Jelani loves peanut sauce and requests it all the time. The funny thing is that he really dislikes peanut butter. Isn’t it weird how some people dislike a particular food but like it when it is the primary ingredient in something else and vice versa?
Ok, back to the peanut sauce. This sauce comes together in about 5 minutes and uses ingredients that I almost always have in my pantry.
Gather your ingredients – peanut butter, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, sriracha, rice vinegar, honey, and water. Drop everything (carefully!) into the bowl of a food processor and puree until smooth.
Side note: not all peanut butters are the same! The peanut butter I buy has only peanuts and salt. Many brands add sugar and other ingredients. Play around with the recipe depending on the ingredients in your peanut butter.
And, this sauce is incredibly versatile so feel free to adjust the amounts of any of the ingredients to perfect the sauce for your taste buds. I know I do – sometimes I want it spicier, sometimes more garlicky, sometimes a little sweeter, sometimes I add in a little tahini or toasted sesame oil, etc.
In the picture above, I thinned it with a little extra water and drizzled over a salad with rice noodles and a store-bought rotisserie chicken. It’s also delicious drizzled over stir-fried vegetables over rice or with chicken or tofu, as a dip for satay skewers or raw veggies, as a salad dressing, … the possibilities are endless.
Enjoy, whatever your variation and use!
- ½ cup peanut butter
- 1 ½ – 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 tsp ground ginger (or about 2 tsp of minced fresh ginger)
- 2 tsp sriracha or your favorite chili sauce (adjust based on how spicy you'd like it)
- 3 tsp rice vinegar
- 2 tsp honey
- 6 tbsp water (adjust based on how thick you'd like the sauce)
- Add all ingredients to a food processor and puree until smooth.