(Sorta) Spicy Peanut Sauce

BY : PUBLISHED : May 18th, 2012 UPDATED: August 5th, 2022

This (sorta) 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.

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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. You can drizzle this peanut sauce over 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.

Try our go-to, 7-ingredient peanut sauce made with ingredients you likely have on hand right now. 

This Vegan Peanut Sauce Is: 

  • Simple and only requires a handful of common ingredients.
  • Perfect for drizzling over your favorite dishes.
  • Plant-based and Vegan.
  • The perfect sauce for sandwiches, tofu, rice bowls, and more!

Spicy Peanut 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!

Ingredients

  • Peanut Butter: ½ cup, (creamy works best!)
  • Sesame Oil: 1 tablespoon (can substitute for another neutral oil if you don't have sesame on hand)
  • Soy Sauce: 1 tablespoon (can use Tamari for a gluten-free version of this peanut sauce)
  • Garlic: 2 cloves, minced
  • Lemon: juice of 1 small lemon
  • Water: ¼ - ½ cup (start with ¼ and add more as needed)
  • Sriracha: ¼ teaspoon, or to taste (can substitute for another chili sauce or omit altogether)

How to Make Vegan Spicy Peanut Sauce

Keep scrolling to the recipe card for the complete list of ingredients and recipe instructions!

  1. 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.
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FAQS

How can I use Spicy Peanut Sauce?

It goes great over pasta, rice noodles, or dipping in veggies!

What should I serve with this Peanut Sauce?

You can dip your spring rolls in it, add it to your lettuce wraps, or drizzle it over some yummy tofu!

How do I store leftover Peanut Sauce? 

Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks.

Why is it too thin or runny? 

It's possible you added too much water. Stir in a little more peanut butter to help thicken up the mixture again.

Tips when Making Sorta Spicy Peanut Sauce

  • You may be tempted to add in more than ¼ cup of water, but take it slow and add that amount in first and then a teaspoon at a time so that it doesn't get too runny!
  • Add in more sriracha or other chili sauce for even more spice!
  • The best peanut butter to use is made with just peanuts and salt (no other additives).

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Photos by Alfonso Revilla

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(Sorta) Spicy Peanut Sauce

Jake
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 23 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch, Sauce
Cuisine Asian
Servings 8 servings
Calories 114 kcal
METHOD No Cook
DIET Vegan

Ingredients
  

  • 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

Instructions
 

  • 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.

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Notes

  • You may be tempted to add in more than ¼ cup of water, but take it slow and add that amount in first and then a teaspoon at a time so that it doesn’t get too runny!
  • Add in more sriracha or other chili sauce for even more spice!
  • The best peanut butter to use is made with just peanuts and salt (no other additives).

Nutrition

Calories: 114kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 4gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 202mgPotassium: 119mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 1IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 9mgIron: 1mg
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About Jake

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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  1. Kalin Williams says

    Yum this sounds tasty with sriracha! I love peanut sauce and have never made it myself

  2. Cindy Lefebvre says

    This peanut sauce was fantastic with our pan seared dumplings! I plan on also using it for our turkey lettuce wraps this week 🙂

  3. Michelle Cehn says

    I'm OBSESSED with this peanut sauce!!! Spring rolls dipping all the way

  4. Gina House says

    This spicy peanut sauce is so addictive! I added a little extra cayenne, too. Super tasty!

  5. Amanda says

    Love a good peanut sauce!

  6. Teodora Grujic says

    Love it! Thanks for this great recipe!

  7. Andrea White says

    The best sauce!

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