Creamy Vegan Peanut Sauce (8 Ingredients)

Created by Laura Wright
5 from 6 votes

This creamy vegan peanut sauce comes together in about 10 minutes in the blender. Using simple ingredients like peanut butter, Tamari, lime juice, garlic, and ginger, this flavourful and versatile sauce compliments stir fries, crispy tofu, salad rolls, and more!

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Learn how to make creamy vegan peanut sauce in a blender with just 8 simple ingredients. This sauce is the perfect compliment to stir fries, noodle dishes, crispy tofu, salad rolls, roasted or grilled vegetables, stuffed sweet potatoes, salads and so many more vegan dinner recipes! In 10 minutes, you’ll have a lush, sweet, tangy, ginger and garlic-rich sauce that keeps in the fridge for about a week. Yields about 1.5 cups.

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Peanut sauce is a staple in our house. I find myself making it every other week or so to have on hand for weeknight dinners or quick lunches that need a little flavour punch. The minimal ingredients and simplicity of the prep are a huge attraction! Over the years of testing and tweaking the recipe, I think I’ve really perfected the flavour balance.

This recipe is thoroughly inspired by satay sauce, which originates in Indonesia, but is served in various forms all over Southeast Asia. Some versions will feature coconut milk, tamarind for bracing acidity and slight sweetness, lemongrass, or different chillies for varying levels of heat. My peanut sauce is not authentic to one particular region. The well-rounded sweet, sour, and slightly spicy nature of satay preparations in general is the main inspiration. You can read more about satay and its traditional applications here.

For this vegan peanut sauce, you combine natural peanut butter, water, Tamari, maple syrup, garlic, ginger, chili paste/hot sauce of choice (I use Sambal Oelek), rice vinegar, lime juice, salt, and pepper. Once you blend it up, you can keep it stored int he fridge for up to a week.

How do you eat vegan peanut sauce?

Good peanut sauce is downright ambrosial. I hope that you give this one a try!

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Creamy Vegan Peanut Sauce (8 Ingredients)

This creamy vegan peanut sauce comes together in about 10 minutes in the blender. Using simple ingredients like peanut butter, Tamari, lime juice, garlic, and ginger, this flavourful and versatile sauce compliments stir fries, stuffed sweet potatoes, salad rolls, and more!
5 from 6 votes
An overhead shot shows a hand using a spoon to stir up a jar of peanut sauce.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings 1.5 cups

Ingredients

  • ½ cup natural peanut butter
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 2-ince piece ginger, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons Tamari
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Sambal Oelek (or Sriracha, Gochujang, other hot sauce/chili paste)
  • sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste

Equipment

Notes

  • Any liquid sweetener that you enjoy will work well in place of the maple syrup.
  • After being stored in the fridge, the sauce may need a splash of water stirred in to loosen it up a bit.

Instructions

  • In an upright blender, combine the peanut butter, water, garlic, ginger, Tamari, maple syrup, lime juice, rice vinegar, Sambal Oelek, salt, and pepper. Blend on high until completely smooth, about 1 minute.
  • Store the peanut sauce in a sealable jar in the fridge for up to 1 week.
17/07/2023
Posted in: autumn, basics, creamy, earthy, gluten free, oil free, quick, salty, sauce, sour, spicy, spring, summer, sweet, umami, vegan, winter

6 comments

Recipe Rating




  • Daniel

    5 stars
    I love this sauce. I’ve made it a few times now, adjusting a couple of the ingredients for what I could find in the cupboard, but it always delicious. It is so instantly pleasing, but at the same time the flavour is complex and interesting.

  • Ali

    5 stars
    I’ve made a ton of peanut sauces in my time, but this one is by far my fave!

  • Ula

    5 stars
    I love the complex flavour: sweet, tangy, nutty – that’s a perfectly balanced sauce! Just made the second batch and this time pulled it off without a blender, having been too lazy to take my vitamix out of the cupboard and just using the jar. Super delicious!

  • Kate

    Hi- I think my web browser might be playing tricks on my eyes as I am not seeing a measurement for any peanuts or peanut butter in this recipe. Would you mind responding with the amount and what type (peanuts or PB)? Can’t wait to make it! Thank you!

    • Laura Wright

      Half a cup!

  • Jean

    5 stars
    Horray for blender sauces!