast.
- Swap the noodles – don’t have rice noodles on hand? Regular pasta noodles should be just fine!
- Less spice – serving this dish to kiddos or just aren’t a fan of spice? Skip the sambal oelek in the sauce!
Storing & Reheating
This noodle bowl stores really well! The noodles didn’t get mushy as they sat in the fridge and the leftovers tasted delicious the next day.
To store leftovers: Store any leftovers in an airtight container for 3-4 days in the refrigerator.
To reheat: Add leftovers to a saucepan and reheat over medium heat on the stove or pop in the microwave for a quick reheat.
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Coconut Curry SunButter Noodle Bowl
- 8 oz Thai Brown Rice noodles
- 2 teaspoons olive or avocado oil
- ½ yellow onion chopped
- 1 bell pepper chopped
- 1 cup carrots chopped
- 3 cups broccoli chopped
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon pepper
Curried SunButter Sauce
- 1 teaspoon olive or avocado oil
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon ginger grated
- ¼ cup SunButter I used original
- 3 Tablespoons Thai red curry paste
- 1 13.5 oz can coconut milk
- ½ cup vegetable broth
- ½ Tablespoons sambal oelek
- 2 ½ Tablespoons tamari or soy sauce
- 1 Tablespoon lime juice
- Cook noodles in a large pot according to package directions, but cook for 1 minute less than the package instructs. This will help to make sure the noodles don’t get too soft. Once cooked, drain and set aside. If you are cooking the noodles in advance you can add 1 teaspoon of oil to the noodles so they don’t stick together.
- Heat oil in medium saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and ginger and saute until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes. Add SunButter, curry paste, coconut milk, broth, sambal, tamari and lime juice. Stir together ingredients and heat just until everything is incorporated and smooth. Remove from heat.
- Heat oil in a large wok or skillet over medium-high heat, add onion, carrots, broccoli and bell pepper. Stir-fry, stirring frequently, for 5-7 minutes or until veggies are crisp-tender.
- Turn heat down to low and add noodles and sauce to the skillet. Toss until everything is nicely coated with the sauce. Serve warm with a lime wedge and fresh cilantro.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.
I made this as a quick and easy dinner tonight and it came absolutely delicious!!! I couldn’t source any sunflower spread here in Australia, so I subbed peanut butter and wow it was amazing I’m glad I have leftovers! Thank you so much for your recipes Brittany I’ve been making them for years now 🙂
Excellent! I am so glad that this recipe is a hit, Mia. Thank you so much for sharing your review + star rating, I really appreciate it!
This is a super delish recipe! Easy to substitute veggies. I used Bok Choy and added some garbanzos. Easy to make. Nutrish packed and great for lunch leftovers the next day!
Yum! This sounds delish, I am so glad you are loving this recipe. Thank you for sharing your review + star rating, I truly appreciate it!
This was amazing! Tasted like it was from a restaurant, but so much healthier! The flavor is amazing! I give it a chef’s kiss! 🙂
Yay! I am excited to hear that you are loving this recipe, Jessica. Thank you so o much for sharing your review & star rating, it means so much to me!
I made this for dinner tonight and my whole family loved it! I love how versatile the recipe is, I made it with veggies in my fridge that needed to be used up. It will be a repeater for sure!
Yum! This is such a delicious veggie drawer clean out recipe. I am so glad you and your family loved this recipe, Mindy. Thank you for coming back and sharing your review + star rating, I really appreciate it!
Hi, love your site and recipes but some ingredients are a bit obscure & hard to find (in UK). What can I sub sambal oelek with? (hard to find, costs £2 & only lasts a week, so I wouldn’t use it all).
And what can I sub sunflower butter with, only found online. Thanks
Hi Jayne – I am sorry that you are unable to find some of these ingredients. For the sambal, you can simply omit this ingredient. It’ll reduce the amount of spice, but you could also use sriracha instead if you are able to find that. I have had follower use peanut butter instead of sunflower butter and they said it also turns out great. Let me know if you give this recipe a try. Enjoy!