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Spicy Thai Pasta Salad is hot, tangy, and inspired by the flavors of Thai cuisine. You’re going to love this dish!

Spicy thai pasta salad with peanuts

This recipe is such a huge hit. We always have to double or triple batch this every time we make it. Forget tiny, small portions, you are going to want a heaping helping of Spicy Thai Pasta Salad. If you want to make this a more hearty main dish, you can even add shredded rotisserie chicken. 

The secret to spicy Thai pasta salad is the infused oil and red pepper mixture. It sounds fancy, but infusing oils is actually really easy. The flavors continue to  develop over time, so you really want to let this sit for at least 4 hours, and preferably overnight. We know it’s difficult, but trust us, it will be worth the wait!

  • Pasta Options:

    Don’t love bowtie pasta? You can use almost any small, shaped pasta instead: penne, rotini, etc.

  • Peanuts: Optional

    We love the crunch of the peanuts, but if you don’t share that love, or have allergies, you can always omit the peanuts.

  • Spice Adjustments:

    This tastes best with a good kick to it, but if you prefer a mild spice, use only 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes .

Spicy thai pasta salad on a white plate with a fork nearby

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Spicy thai pasta salad topped with green onions
Spicy Thai Pasta Salad is hot, tangy, and inspired by the flavors of Thai cuisine. You’re going to love this dish!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Refrigerating Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
  • 12 ounces bowtie pasta
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable or corn oil
  • 1/3 cup sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup honey roasted peanuts
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions
  • Cook pasta according to package directions and drain well and transfer to a large mixing bowl.
  • Meanwhile, heat corn and sesame oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add in crushed red pepper stir red pepper and cook for 2 minutes to infuse the flavor.
  • Add in honey, soy sauce and salt. Mix well and pour over cooked pasta, coating evenly.
  • Cover and refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.*
  • When ready to serve, stir in chopped cilantro, peanuts and green onions.


Calories: 361kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 598mg | Potassium: 214mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 204IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian Fusion
Keyword: Thai Pasta Salad
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July 20, 2020 6:53 am

5 stars
I love this recipe! Yum. It was absolutely magnificent. You know its good when the last word out of everyone’s mouth is “When are you going to make this again??!” Everyone LOVED LOVED LOVED.

July 9, 2020 1:09 am

5 stars
Pasta is delicious but with this combo it’s looking fkn awesome.

July 19, 2020 12:31 pm

5 stars
We loved this pasta dish! Spicy and oh so tasty!

Chelsea Enright
July 14, 2020 1:50 pm

5 stars
This turned out great! Don’t leave the toppings off, they make the dish, especot the cilantro! I added the rotisserie chicken and let the mixture sit overnight for max flavor. This makes a lot of food.

July 13, 2020 9:29 pm

5 stars
I’m always looking for new side dish ideas. This recipe was super easy to follow and my boyfriend LOVED it! Like loved it to the point where he just kept talking about how good it was.
I used the entire box of pasta to avoid wasting and kept the rest of the ingredient amounts the same.
Superb recipe!

August 7, 2020 1:51 pm

5 stars
Two words. Absolutely delicious. Ok more than 2 words. I added it to my favorites.

Francine Bitner
July 26, 2020 9:05 pm

This pasta salad is so different and tastes wonderful!!
I made it yesterday for a party and people loved it!!

Karen and Will
September 5, 2020 12:58 pm

5 stars
This is our favorite pasta salad ! Thanks so very much for all the glorious recipes !

July 26, 2020 9:09 pm

5 stars
Love this, one of my new favorites!

Diane Miller
July 22, 2020 6:23 am

5 stars
Wonderful dish. I shredded some chicken breasts to make it a complete dinner. I used a little more than 1 tsp of red pepper because of the additional chicken, and it was nicely warm.

July 18, 2020 3:37 pm

5 stars
Your recipe I will give it a try and check back with you it looks absolutely wonderful

July 9, 2020 8:40 am

5 stars
Hey what can I use to substitute sesame seed oil if a Person has an allergy to sesame seed thank you for the exciting recipe’s.

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