This 5-ingredient peanut sauce with creamy peanut butter, soy sauce, maple syrup, rice vinegar, and sriracha is perfect for Thai spring rolls.
This flavorful sauce has a savory, mildly sweet, and slightly spicy flavor. All you need is a mixing bowl and a whisk. Whisk the ingredients until they reach a smooth texture.
Peanut butter sauce is incredibly versatile and complements a wide array of dishes. It is an excellent dipping sauce for Asian dishes such as Thai cold spring rolls or Vietnamese spring rolls or as a satay sauce for chicken satay. Alternatively, drizzle it over peanut noodles, stir-fry vegetables, and baked tofu for a delicious and satisfying noodle bowl.
Whether you are hosting a dinner party or simply need a quick sauce for your weeknight dinner, this delicious peanut sauce is a great recipe to have in your culinary arsenal. This recipe is vegan and vegetarian.
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- Simple recipe: Minimal effort, perfect for a busy weeknight when you need an easy peanut sauce recipe to pair with rice noodles, tofu, veggies, and more.
- Simple ingredients: Just five pantry ingredients plus warm water.
- Creamy Peanut Butter: Smooth peanut butter or creamy natural peanut butter. You can also use sunflower seed butter for a nut-free option.
- Warm Water: A small amount of warm water is used to thin out the sauce.
- Soy Sauce: Regular or low-sodium soy sauce. This savory and umami-packed sauce enhances the overall flavor profile, adding a salty flavor.
- Rice Vinegar: Rice vinegar adds a slightly tangy flavor. Note, you may find this on the condiment aisle, baking aisle, or international food aisle at the grocery store.
- Pure Maple Syrup: A natural sweetener that adds a hint of sweetness to the sauce, balancing the saltiness and spiciness. This is pure maple syrup, not pancake syrup.
- Sriracha: Sriracha hot chili sauce for a little heat.
Add all of the ingredients to a medium mixing bowl. If the peanut butter is very thick or stiff, microwave it for about 15 seconds before adding to the bowl.
Whisk all of the ingredients until smooth. The peanut butter may look lumpy at first, but it will come together after a minute or two of whisking.
- Stiff peanut butter can be microwaved for about 15 seconds to make it easier to whisk.
- Add more water to make the sauce even thinner. Add one tablespoon at a time.
- To make a spicy peanut butter dipping sauce, increase the sriracha. Add an additional teaspoon at a time until you reach the desired heat level.
How to Use Peanut Sauce
Below are a few items for serving peanut sauce
- Tofu spring rolls
- Noodle bowl
- Stir fry sauce
- Chicken satay or shrimp satay
- Dipping veggies like broccoli, cucumbers, or red bell peppers
- Chicken lettuce wraps or turkey lettuce wraps
- Buddha bowl
- French fries (fries with peanut sauce are delicious!)
- Creamy Peanut Butter: Crunchy peanut butter, almond butter, sunflower seed butter, cashew butter. You can use peanut butter powder but you will likely need more water.
- Soy Sauce: Hoisin, tamari (most tamari is gluten-free and vegan, but read the product label) or coconut aminos (soy-free and gluten-free).
- Rice Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar, white wine vinegar, or lime juice.
- Pure Maple Syrup: Honey, agave nectar, or brown sugar.
- Sriracha: Red pepper flakes, Sambal Oelek, chili garlic sauce, or hot sauce.
- Whisk - You can get by with a fork, but a whisk will work much faster.
- Mixing bowls - A medium size mixing bowl gives you plenty of room to whisk without making a mess.
To store leftover peanut sauce, transfer it to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3-5 days. The sauce becomes thick as it cools, so gently reheat before use if needed.
Peanut sauce is a versatile condiment used in various cuisines and a wide range of dishes. It is commonly used as a dipping sauce for spring rolls and satay skewers. Additionally, peanut sauce can be drizzled over noodles, stir-fries, and rice dishes.
Homemade peanut butter sauce will last for about 3 to 5 days if stored properly in an airtight container and refrigerated.
5-Ingredient Peanut Sauce
- ⅓ cup creamy peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons water warm
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon sriracha
- Whisk all of the ingredients in a medium bowl until smooth.