Thai Peanut Sauce With Ginger

Thai peanut sauce with ginger recipe

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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 5 mins
Total: 10 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
149 Calories
11g Fat
12g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 149
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 620mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 15mg 75%
Calcium 33mg 3%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 225mg 5%
*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, perfect for kids who love peanut butter. For a spicier version, add extra red pepper flakes or even fresh diced chilies. For a traditional Indonesian-style peanut satay sauce, top it off with crispy fried shallots. Adding sweet chili sauce into sweet peanut sauces, such as this one, or a bit of red curry paste gives the sauce a different depth of flavor, rich and bold.

Peanut sauce is incredibly versatile, great over pasta or noodles, it can be used as a dip for veggies, as a salad dressing with some additional liquid to thin it out, or over tofu or tempeh for a decadent vegan treat. This Thai peanut sauce with a 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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  • 1/3 cup peanut butter

  • 3 tablespoons water

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 2 limes, juiced

  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger

  • 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste

  • Kosher salt, to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Soften peanut butter in a small pot over very low heat. Stir frequently so peanut butter doesn't burn.

  3. Once peanut butter is very soft, whisk in water, soy sauce, lime juice, ginger, brown sugar, minced garlic, and red pepper flakes.

  4. Stir until everything is well-combined, then taste and add additional salt to your liking.