The BEST Peanut Sauce Recipe

peanut sauce served with chicken satay garnished with minced cilantro
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This mouthwateringly addictive peanut sauce recipe can be used as a dipping sauce with chicken satay, toss it into peanut noodles, and even used as a salad dressing.

Adding a side of Thai peanut sauce to baked chicken or bowl of noodles makes an easy dinner that rivals any take-out. The salty, gingery, garlic-i-ness of this sauce is SO good. You’re going to want to eat it on everything!

peanut sauce with skewered satay chicken on a white plate

What You’ll Need

peanut sauce ingredients
  • Peanut Butter. Smooth peanut butter is best in this recipe. You also should use stabalized peanut butter (the kind that doesn’t seperate)
  • Soy sauce.
  • Rice vinegar.
  • Fresh Ginger.
  • Fresh Garlic.
  • Sesame Oil.
  • Sriracha. Sriracha is optional. I love the spiciness it adds to this sauce.

Making The Sauce

To make this peanut dipping sauce all you have to do is mix the ingredients together in a bowl and whisk until smooth.

If you do need to thin the sauce, just add a few tablespoons of water or lime juice.

Ways to Use Peanut Sauce

  • For Dipping. You definitley need to make this peanut sauce for spring rolls but it is so good with grilled chicken.
  • With Noodles. Thin out the sauce with a few tablespoons of water or lime juice and toss into Yakisoba or rice noodles and top with green onions and extra crushed peanuts. Serve with or without chicken.
  • Salad Dressing. Thin slightly and serve on top of an Asian Chicken salad.
  • Asian Peanut Slaw. Top sliced cabbage and green onions with thinned dressing. Add crushed peanuts.

FAQs and Expert Tips

How do I thin Thai peanut sauce?

Add a few tablespoons of water. Start slowly and continue to add water until the sauce is the consistency that you want it to be.

What is Thai peanut sauce made of?

Thai peanut sauce is made of peanut butter (creamy or crunchy), soy sauce, rice vinegar, fresh ginger, and garlic. Usually, there is a spicy element like chili paste or sriracha, but you can also use red chili flakes.

Some versions call for lime juice and coconut milk or a sweetener like honey or maple syrup.

Can you buy peanut sauce?

You can buy peanut sauce in the grocery store. But, I always prefer making it because it’s so simple and always so much better than store-bought.

thai peanut sauce served with chicken satay

What do you eat with peanut sauce

You can eat Thai Peanut Sauce on anything and everything. Seriously. It’s that good.

  • Dipping Sauce for Chicken Satay.
  • Dipping Sauce for Fresh Spring Rolls.
  • Peanut Noodles. Add a few vegetables like red bell pepper, carrots, green onions, and broccoli along with buccatini, yakisoba, or udon noodles.
  • Salad dressing for and Asian Chicken Salad.
  • Chicken Satay Bowl. This meal prep bowl is all about the peanuty sauce.
peanut sauce served with chicken satay garnished with minced cilantro

Thai Peanut Sauce

Thai peanut sauce is a garlicky, peanut-y, and sometimes spicy sauce that's seen in Asian dishes like Peanut Noodles or as a dipping sauce for spring rolls.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Sauce
Cuisine Asian, Thai
Servings 8 People
Calories 50 kcal

Ingredients
 

Instructions
 

  • Add everything to a medium bowl and whisk.
    ½ cup smooth peanut butter, ¼ cup soy sauce, ¼ cup rice wine vinegar, 3 cloves garlic, 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • Add a few teaspoons of water is the mixture is too thick – it should be the consistency of pancake batter or a thick dressing.

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Laura’s Tips + Notes

Ways to Use Peanut Sauce
  • For Dipping. You definitely need to make this peanut sauce for spring rolls but it is so good with grilled chicken.
  • With Noodles. Thin out the sauce with a few tablespoons of water or lime juice and toss into Yakisoba or rice noodles and top with green onions and extra crushed peanuts. Serve with or without chicken.
  • Salad Dressing. Thin slightly and serve on top of an Asian Chicken salad.
  • Asian Peanut Slaw. Top sliced cabbage and green onions with thinned dressing. Add crushed peanuts.

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Nutrition

Serving: 2tablespoonsCalories: 50kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 3gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 453mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gCalcium: 7mgIron: 1mg
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