This made from scratch peanut dipping sauce comes together in about 5 minutes. It’s creamy, savory from the umami action from the tamari, you get a little sweetness from the maple syrup, and a little kick of spice from some crushed red pepper flakes. It’s also super easy to make. How do you make it? Whisk all of the ingredients in a bowl until they’re smooth starting with 3 tablespoons of water, then add any additional tablespoons of water depending on your desired consistency. Now that’s super easy!
I use garlic powder to get the garlic taste without the harsh bite of fresh garlic, but you can always substitute it with fresh ingredients. Start with one crushed clove, then add more if you think it needs it.
The sauce can be prepped ahead of time, but it may firm up from being chilled in the refrigerator. If you’re using it as a dip, start with ½ tablespoon of water to thin back out once it's been chilled. You can always add more if that wasn’t enough.
Uses for Peanut Sauce
- Toss it with noodles and veggies for a creamy peanut pasta
- Use it as a dip for vegetables
- Toss it with crispy baked tofu
- Serve it with spring rolls
- Use it as a dressing for salads
- Peanut tempeh bowl
Fresh Ginger Tip
If you don’t use fresh ginger very often, freeze it to make it last longer. Peel the root to remove the papery skin, and then store it in a freezer bag for future usage. When you need fresh ginger just use a Microplane to grate the frozen root straight out of the freezer, no need to thaw. Then return the rest of the ginger back to the freezer.
Need More Dips or Dressings?
- Dijon Tahini Dressing
- Cashew Dijon Dressing
- Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette
- Smoky Tahini Dressing
- Cilantro Cashew Dressing
As always, I hope you enjoy the recipe for an easy peanut dipping sauce!
This made from scratch peanut dipping sauce comes together in about 5 minutes.
- Whisk everything together starting with 3 tablespoons of water.
- For a thinner sauce add an additional tablespoon of water at a time until you reach your desired consistency.
- Store in an airtight container or jar with a lid in the refrigerator.
I only tested with natural peanut butter, which only contains peanuts or peanuts and salt. Other jars of peanut butter with added oils and sweeteners may alter the taste.
- Category: sauce
- Method: whisk by hand
- Cuisine: Thai inspired
Keywords: What is peanut sauce used for, making peanut sauce from scratch