Have you wondered how to make peanut sauce at home easily? Peanut sauce is a delectable staple in Thai cuisine, known for its rich flavor and satisfying aftertaste.
This mouthwatering blend of creamy peanut butter, coconut milk, lime juice, and spices instantly elevates any dish, from dipping spring rolls, Asian salad to slippery peanut butter noodles, you name it!
Whether you’re preparing a quick meal or impressing your guests, this sauce is just what you need.
If you’re ready to bring the taste of Thailand to your kitchen like never before, follow along with our step-by-step guide on this easy recipe with a pantry staple – peanut butter.
THAI PEANUT SAUCE RECIPE – WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS RECIPE
- Using creamy or crunchy unsalted peanut butter to make peanut sauce is a trick to enhance their nutty flavor and crunchy texture.
- For a Thai-style sauce requires coconut milk, lime, shallots, ginger and Thai pepper (bird’s eye).
- The consistency and spice level can be adjusted according to personal preferences. Experiment with different chili sauces or add garlic or scallions for extra depth of flavor.
- It is super easy to make and adds an authentic touch to any dish – from dipping fresh veggies to drizzling on noodles like vegan Pad Thai.
Easy Peanut Sauce Recipe
To make this recipe, you will need the following ingredients:
- 1 ¼ cup/315g creamy, unsalted smooth peanut butter (you can use crunchy peanut butter if you like)
- 1 medium/45g shallot, minced
- 1 large/4g Thai pepper (bird’s eye chili), minced (*optional: omit it if you prefer mild flavor)
- 1”/2 tbsp/20g fresh ginger, peeled and minced
- ¾ cup/180ml coconut milk (full fat), plus more as needed
- 1 tsp/5ml sesame oil
- 1 tsp/6g coarse salt
- 2 tbsp/30ml fresh lime juice
- 2 tsp/10ml neutral oil (vegetable or peanut)
If you like it salty, you can add low sodium soy sauce, tamari sauce, or coconut aminos (*optional). By the way, you can print out the recipe by using the recipe card down below.
How To Make Peanut Sauce in Thai Style
1. Peel and mince the shallots and ginger. Cut off the chili stem and mince finely. For a less spicy version, scrape out some seeds first.
2. Heat the neutral oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the shallots, ginger, and chili.
3. Cook for 3-5 minutes, stirring regularly, until soft and fragrant.
4. Add coconut milk and simmer on medium low for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and let it cool for 15-20 minutes.
5. In a blender, add peanut butter, salt, and sesame oil. Add the coconut mixture, including the cooked aromatics.
6. Blend on medium speed for 2-3 minutes, pausing to scrape down the sides and stirring as needed until smooth. Add lime juice and pulse to blend.
7. If needed, add 2-4 tbsp/30-60ml cold or room temperature coconut milk until desired consistency is reached.
8. For the most optimal results, allow the sauce to sit for at least 1 hour before serving for the flavours to blend and serve the sauce slightly warm.
Note: Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week. Can be reheated in the microwave in 10 second bursts.
Do not overheat or the sauce will split. If the sauce splits, add room temperature coconut milk and stir until smooth again.
Variations for Making Thai Peanut Sauce
There are several variations of homemade peanut butter sauce to suit your taste buds. You could try a spicier version by using chili garlic sauce and sriracha sauce, or opt for a creamier texture with more coconut milk.
Sweeten things up with maple syrup, coconut or palm sugar. Experiment with different sweeteners or add curry paste toelevate the flavor profile further.
How to Use Peanut Sauce
There are so many ways to use this easy and delicious sauce. Some examples are:
As A Dip For Fresh Vegetables
You can use it as a dip for fresh vegetables or sauce for spring rolls. Simply chop up some crisp veggies like carrots, cucumbers, celeries and bell peppers into batons. Arrange them on a platter alongside a ramekin filled with your sauce. It’s perfect for a light snack or appetizer at any gathering or party.
As A Marinade for Tofu
It’s an excellent marinade for tofu with its tangy and nutty flavor profile, giving your protein a subtle Thai twist. If you’re looking for a spicy kick, add chili sauce or Thai curry paste. The result is an incredibly tasty dish that pairs well with stir-fried vegetables or noodles.
As A Sauce For Noodles
One of the most popular uses for this delicious sauce is for noodle dishes. Its creamy texture and nutty flavor add depth to many noodles, including ramen, udon, and soba noodles.
Whether you prefer your noodles hot or cold, spicy or sweet, it can be customized to your liking with a few simple tweaks.
To make a classic peanut noodle dish, cook your choice of noodles according to package instructions and toss them in the prepared sauce until coated evenly. Top with chopped peanuts, cilantro, and lime wedges for an extra burst of flavor. You can also add vegetables like bell peppers or broccoli for added nutrition and crunch.
