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Thai Peanut Sauce {Spicy}

Tangy, sweet and spicy, this easy Thai Peanut Sauce recipe is sure to please! Incredibly versatile, this spicy peanut dressing goes perfectly with tofu, chicken, as a dip for fresh veggies, or as dressing for noodles and salads. The possibilities are endless!

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Taking just a few minutes to prepare, this delightful peanut sauce combines a few simple ingredients and allows you to determine how spicy to make it.

Why This Recipe Works?

  • An amazing peanut sauce that goes great with tofu, chicken, noodles, veggies and more!
  • A simple recipe with just a few primary ingredients.
  • Takes minutes to prepare.
  • Make ahead recipe that can be stored for up to 3-4 days.
  • Perfect last minute dip.
  • Kid friendly.
  • Easily available Ingredients.
  • The Best Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce ever!!
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Ingredients

This recipe uses super easy ingredients that can be purchased from a local grocery store if they are not already in your pantry. Read the Recipe Card for the measurements.

  • Creamy Peanut Butter – A smooth peanut butter is best. If you are allergic to peanuts, you can use almonds, tahini, or sunflower seed butter as substitutes.
  • Soy Sauce – Adds a salty, unami flavor. To make this recipe gluten free, you can use a gluten free soy sauce, tamari sauce, or coconut aminos.
  • Honey/Sugar – We use a combination of honey and granulated sugar to add sweetness to this peanut sauce with slightly different flavors. Feel free to use only honey or sugar, just double the amount of the one you choose to use.
  • Chili Garlic Sauce – We use the Huy Fong brand. You can easily adjust the level of heat. This can be substituted with Sriracha sauce as well.
  • Rice Vinegar / Lime – These acidic components offset some of the richness of the peanut butter and sweetness of the sugar. They also add a nice tangy flavor.
  • Ginger / Garlic – Fresh ginger and garlic is preferred, as these aromatics enhance the overall flavor of the dressing.
  • Cilantro – Fresh cilantro provides a fresh, citrusy flavor.

Main Ingredients

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How To Make Thai Peanut Sauce {Spicy}

Step 1: Prep It

  • Squeeze the lime, peel and chop the ginger and garlic. Gather the rest of your ingredients.

Step 2: Blend It

  • Combine all of the ingredients except for the cilantro in a blender or food processor; creamy peanut butter, rice vinegar, lime juice, vegetable oil, soy sauce, honey, sugar, garlic, ginger and chili garlic sauce.
place all the ingredients in a food processor.
  • Blend until completely smooth. Scrape down the sides of the food processor or blender with a rubber spatula.
blend until creamy.
  • Add the cilantro (stems included) and process for a few seconds until the cilantro is finely chopped.
add cilantro to the mixture.
  • Remove sauce from food processor and enjoy immediately or store in the refrigerator in an air tight container for up to 3-4 days.
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This versatile peanut sauce pairs perfectly with so many foods, but one of our favorites is with our crispy baked tofu.

Thai Peanut Sauce {Spicy}

Thai Peanut Sauce {Spicy}

Yield: 4-6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Tangy, sweet and spicy, this easy Thai Peanut Sauce recipe is sure to please! Incredibly versatile, this spicy peanut dressing goes perfectly with tofu, chicken, as a dip for fresh veggies, or as dressing for noodles and salads. The possibilities are endless!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, from one lime
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce (or to taste) or sriracha
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, loosely packed

Instructions

  1. Squeeze the lime, peel and chop the ginger and garlic. Gather the rest of your ingredients.
  2. Combine all of the ingredients except for the cilantro in a blender or food processor; creamy peanut butter, rice vinegar, lime juice, vegetable oil, soy sauce, honey, sugar, garlic, ginger and chili garlic sauce.
  3. Blend until completely smooth. Scrape down the sides of the food processor or blender with a rubber spatula.
  4. Add the cilantro (stems included) and process for a few seconds until the cilantro is finely chopped.
  5. Remove sauce from food processor and enjoy immediately or store in the refrigerator in an air tight container for up to 3-4 days.
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