This Pad Thai Peanut Sauce is a super easy recipe that can be used as a dipping sauce for spring rolls, drizzled over chicken or pad thai, or thinned down to make a simple Thai peanut dressing. It’s sweet, salty, tangy and only takes about 10 minutes to make.
Pad Thai Peanut Sauce Recipe
As condiments go, this Pad Thai Peanut Sauce recipe is one of the ones I make the most. It’s beyond quick and easy, absolutely delicious, and can turn all sorts of noodles, salads, wraps, veggies, and chicken dishes into something amazing. It’s sweet and salty, tangy, super creamy, and uses just a few ingredients.
Depending on what you want to use it for, and the flavors that your family likes, you can feel free to add fresh ginger, a minced clove of garlic, or a dash of hot sauce for some spice. Serve as a dipping sauce for Thai lettuce wraps, drizzled over grilled chicken, tossed with rice noodles, added to stir fry, or thinned down and served as a dressing for your favorite green salad.
Ingredients in Pad Thai Peanut Sauce
- Peanut Butter - while I usually use creamy peanut butter, you can definitely use crunchy if you don’t mind a sauce that isn’t completely smooth.
- Water - instead of water you could substitute coconut milk.
- Sugar - this recipe calls for granulated sugar, but brown sugar or even cane sugar would make a great substitute. You could even use a touch of maple syrup or honey.
- Soy Sauce - again, you can use regular soy sauce, low salt, or even tamari.
- White Wine Vinegar - this helps round out the flavors. You could substitute a bit of rice wine vinegar.
- Lime Juice - for the best flavor, use fresh lime juice.
How to Make This Thai Peanut Sauce Recipe
- Heat the ingredients. In a medium saucepan over medium low heat, add the peanut butter, water, sugar, soy sauce, and vinegar. Cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture becomes very smooth and the sugar has dissolved.
- Stir in the lime juice. Remove from the heat and stir in the lime juice.
- Use or store. Peanut sauce can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Serve warm or cold as a dipping sauce or dressing for any of your favorite Asian-inspired dishes. Enjoy!
Uses for Peanut Sauce
While the possibilities are endless, here are a few of my favorite peanut sauce uses. Let your creativity guide you and discover new and exciting ways to incorporate this versatile condiment into your favorite dishes.
- Peanut Dipping Sauce: Peanut sauce makes a delectable dipping sauce for a variety of foods. Whether it's spring rolls, satay skewers, or even raw veggies, the rich and nutty flavor of peanut sauce adds a burst of deliciousness to every bite.
- Add to stir fry: Take your stir-fry game to the next level by incorporating peanut sauce into your dish. This versatile condiment pairs well with a wide range of stir-fried vegetables, proteins, and noodles, giving your meal a delightful Thai-inspired twist.
- Peanut Sauce Marinade: Turn your ordinary grilled chicken or tofu into a flavor-packed masterpiece by using peanut sauce as a marinade. Let the sauce work its magic, infusing the meat with its distinctive taste, and creating a succulent and aromatic dish.
- Thai Peanut Sauce Dressing: Tired of the same old salad dressing options? Jazz up your greens with a peanut sauce-based dressing. The creamy and tangy nature of the sauce adds a unique dimension to salads, making them more exciting and irresistible.
- Burger Topping: Want to give your burgers a burst of flavor? Instead of the usual condiments, slather some peanut sauce on your burger buns. The combination of the juicy patty, creamy sauce, and a touch of crunch will make your burger a gourmet experience.
- Add to pizza Looking for an unconventional twist on pizza night? Swap out the tomato sauce for peanut sauce and top it with grilled chicken, bell peppers, and a sprinkle of crushed peanuts. The result? A unique and scrumptious pizza that will amaze your taste buds.
- Sandwich Spread: Forget mayo or mustard - spread peanut sauce on your sandwiches for an unexpected twist. The creamy texture and nutty taste complement a wide range of fillings, from grilled chicken and vegetables to sliced tofu and crunchy lettuce, taking your sandwiches to the next level.
Frequently Asked Questions
Peanut Sauce is an Americanized term for Asian satay sauce, which is made from ground peanuts (or peanut butter) and a combination of other Asian ingredients such as coconut milk, fresh ginger, soy sauce, tamarind, garlic, lemongrass, and spices such as red pepper flakes and cumin. Different Asian countries have different versions, but they all have peanuts as the main ingredient.
Sure! The only source of gluten in this peanut dipping sauce is soy sauce, so choose a gluten-free soy sauce option such as tamari.
You can store Thai Peanut Sauce in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 2 months.
Absolutely! This sauce tastes great as a Thai Peanut Dressing. You can just thin it down with just a touch of water, mixing well as you add about 1 teaspoon at a time until you reach the desired consistency.
- Refrigerator: store in an airtight container or jar in the fridge for up to 5 days.
- Freezer: Peanut Sauce can be frozen in an airtight container or freezer bag for up to 2 months. To thaw, transfer to the fridge overnight.
- To reheat: if you want to serve Peanut Sauce warm, or if you simply need to loosen it up a bit, you can gently microwave for about 30 seconds, or heat in a saucepan over low heat while stirring.
Thai Peanut Sauce Recipe
- ¼ cup Peanut Butter
- 2 Tablespoons Water
- 2 Tablespoons Sugar
- 1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce
- ½ teaspoon White Wine Vinegar
- 1 teaspoon Lime Juice
- In a medium saucepan over medium low heat, add the peanut butter, water, sugar, soy sauce, and vinegar. Cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture becomes very smooth and the sugar has dissolved.
- Remove from the heat and stir in the lime juice. Peanut sauce can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
- Serve warm or cold as a dipping sauce or dressing for any of your favorite Asian-inspired dishes. Enjoy!
More Of Our Favorite Asian-Inspired Recipes
- Asian Beef Kabobs
- Chicken Lettuce Wraps
- Korean Beef Stir Fry
- Quick Teriyaki Beef Stir Fry
- Chili Spiced Sweet Potatoes
- Grilled Teriyaki Salmon
- Coconut Rice
- More Salad Recipes
- More Condiments
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This Pad Thai Peanut Sauce recipe is salty, sweet, tangy, and super delicious. It's a quick and easy recipe that can be used on all of your favorite Asian-inspired dishes.