I can’t get enough of this spicy peanut sauce! It’s no secret that I love peanut butter, but once you throw it into a blender with some chili paste, lime juice, soy sauce, and a few other ingredients it becomes this wonderfully addicting sauce. This spicy peanut sauce could not be any easier–all it takes is throwing the ingredients into a blender or food processor, blending until combined, and adding some water to thin to your desired consistency.
Let’s talk about the ingredients real quick. The peanut butter is obviously the star, so use a good quality peanut butter. Sambal oelek chili sauce provides spice and warmth. Have you ever used sambal oelek? I love it! I think it’s so much better than Srirarcha with more flavor and spice. I prefer the Huy Fong brand–it’s easy to find at Walmart or Meijer. Soy sauce, toasted sesame oil, and fish sauce all provide depth of flavor and a bit of umami while lime juice gives a bit of tang and much needed brightness. Coconut sugar adds a bit of sweetness that helps to balance the intense flavors going on. The fresh ginger really makes the recipe though and adds a wonderful zing. This sauce is well balanced and not overly spicy so it won’t burn your mouth, but you’ll definitely have a nice pleasant tingle in your mouth after eating some of this.
Tips and Tricks
Use sugar free peanut butter. My favorite easy to find peanut butter is Smucker’s natural peanut butter. The ingredients are only peanuts and salt. I love the intense peanut flavor and the ability to control what type and the amount of sugar. If you can’t find or don’t like Smucker’s, it’s still best to use a sugar free peanut butter for this recipe.
Make this spicy peanut sauce in advance. This sauce can also be made in advance and kept in the fridge for up to a week. If it separates, just stir to combine or gently warm in the microwave.
Use gluten free ingredients. Be sure you’re using gluten free soy sauce or gluten free tamari to make this recipe gluten free. Also check the ingredients in the fish sauce, it should just be anchovies, salt, and water; but there may be extra ingredients included as well. Red Boat and Thai Kitchen are both brands I know are gluten free.
Use a microplane to grate ginger. A microplane will grate the ginger as fine as possible and will release all that gingery goodness. If you don’t have a microplane yet, I love this one that we got a few years ago.
Make it a Meal!
- Toss this spicy peanut sauce with your favorite cooked protein (chicken, shrimp, beef), noodles, and veggies for a quick and easy thai inspired meal.
- In a large wok warm cooked rice, scramble eggs, frozen peas and carrots and spicy peanut sauce for peanut fried rice.
- Toss with zoodles for a low carb meal.
- Make a Vietnamese inspired noodle bowl that is perfect for a weeknight meal and packs well for lunch — recipe coming later this week to the blog 😉
Did you try this recipe?
If so, let me know in the comments! I love hearing how recipes turn out for others! And it helps me improve my writing and recipe development!