Peanut Sauce is the perfect dip for baked tofu, it’s amazing over Peanut Noodles and salads, and it will soon have everyone licking their plates clean. You’re going to love it!
Ingredients You’ll Need
What is peanut sauce made of? Peanut butter provides the creamy base, and then you’ll add in simple pantry ingredients, like soy sauce and spices.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Peanut butter
- Soy sauce (use tamari to keep it gluten-free)
- Maple syrup or honey
- Lime juice
I also add in freshly minced garlic and ginger. They take the flavor over the top! But even if you don’t have those on hand, the flavor will be delicious.
It’s sort of like my Vegan Pad Thai sauce, but with peanut butter added in.
How to Make It From Scratch
All you need is a bowl and a spoon, or a whisk, to stir this together.
Stir the peanut butter, tamari, maple syrup, lime juice, sriracha, garlic, and ginger together first.
The sauce will look relatively thick, so then you can add water, just 1 tablespoon at a time, to thin it out to your desired dipping consistency.
I usually add 1-2 tablespoons total.
If you plan on pouring this sauce over noodles, I like this sauce to be runnier, but for a dip, I like it to be thicker. The consistency is totally up to you!
How to Serve It
What do you eat with peanut sauce? It’s delicious on salads, as a dip for sliced veggies, and is also a great sauce for noodle stir-fry recipes.
Here are some ideas on how to use it:
- As a dip for vegetable spring rolls
- Dip for crispy Baked Tofu or Air Fryer Tofu
- As a sauce over your favorite noodles
- Use it as a salad dressing
I can’t wait to hear how you like it! Please leave a comment below if you give this peanut sauce recipe a try.
If you’d like to experiment with another nut butter, here are a few suggestions:
You can also replace the maple syrup with honey, if you don’t need this recipe to be vegan. If you use honey, I recommend starting with a little less, as it can taste sweeter than maple syrup.
The Best Peanut Sauce You’ll Ever Make
- 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons tamari (gluten-free soy sauce)
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon sriracha
- 1 inch fresh ginger , minced
- 1 garlic clove , minced
- In a medium bowl, combine the peanut butter, tamari, lime juice, maple syrup, and sriracha. I use a microplane to finely mince the ginger and garlic on top. Use a whisk to stir it all together until smooth.
- Add a tablespoon of water to the bowl, and whisk again until the sauce is thinner. If you want an even thinner sauce, add another tablespoon of water, and stir again. Be careful not to add too much water at once, so the sauce won't get too thin.
- This peanut sauce can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. It will thicken more when chilled, so you may need to add another tablespoon of water when you get it out of the fridge later.
- Nutrition information is for roughly 3 tablespoons of sauce. This information is automatically calculated, and is just an estimate, and not a guarantee.
- You can use almond butter, cashew butter, or tahini as an alternative to peanut butter.
- If you need a soy-free option, try coconut aminos instead. You’ll probably have to add extra salt, in that case, since it’s not as salty as soy sauce or tamari.
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Questions and Reviews
This recipe sounds so yummy! As I sit here eating your Cheesy jalapeno casserole (from your Everyday Detox), I just want to thank you for all the delicious healthy recipes you’ve shared over the years. Megan, you are much appreciated!
Fabulous on rice noodles! Thank you!
Hi Megan, I fell in love with the other nut sauce you had online. It didn’t use peanut butter nor sriracha, but I can’t find it! Can you help me out? It was so mild in flavour and I used to lick the bowl.
Maybe you’re thinking of this one? https://detoxinista.com/creamy-thai-peanut-dressing-dairy-free-nut-free/
Thanks for this simple recipe! It tastes so good and not too sweet. It’s my first time making peanut sauce, so will definitely pin this recipe for the next time. I omitted garlic, ginger, used low-sodium soy sauce instead of tamari, and another kind of hot sauce instead of Sriracha.
One of my favorite sauces I’ve ever made! I could eat this several time’s a week. I love it with pasta and cabbage to make it healthy. To keep it easy, I buy pre chopped slaw mix from the grocery store. I literally lick the bowl and plate after making this. My kids even love it!
This is now my go to peanut sauce for salads and over veggies…I make it weekly, it’s delish!
Thanks, Gina. I’m so glad you’re enjoying it!
Great taste. Easy enough to make. Great with wontons. 🙂
I just watched your YouTube video and truly enjoyed watching you make this peanut sauce. I printed the recipe off and will make it for the New Year weekend snack. I have a question; Is it possible to substitute the powder peanut butter for the jar peanut butter? Thank you