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How to Make Peanut Sauce

Prep

5 minutes

Cook

0 minutes

Yield

1 small jar or 4 servings

Maria pouring peanut sauce into collard green wraps

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 flavor to any dish. Plus, it’s super family-friendly. Everyone loves a creamy peanut sauce. 

Why you’ll love this vegan peanut sauce recipe: 

  • Quick & Easy: It’s easy to make and will only take you a few minutes to whip up a batch. You can also keep it and use it for several dishes throughout the week.
  • Versatile: This peanut sauce is so versatile and can be used on any dish your heart desires such as salads, wraps, bowls, etc.
  • Flavor Burst: This creamy peanut sauce is flavorful and damn delicious. 
  • Family-Friendly: The whole family will love this sauce as a healthy alternative to store-bought sauces. 

Ingredient Notes:

Peanut Butter: Peanut butter is such a versatile ingredient that I am obsessed with. I can eat it right out of the jar! This peanut sauce, it’s naturally the star ingredient and adds some nutritional benefits of its own such as protein, vitamin B-6, magnesium, zinc, and more. The key here is to look at the ingredients of your peanut butter for optimal nutritional benefits. Make sure the ingredients are simple, an easy way to do this is by looking for PB labeled as “natural” or that contains “just peanuts”. 

Tamari: Tamari is one of those ingredients that most people don’t really know what it is. Essentially it is a type of soy sauce with an umami flavor that helps enhance many dishes like this sauce. The nice part of tamari is that it also has nutrients found in fermented foods.

Lime Juice: If you don’t have limes, just use rice wine vinegar.  They both work perfectly to lend that acidity needed in this sauce. 

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! 

Person showing you how to make peanut sauce in a bowl on a white countertop

To make this sauce, all you’ll need to do is:

Step One: Add all your ingredients into a jar and shake it all up until it’s well combined. Since the peanut butter may be a little chunky, you may need to use a fork to stir the sauce to smoothen it out.

Person showing you how to make peanut sauce in a bowl on a white countertop

Person showing you how to make peanut sauce in a bowl on a white countertop

Person demonstrating how to make peanut sauce

Step Two: Set the sauce into the fridge for about 15+ minutes to let it sit and get to the perfect consistency. 

Step Three: Use it on top of or within anything your heart desires! 

The ingredients in this sauce make it even so flavorful. I love adding this sauce onto my Collard Summer Salad Rolls that I often whip up for lunch, or a healthy dinner. 

Expert Tips + FAQ:

Combining? You can use a hand blender, a fork, or a mini blender to better combine and incorporate the ingredients.

How much Peanut Sauce should I make? I suggest doubling or tripling the recipe to have throughout the week with salad rolls, roasted veggies, and salads.

How long with the sauce last? The Peanut Sauce will last up to 1 week in a tightly sealed container in the fridge.

Where do I find Sambal Chili Paste? This is an ingredient you’ve probably overlooked at your grocery store multiple times, but you can usually find Sambal Chili Paste in the Asian or international aisle at your grocery store. It’s the same brand as siracha so you’ll usually find it not too far from that!

What to look for in good peanut butter? If you are looking for a healthier option, you’ll want to look for something with minimal ingredients, ideally just peanuts, and maybe salt. Avoid PB that has sugar or vegetable oils. 

How long will this sauce last? This sauce can last for up to 1-week in a tightly sealed container or jar in your fridge. 

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 or 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Vegan Meals
  • Cuisine: Vegan
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

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


Ingredients

Scale

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


Instructions

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

Notes

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.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 4
  • Calories: 172
  • Sugar: 2.4
  • Sodium: 572.9
  • Fat: 15.1
  • Saturated Fat: 2.6
  • Unsaturated Fat: 4.9
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 7.2
  • Fiber: 1
  • Protein: 4.8
  • Cholesterol: 0

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

THIS WAS SO GOOD!!! THANK YOU MARIA!

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!

Cindy

DELICIOUS!!! Thank you for this, Maria!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much for the support, Cindy!

Szandra

My new go-to! Literally 10 minutes of work and goes beautifully with my roasted tofu.

Maria Koutsogiannis

YES!! This makes me so happy!

Brittany

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.

Alexa

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!

Elisa

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

Emma Vukic

Made this for spring-roll dippin’, so good!! Will definitely be adding to my permanent collection of go-tos.

Maria Koutsogiannis

thank you so much, emma!!!!

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