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A spoon of Thai peanut sauce

Easy Thai Peanut Sauce

  • Author: Jessica Hoffman
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Mix
  • Cuisine: Thai
  • Diet: Vegetarian


This Easy Thai Peanut Sauce comes together in just 5 minutes and can be put on just about anything!


Units Scale
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (creamy or natural)
  • 23 tbsp soy sauce* (gluten-free if needed)
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup (can sub honey)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tsp sambal oelek (can sub sriracha)
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 28 tbsp of water to thin** (see note)


  1. Add all the ingredients together except for the water in a mixing bowl and mix until combined.
  2. Add the water 1-2 tablespoons at a time and mix well until the sauce reaches your desired texture.


*Depending on the brand of soy sauce you use and if the peanut butter you are using is salted, you may need a bit more or less soy sauce. Taste and add more as needed.

**The peanut butter sauce will be very thick without the addition of water. Depending on your personal preference you can add very little water to thin out the sauce or a lot of water to thin out the sauce. I generally like to add 4-6 tablespoons of water to get a texture that can be easily drizzled.

Store in the fridge in a mason jar for up to a week.

You can use creamy peanut butter or natural peanut butter in this recipe. Both will work fine. If using natural peanut butter, the sauce will naturally have a thinner and more runny texture. Creamy peanut butter will usually have a thicker and creamier texture.

If it seems like the water isn’t mixing into the sauce just keep mixing. It will slowly incorporate.

If your sauce begins to separate, just add some more water and mix. This is just the fat and oils from the peanut butter separating from the sauce and is nothing to worry about.


  • Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
  • Calories: 115
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Sodium: 250mg
  • Fat: 7g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Carbohydrates: 6g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 3g

Keywords: Thai peanut sauce, vegan Thai peanut sauce, easy Thai peanut sauce, peanut butter sauce