April 17, 2018

Thai Peanut Sauce

Our favorite Thai peanut sauce with garlic, ginger, and a little sweetness! Only 6 simple ingredients, 10 minutes to make, and super versatile. Vegan, gluten-free, oil-free.

I cannot contain my excitement for this sauce! It's got garlic. It's got ginger. It's got yummy tangy sweetness. All swirled into a luscious, creamy peanut butter base. And it's EASY. Only 6 ingredients and less than 10 minutes! What I love (besides how quick and easy it is) is the all-around flexibility. There are countless ways to make it & use it. For dipping spring rolls which is one of my favorites, with vegetable stir-fries, on tempeh/tofu dishes (it's a great baked tofu dip), with Thai noodles, quinoa salads, or you can thin it out with more water to make a super flavorful salad dressing. There's also a chance you may find yourself just eating it with a spoon from time to time... 😉

I originally made my first peanut sauce in reference to this Thai Peanut Sauce recipe by The Spruce and I encourage you to play around with different flavors/amounts that suit your palette as well. It's a fun and delicious recipe to tinker around with. I'd love to hear what combos you find! We all need those go-to sauces for easy & awesome flavor bursts and I hope you enjoy this one as much as we do!

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Vegan, gluten-free (with tamari), oil-free
Makes about 1 1/3 cup
Inspired by The Spruce

1/2 cup peanut butter (I use creamy, natural)
2 Tbsp. brown sugar or maple syrup (more/less to taste)
1 1/2 Tbsp. tamari/soy sauce
2 Tbsp. fresh lemon or lime juice
1-2 cloves garlic
1 tsp. fresh grated ginger, more to taste
Hot water (to thin to desired consistency)
Optional: red pepper flakes

Mince garlic and grate ginger. (I use a microplane grater.)
In a mixing bowl, add all ingredients except water.
Heat about 3/4 cup of water to just under boiling. (I love our tea kettle with thermometer.)
Add water a couple tablespoons at a time, slowly whisking and working the mixture together.
Continue adding water and whisking until sauce reaches your desired consistency. (I usually end up adding roughly 1/2 cup hot water.)
Salt to taste if desired or adjust flavors as needed; more tamari for saltiness, more sweetener, garlic, ginger, or fresh lemon/lime juice.
Play around with the measurements to find the taste you love!

For easier whisking, you can microwave/warm peanut butter for a few seconds before adding to bowl.
To create a salad dressing, simply add a bit more water to thin it out to desired consistency.

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Need some recipe inspiration? 🌿
Try this sauce with a Fresh Thai Quinoa Salad!

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  1. am definitely making this!!!

    1. Woohoo! Hope you love it Connie :) Wishing you a beautiful week! -Kaitlin

  2. Mmmmmmmm, peanut sauce!!! I love how easy it is and how satisfying! I haven't tried it as a salad dressing yet though! Sounds perfect.

    1. Thanks so much! (PS - just checked out your blog, love your photos! Where in Montana are you located?)

    2. Southcentral MT--in Billings!