Quick Spicy Shrimp and Trader Joe’s Squiggly Knife Cut Noodles Bowl

Spicy Shrimp with Trader Joe's Squiggly Cut Noodles
Spicy Shrimp with Trader Joe’s Squiggly Cut Noodles

Dive into a whirlwind of flavor with this Quick Spicy Shrimp and Trader Joe’s Squiggly Knife Cut Noodles Bowl! Perfect for those bustling evenings when time is of the essence but the craving for something delectable is strong. With every ingredient hand-picked from Trader Joe’s, this meal not only guarantees quality and freshness but also promises a fiery kick to reinvigorate your dinner routine. In just about 30 minutes, you can transform your kitchen into the trendiest noodle shop in town, where bold spices meet the playful twist of Trader Joe’s Squiggly Cut noodles, all topped off with succulent shrimp. Ready, set, devour!

Many people ask me what to do with this or that ingredient from Trader Joe’s, and one of the products that comes up the most is Trader Joe’s Squiggly Knife Cut Noodles. Are they just ramen or something else? What can I do with them besides just noodles and the sauce packet with them? The options are endless and to help bring some interesting ideas, my first recipe using these noodles is a take on spicy shrimp from Southeast Asia.

It just so happens that I did a full review of these noodles last year and at that time they became a viral sensation. It was the combination of the shape and the sauce, which is a notch above most dried ramen sauces. I found them to be excellent back then and they still are. I just hope Trader Joe’s keeps them in stock for a long time. But in case they don’t, you can substitute any ramen noodles because we are making our own sauce here.

Trader Joe's Crunchy Chili Onion
Trader Joe’s Crunchy Chili Onion

The other product that gets a lot of attention is the Trader Joe’s Crunchy Chili Onion (AKA Chili Crunch) that the world has fallen in love with and Trader Joe’s is not to be outdone and released their own version in 2023. For the uninitiated, the Chili Crunch is only slightly hot but packed full of flavor. It works perfectly with this type of dish.

Trader Joe's Argentinian Red Shrimp
Trader Joe’s Argentinian Red Shrimp

The other big Trader Joe’s product that we is the Argentinian Red Shrimp. This is my favorite shrimp that Trader Joe’s sells. First, it is packed with more flavor than the Mexican Gulf shrimp that we routinely get. The meat has more flavor and it’s much more lobster like than warm water shrimp. Secondly, it’s wild caught and not farm raised which has its own problems with pollution and lower quality meat.


You only need a regular sized skillet for this recipe and bowls to mix and eat out of.


All of these ingredients can be purchased at Trader Joe’s

  • Soy Sauce
  • Brown sugar
  • Tahini
  • Sesame Oil
  • Balsamic Vinegar or Black Vinegar
  • Trader Joe’s Crunchy Chili Onion
  • Persian Cucumbers
  • Unseasoned Rice Vinegar
  • Salt
  • Corn Starch
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Shiitake Mushrooms
  • Shallots
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Shrimp
  • Trader Joe’s Squiggly Knife Cut Noodles
Shiitake Mushrooms
Shiitake Mushrooms


This recipe is very open to modifications, so make changes all you want!

  • Different Protein or Tofu – I think this recipe would be well suited to using chicken or pork if you wanted. Tofu would be a nice vegan option if you so choose.
  • Kick up the heat! – The chili crunch doesn’t add a lot of heat, so kick it up with hot peppers or Sriracha!
  • Substitute Tahini – if you don’t want Tahini or can’t find it, creamy peanut butter is perfectly acceptable.
  • More Veggies – This recipe only has mushrooms and shallots and the pickled cucumbers. You could throw in some bell peppers or bok choy. Maybe top with chopped peanuts or bean sprouts. For the pickled cucumbers, you could add matchstick carrots and more shallots!
Spicy Shrimp with Trader Joe's Squiggly Cut Noodles

Spicy Shrimp with Trader Joe’s Squiggly Knife Cut Noodle Bowl

Trader Joe's Argentinian Shrimp, Squiggly Knife Cut Noodles and Chili Crunch come together to create a quick and easy meal packed with a ton of flavor.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Servings 4


  • ¼ cup Soy Sauce
  • 1 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp Tahini
  • 1 tsp Sesame Oil
  • 2 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar or Black Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Trader Joe's Crunchy Chili Onion
  • 2 Persian Cucumbers, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup Unseasoned Rice Vinegar
  • 1 ½ tsp Salt
  • 2 tbsp Corn Starch
  • 4 tbsp Vegetable Oil, divided
  • 8 oz Shiitake Mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tbsp Shallot, finely chopped or Green Onions
  • 1 tsp Garlic, finely chopped or frozen cube
  • 1 tsp Ginger, finely chopped or frozen cube
  • ½ lb Shrimp, peeled and deveined thawed and patted dry
  • 4 packages Trader Joe's Squiggly Knife Cut Noodles or other dried Ramen noodles


  • Whisk soy sauce, brown sugar, tahini, sesame oil, vinegar, chili crunch ,and ½ cup water in a small bowl or measuring glass until sugar is dissolved. Put aside.
  • Toss cucumbers, rice vinegar, and 1½ tsp of salt in a bowl to coat. Let sit, stirring every couple of minutes until cucumbers are softened and lightly pickled, about 10 minutes.
  • Add 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil to a skillet and reduce heat to medium. Add mushrooms and shallots and cook, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms are lightly browned and shallot is translucent, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and a little pepper. Add ginger and garlic and cook, stirring often, until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Add Shrimp to the pan and add reserved sauce and add the sauce packets from the noodles, bring to a simmer. Cook until sauce is slightly reduced and thickened, tossing shrimp until they are cooked through about 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Cook noodles in a large pot of boiling water according to package directions. Drain and divide among bowls. Ladle saucy shrimp over noodles and top with reserved pickled cucumbers and more chili crisp.


You don’t need to make this with the Argentinian Red Shrimp but it’s my favorite. You can substitute almost any protein here. Also, if you can’t find tahini at Trader Joe’s, you can simply use some peanut butter if you want.
Keyword Argentinian Red Shrimp, asian, chili crunch, noodles, spicy

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