Creamy Peanut Sauce [video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Peanut Sauce is so flavorful and versatile that you can add it to just about anything. Have an Asian fest at home with this easy sure-hit recipe!

If you like Asian cuisine, serve this alongside our other favorites from the region like the Sweet and Sour Chicken, Moo Goo Gai Pan, and Chicken Katsu!

Peanut Sauce Recipe

Asian Peanut Sauce

Peanut Sauce can be paired with chicken, noodles, spring rolls, stir-fries, and even added to wraps! That’s how versatile it is, which probably makes it grow more popular in recent years.

I like dips because they provide additional flavor and juiciness to any dish. And I like making them from scratch. There are many commercially available bottled ones, but I have always liked to make my own so that I can customize it and avoid the preservatives.

Knowing this recipe may actually save you from the hit-or-miss dips that you are used to getting from some Asian restaurants. In this easy recipe, no cooking is even required, so give it a try!

What is peanut sauce?

It has the ground peanuts as the base, and in this specific recipe, we are using the peanut butter for convenience.

It has just the right balance of sweetness, sourness, and saltiness that highlights the nutty flavor. Also, it is made more flavorful with the zesty ginger, hot red pepper flakes, and the sharp garlic.

How to make peanut sauce:

  • All you need to do is to blend together all the ingredients until smooth.
  • Then, if you wish, you can garnish with chopped roasted nuts, green onions, and more red pepper flakes.
  • Now, you have a dip that can be used in a variety of Asian dishes! No need to buy the bottled ones anymore!

Peanut Sauce Recipe

Peanut Sauce Variations:

Thai:

Originally, the famous Thai satay has a curry-like dip that is mainly composed of coconut milk, not peanuts.

One recipe calls for heating up the coconut milk in a saucepan and adding in red curry paste, peanut butter, fish sauce, sugar, and tamarind paste.

But do not worry, our recipe works just as well.

For Spring Rolls:

Another Asian dish that sports this dip is the Vietnamese Spring Rolls. It is made by wrapping strips and juliennes of vegetables in rice paper. Veggies like lettuce, carrots, cucumbers, bell peppers, and mung bean sprouts are included as well as rice vermicelli and some herbs like basil and cilantro.

To make the dip, simply follow the above-mentioned recipe, it pairs perfectly with spring rolls.

For Noodles:

Just follow the same recipe as above, it works! I love it in Pad Thai (a noodle dish also from the Land of Smiles) because it melds the flavors from the bean sprouts, eggs, tofu, and rice noodles.

Spicy:

The recipe already includes red pepper flakes but if you want it spicier, you can add chili peppers! Just remember to remove the seeds before adding.

Peanut Sauce Recipe

Storing Recommendations:

Refrigerate: Peanut butter itself has a very long shelf life, you can check the facts here. You can put single portions of this sauce in airtight containers which can be refrigerated for up to a week. Remember to let it sit out for around 30 minutes before serving in order to liquefy any oil that may have solidified.

Freeze: Aside from refrigerating, you can also freeze it for a month. Just heat it in the microwave oven before serving.

Recipe Tips:

  • To sweeten, you can also use honey or maple syrup instead of the sugar.
  • If you will use sweet peanut butter, then, you can reduce the amount of brown sugar.
  • You can also substitute Sriracha to the red pepper flakes.
  • Substitute almond butter if you are allergic to legumes.

watch recipe video:

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Asian Peanut Sauce
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 4 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes Total time: 10 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 cup  creamy peanut butter 
  • 1/4 cup  rice vinegar 
  • 1/4 cup  soy sauce 
  • 1 tablespoon  brown sugar 
  • 1 teaspoon  grated fresh ginger 
  • 3 cloves  garlic  (minced)
  • 1/4 teaspoon  red pepper flakes  (plus more for garnish)
  • 4 tablespoons  water 

Garnish:

  •  Chopped roasted peanuts 
  •  Green onions 
  •  Red pepper flakes 

Instructions

  1. Add all the ingredients to a blender and process until smooth.
  2. Transfer it to a serving bowl and sprinkle with chopped peanuts and red pepper flakes.
Calories: 409 Carbohydrates: 16 Protein: 17 Fat: 33 Saturated Fat: 6 Cholesterol: 0 Sodium: 1109 Potassium: 449 Fiber: 3 Sugar: 9 Vitamin A: 35 Calcium: 31 Iron: 1.5
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Allyson Zea

I love this sauce on EVERYTHING!!!!

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Katerina @ diethood .com

mmm..such an incredible sauce!!

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Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert

I know for sure this would be a huge hit in my house!

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Vik

This looks easy and amazing! We have Asian food a lot in my family, so this would be a great complement

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Shannon Graham

Oh my goodness, that sounds SO good! It had me drooling for sure!

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Beth Pierce

What an amazing recipe! This sauce would taste great with a Chinese chicken salad; yum!

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