Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce with Sesame Oil Recipe

bowl of peanut sauce
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  • 5 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings
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I absolutely love Thai peanut sauce. As far as I'm concerned, there's no wrong way to make it or, to use it. Dump it on leftover rice and add frozen veggies. Use it as a salad dressing or a vegetable stir-fry sauce. You pretty much can't go wrong.

This recipe is vegetarian and vegan. If you need it to be gluten-free as well, just use tamari or Bragg's Liquid Aminos in place of the regular soy sauce, since all the other ingredients are gluten free.

This homemade peanut sauce recipe is made with garlic, soy sauce, ginger and cayenne pepper for a traditional Thai flavor. This recipe for spicy Thai peanut sauce goes with noodles, salad, fried tofu, or even a bowl of pasta. Try it poured over steamed veggies for kids.

What You'll Need

  • 2/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce (or tamari)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 green onions (diced)
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice (juice from 2 limes)
  • Optional: 2 tablespoons sesame seeds

How to Make It

  1. In a small saucepan over very low heat, whisk together all ingredients until well combined.
  2. Once ingredients are combined, remove from heat and spoon onto your favorite noodle dish or transfer to a small container with a cover and store in the refrigerator.


  • If you need to substitute an ingredient or two, it shouldn't be a problem. The essential ingredients are the peanut butter and soy sauce (or tamari). The sesame oil and limes add a significant amount of flavor, but if you need to omit the green onions, or use garlic powder instead of fresh, you'll still end up with a mighty tasty homemade peanut sauce.
  • You will notice that this recipe calls for soy sauce or tamari. While the two are similar, there are some definite differences between these two tasty Asian sauces. Tamari is not simply gluten-free soy sauce; it is a Japanese form of soy sauce made without wheat that is made with a byproduct of miso paste. Tamari is darker in color than soy sauce and has a less salty flavor. Consider experimenting with both until you decide which you like more!