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How to Make Peanut Sauce


5 minutes


0 minutes


1 small jar

Peanut sauce is such a staple to have in your back pocket. Widely used in different cuisines around the world, this sauce has a variety of different uses, from adding it to salads, sandwiches/wraps, poured over vegetables, or as a dipping sauce. What I love about this sauce is how versatile it is. Whip up a batch and keep it in your fridge to use to add flavour to any dish. Plus, it’s super family-friendly. Everyone loves a creamy peanut sauce. 

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Why you’ll love this vegan peanut sauce recipe: 

  • It’s easy to make and will only take you a few minutes to whip up a batch
  • It’s versatile and can be used on any dish your heart desires 
  • It’s creamy and flavorful 
  • The whole family will love it as a healthy alternative to store-bought sauces 

How to make Peanut Sauce:  

It’s actually so easy to make the peanut sauce. So many of us take the lazy way out of making sauces and buy in-store. However, the store-bought sauces are often loaded with preservatives, sugar, sodium, and ingredients you can’t pronounce. What I love about making my own sauces is that I know exactly what is (and isn’t) going into them and you can feel less guilty about using as much (or as little) as you want! 

To make this sauce, all you’ll need to do is simply add all your ingredients into a jar and shake it all up until it’s well combined. Since the peanut butter maybe a little chunky, you may need to use a fork to stir the sauce to smoothen it out. Set the sauce into the fridge for about 15+ minutes to let it sit and get to the perfect consistency. 

What really brings the flavor to this Vegan Peanut Sauce is not just the obvious peanut butter, but the other ingredients such as: 

  • Spicy sesame oil
  • Lime juice
  • Tamari
  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Sambal chilli paste

These ingredients give a little zing to the sauce and make it even more flavorful. I love adding this sauce onto my Collard Summer Salad Rolls that I often whip up for lunch, or a healthy dinner. 

Person demonstrating how to make peanut sauce

Recipes to use this yummy Peanut Sauce on 

If you need some inspiration on the types of recipes you can add this sauce onto, here are some of my recipes that you can pour the sauce onto, or swap out the existing sauce/dressing with this one. 

What are your favorite ways to use peanut sauce? Share below with me in the comments! 

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How to Make Peanut Sauce

  • Author: Maria Koutsogiannis
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 small jar 1x
  • Category: Salads & Greens
  • Cuisine: Vegan


How to make peanut sauce? Let me show you. This easy, creamy sauce is perfect for salads, stirfrys, on noodles, and everything in between.



1/4 cup peanut butter

2 tbsp. spicy sesame oil

juice of half a lime juice

2 tbsp. water

2 tbsp. tamari

1-inch knob of ginger, grated

2 cloves of garlic, grated

1 tbsp. sambal chili paste


Simply add all your ingredients into a jar and shake till well combined.  You may need to use a fork to stir to smoothen the peanut butter.


You can also use a hand blender to better combine and incorporate the ingredients.

I suggest doubling or tripling the recipe to have throughout the week with salad rolls, roasted veggies and salads.

The Peanut Sauce will last up to 1 week in a tightly sealed container in the fridge.

Keywords: asian, butter, easy, recipe, roll, salad, spring, thai, vegan

Lauren Marinigh

This peanut sauce is my go to and staple! Love having it in the fridge for my salads!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much for your love, Lauren! It’s one of our favourites!

Chrissy Stewart

I had this tonight with rice noodles! I can’t wait to try it with veggies in a stir fry! PS I highly suggest tripling the recipe as she says to do!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Make sure you try it with tofu as a marinade!

Brit Flack


Maria Koutsogiannis

Thanks Brit, we love this recipe!

Josie Heisig

This was so good! Totally jazzed up my quarantine lunch! I had some rice ramen in the pantry (hellooooo Costco!) and stir-fried some past-prime veggies with this delicious peanut sauce. Thanks Maria!

Maria Koutsogiannis

YESS! Thanks so much for the support, Josie!

Brooke Rackel

Honestly one of the best sauces I have had. Was so delicious we made it two nights in a row!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much, Brooke!

sienna trautman

SO GOOD went delicious with my tofu and stir fry! Keeping this recipe on hand 🤩

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thanks so much, Sienna!


DELICIOUS!!! Thank you for this, Maria!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much for the support, Cindy!


I finally bought some sesame oil to try this, and I should’ve not taken so long. This is an amazingly simple and delicious recipe. I will definitely be doubling this recipe and trying it on everything next time. I had it with some vermicelli style ramen noodles and WOW! I bet this is so tastey on a salad too

Maria Koutsogiannis

YESSS, thank you so much, Brittany.


Peanut Sauce is one of my favourite flavours, ever! Maria, you’ve absolutely nailed this one. LOVE IT

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much for the love, Alexa!


I literally put this sauce on everything now! Make a big batch you’ll want to stock up!

Maria Koutsogiannis

it’s so good!!

Busola Fapojuwo

This peanut sauce is amazing and you can use it on anything. I actually missed the sesame oil so it was a little thicker than probably intended, but still turned out great. I have used it on plain noodles, on spaghetti squash with shrimp, as a salmon marinade, as a salad dressing. The flavour is just so good. Thanks for the recipe!!!

Maria Koutsogiannis

YESSS thank you so much for the love!

Kristen Andersen

I just wanted to hop on here and say thank you for all you do!! This peanut sauce is sooo delicious and versatile… I’ve used it in rice noodles, as salad dressing, & folded into soups/stews. Also, I’ve been working my way through your cookbook in quarantine and it’s been amazing!! I now regularly have your pizza dough frozen on hand and my family eats your cashew feta cream sauce for basically every meal 🙂

Maria Koutsogiannis

This makes me so happy! Thank you so much for your love and support, Kristen!

Caroline G

Everybody needs this in their life!! ❤️
I made a simple, basic stir fry yesterday and it was a bit bland. So I tried to find something to improve the leftovers for tonight and stumbled upon this sauce and figured out that I had all of the ingredients at home without any high expectations… but this sauce turned my bland stir fry into an incredibly delicious meal! Woooow just wow!! I could eat this sauce every single day, it’s so good! Thank you Maria for bringing this into my life ❤️❤️❤️ I will tell all of my friends about it, because everybody needs to try this!!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much hun!!! I reallly love this sauce and I am so pumped you did too!

Jessica Near

FAVORITE SAUCE for so many dishes! The original recipe is the best way to enjoy, but I also make it less spicy for the kiddos & it’s still awesome!

Maria Koutsogiannis

YES! Such a fair point, Jessica! It’s so adaptable, right?1

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