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  • Food: Peanut Sauce
  • Writer: Lizzie Green
  • Content-Type: Food Blog

It’s time to offer my go-to peanut sauce recipe, as we’re approaching the season of potlucks and barbecues. It’s rich, delicious, a little spicy, and completely filling.

Plus, this tasty sauce is simple to prepare.

Make a batch of peanut sauce and pour it over everything! This peanut sauce also works well as a vegetable dip. Preservatives are common in store-bought veggie dips, but not in this one.

Peanut Sauce’s Uses

Aside from the veggie dip, this peanut sauce is delicious over noodles and with spring rolls. You can also use it to add more protein and flavor to steamed or roasted vegetables. It’s also delicious with mango!

Tips for Peanut Sauce

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Food: Peanut Sauce yum (Source: Minimalist Baker)

I like this sauce just the way it is, but feel free to experiment with it.

  • You can replace the water with coconut milk for a more authentic Thai peanut sauce. This will help to balance out the other flavors.
  • Add a squeeze of lime juice and/or chopped cilantro for an added punch of fresh flavor.
  • If the sauce is too thick for your liking, thin it out with a little more water, coconut milk, or lime juice.
    recipe for peanut sauce

Peanut Sauce

Time to Prepare: 5 minutes

5 minutes in total

This healthy peanut sauce recipe can be used as a dip or drizzled over Asian meals. You can also use this flavorful peanut sauce to mix with noodles. It’s fantastic in every way! About 1 2/3 cup of sauce is yielded from this recipe.


  • ¾ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • ⅓ cup reduced-sodium tamari or reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 ½ teaspoon grated fresh ginger or ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 to 2 medium cloves garlic, pressed or minced, to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes, plus more for sprinkling
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons water or coconut milk, or as necessary to reach your desired consistency
  • Optional garnishes: a sprinkling of chopped roasted peanuts and additional red pepper flakes


Peanut Sauce yummy (1)
Food: Peanut Sauce yum (Source: Minimalist Baker)
  1. Whisk together the ingredients in a 2-cup liquid measuring cup or a medium-sized mixing basin until well combined. If your peanut butter is especially thick, you may need to add all 4 tablespoons of water to smooth it out (or more, if necessary).
  2. Adjust to taste—for example, if I want my sauce to be saltier, I add another garlic clove, or if I want it to be a bit sweeter, I add more honey.
  3. Transfer the sauce to a serving bowl and top with chopped peanuts and red pepper flakes for added visual appeal if serving as a party dip.


  • MAKE IT VEGAN: Instead of honey, use maple syrup.
  • TO MAKE IT GLUTEN-FREE, use gluten-free tamari instead of ordinary soy sauce.
  • STORAGE SUGGESTIONS: Keep this dip refrigerated for up to a week, covered. You may need to whisk it again before serving, or add a dash of vinegar to liven up the flavors.