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Thai Peanut Sauce

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This tasty Thai peanut sauce recipe is soooo good. I want to spoon this delectable stuff into my mouth without the chicken.

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Don’t eat it all in one sitting

I have a love relationship with peanut sauce. Not a love/hate relationship, even though I could eat a whole bowl of the stuff and that I should hate.

Seriously, I could eat it all.

Would I get sick of it before I got to the bottom of the bowl? No. I really don’t think so. I’d love to try, but I’m thinking that would be a bad idea for my thighs.

And even though I could easily eat the whole bowl, I imagine Christopher standing next to the bare chicken satay and saying, “Doesn’t chicken satay come with peanut sauce?”

And if I opened my my mouth to answer him, I’m afraid I’d have sauce covered teeth.

Helpful tips

  • I’m assuming you will make chicken satay when you make this sauce. So that means you will make the marinade at the same time.
  • I mention this because you are going to use 1/4 cup of the marinade in this sauce.
  • If you reheat this sauce, do NOT heat it in a microwave, instead heat it on the stove on medium low heat.
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How to make peanut sauce

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Get a mixing bowl, whisk and medium saucepan.

Step one

Gather the ingredients – peanut butter, marinade, chili powder, curry powder, garlic paste and ginger paste.

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Step two

In a saucepan, add peanut butter, marinade, coconut milk, garlic paste and ginger paste and heat it on medium heat.

Stand there and stir with a spatula until it is creamy.

Time to transfer it to a cute little bowl.

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Can’t you just picture picking up a spoonful and shoving it into your mouth?

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Would you just look at that chicken satay behind it, and the Thai cucumber salad? Christopher and I are going to eat like royalty!

This Thai peanut sauce will not disappoint and I hope you enjoyed this recipe.

Christopher thinks it’s better than the peanut sauce you get in restaurants.

One note of caution: do NOT reheat this sauce in the microwave. Heat it on the stove.

The end.

Please feel free to leave me a peanut sauce loving comment.

And as always, may all your dishes be delish.

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Tasty Thai Peanut Sauce

This delicious and slightly spicy peanut sauce is so good with chicken satay as well as on any noodles!
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Sauce
Keyword: peanut sauce
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 32 tablespoons
Calories: 120kcal


  • 1/2 cup peanut butter I use a natural, stir pb

Recipe for the marinade for 1 pound of Chicken Satay – when done, set aside 1/4 cup for this recipe

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/8 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger paste (equiv to 1/8 teaspoon ginger powder)
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic paste (equiv. to 1 – 2 cloves garlic)
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon coriander

The rest of the ingredients

  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger paste


  • In a mixing bowl, combine soy sauce, maple syrup, chili powder, lime, fish sauce, ginger paste, garlic paste, onion powder, cumin and coriander. Whisk until combined. Take out 1/4 cup.
    1/4 cup soy sauce, 1/8 cup maple syrup, 1/4 teaspoon chili powder, 2 teaspoons lime juice, 1 teaspoon fish sauce, 1/4 teaspoon ginger paste, 1/4 teaspoon garlic paste, 1/4 teaspoon onion powder, 1/4 teaspoon cumin, 1/4 teaspoon coriander
  • In a sauce pan add peanut butter, 1/4 cup marinade, coconut milk, and .5 teaspoon each of garlic paste and ginger paste. Heat on medium and stir until combined and heated.
    1/2 cup peanut butter, 3/4 cup coconut milk, 1/2 teaspoon garlic paste, 1/2 teaspoon ginger paste
  • Drizzle over some chicken satay.
  • Eat
  • Smile
  • Enjoy


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Since this peanut sauce usually goes with chicken satay, make the marinade, take out 1/4 cup for the sauce and marinate the chicken tenders in the rest.
Helpful tips
  • I’m assuming you will make chicken satay when you make this sauce. So that means you will make the marinade at the same time.
  • I mention this because when you make the marinade make sure you set aside 1/4 cup for this sauce.
  • If you reheat this sauce, do NOT heat it in a microwave, instead heat it on the stove on medium low heat.


Serving: 4tablespoons | Calories: 120kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 135mg | Potassium: 44mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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  1. I am going to try this peanut sauce, hope I will find all the ingredients here in France. Thank you for this !

  2. I’m trying it too!! It has to be one of my absolute favourites and yours looks so tricky and creamy. Also – I use the same brand of herbs and spices! 😀

  3. I did a chicken satay with peanut sauce about a month ago and I agree — peanut sauce is something I could literally eat by the spoonful. In fact, I just looked for other things to put it on. Shrimp. Pork. Even stir fried veg.

  4. This not only looks amazing but it sounds like it’s going to taste better! I love anything with peanuts. This is something I will have to make soon.

  5. Oh yes, I totally agree – one of the best sauces out there! I’m drooling just looking at that sauce, so yummy!

  6. Having a satay peanut sauce on hand is a great staple, and your one looks great. Perfect with chicken, but yes, I could too just eat it by the spoonful.

  7. This looks absolutely fabulous! Thank you for sharing. One question though, was your natural peanut butter the sugar free variety?

    1. Yes! It is Tammy! In normal grocery stores, you can get Teddie brand that you stir, that doesn’t have sugar. I only buy sugar free now that I’m used to it.

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