Peanut sauce is a delicious and versatile condiment that can be used in a variety of dishes to add a rich, nutty flavor. Whether you're looking to add a little extra zing to your stir-fry or looking for a new dressing to liven up your salad, peanut sauce is a great choice.
This recipe is made with a blend of peanut butter, soy sauce or coconut aminos, fresh lime, and a few other simple ingredients. There is some tang from the rice vinegar and lime juice which is cut by the creaminess of the peanut butter and the sweetness of the honey (you can also use maple syrup!). There is nuttiness from the sesame oil and saltiness from the soy sauce. It's all pulled together with garlic and ginger. If you like some spice, don't forget to add a little Sriracha or red pepper flakes for an extra punch.
Some of our favorite dishes to utilize this sauce are spring roll in a bowl, lettuce wraps, spring rolls, chicken skewers, and Thai Crunch Quinoa Salad. You can also freeze this recipe so you always have it on hand. This recipe is your new go-to for dipping, marinading, or drizzling over your favorite dishes.
What ingredients do you need?
Natural Creamy Peanut Butter
For this recipe, natural peanut butter will work best. Natural peanut butter has just two ingredients: peanuts & salt. With natural peanut butter, the oil often separates and settles on top during storage. Mix the oil well before using the peanut butter.
Soy Sauce or Coconut Aminos
There are two options for this recipe, soy sauce or coconut aminos. Coconut aminos are naturally gluten-free, making it a great alternative if you are gluten-free.
Rice Vinegar & Fresh Lime
Rice vinegar and fresh lime provide the acidic tang to help balance the salt of the soy sauce and the richness of the peanut butter.
Just a small amount of sesame oil is all you need!
Minced Garlic & Ginger
You can purchase fresh garlic and ginger at the store, or you can use a shortcut and buy frozen cubes or prepared jars. I prefer to use the frozen cubes from Trader Joe’s.
Sriracha or Red Pepper Flakes
Sriracha and red pepper flakes provide just the right amount of spice. If you are sensitive to spice, feel free to leave it out.
Honey or Maple Syrup
The sweetness in the dressing comes from honey or maple syrup. If you are vegan, maple syrup is a great choice.
What equipment do you need?
All you need for this recipe is a medium mixing bowl, a whisk or fork, and measuring cups & spoons.
How is it done?
In a medium-sized mixing bowl, add all of the ingredients listed above. Use a whisk or a fork to combine the sauce until combined. Pair with your favorite Thai spring rolls, lettuce wraps, or spring roll in a bowl; the options are endless!
Anything else to consider?
This recipe freezes well if you would like to prep the sauce in advance.
Is it GF/DF/V/VEG?
Yes, this recipe can easily be made gluten & dairy free, vegan, and vegetarian. Make sure to use maple syrup instead of honey if vegan. As always, ensure that each individual ingredient you use fits your dietary needs.
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The Best Thai Peanut Sauce
- 1/3 cup natural peanut butter
- 2 tbsp soy sauce (coconut aminos or gluten-free soy sauce for GF)
- 1 tbsp rice vinegar
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- Juice from one lime
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1 tsp minced ginger
- 1 tbsp honey or maple syrup*
- 1/4-1/2 tsp Sriracha or red pepper flakes
- 2 tbsp water
- Start by measuring out the peanut butter and placing it in a mixing bowl. If the peanut butter has been refrigerated, it is best to let it come to room-temperature or to warm it up for a few seconds in the microwave. Room temperature peanut butter is easier to mix with the other ingredients.
- Next, measure out and put the remaining ingredients into the bowl.
- Mix all ingredients together until combined. Enjoy!
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