Homemade Peanut Sauce

This homemade peanut sauce was originally published in May 2013. The post has been updated as of April 11, 2018 with new photos, text and improved recipe instructions!

Let’s get sauce-y!! With this finger licking good homemade peanut sauce … whipped up in 15 minutes flat and perfect for slathering / dunking / drizzling on just about anything you can dream up!

Just 15 minutes to this simple homemade peanut sauce! Filled with peanut butter, coconut milk, lime juice and fresh ginger! So flavorful & so much better than the stuff from the store!

As a delightful sauce for stir-fries? YES. For slathering on top of a burger? YES. For dunking veggies or chicken or anything and everything? Yes, yes and yes!

Can you tell I’m enthusiastic about this sauce?

But seriously. I mean, who doesn’t love a good homemade sauce? I fully believe that a good sauce can elevate just about any meal. Take for example this homemade enchilada sauce or even this homemade peach chipotle barbecue sauce. Soooo worth the few extra minutes over buying something from the store. Because flavor = amazing.

And the same goes for today’s peanut-y goodness.

So how do we make this peanut dipping sauce, you ask? Let’s discuss!

It’s filled with creamy peanut butter, dreamy coconut milk, tangy lime juice, fresh ginger, flavorful garlic! i.e. so many delicious thai-inspired flavors!

We dump them all into a saucepan, let it simmer for just a few minutes and voila! Your peanut sauce is served.

Easy, simple and healthier for you than the stuff from the store (because yes, we can 100% pronounce all the ingredients!).

Filled with creamy peanut butter, fresh ginger, garlic, coconut milk and lime juice, this easy homemade peanut sauce is packed with thai inspired flavor! Ready in 15 minutes or less!

Now, let’s move along to a few tips & tricks for this homemade peanut sauce recipe:

  1. First things first. Let’s talk about the peanut butter. I tend to use natural peanut butter when making this sauce, but I’ve also tested it with regular peanut butter. Both work fine! Just make sure to stick with creamy peanut butter.
  2. If you love ginger like I do, feel free to add in a little more. So good!
  3. Be sure that your coconut milk is well shaken / stirred before measuring out for the recipe.
  4. To make this sauce vegan, use pure maple syrup in place of the honey!
  5. I would encourage you to keep an eye on the sauce while it is simmering – i.e. don’t walk away. Adjust the heat and whisk as needed to keep it at a simmer (it can easily go past that!).
  6. And finally, keep in mind that the sauce will thicken up slightly as it cools down. So if you like your peanut sauce on the thinner side, you may want to simmer it for even less time than directed. I like it as written, but adjust as desired!

So go forth my friends and sauce it up!

This 15 minute homemade peanut sauce is packed with flavor and healthier than the stuff from the store! Use as a dipping sauce, in stir-fries or however you like!

Yield: about 1 to 1 ¼ cups

Homemade Peanut Sauce

Prep Time: 7 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Just 15 minutes to this simple homemade peanut sauce! Filled with peanut butter, coconut milk, lime juice and fresh ginger! So flavorful & so much better than the stuff from the store!

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  • ⅓ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ⅓ cup light coconut milk
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • pinch of red pepper flakes (or more to taste)
  • ¼ teaspoon sweet paprika


  1. Add all of the ingredients to a small saucepan. Set the pan over medium heat and cook, whisking frequently, until smooth. Let the mixture come to a low simmer, then continue to simmer gently for about 2 to 3 minutes, adjusting the heat as needed and whisking occasionally, until thickened. Remove from the heat and let cool for about 5 to 10 minutes.
  2. Serve / use as desired! If not using right away, let cool to room temperature then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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