10-Minute Creamy Peanut Sauce or Dressing

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This Homemade Peanut Sauce (or Dressing!) is thick, creamy, and so easy to make. There's no cooking required – just blend peanut butter with lime juice, garlic, ginger, and Asian pantry staples like sesame oil and soy sauce. With a punch of zingy flavor, this peanut sauce is perfect for dipping fresh spring rolls and satay or drizzling over salads and slaws.

Naturally Vegetarian and Dairy-Free. Easily Vegan and Gluten-Free.

A close-up shot of a small bowl of peanut sauce with a small spoon in the center of a tray of chicken skewers and sliced veggies.
Photography by Gayle McLeod

Homemade Peanut Sauce – Better Than Store-Bought and SO Easy to Make!

My mom is the undisputed queen of quick and easy cooking. It’s no surprise to me some of PWWB’s most well-loved recipes (Sweet and Sour Pork Stir Fry! Hawaii-Style Mac Salad!) come from her kitchen. She knows how to create a ton of flavor with very little effort required – Mom magic!✨

Mom’s 10-Minute Creamy Peanut Sauce recipe is no exception. It’s thick, luscious, and has incredible nutty-zingy flavor that’s eat-with-a-spoon good. But the very best part? It couldn’t be easier to make.

A deliciously quick and easy homemade peanut sauce (or dressing!) – creamy, zingy, and ready in 10 minutes or less!

With so many good bottled peanut sauce options available these days, I questioned whether this was a recipe worth sharing. But it’s honestly so simple to make, I couldn’t keep it to myself!

You can whip up a batch in 10 minutes tops, there’s no cooking involved (blender FTW!), and everything you need to make it is probably already in your kitchen – win-win-win!

Plus, making homemade peanut sauce gives you a lot more control over the flavors and texture. Leave it as-is for a dip for fresh spring rolls or satay skewers, or thin it out with a little water for a drizzly peanut dressing for coleslaw and noodle salads.

All-purpose, insanely delicious, and so much better than store-bought. Mom magic strikes again!⚡️

An overhead shot of ingredients displayed in various dishes in a cream colored surface: peanut butter, limes and lime juice, garlic, brown sugar, honey, ginger, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, rice vinegar, toasted sesame oil, and soy sauce.
This easy, no-cook recipe is made with 9 kitchen staple ingredients like peanut butter, garlic, ginger, lime juice, sesame oil, rice vinegar, and soy sauce.

How to Make Peanut Sauce from Scratch (Easy Blender Method)

One of the reasons I love this homemade peanut sauce recipe so much is that it comes together with 9 kitchen staple ingredients. Most of the prep time is spent gathering and measuring everything out. From there, the blender takes over and does all the work – easy as that!

An overhead shot of peanut butter, limes and lime juice, garlic, brown sugar, honey, ginger, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, rice vinegar, toasted sesame oil, and soy sauce in the bowl of a food processor.
Simply add all of the ingredients to a blender…
An overhead shot of blended sauce in the bowl of a food processor atop a cream surface.
…and blend to combine well. Ready in 1 minute!
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Blend the peanut sauce. Add creamy peanut butter, lime juice, garlic, fresh ginger, light brown sugar, honey, rice vinegar, toasted sesame oil, and soy sauce to a blender. Blend until the ingredients have a smooth and creamy consistency. Why? ⇢ The blender emulsifies the sauce into a lusciously thick and creamy homemade peanut sauce.

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Optional! Thin out your peanut sauce with water. Blend in a tablespoon of water at a time until you reach your desired consistency. A thick peanut sauce is a great dip for spring rolls. A drizzly peanut dressing is perfect for salads and noodles.

A close-up shot of a chicken skewer being dipped into a small bowl of sauce.
An all-purpose sauce for dipping fresh spring rolls + satay or drizzling over salads + slaws!

Easy Recipe Variations

  • For a vegan homemade peanut sauce, substitute agave nectar or pure maple syrup for honey.
  • For a gluten-free peanut sauce, swap soy sauce with tamari or coconut aminos.

Serving Suggestions

Using this peanut sauce as a dip for fresh spring rolls is the most obvious choice (and my personal fave! 😋). But there are SO many more ways you can use it to add a little spice to mealtime and snack time:

  • As a peanut dipping sauce! ⇢ Dunk grilled chicken, satay skewers, or crunchy fresh vegetables.
  • As a peanut dressing! ⇢ Toss into noodles and slaws or drizzle over a light salad.