As A Dressing For Salads
It’s a fantastic salad dressing that adds flavor and creaminess to any salad. To use it as a dressing, pour this mixture over your favorite greens or vegetables, and toss to combine evenly. For more acidity, add more rice vinegar.
Pairing Suggestions With Other Thai Dishes
One of our favorite pairing suggestions is serving it with Pad Thai – the tangy and nutty flavor perfectly complements Pad Thai’s sweet, savory flavors.
Additionally, it goes excellently with green papaya salad (Som Tam), grilled satay skewers or any spicy curry dish like tofu green curry or Massaman curry.
Tips And Tricks For Best Peanut Sauce
To take your sauce to the next level, consider adding some herbs and spices for an extra pop of flavor. Adding garlic, for example, can add a subtle warmth while also boosting the sauce’s anti-inflammatory properties.
Other popular options include lemongrass which can provide a fresh and fragrant touch to the peanut butter base.
Experimenting With Different Sweeteners
To add a touch of sweetness to your sauce, you can experiment with different sweeteners. Coconut sugar is the most commonly used sweetener in Thai cuisine but you can also try using maple syrup, or palm sugar for a unique taste.
Agave nectar or coconut sugar are great alternatives to traditional sugars. It’s important not to add too much sweetness as it can overpower the flavors in the sauce. Start by adding small amounts and adjust accordingly until you find the perfect balance for your taste buds.
Storing And Reheating
Leftover sauce can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. If you’re making a larger batch, it can also be frozen and then thawed before reheating.
When reheating, use low heat on the stove or microwave at short intervals to prevent scorching or overheating.
To enhance the flavor of your leftover sauce, add a little bit of coconut milk or lime juice when heating it up. This will help refresh any flavors that may have dulled during storage and give new life to your sauce.
And if you find that your sauce has become too thick after refrigeration, simply stir in some warm water to thin out the sauce until it reaches your desired consistency.
It typically includes ingredients such as coconut elements, fish sauce, and lime juice which give it a distinct sweet-sour-salty flavor profile that pairs well with spicy or savory dishes.
To achieve a smooth consistency, it’s important to use high-quality natural peanut butter rather than low-fat or hydrogenated varieties which may separate.
Yes! You can easily increase or decrease the spice level by adjusting the amount of Thai chili peppers used in the recipe or adding hot pepper flakes according to taste preference.
It’s highly versatile and commonly used as dips for vegetables and spring rolls, drizzled over salads or noodles, paired with grilled tofu satay skewers.
Making your own Thai peanut sauce is easier than you might think! With just a few simple ingredients and some basic kitchen equipment, anyone can whip up their own batch of this delicious condiment.
Don’t be afraid to get creative with your variations, whether adding more spice or experimenting with different sweeteners. And remember to store any extra sauce properly so that it stays fresh and tasty for as long as possible.
More Vegan Recipes (Thai)
- Thai Tofu Green Curry
- Pad Pak
- Thai tofu basil stir fry
- Coconut rice
- Vegan Pad See Ew
- Thai pumpkin soup
- Thai lemongrass dipping sauce
Easy Thai Peanut Sauce (with Peanut Butter)
- 1¼ cup unsalted peanut butter 315g, creamy or crunchy
- 1 pc shallot 45g, minced
- 1 pc bird's eye chili (optional) 4g,minced
- 2 tbsp minced ginger 1"or 20g, peeled and minced
- ¾ cup coconut milk (full-fat) 180ml, plus more as needed
- 1 tsp sesame oil 5ml
- 1 tsp salt 6g
- 2 tbsp lime juice 30ml
- 2 tsp neutral-flavored oil 10ml, grapeseed or peanut oil
- 1. Peel and mince the shallots and ginger. Cut off the chili stem and mince finely. For a less spicy version, scrape out some seeds first.
- 2. Heat the neutral oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the shallots, ginger, and chili.
- 3. Cook for 3-5 minutes, stirring regularly, until soft and fragrant.
- 4. Add coconut milk and simmer on medium low for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and let it cool for 15-20 minutes.
- 5. In a blender, add peanut butter, salt, and sesame oil. Add the coconut mixture, including the cooked aromatics.
- 6. Blend on medium speed for 2-3 minutes, pausing to scrape down the sides and stirring as needed until smooth. Add lime juice and pulse to blend.
- 7. If needed, add 2-4 tbsp/30-60ml cold or room temperature coconut milk until desired consistency is reached.
- 8. For the most optimal results, allow the sauce to sit for at least 1 hour before serving for the flavours to blend and serve the sauce slightly warm. (note)
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