Easy Peanut Sauce (6 Ingredients + 5 Minutes!)

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This easy peanut sauce is creamy, tangy, and slightly spicy thanks to only 6 wholesome ingredients! Use it as a dip for veggies or drizzled over bowls.

Before getting into this recipe, I’d like to take a moment to thank peanut butter for being simply amazing. I mean, this creamy, high-protein, and affordable spread can pretty much do it all! Sweet recipes, savory recipes, or eaten directly off the spoon, I’m a fan through-and-through 😉

Today we’re taking things in a savory direction with this Easy Peanut Sauce.

white bowl of peanut sauce topped with chili flakes with spoon mixing

Did I mention that you only need 6 ingredients + 5 minutes to make this recipe?

You should pretty much be running to your kitchen right now.

ingredients for spicy peanut sauce on round marble cutting board

Yep, you heard me – all you need is some peanut butter, rice vinegar, maple syrup, tamari, ginger, and garlic!  Whisk all that up with a little water and you’re good to go. And by go I mean dip, dunk, and drizzle over anything and everything.

peanut sauce in large glass bowl with whisk

There are a lot of recipes for Peanut Sauce out there, all with *very* similar ingredients. So what makes this one special? I’m a big fan of tangy flavor, so this recipe goes a little heavier on the warming spices and a little lighter on the sweetener. I also like my peanut sauce to be on the thicker side, but you can easily thin it out with a little extra water if you like.

I’m also a big fan of textural contrast, so I like to add some freshly chopped peanuts to the top of my sauce. You can also make this recipe with crunchy peanut butter instead of creamy to skip the extra (optional) ingredient!

peanut sauce topped with chopped peanuts and chili flakes in small white bowl

Some of my favorite ways to use Peanut Sauce:

  • As a dip for crunchy veggies like red pepper, carrots, and cucumber.
  • As a dressing for asian-inspired salads
  • As a marinade for tofu and tempeh
  • As a sauce over grain bowls with steamed vegetables

As you can see, the possibilities are *pretty* much endless!

peanut sauce in white bowl with chopped peppers and carrots

When you do make this recipe (this is me telling you that you really do need to make it) don’t forget to tag @FromMyBowl + #FromMyBowl on both Facebook and Instagram! I always love to see your recipe recreations…but I especially love to see them when they involve peanut butter 😉

If you’re looking for more asian-inspired sauce recipes, you’ll also love this Carrot Ginger Dressing and this Creamy Cilantro Sauce!

This easy peanut sauce is creamy, tangy, and slightly spicy thanks to only 6 wholesome ingredients! Use it as a dip for veggies or drizzled over bowls.


Easy Peanut Sauce

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This easy peanut sauce is creamy, tangy, and slightly spicy thanks to only 6 wholesome ingredients! Use it as a dip for veggies or drizzled over bowls.

  • Author: Caitlin Shoemaker
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: about 1 cup 1x
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American


  • ½ cup natural peanut butter (creamy or crunchy)*
  • 2 tbsp low-sodium tamari
  • ½ tbsp ginger, finely grated (about ½” knob)
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • ½ tbsp maple syrup*
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar (can also sub lime juice)
  • ¼½ tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 24 tbsp filtered water


  1. Add all ingredients except for the water to a medium bowl and mix until well-incorporated
  2. Next, add 2 tbsp of filtered water to the bowl and gently mix. Continue to add water in 1 tbsp increments until your desired thickness is reached.
  3. Let sit for at least 5 minutes before serving, to allow the flavors to combine. Refrigerate leftovers in a sealed container for up to 10 days.


  • Try to use a peanut butter with only 2 ingredients: peanuts and salt. If you like some texture in your sauce like I do, I’d recommend using crunchy peanut butter (or adding in some chopped peanuts at the end!)
  • Maple syrup can be substituted with coconut sugar, or any other sweetener of your choice

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    1. If you don’t have rice vinegar, or the suggested lime juice, you could use plain vinegar or ACV!

  1. This is the best peanut butter sauce! I don’t like having small pieces of ginger, even grated, so I’ve used some dry ginger. Perfect!

  2. I highly recommend adding a touch of toasted sesame oil to give it that Asian flavor. Brand is important, as I have discovered. Eden makes the best toasted sesame oil I have tried and I have definitely gone through different brands.