Thai Peanut Sauce

By Jessica Hylton - - Updated

This Thai Peanut Sauce Recipe is incredibly versatile and can be used as a dip, a dressing, a marinade or a sauce! I love using it in so many ways, and it only takes 5 minutes to make!

Thai peanut sauce in a gold spoon over a jar.

I love a great peanut sauce. I’m talking, absolutely head over heels for one, and this my friends is a great peanut sauce. I’ve used it with Fresh Spring Rolls, an Asian Noodle Salad, my Tempeh Stir Fry and even with a Cashew Thai Quinoa Salad. It’s creamy, umami-packed, salty and high in protein and fat. Hello, flavour town. After realising that I was using it all the time and the feedback that it’s gotten, I decided that it needed its own blog post!

Soy sauce being poured into a jar to make Thai peanut sauce.

What is Thai Peanut sauce made of?

Thai Peanut Sauce is made up of peanut butter, soy sauce, ginger, a sweetener (I used maple syrup), rice wine vinegar, sesame seeds, a spice and water. In some more traditional versions, coconut milk is used instead of water, but I find this combination to be perfect. If you’re new to using peanut butter in dressings, you’re about to be blown away. Peanut butter brings all the ingredients together for a sweet spicy and salty sauce that works perfectly on salads, tofu, tempeh, noodles, as a dip for veggies and so much more. 

How to make peanut sauce

Making the sauce is so easy. Blend all the ingredients together, and that’s it! You can mix them by hand with a whisk, in a jar with a lid, or in a food processor or blender. I’ve done all three and it’s really up to your preference. By hand will be the most natural consistency, and by blender will be the smoothest and creamiest. 

Peanut butter in a small container.

What to eat with peanut sauce

Man, this sauce goes with everything! Use these recipes below as a base, and just go from there!
Fresh Spring Rolls
Asian Noodle Salad
Cashew Thai Quinoa Salad
Tempeh Stir Fry
Baked Tofu

Tips for making the peanut sauce

  • Start with smooth peanut butter instead of chunky. If your peanut butter is very thick, I would microwave it for about 15 seconds before starting so that it’s smooth enough to blend with all the other ingredients.
  • Adjust the sauce for your taste. You can more it saltier, sweeter, spicier – it’s up to you!
  • You can double this sauce if you desire! I recommend making it before you need it, but it stores in your fridge for up to a week.

Thai peanut sauce in a sauce bottle.Peanut substitute

If you’re allergic to peanuts, you could easily swap it out. Almonds, tahini, sunflower seed butter – they’ll all work as a great base. 

Enjoy friends! If you make this Thai Peanut Sauce, please snap a photo and tag #jessicainthekitchen on Instagram! We’d also love it if you would leave a comment below, and give the recipe a rating! Thanks so much!

Thai peanut sauce in a gold spoon over a jar.

Thai Peanut Sauce

This Thai Peanut Sauce Recipe is incredibly versatile and can be used as a dip, a dressing, a marinade or a sauce! I love using it in so many ways, and it only takes 5 minutes to make!
by: Jessica in the Kitchen
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 3 servings
Course Dips, Sauces
Cuisine American, Thai
  • 1/3 cup natural peanut butter if your peanut butter is thick, microwave is for about 15 seconds first
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger or 1/2 teaspoon freshly minced ginger
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons to 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes optional


  • Whisk all the ingredients (minus 2 tablespoons of the hot water) together in a bowl, a jar with a lid (shake vigorously) or a small blender or food processor until smooth.
  • Add the extra water a little at a time depending on whether you need this for a sauce, dip or a dressing to your desired consistency.
  •  This can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge, or used immediately!
To make this gluten free, use gf low sodium soy sauce, or liquid aminos


Calories: 195kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 488mg | Potassium: 220mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg

Disclaimer: Although attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, kindly note that these are only estimates. Nutritional information may be affected based on the product type, the brand that was purchased, and in other unforeseeable ways. will not be held liable for any loss or damage resulting for your reliance on nutritional information. If you need to follow a specific caloric regimen, please consult your doctor first.

by Jessica

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Recipe Rating


  1. Faith says:

    5 stars
    Made this tonight and used apple cider vinegar and agave nectar. It was amazing. We just put it on mixed greens and it’s now our go to dressing! Thanks for sharing.😊

  2. John says:

    5 stars
    Delicious…made this on a moment’s notice…so east and delicious!

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Thanks so much John. We’re really happy that you enjoyed it.

  3. Danielle Siedlecki says:

    5 stars
    This was so so amazing and so easy! Thank you.

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      You’re so welcome Danielle! Thank you for such a nice review.

  4. Laurie Urman says:

    5 stars
    made it tonight to be used with rice paper spring rolls that i made. My husband said it was the best sauce yet that i have used!!

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      We’re so happy to hear that Laurie! Thank you so much for the kind words

  5. Cheryl Vaughn says:

    5 stars
    Been looking for this for years now! Thank you! Delicious ❤️

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      We’re so happy that you liked it Cheryl! Thanks so much for reading.

  6. Michelle says:

    I made this recipe with a couple of additions. I added half of a chopped shallot and instead of crushed red pepper, used chili garlic sauce to kick it up a notch. I also used coconut milk and heated it in the stove. Was really good

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      We’re so happy that you enjoyed it Michelle! Thank you for leaving such a nice review.

  7. Cooper Phoenix says:

    5 stars
    Great recipe! I added heat by including chili sauce and garlic cloves. Also used chicken stock instead of hot water. A few veggies and the stir fry was complete.

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