Pork and peanut dragon noodles

A recipe inspired by Budget Bytes

Noodles are always a savvy choice when pondering your next meal. They’re infinitely customizable and easily take on the flavor of your dish. That’s why these pork and peanut dragon noodles, inspired by Budget Bytes, are so, so good. They soak up the flavor of the dragon sauce, which pairs well with your pork, peanuts, and fresh vegetables. It’s like noodles were always meant to be this way.

First, heat and separate your noodles. Yakisoba noodles work well, but you can sub two packages of regular ramen noodles. Next, create the dragon sauce, which is super easy: It calls for equal amounts of chili garlic sauce, soy sauce, and brown sugar. Combine those ingredients well and your sauce is done.

For the pork, you can use either half a pound of ground pork or grind boneless pork chops yourself. Grinding your own meat is surprisingly straightforward and simple. Partially freeze your pork chops, then cut them into three or four chunks each. Pop them in your food processor and pulse on and off until it resembles ground beef.

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Cook the ground pork like you’d brown ground beef. However, before the pork is completely browned, toss in some chopped red bell pepper and scallions and continue cooking for a bit.

Next, add your prepared dragon sauce and chopped peanuts to your cooked pork and continue cooking until the sauce is reduced by about half. Finally, add your cooked noodles: toss to coat them completely. Top the pork and noodles with extra scallions just before serving.

Pork and peanut dragon noodles work well as a main dish, especially if you pair it with a milder side dish or cool salad to fully round out the meal. You could also easily double (or triple) this recipe for your next potluck for a unique addition to the spread. Since most potlucks aren’t usually full of items made with delicious dragon sauce, your contribution will certainly stand out.

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Add water to packaged Yakisoba noodles

Make sure to follow the directions as told by the brand or type of noodles you are using.

Stir around noodles and water

Combine chili garlic sauce, soy sauce, and brown sugar

This dragon sauce calls for equal parts of each ingredient, making it simple and easy to remember for the next time you make it.

Whisk together sauce mixture

Add ground pork to pan

Pork should be cooked over medium heat until it starts beginning to brown. The meat will finish cooking once other ingredients are added.

Mix ground pork in pan

Add red bell peppers and scallions to mixture

Allow these ingredients to cook with pork for at least 3 minutes.

Mix stir-fry together

Add sauce and peanuts to the meat and veggie mix

Our final ingredients give this dish a flavorful and spicy kick!

Add chopped peanuts

Simmer peanuts and sauce with the pork and vegetables

The sauce should simmer for at least 5 minutes or until the sauce has reduced by half.

Allow sauce to simmer with pork and veggies

Add prepared noodles to pan

Stir noodles together with ingredients until everything is coated and combined.

Stir noodles into mix

These noodles pair well with a salad or light side dish

This quick and easy recipe is the perfect dinner for anyone short on time!

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Pork and peanut dragon noodles

Yield 3 servings


Dragon sauce

  • 1/4 cup chili garlic sauce
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

Pork and noodles

  • 1-5.6 ounce package of Yakisoba noodles (or two packages of Ramen noodles)
  • 3 boneless pork chops, ground* or 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 3 green scallions, sliced on the diagonal
  • 1/4 cup unsalted peanuts, chopped

*Partially freeze three pork chops.  Cut into 3-4 chunks. Add pieces to food processor and pulse on and off until it resembles ground beef.


  1. Follow package directions to heat and separate noodles.
  2. Combine the chili garlic sauce, soy sauce and brown sugar in a bowl. Mix well.
  3. Add the ground pork to a skillet and cook over medium heat until it is almost brown
  4. Add red pepper and scallions and cook for three minutes.
  5. Once meat is browned, add the prepared dragon sauce and chopped peanuts. Allow the pork and peanuts to simmer in the sauce for another 5 minutes, or until the sauce has reduced by half.
  6. Once the sauce has reduced, add the noodles to the skillet and toss until everything is combined and coated in sauce. Top with extra sliced green onions and serve.

Courses Main Course

Serve pork and peanut dragon noodles