17+ Sauces for Rice Noodles (with Easy Recipes!)

In search of some tasty sauces for rice noodles? Here’s 17+ delicious options! From creamy sauces, to spicy sauces, tangy sauces and more…

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Rice noodles are a beloved staple in many Asian cuisines, known for their delicate texture and ability to soak up delicious flavors.

But what truly elevates a simple bowl of rice noodles is the sauce that accompanies it.

From savory and spicy to tangy and sweet, the possibilities are endless.

In this post, we cover 17+ tantalizing types of sauces for rice noodles, so you can embark on a noodle-y, slurpy flavor journey!

The BEST Sauces for Rice Noodles

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Peanut Sauce: Creamy and rich, peanut sauce adds a wonderful nutty taste to rice noodles.
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Kee Mao Sauce (Drunken Noodles Sauce): Kee Mao sauce is a flavorful combination of soy sauce, fish sauce, garlic, chili, and Thai basil. It's known for its spicy, aromatic, and slightly sweet profile.
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Spicy cumin lamb wide noodles in brown bowl with chopsticks.
Cumin Sauce: These boldly flavored Cumin Lamb Noodles are just as delicious as the restaurant version but use much more accessible ingredients. Made with tender lamb shoulder and toasted spices, you’re going to want to make this for more than just special occasions!
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Stir Fry Sauce: Elevate your everyday stir fry with a simple homemade Stir Fry Sauce. It’s a 5-minute sauce made from pantry-staple ingredients, like soy sauce, broth, garlic, and ginger.
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Teriyaki Sauce: With its sweet and savory profile, teriyaki sauce lends a delectable umami flavor to rice noodles.
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Pad Thai Sauce: A classic Thai sauce that brings together the perfect balance of sweet, tangy, and savory flavors.
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Spicy Szechuan Sauce: For those who enjoy a fiery kick, Szechuan sauce brings a bold and spicy flavor to rice noodles.
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Coconut Curry Sauce: Creamy and aromatic, coconut curry sauce infuses rice noodles with exotic flavors.
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Oyster Sauce: Known for its umami flavor, oyster sauce enhances the taste of rice noodles with its unique richness.
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Hoisin Sauce: A versatile sauce with a hint of sweetness, Hoisin adds a distinct flavor to rice noodles.
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Garlic Butter Sauce: Simple yet indulgent, garlic butter sauce infuses rice noodles with a comforting and aromatic taste.
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Mango Lime Sauce: For a burst of tropical goodness, mango lime sauce offers a refreshing and tangy twist to rice noodles.
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Lemongrass Ginger Sauce: Refreshing and fragrant, lemongrass ginger sauce lends a zesty twist to rice noodles.
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Chewy Rice Noodles in Hoisin Sesame Sauce
Sesame Sauce: Made from toasted sesame seeds, this sauce offers a nutty aroma and a velvety texture.
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Sweet and Sour Sauce: A classic favorite, sweet and sour sauce offers a perfect balance of tanginess and sweetness.
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Black Bean Sauce: Made from fermented black soybeans, this sauce adds depth and complexity to rice noodles.
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Thai Basil Sauce: Packed with the aromatic flavors of Thai basil, this sauce adds a fresh and herbaceous touch to rice noodles.
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Spicy Black Pepper Ho Fan (Rice Noodles)
Black Pepper Sauce: A simple yet incredibly flavorful sauce, black pepper sauce brings a bold and peppery kick to rice noodles.
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Rice Noodle FAQs

What are rice noodles made of?

Rice noodles are made from rice flour and water. They are naturally gluten-free and have a translucent appearance when cooked.

How do I cook rice noodles?

Rice noodles can be cooked by soaking them in hot water until they become tender, or by boiling them in water for a few minutes. Follow the instructions on the package for best results.

Can I use rice noodles in stir-fries?

Absolutely! Rice noodles work beautifully in stir-fries, absorbing the flavors of the ingredients and adding a delightful texture to the dish.

Are rice noodles healthy?

Rice noodles are a healthier alternative to wheat-based noodles, as they are low in fat and cholesterol. They are also a good source of carbohydrates.

How to Make Ahead & Store

Many of these sauce recipes can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for a few days or even in the freezer. Simply check the individual recipes for full storing instructions and details on how to make ahead. 

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17+ Sauces for Rice Noodles

In search of some tasty sauces for rice noodles? Here's 17+ delicious options! From creamy sauces, to spicy sauces, tangy sauces and more… Try this Thai-style creamy peanut sauce!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 people


Pickled Cucumbers:



Pickled Cucumbers:

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the rice vinegar, sugar, sesame oil, garlic and salt. Add the cucumber slices and toss to combine. Set aside in the refrigerator while you prepare the noodles. Note: These can be prepared up to 2 days ahead.


  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  • Cook noodles in boiling water for about 3 minutes, until al dente.
  • Meanwhile, combine peanut butter, garlic, soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, chili oil, honey, vegetable oil and ¼ cup water in a large bowl. Whisk until combined.
  • Drain noodles and rinse with cold water to cool them down. Add the noodles and cabbage to the bowl with the sauce and toss to combine. Serve garnished with pickled cucumbers, green onions, sesame seeds and additional hot chili oil, if desired.
  • Enjoy!
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Calories: 394kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Sodium: 1756mg | Potassium: 465mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 656IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 2mg

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