Thai Peanut Sauce with Ginger

Chicken satay with peanut sauce
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Ratings (14)
  • Total: 10 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yield: About 1/2 cup (4 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
199 Calories
11g Fat
22g Carbs
8g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: About 1/2 cup (4 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 199
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 653mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Protein 8g
Calcium 86mg 7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This is a mild and slightly sweet Thai peanut sauce recipe, perfect for kids who love peanut butter. If you prefer a spicier version, you can add extra red pepper flakes or even fresh diced chilies, or, as is traditional with Indonesian-style peanut satay sauces, top it off with crispy fried shallots. I also like adding a bit of sweet chili sauce into sweet peanut sauces, such as this one, and, if I have some on hand, I'll add in a bit of red curry paste to tie it all together. I go back and forth between crunchy and smooth when it comes to Thai peanut sauce - some days I like it one way and some days I like it another way. There's no right answer. 

Peanut sauce is incredible versatile. Serve your Thai peanut sauce over pasta or noodles, or use as a dip for veggies. You can also use Thai peanut sauce as a salad dressing if you add some extra liquid to thin it out a bit, which is one my own favorite ways to use peanut sauce - yum!

This Thai peanut sauce with ginger recipe is both vegetarian and vegan, and, if you swap out the soy sauce for tamari or nama shoyu, it is completely gluten-free as well. 

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Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup peanut butter (softened)
  • 3 tbsp. water
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 limes (juiced)
  • 1 ​tbsp. ginger (fresh minced)
  • 1/2 tsp. brown sugar
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes (or to taste)
  • Salt to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. First, make sure your peanut butter is softened so it's easy enough to work with. You can microwave the peanut butter for a few seconds first to soften it up, or, prepare this recipe in a small pot over very, very low heat, being careful to stir consistently so the peanut butter doesn't scald the pan. 

  2. Once your peanut butter is very soft and easy to stir, whisk in the water, soy sauce, lime juice, ginger, brown sugar, minced garlic and red pepper flakes, then season with just a touch of salt.

  3. Stir until everything is well combined, then taste, and adjust seasonings to taste. You may prefer a Thai peanut sauce which has more or less of one flavor. 

Enjoy!

Use your gingery Thai peanut sauce to make baked tofu in Thai peanut sauce, use it to make an exotic vegan pumpkin seed cole slaw instead of mayonnaise, add it to just about any kind of tofu and vegetable stir-fry, or thin it out a bit to make a Thai peanut sauce salad dressing - yum!