(Sorta) Spicy Peanut Sauce

BY : PUBLISHED : May 18th, 2012 UPDATED: October 29th, 2021

From the author: There was a point in my life where my local grocery store had about 20 items total in stock (which included the ingredients for this spicy peanut sauce), so I lived off of this stuff for months. And I still enjoy it. I think it’s that good.

It’s a really quick and easy sauce that you can make in a couple of minutes with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. Plus, it requires no cooking! If you do have to head out to the grocery store, you’ll end up spending about $7 for enough ingredients to make this several times over.

You can put this tasty sauce on top of just about anything. I like to cook some noodles or rice, saute some veggies and then combine them with the sauce in a deep pan or wok for a few minutes and garnish with peanuts and scallions. Yum!

Small white bowl and a small mason jar filled with peanut sauce.

From Plant-Based on a Budget:

This spicy peanut sauce is one of our favorites. It’s one of those easy-to-throw-together sauces that can take a simple rice dish or veggie bowl to the next level. And, as the name suggests, it’s not super spicy but still has a nice kick to it.

Spicy Peanut Butter Sauce As a Dressing or Marinade

This uber simple sauce can be used as a dressing for many things, from buddha bowls to simple green salads or even a veggie noodle stir fry. We recommend trying it with our Spinach and Tofu dish for maximum deliciousness!

Prepare the spicy peanut sauce and cut the tofu in squares. Mix the two and leave in your refrigerator for an hour or overnight. The flavors of the sauce will turn your tofu from bland to insanely delicious. Fry it on your pan (or bake in the oven) and enjoy!

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Photos by Alfonso Revilla

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(Sorta) Spicy Peanut Sauce

This (sorta) spicy peanut sauce is delicious! It’s one of those easy-to-throw-together sauces that can take a simple rice dish or veggie bowl to the next level.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch, Sauce
Cuisine Asian
Servings 8 servings
Calories 114 kcal
DIET Vegan


  • ½ cup of creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon of sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • Juice of 1 small lemon
  • ¼ - ½ cup of water start with ¼
  • ¼ teaspoon or Sriracha or other chili sauce to taste


  • In a standard-size bowl, combine all the ingredients and mix thoroughly with a fork or spoon. If you’d like it to thin out your sauce, add more water by the tablespoon until you reach your desired consistency.



Calories: 114kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 4gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 202mgPotassium: 119mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 1IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 9mgIron: 1mg
Keyword healthy lunch, healthy sauce, peanut, peanut sauce, quick sauce, spicy, vegan, vegan sauce, vegetarian
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Jake switched to a plant based diet in 1996 and quickly realized he had no idea how to cook. All these years later and he's still trying to figure it out...

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