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Small glass jar filled with creamy Thai Peanut Sauce
4.88 from 8 votes

Easy Peanut Sauce

Our favorite Thai-inspired peanut sauce with garlic, ginger, and a little sweetness! Only 6 simple ingredients and super versatile.
AuthorKaitlin - The Garden Grazer
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
CuisineGluten-Free, Oil-Free, Vegan
Servings4 (1/3 cup servings)


  • 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 (or soy sauce)
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon or lime juice
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp. fresh grated ginger (more/less to taste)
  • Hot water to thin to desired consistency
  • Optional: red pepper flakes


  • Mince garlic and grate ginger. (I use a microplane grater for ginger.)
  • 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!


Recipe yields about 1 1/3 cup sauce. Made gluten-free with tamari.
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.
Inspired by The Spruce

Nutrition Per Serving (Estimate)

Calories: 217 kcalCarbohydrates: 13 gProtein: 9 gFat: 16 gSaturated Fat: 3 gPotassium: 238 mgFiber: 2 gSugar: 8 gVitamin C: 3 mgCalcium: 22 mgIron: 1 mg