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Thai Peanut Sauce

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Thai Peanut Sauce |

Hands up, people. Is anyone out there as obsessed as I am with thai peanut sauce?

Oh my goodness. That little jar in the Asian food aisle forever seems to be calling out my name. It is one of my favorite last-minute dinner secrets to making a yummy stir fry, a quick Asian salad, chicken satay, or whatever other peanut-y meal sounds good. I seem to have no trouble coming up with excuses to try new recipes with peanut sauce!

But after years of buying the little jars, I have been itching to find an easy peanut sauce recipe to make at home. So I’m excited to say that after experimenting with a few, I have finally found a winner and wanted to share with you! This peanut sauce is ridiculously good. Way better than anything I’ve tried store-bought. It is flavorful and rich, but not overpowering and easy to adapt to whatever flavors you love best. It also just takes a few minutes to make, and makes for a heavenly sauce that you can use however you’d like.

So for all of you peanut sauce lovers like me, I hope you’ll give it a try homemade! :)

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Thai Peanut Sauce

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  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups 1x


A quick and simple recipe for peanut sauce that can be used in everything from a stir-fry, to chicken satay, to a salad, and more!


  • 1 (13.5 ounce) can coconut milk (full-fat is standard, but you can also use “light”)
  • 1/4 cup Thai red curry paste
  • 1 cup natural (unsweetened) creamy peanut butter
  • 3 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. white vinegar
  • ½ cup water
  • 1/4 tsp. sesame oil
  • (optional add-ins: sriracha hot chile sauce, grated fresh ginger, and/or minced garlic)


  1. Combine all ingredients except sesame oil in a medium saucepan and bring to a very gentle boil over medium heat, whisking constantly.
  2. Let the mixture simmer for 3-5 minutes over low heat; be careful not to let the mixture scorch at the bottom of the pot.
  3. Remove from heat, stir in the sesame oil, and let the sauce cool for at least 5 minutes. The sauce will thicken as it cools.
  4. Serve immediately or refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 1 month, or freeze for up to 3 months.


Recipe adapted from She Simmers.

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80 comments on “Thai Peanut Sauce”

  1. I’ve always loved Thai peanut sauce, makes a great dressing too. Thank you Ali

    xx Le Grumeau

  2. When does the sesame oil get used?

  3. Thai peanut sauce is my FAVORITE! I have actually been trying not to post things with it just because I have some many thai peanut recipes! I could eat this sauce with spoon!

  4. I have never bought it but love the flavors…usually make my own by just mixing PB with soy sauce, chili sauce and ginger but I can’t wait to try adding coconut milk!

  5. This is one of my faves! How great to be able to whip up a batch whenever you need it.

  6. I love Thai peanut sauce and even better when it’s home made! I’m excited to whip this up myself :)

  7. Thanks for posting this! After moving back from Thailand a few months ago, it’s been hard to not have the Thai staples in my kitchen. I look forward to trying this! Bonus that you used natural peanut butter too…even if you do have to add sugar :)

  8. My hand is up! I can’t get enough of the stuff. Yours looks fabulous!

  9. if thai peanut sauce is involved, you bet i’ll be ordering it from the menu. And now i must try your version at home! I love it with chicken, spinach, and chopped veggies :)

  10. Yummm! I love it, especially with satay chicken! I’ll have to try it with salad!

  11. Love this! It would be so handy to haven this around – I love making stir-frys with lingering veggies on a busy weeknight!

  12. It’s at the top of my favorite list! Can’t wait to try your version. Yum!

  13. Woah! Kudos to you for whipping up your own Peanut Sauce! I would’ve never thought to have a go at it myself since I usually pick it up at the store, but it’s soooo tempting to think I could have it whenever I want with this recipe ;)

  14. I do have my cravings for Thai food from time to time – love your recipe for this Peanut Sauce! Looks divine!!!

  15. Made this immediately after reading. :) It’s now in a bowl with chicken, marinating.

  16. Me, me I have my hand raised too Ali. Wow, what a fantastic recipe and thanks so much for sharing it. It’s so rarely available here but now I can make yours. Yay!

  17. I pretty much always have all these ingredients on hand at all times, I have no excuse not to make this. I love the stuff!

  18. My hand is raised high in the air. I could happily dollop Thai peanut sauce on everything from noodles to chicken to shrimp.

