Spicy Peanut Sauce
The perfect dip or dressing for salads, spring rolls or rice paper rolls – this Spicy Peanut Sauce is a delicious blend of flavors that is finger licking good.
One thing all TSV followers know, is that Spicy Peanut Sauce is a staple around here. We’ve used it to make a Soba Noodle Salad, Sweet Potato Noodle Salad, Thai Wraps, Soba Noodle Summer Roles and veggie-packed Lettuce Wraps (to name a few).
And you know why we use it so often? Because it is freaking delicious!
There is just something special about the combination of peanut butter with ginger, soy sauce, garlic, jalapeño, sriracha and sesame oil that makes your tastebuds do a happy dance.
I can’t explain it other than I crave it at least once a week. AND, not only is it super tasty, it is also ridiculously easy to make.
Ever since I bought an immersion blender (which was only a few months ago and I don’t know how I ever lived without one) I just throw all of the ingredients in a tall container and let my blender do its thing.
TSV TIP: I use my immersion blender all the time. It’s one of those things you didn’t know you missed until you finally have one. I got mine at Target, but you can find the same one here.
If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can use a food processor, bullet or a standing blender. Anything that will get it nice and smooth.
And while I think I have found the perfect balance of ingredients with this recipe, you can ALWAYS adjust this spicy peanut sauce to your liking.
Want less spice? Make sure to de-seed the jalapeño or use less sriracha. Really love ginger? Add some more until you get the right amount.
The best part about cooking at home is that you get to make everything exactly to YOUR liking. You have total control here, people. Get creative!
Spicy Peanut Sauce
- 1/2 cup peanut butter chunky or smooth*
- 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce or tamari
- 2 tbsp sesame oil
- 2 cloves garlic peeled
- 1/2 inch fresh ginger skin removed
- 1 jalapeño
- 1 tbsp sriracha
- 1/4-1/2 cup water as needed
- Add peanut butter, soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, jalapeño and sriracha to a blender or food processor.
- Blend on high, adding water as needed, until smooth and desired consistency is reached.
- Transfer to an airtight container and place in the fridge until ready to use.**
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Just made this and its delicious. Perfect for cold noodles or the chicken, broccoli udon thing im making tomorrow
OK. I made this last night and, orders from the hubs, I’m posting today. He was ADAMANT I remember exactly how I made this. And asked we NEVER be without. Seriously. That look was cra cra scary funny.
I made PF Chang’s lettuce wraps and served pot sticker with them. (the pot stickers are why I went looking for a sauce in the first place) Personally I think the wraps are delish as is. But he went BONKERS!!! Covered both in this sauce. I mean drenched both.
Purely by accident I forgot the sriracha sauce. But I added 2 extra home grown jalapenos to the batch before blending. (hubby likes heat). So I think that balanced it out. And I used a very full tablespoon of grated ginger.
I also added a bit more toasted sesame oil instead of adding more water. But was fabulous without the extra.
Seriously I think this recipe can take slight adjustments just fine. It’s THAT good.
THANK YOU RENE. My husband is soooo damn happy.
Hi Jan – I’m so happy you and your husband loved this! And those sound like great recipes to serve this with. Have a great day 🤗
I’m making tis now. But can someone tell me what a half inch ginger means??? That’s really confusing to me.
Hi Jan – fresh ginger is a large root – typically 4-6 inches. So you just want to use 1 inch of that root. Hope that helps!
Thanks Rene. I found a google answer. I’m going to make another review. My husband insists. He’s in LOVE with this recipe.
What can I do to make a shelf stable hot sace version of this?
Hi Rich – I’ve never made it this way, but off the top of my head I’m thinking you could swap the garlic for 1/4 tsp garlic powder and the ginger for 1/4 tsp of ginger powder. The only other ingredient you need a swap for is the jalapeno. You could just up the sriracha. It won’t taste exactly the same, but will still be tasty!
Can the sauce be frozen for later use?
You know, I’ve never frozen it – I always eat it right away 😊 But I don’t see why you couldn’t freeze it!
Soooo good! We LOVE this dish & it’s perfect for summer heat waves! Thanks for another outstanding recipe!
It was so tasty, I did not have sriracha so I used hot sauce instead. I loved it
Really good sauce. I did sub some little red wine vinegar for the water (about 1/4 water, 1/8 RWV) Came it awesome. Thanks!
While peanut butter is my absolute faaaavorite, and I love peanut sauce – I am trying not to consume it current due to a potential sensitivity…do you think almond or walnut butter would work as well? I’ve been curious about this, but am scared to try it!
I didn’t mean to post this as a reply to someone…🤷♀️
I think it will definitely work, it just will have a slightly different taste. You may need to adjust the soy sauce, garlic and/or ginger to get a stronger flavor.
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I made it I wish I could take a picture I made it for my dumplings and it’s so good oh my goodness
Yay! So glad you liked it!
Wow! I’ve tried lots of recipes I’ve found online but never had the desire to post a comment about how good it was. But I gotta say… Damn good sauce, this is a damn good sauce! I sauteed up some veggies, boiled some noodles, and mixed in this sauce. Best thing I’ve had in a long time. Thank you thank you!
You’re so welcome! This is one of my favorites – I actually made it for dinner tonight. lol. So glad you liked it!
Best fucking peanut sauce ever, just got off a fast and wanted to eat a spinach salad for lunch but didn’t want anything plain, best choice I ever made ?
Haha – so glad you liked it! It is definitely a staple in my house 🙂
This! This is CRAZY good! Lick the plate good!
Hahaha – I agree with you 🙂
This sauce is SO good! I loved it with the rice paper rolls.
I swear you can never have enough peanut sauce in your life 🙂 So glad you liked it!