How to Make Perfect Peanut Sauce

August 23, 2018

Dips Spreads & Sauces

By: Jasmine Briones 

Learn how to make the perfect peanut sauce with just 8 simple ingredients and less than 10 minutes of your time! This is one of our go-to recipes in our house when we are in need of a good dip or dressing, and it hits the spot every time. #peanutsauce #sauce #dip #spread #vegan #sweetsimplevegan #8ingredient #10minute #kids #thai #glutenfree #salad #side

Learn how to make the perfect peanut sauce with just 8 simple ingredients and less than 10 minutes of your time! This is one of our go-to recipes in our house when we are in need of a good dip or dressing, and it hits the spot every time.

overhead image of peanut sauce styled on grey background.

This is one of those “dump it all over anything to make it taste delicious” kind of sauces. Seriously, we stand by that. That is why we dubbed this the perfect peanut sauce, and we know you will agree too.

overhead image of ingredients for peanut sauce on wood board.

This recipe requires simple ingredients, and you probably already have most of them in your fridge and pantry: peanut butter, soy sauce, maple syrup, lime, cilantro, ginger, garlic and sesame oil. You can take it up a notch with some hot sauce, too! 

This sauce also works great with almond, sunflower or cashew butter, especially for those who may have a peanut allergy. You can use coconut aminos, liquid aminos or tamari in place of the soy sauce, and you can also use a liquid sweetener of choice or what you have on hand instead of the maple syrup. As always, have fun with this recipe and make it your own!

up close shot of spring roll being dipped in peanut sauce.

There are so many different ways to serve this peanut sauce! If you make it thick and creamy, it makes for the perfect dip alongside spring rolls. You can also use it as a spread inside sandwiches (check out our Thai Peanut Roasted Veggie Sandwich) to take them up a notch. If you water it down, this peanut sauce becomes a dressing and is perfect for salads and our grain bowls!

If you’re looking for more sauce recipes, here are a few of our favorites:

Overhead image of peanut sauce with spoon.

If you make this recipe, let us know what you think in the comments below! + If you post any photos on Instagram, make sure you tag us @sweetsimplevegan and @consciouschris so that we don’t miss it, we love seeing your photos!

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Learn how to make the perfect peanut sauce with just 8 simple ingredients and less than 10 minutes of your time! This is one of our go-to recipes in our house when we are in need of a good dip or dressing, and it hits the spot every time. #peanutsauce #sauce #dip #spread #vegan #sweetsimplevegan #8ingredient #10minute #kids #thai #glutenfree #salad #side

How to Make Perfect Peanut Sauce


  • Author: Jasmine @ Sweet Simple Vegan
  • Total Time: 8 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1/4 cup OR 10 (2 tablespoon) servings

Description

Learn how to make the perfect peanut sauce with just 8 simple ingredients and less than 10 minutes of your time! This is one of our go-to recipes in our house when we are in need of a good dip or dressing, and it hits the spot every time.


Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup creamy unsalted peanut butter*
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce (or tamari for gluten-free)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup (or liquid sweetener of choice)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger (1/2 tablespoon fresh grated ginger)
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder (or 2 cloves garlic, finely minced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce (optional)
  • 1/4 cup-1/3 cup water, or as needed to thin to your liking

Instructions

  1. Add all of the ingredients, except for the water, into a medium bowl and whisk together until uniform.
  2. Slowly whisk in the water, a few tablespoons at a time, until the sauce reaches your desired consistency. We like our sauce runnier when we use it as a dressing and thicker when we use it as a dip.

Notes

  • You can use almond, sunflower or cashew butter in place of the peanut butter in case of allergies.
  • Store the sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
  • Prep Time: 8 minutes
  • Category: Dip, Sauce
  • Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten-free

Keywords: Vegan, Gluten-free, Dip, Sauce, Peanut, Thai

Nutrition facts label provided by Nutri Fox.

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  1. Niccole says:

    BEST!!!

  2. ami ellenberg says:

    try adding Tamarind concentrate (The Thai kind, not Indian) might not use lime also but you might. Can get on Amazon if you’re not near a Thai, Vietnamese or Cambodian grocery.

  3. jess says:

    can i use honey instead of maple syrup?

  4. Alex-Anne says:

    I always come back to this recipe everytime I make a peanut sauce. It is indeed perfect and flavorful !

  5. Lynn says:

    This was so delicious. I made the salad rolls from your site and had this with it. I’m making more tonight!

  6. Terri says:

    We use this with a quinoa and veggie salad we found on a vacation. Add chicken if you wish. This is a winner!

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