Easy Peanut Sauce Recipe

This classic Asian-inspired, easy peanut sauce adds a savory, creamy, sweet, slightly tangy, nutty, buttery flavor to whatever you choose to dip into it!

easy peanut sauce

Best Peanut Sauce For Dipping

When it comes to dipping sauces, few can match the flavor and versatility of a great peanut sauce.

I love serving this sauce with Grilled Chicken Kabobs, chicken spring rolls, or even Crispy Chicken Tenders. So good!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

It’s incredibly easy to make and experiment with to create your own version of this nutty dipping sauce.

You can make it runny or thick, and it won’t lose any of its flavor.

This sauce requires basic ingredients that don’t need any prepping, besides chopping the fresh garlic.

And it takes a whole 5 minutes to make!

peanut butter dipping sauce with crispy spring rolls

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Ingredient Notes for peanut sauce

Peanut butter: Use creamy peanut butter for a smooth and consistent texture in your sauce. 

Soy sauce: Opt for low-sodium soy sauce if you want to control the saltiness of the sauce. Tamari or coconut aminos are great gluten-free alternatives.

Apple cider vinegar: Apple cider vinegar adds a tangy flavor. You can substitute with rice vinegar as a more traditional option.

Lime juice: Use freshly squeezed or store-bought lime juice, whichever you have on hand.

Garlic: Fresh minced garlic adds a robust, savory flavor. I don’t recommend using powdered garlic in this sauce, because it just won’t have the same potency and freshness.

Ginger: Don’t skip the fresh ginger if you can help it. The sauce just won’t be the same without it. Use less than the recipe requires at first if you’re not sure whether you’ll like it.

Honey: Adjust the amount to your taste preference. Brown sugar or maple syrup works well in this recipe too.

Chili flakes: I prefer to use chili flakes, but chili sauce is totally fine in this peanut sauce.

Coconut milk (or warm water): Coconut milk adjusts the sauce’s consistency, making it more runny. Add it gradually until you reach your desired thickness. Use water to replace the coconut milk if you’d rather omit it.

vietnamese spring rolls with sweet peanut sauce

How to make Peanut Sauce: Step by step

Making peanut dipping sauce is fairly straightforward. Here’s how:

Step 1: Combine All Ingredients, Except the Coconut Milk
In a mixing bowl, mix together peanut butter, soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, honey, minced garlic, grated ginger, and chili flakes.

Step 2: Add the Coconut Milk & Adjust Seasonings
Gradually add coconut milk or warm water, or a bit of both, to reach the consistency you’re looking for. Stir until smooth.
Taste the sauce and adjust with more soy sauce, chili flakes, or honey as needed.
Stir well before serving.

peanut sauce with spring onions

How to store peanut sauce

To store peanut dipping sauce, place it in an airtight container, and refrigerate for up to one week.

When using, bring it to room temperature or gently warm it until it regains its original consistency.

Peanut Sauce Recipe FAQs

Can I use crunchy peanut butter instead of creamy?

Sure! Of course, your peanut sauce may not be as smooth and creamy, but the taste will be exactly the same.

Easy Peanut Sauce (For Dipping)

This easy peanut sauce recipe adds savory, creamy, nutty, buttery, spicy, sweet, and tangy flavor to whatever you choose to serve it with.
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: easy peanut sauce, peanut dipping sauce, peanut sauce for dipping


  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger grated
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili flakes or 1 teaspoon chili sauce
  • Warm water or coconut milk optional, for thinning


  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, lime juice, minced garlic, grated ginger, honey, and chili flakes until well combined.
  • If the sauce is too thick, add warm water or coconut milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, until you reach your desired consistency.
  • Taste and adjust the seasonings as needed, adding more honey or chili flakes for sweetness or heat.
  • Transfer the sauce to an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Stir well before serving.

The next time you need a dip in a hurry, give this easy peanut sauce recipe a try and enjoy the delicious nuttiness of this classic dipping sauce!

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