Simple Thai Peanut Sauce Recipe
An easy Thai inspired peanut sauce perfect for dipping or drizzling! This delicious sauce comes together in one bowl in 5 minutes and is so much tastier than store bought peanut sauces.
I have been completely addicted to fresh spring rolls lately. When I’m out and about with no time to make lunch, I’ll grab a couple from Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods. When we get Thai take-out I always order fresh spring rolls with peanut dipping sauce. More recently I’ve started making spring rolls and peanut sauce at home.
You can find the Vegan Rice Paper Spring Roll Recipe here, but I wanted to give you the recipe for this amazing peanut sauce first, and separately, because you can use it for other recipes too. I love dipping crispy baked tofu into it! If peanut sauce is one of those things you only buy at the store, it’s time to try making it at home.
This simple peanut sauce recipe tastes so much better than the bottled version and is done in under 5 minutes. After testing and tweaking, this creamy peanut sauce has the perfect balance of sweet and salty flavors. Let’s take a look at the ingredients for Thai peanut sauce.
Peanut Sauce Ingredients
I almost always have all of these simple ingredients on hand. Peanut butter gets thinned out and loaded with flavor with a little help from soy sauce, garlic, ginger, rice vinegar and just a tiny splash of maple syrup and sriracha chili sauce. While some people make their peanut sauce with coconut milk, I find that this recipe is creamy enough without it.
I adapted this recipe from one on the back of a package of rice paper wraps from Star Anise Foods. This Thai peanut sauce isn’t spicy because I just use a tiny bit of sriracha. If you love spicy foods though, go ahead and add more sriracha. If you don’t do soy or gluten, scrap the soy sauce and use coconut aminos instead.
What to Make with Peanut Sauce
The first thing that comes to mind for using up peanut sauce is spring rolls, but there are many other ways to use it. Drizzle your homemade peanut sauce over Thai inspired Buddha bowls like this quinoa bowl, toss with noodles, add flavor to stir fry, or make a tofu satay to dip in your sauce.
This simple Thai peanut sauce will make your Thai inspired recipes so much more delicious. Watch the video to see how it’s done.
- 1/2 cup peanut butter (unsalted, unsweetened)
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce (coconut aminos for gluten-free)
- 1/2 tablespoon minced ginger
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon sriracha sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon maple syrup
- 1/3 cup water
- Add the peanut butter, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, vinegar, sriracha, and maple syrup to a small bowl or jar. Whisk together, then whisk in the water slowly until the desired consistency has been reached. This peanut sauce tends to thicken up over time, so add more water as needed to thin. Taste and adjust as you'd like.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1/10 recipe
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 82Saturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 3.5g