  19. I love peanut sauce! Great idea to make your own.

  20. I gotta try this! I love peanut sauce so much. I could actually just eat it with a spoon.

  21. Does it taste like satay? I love this sauce so much. I always eat it with fried tofu in thie restaurants.

  22. Gorgeous pic, Ali! I’ve never made homemade peanut sauce before. Can’t wait to try!

  23. LOVE peanut sauce and haven’t made my own in years. This recipe looks great! And now I totally want to add sriracha to peanut sauce :)

  24. ummm… shut up. I had no clue you could make your own thai peanut sauce… must go make now!!!

  25. The dipping options are endless with this stuff…but right now I’m envisioning some fried tofu. Thanks for another great recipe!

  26. I dip anything and everything in peanut sauce. It’s like my own personal ketchup :) Love your photographs!

  27. Oh my, how this is calling my name! Looks spicy and yummy and fabulous!!

  28. WOOOHOOO! Look at you making it yourself. love it!

  29. I think Thai Peanut sauce is one of the most perfect foods. So good. Looks beautiful.

  30. This looks super yummy and easy! Thanks for sharing!


  31. Thank you for this recipe! I keep buying peanut sauce in the bottle but I would much rather make my own. This sounds tasty :).

  32. EVERYTHING is better slathered in peanut sauce! I am all about this!

  33. Oooo I could just dip my shoe in this and be happy!

  34. Ali I am a fellow peanut sauce LOVAH! The color of it is insane… I can’t wait to give it a try!

  35. Hi Ali…and my hand is way up high on this one. I LOVE peanut sauce. But like you, I’ve not made my own before. So glad you perfected the recipe! It looks luscious! : )

  36. My hand is up…am I ever obsessed! You’ve put this recipe in the right hands…I will be making this often! Thank you, thank you.

  37. I am such a sucker for a good peanut sauce–I could seriously put it on everything I eat. Can’t wait to try your version!

  38. I need this in my life. It looks like the perfect homemade version.

  39. This sounds yummy. Where do you buy Thai curry? Can you use creamed coconut instead of the milk? Looking foreword to making this.
    Thank you!

  40. thank you so much for sharing this recipe…I made it along with the Thai chicken tacos and it was a hit =) only thing though is that I substituted the peanut butter with sunflower butter bcuz my daughter is allergic to peanuts…couldn’t even tell the difference.
    thanks again – Myra =)

  41. I literally just made this…Threw in some grilled chicken strips and noodles. It is delish!

    Thank you for this!

  42. I just made my 2nd batch!
    Absolutely yummy and way better than bottled sauce.
    I store it in empty, clean, Spaghetti Sauce Glass Jars.
    I label it with masking tape and date it and stick in the fridge.
    LOVE IT!

  43. Thank you so much, i been looking for this sauce. For year, i will try to make it to day.

  44. Just tried it, AMAZING! Thank you :)

  45. Ali,

    I am also obsessed with Thai Peanut Sauce and have never found a jar type that is really good. I found this pin this morning and just made your easy recipe. Is is perfect! Thank you for taking the time to post this.

    I really like the peanut taste so I ended up adding about 1/2 cup more peanut butter and it came out great. Because my wife does not share the same enthusiasm about Thai Peanut Sauce, I love that I can double batch this and freeze it; Heck of a lot better than cereal when her girls night comes around.

    Ali, thank you again.


  46. OMG I just made this and am having a hard time not eating the entire thing! GREAT RECIPE!

    I added grated ginger and one clove minced garlic as well as 1 tsp grated lime peel.

    Had Trader Joe’s “Medium Spicy Dry Chili Paste” so that went in as well- delish!

    lastly, I didn’t add the oil in and so far can’t tell any noticeable difference, it’s just pure awesomesauce!

    Thanks again!

  47. Excellent, added about 1 tbs of pukka sauce, 1 1/2 tbs soy and 1 1/2 tbs fish sauce, and a tsp of garlic turned out terrific. Can hardly keep spoon out of it!

  48. WONDERFUL FLAVOR….. Exactly what I was craving !! Tasted just like my favorite restaurant peanut sauce. Made this to go with spring rolls that I made for the first time. Very easy to make and ingredients were available even in my small town grocery store. Would recommend this to everyone! :)