Peanut Sauce is one of the key ingredients in great Asian food. Now you can have a simple, three ingredient recipe at your fingertips!
Peanut Sauce is delicious and takes all of about a minute or so to whip up – with only three ingredients!!! I even blind taste tested it on my husband who thought it was “that peanut sauce we get from the Vietnamese place.” Score!
This peanut sauce recipe is not only quick and delicious, it’s super versatile too – you can make it thick and dippy for your Vietnamese Summer Rolls, or thin and saucy for your Malaysian Satay Chicken Thighs. Try it with a stir fry sauce and coconut chicken!
Peanut Sauce Ingredients
Chunky Peanut Butter – preferably the stuff that’s just peanuts. Many grocery stores allow you to make your own! Traditional jarred peanut butter will work in a pinch too though.
Sweet Chili Sauce – Look for it by the hot sauce in your grocery store.
Soy Sauce – I used a gluten free version, but you can use whatever soy sauce you have in your cupboard. You could also substitute Coconut Aminos if you are avoiding soy.
Water – optional, if you want to thin the sauce a bit.
How To Make Peanut Sauce
First, add ingredients to a bowl and mix well.
Then, thin to your liking by slowly stirring in water until you reach desired consistency.
Next, taste and adjust to your palate.
Peanut Sauce Q&A
I know you guys want to know all the good stuff about peanut sauce! Surely something this easy has a catch, right? Nope! Here are some quick answers to some of your burning questions.
Where Did Peanut Sauce Originate
Peanut Sauce originated in southeast Asia, primarily Indonesia. Thai peanut sauce tends to be a bit sweeter than Indonesian. Interestingly, peanuts were introduced into southeast Asia by Portuguese and Spanish explorers coming back from Mexico.
How Long Does Homemade Peanut Sauce Last
Homemade Peanut Sauce will last about 1 week in the refrigerator.
Can I Make Peanut Sauce Ahead of Time
You can make peanut sauce up to 3 days in advance. Keep covered in the refrigerator and bring to room temperature before serving.
Can You Freeze Peanut Sauce
Yes, you can freeze peanut sauce and should last 3-6 months in the freezer. Freeze it in serving size portions for easy use!
How Do You Reheat Peanut Sauce
You can reheat peanut sauce on the stovetop or in the microwave. If it is too thick you can thin it by adding a bit of water, coconut water, or coconut milk.
How Can You Thin Peanut Sauce
To thin peanut sauce you can whisk in some coconut milk or water until it reaches your desired consistency.
Can I Use Smooth Peanut Butter in Peanut Sauce
You can substitute a smooth peanut butter in the peanut sauce recipe if you prefer to not have the chunks of peanuts.
How Do You Use Peanut Sauce For Noodles
To use peanut sauce for noodles, simply toss the cooked and drained noodles with the peanut sauce!
Can I Make My Peanut Sauce A Bit Sweeter
You can sweeten your peanut sauce by adding a bit of honey. You can acidify it with some rice vinegar.
Is There A Substitute For Soy Sauce In Peanut Sauce
You can substitute coconut aminos for the soy sauce if you are avoiding soy.
How Do I Make The Peanut Sauce Thai
To make your peanut sauce Thai inspired, you can blend in some coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and lime. Adding fish sauce will up the salty and umami flavors.
What Other Flavors Can I Add To My Peanut Sauce
You can add a bunch of different flavors to your peanut sauce to make it your own! Experiment with sweeteners (honey, sugar, coconut cream), savory additions (fried onions, tamarind, garlic, hot chilis, lemongrass), and spices (cumin or coriander seed). You could even have options at the table for people to make their own!
Is There Gluten In Peanut Sauce
Peanut Sauce may contain gluten, as most soy sauces have some gluten in their recipe. I did use a gluten-free soy sauce in my peanut sauce recipe, so my recipe is gluten free.
Is Peanut Sauce Vegan
Peanut sauce is vegan in most recipes, although some recipes contain honey. Mine has no animal products.
Is Peanut Sauce Healthy
Peanut sauce is healthy in moderation. As with most sauces, you are using a limited amount and the ingredients are all wholesome. However, peanuts can pack a calorie punch, and most chili sauces contain added sugars, so you will have to decide if it fits into your version of a healthy diet.
Is Peanut Sauce Paleo
Peanut sauce is not paleo by strict definition, as peanuts are not a “nut” but a legume. Most paleo observers do not add legumes to their diet plan.
Is Peanut Sauce Keto
Peanut Sauce is not keto, as the chili sauce and the peanut butter may have added sugar. However, you could create your own version of this simple recipe that keeps the fat content up and the carb content down by choosing your chili sauce and peanut butter carefully, or by making your own. Also, you will be eating a small amount (probably, although my family doesn’t seem to work that way), so you can limit your carbs.
What Can You Use Peanut Sauce For
You can use peanut sauce for so many things!
- dip for fresh vegetables
- dip for crispy tofu
- dip for various meats
- dip for spring rolls
- dip for grilled, skewered shrimp or seafood
- dip for asian dumplings
- marinade for meats and vegetables (blend with some soy sauce, ginger, onions, and some more hot sauce)
- salad dressing (thin with a bit of water or coconut milk)
- sauce for noodles
- over French Fries (hey, I’m just reporting…talk to the Dutch, who combine the peanut sauce with mayo)
- over baguettes
- over potatoes
What To Serve With Peanut Sauce
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How To Make Peanut Sauce
- 1 cup natural chunky peanut butter preferably the stuff that's just peanuts
- 1 cup sweet chili sauce
- 1/3 cup soy sauce
- optional: water to thin
- Add ingredients to a bowl and mix well. Thin to your liking by slowly stirring in water until you reach desired consistency. Taste and adjust to your palate.
If you love savory peanut recipes, definitely try our peanut butter chicken next!