I can’t wait for you to try this Homemade Peanut Sauce! It’s perfectly creamy, tangy, and spicy – better than store-bought and so much easier to make than you’d expect. You’re going to be obsessed!

If you do give it a try, be sure to let us know! Leave a comment with a star rating below. You can also snap a photo and tag @playswellwithbutter on Instagram. We LOVE seeing your PWWB creations! ♡ Happy cooking!

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A close-up shot of a small bowl of peanut sauce with a small spoon in the center of a tray of chicken skewers and sliced veggies.

10-Minute Creamy Peanut Sauce or Dressing

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  • Author: Jess Larson
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 heaping cup 1x
  • Category: Sauces & Condiments
  • Method: No-Cook, Blended
  • Cuisine: Thai-Inspired, Asian
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

With so many good bottled options available these days, I questioned whether my mom’s Creamy Peanut Sauce recipe was even worth sharing – but it’s eat-with-a-spoon good and so simple to make. I can’t keep it to myself!

The beauty of prepping peanut sauce from scratch is that you get total control over its flavor and texture. This recipe yields a thick and luscious sauce with incredible nutty-zingy flavor thanks to ingredients like garlic, ginger, lime, and sesame oil.

Serve as-is for a thick and creamy dip for spring rolls and satay, or thin it out for a drizzly dressing to enjoy with salads, slaws, veggies, and more! ♡ Happy cooking!


Ingredients

Scale
  • ⅓ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 large, juicy lime, juiced (approx. 3 tablespoons)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey (substitute pure maple syrup or agave nectar for vegan)
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce (substitute tamari for gluten-free)
  • kosher salt and ground black pepper, to season
  • optional: up to ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • up to ¼ cup water

Instructions

  1. Blend the peanut sauce: To a blender, combine all listed sauce ingredients except water (peanut butter – soy sauce). Season with ½ teaspoon kosher salt and ground black pepper as desired. Blend until smooth and creamy.An overhead shot of peanut butter, limes and lime juice, garlic, brown sugar, honey, ginger, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, rice vinegar, toasted sesame oil, and soy sauce in the bowl of a food processor.
  2. Adjust consistency with water: Thin the mixture out with water, just until your desired consistency is reached – for a thicker peanut dipping sauce, start with 2 tablespoons water. For a creamy peanut dressing, ¼ cup water is perfect. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired.An overhead shot of peanut sauce in the bowl of a food processor atop a cream surface.
  3. Serve: Enjoy immediately. As a peanut sauce or dip, it’s a great pairing for spring rolls, satay-style chicken, or my Chilled Peanut Noodle Salad. As a peanut dressing, it’s perfect for tossing into salad or slaw. Sky’s the limit, you really can’t go wrong – get creative and have fun with it. Enjoy!A close-up overhead shot of a small bowl of peanut dip in the center of a tray of chicken skewers and sliced veggies.


Notes

Jess’ Tips and Tricks:

  • Peanut butter: For best results, use a classic creamy peanut butter like Jif, Skippy, or another store brand. Avoid “natural” peanut butters, which separate as they sit.
  • Dietary restrictions: This creamy peanut sauce recipe is naturally vegetarian and dairy-free. For a vegan peanut sauce, be sure to swap honey with a vegan-friendly liquid sweetener, like agave nectar or pure maple syrup. For a gluten-free peanut sauce, be sure to swap soy sauce with a gluten-free alternative, such as tamari or coconut aminos.
  • Storage: Prepared peanut sauce or dressing will keep, stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, for up to 1 week. The sauce may thicken up as it rests in the refrigerator, so feel free to whisk in a little more water to reach your desired consistency before serving.

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Hi there, I'm Jess!

If there’s 1 thing to know about me, it’s this: I am head-over-heels in love with food. I’m on a mission to make weeknight cooking flavorful, fast, & fun for other foodies, & PWWB is where I share foolproof recipes that deliver major flavor with minimal effort. Other true loves: pretty shoes, puppies, Grey’s Anatomy, & my cozy kitchen in Minneapolis, MN.

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