This Recipe for Thai Peanut Sauce is super addicting and pairs well with almost anything! It’s rich, flavourful, smooth, velvety and absolutely delicious!
This All Purpose Peanut Sauce is fresh, flavourful and will absolutely elevate anything you put it on (and the options are pretty endless!). Use it as a dip, dressing, marinade or sauce! It’s made with simple ingredients, is ready in just five minutes and can be made as spicy or as mild as you like. This Recipe for Thai Peanut Sauce can’t get any easier – Just throw everything into a food processor and allow it to work its magic! WARNING: You’re going to want to put this peanut sauce on everything! So, just do yourself a favour and make a double batch right from the get-go 😉
Ok, so this might be a recipe for Thai Peanut Sauce. But, I swear. You can put this sh*t on anything! It’s great as a dip for veggie sticks or crackers, amazing drizzled over roasted vegetables or bowls, perfect on noodles of any kind, like a match made in Heaven for chicken satay and arguably the very best dipping sauce for Fresh Vegetable Spring Rolls. Heck, you can even make this Thai Peanut Sauce into a salad dressing (just add a bit of water). There’s nothing it doesn’t go good with. Thai Peanut Sauce Chicken WIngs, anyone?
The best part about this Peanut Sauce is that the food processor has got you covered when it comes to effort keeping yours at an all time minimum. Just add all the ingredients directly into the food processor and press start. Yes, it’s as easy as that. The rest is history.
THE INGREDIENTS YOU’LL NEED TO MAKE THIS CREAMY PEANUT SAUCE
Homemade Peanut Sauce is incredibly delicious and made with only a few simple ingredients. Thanks to the help of a high speed blender or food processor, it’s ready in just 5 minutes! Let’s get into the ingredients in a little bit more detail down below:
- Peanut Butter: Well, we can’t make a peanut sauce without peanut butter, now can we? As always, I recommend using natural peanut butter with no added sugars or anything like that. I like using smooth peanut butter to make for a smoother sauce but since it’s all being blended up in the food processor anyway, feel free to use the crunchy version if that’s all you have on hand or prefer.
- Honey: For sweetness and to balance out the flavours of the other ingredients. However, you can use another kind of sweetener, if you want, such as Maple Syrup or Brown Sugar.
- Sambal Oelek: For some heat! Sambal Oelek is popular in Asian cooking and is basically just a garlic chili paste. I don’t find it too hot but then again, ya gal loves spicy food. Therefore, use as much or as little as you would like. Take it easy or omit completely if you’re sensitive to spice. Sriracha is a good substitution if you don’t have any Sambal Oelek on hand. Side Note: The more of this stuff you add, the more red/orange the peanut sauce will become as opposed to brown-ish looking.
- Garlic: Adds flavour to the sauce. Therefore, fresh is best in this recipe. Don’t worry about mincing it as the food processor should do a good enough job breaking it down. However, you can if you want.
- Ginger: Adds flavour and an Asian flare to the dish. You don’t have to mince it before adding it to the food processor as the blade will break it down. Therefore, just peel it and roughly chop it into pieces.
- Lime Juice: Adds some zest, tang and acidity to the peanut sauce and balances out the other flavours. Also adds liquid so it’s easier for the ingredients to blend together once in the food processor.
- Rice Vinegar: A popular ingredient in Asian cooking. Adds a mellow, sweet flavour to the sauce.
- Sesame Oil: Another popular ingredient in Asian cooking. Adds a subtle toasty or nutty flavour to the sauce. A little sesame oil goes a long way.
- Soy Sauce: Adds a depth of flavour and some saltiness to the sauce. Also good for balancing out the overall colour of the peanut sauce. Since the soy sauce is liquid, it does a good job of helping the ingredients blend up in the food processor.
HOW TO MAKE PEANUT SAUCE (KEY TIPS)
- Using a food processor or blender is your best bet to ensure all the ingredients get well combined. You can mix it by hand if you really want to but just make sure you put some muscle into it. Everything has to be totally combined and incorporated. Plus, the more you mix it, the creamier it gets.
- Taste the sauce and adjust as necessary. Especially for turning up the heat. It could get unexpectedly spicy if you just go adding sriracha or sambal oelek blindly. You can always add more and make it more spicy but you can’t take the heat away once it’s added! Side Note: The longer the sauce sits, the hotter it will get.
- If you notice your peanut sauce is a little on the thicker side, add some water, one tbsp at a time, until you reach your desired consistency.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
If stored in an airtight container and kept in the fridge, this recipe for Thai Peanut Sauce will be good for up to a week. However, keep in mind that the flavours will enhance as it sits and therefore, the sauce will get more spicy over time.
The beauty of this recipe for Thai Peanut Sauce is that it can be made as spicy or as mild as you like. Simply adjust the amount for the Sambal Oelek or Sriracha Sauce to adjust the heat level. Put more for more spicy and less for a milder sauce. If you really don’t like spice or are extremely sensitive to spicy food, feel free to omit it out of the sauce completely. Again, the longer the sauce sits, the spicier it will become.
This Peanut Sauce is so flavourful and versatile, you can really use it on anything! Try serving it up with these Fresh Veggie Spring Rolls or as a dipping sauce for these Quinoa Chicken Tenders or Baked Chicken Drumsticks. It’ll go great with these Coconut Crusted Shrimp or any noodle or rice dish. It’s amazing as a stirfry sauce, too. And of course, you can’t deny how perfect it is for some classic chicken satay. The options are endless. So, really, anything that’s dippable – veggies, potato chips, meat skewers or even french fries, has a place for this Thai Peanut Sauce in my books!
- 1/2 cup Peanut Butter
- 3 tbsp Soy Sauce
- 2 tbsp Rice Vinegar
- 2 cloves Garlic
- 1 thumb-sized piece Ginger
- 1 tbsp Honey or Maple Syrup
- 1 tbsp Fresh Lime Juice
- 1-3 tbsp Sambal Oelek or Sriracha (depending on spice preference)
- 2 tsp Sesame Oil
- Chopped Peanuts, for garnish (optional)
- 1-4 tbsp of Water* (only if needed, see notes)
- Add all the ingredients to the base of a food processor.
- Blend until well combined and super creamy (scrape down the sides of the food processor and blend again, if needed). See recipe notes for what to do if your peanut sauce is too thick. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1041Total Fat: 74gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 50gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 4325mgCarbohydrates: 75gFiber: 9gSugar: 41gProtein: 34g
Nutrition is only an estimate and calculated using Nutritionix.
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