Easy Everyday Thai Peanut Sauce

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We all have those fall-back meals, those comfort foods, those simple, flexible recipes that we make on the fly for an easy dinner. For me, most of those dinners are Asian-influenced, and a few involve peanut sauce. How I make it varies on our cravings and other components of the meal, but this version is what I refer to as our go-to Thai Peanut Sauce.

Easy Everyday Thai Peanut Sauce - It's not "authentic" but it is that go-to, delicious, versatile, 10-minute recipe that uses easy-to-find ingredients for quick, flavorful meals. Naturally dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan and paleo optional.

I’m quite sure this Thai peanut sauce isn’t authentic, but it also doesn’t require any specialty ingredients – just simple pantry ingredients that you likely keep on hand and some fresh limes. I use So Delicious Lite Culinary Coconut Milk (the equivalent to light canned coconut milk, only better!), San-J Wheat-Free Tamari, Trader Joe’s Peanut Butter (or Almond Butter if we’re feeling fancy), local honey, and spices from Simply Organic (my favorite!).

Easy Everyday Thai Peanut Sauce - It's not "authentic" but it is that go-to, delicious, versatile, 10-minute recipe that uses easy-to-find ingredients for quick, flavorful meals. Naturally dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan and paleo optional.

Pictured here is a simple dish of rice, steamed sweet potatoes and spinach, topped with the Thai peanut sauce (truth be told, I doubled … okay tripled the peanut sauce before eating it, but didn’t think my gluttonous pour looked as pretty) that I enjoyed for a light lunch. But this 10-minute Thai peanut sauce is amazing with most leafy greens, broccoli, bok choy, bell peppers, cauliflower, parsnips … I could go on. You can serve over rice noodles, brown rice, quinoa, or cauliflower-rice and optionally pair it with a neutral protein, chicken, pork or tempeh (for vegan).

Easy Everyday Thai Peanut Sauce - It's not "authentic" but it is that go-to, delicious, versatile, 10-minute recipe that uses easy-to-find ingredients for quick, flavorful meals. Naturally dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan and paleo optional.This post is sponsored by So Delicious Dairy Free, my truly favorite brand for coconut milk, hands down!

Special Diet Notes: Easy Thai Peanut Sauce

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, optionally gluten-free, optionally grain-free, tree nut-free, optionally vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian.

For peanut-free Thai peanut sauce (yes, you read that correctly), use creamy unsweetened sunflower seed butter or almond butter in place of the peanut butter. It will change the taste slightly, but is still versatile and delicious.

For soy-free Thai peanut sauce, you can substitute coconut aminos for the soy sauce. Coconut aminos are definitely not a true sub for soy sauce – the flavor is a bit different and it has less salt – so I recommend taste testing and adjusting the sweetness and saltiness of the recipe to taste if using coconut aminos.

For paleo Thai peanut sauce, use both the peanut-free and soy-free options.

Easy Everyday Thai Peanut Sauce
 
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Serve this quick and easy sauce with steamed, roasted or stir-fried vegetables, over rice, rice noodles or quinoa, and accompanied with your protein of choice - whether it be sauteed tofu, tempeh, chicken or pork.
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Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • ½ cup So Delicious Lite Culinary Coconut Milk*
  • ¼ to ⅓ cup unsalted or lightly salted creamy peanut butter
  • ¼ cup fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons honey or agave nectar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce or wheat-free tamari (for gluten-free)
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon powdered ginger
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in your blender and puree until smooth.
  2. Pour mixture into a saucepan, and heat over medium heat, while whisking, until it thickens to your desired consistency ~ this takes about 3 minutes for a thick sauce.
  3. Serve warm. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Notes
*So Delicious Lite Culinary Coconut Milk is the equivalent to good-quality light canned coconut milk, but it's housed in environmentally-friendly, re-sealable, cute aseptic packages. You can find it in either the Asian section with the canned coconut milks or sometimes in the shelf-stable dairy-free milk beverage section.

What’s Your Favorite Easy Sauce or Go-To Meal?

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

50 Comments

  1. you know what’s funny is I have been trying to figure out a new sauce. I tend to just use hummus as a sauce on anything, ha! I am such a salad sink kind of meal planner, every veggie and whatever protein is available make a lot of my meals!

  2. My go-to meal will always be a big bowl of oatmeal with protein powder or a tofu and vegetable stir-fry. Quick, easy, and delicious.

  3. My fav go to sauce is pesto. Olive oil, garlic, pine nuts, and any fresh herb. Last one I did was dill, I live mint.

  4. I love peanut sauce and always find an excuse to use it for our dishes so this is a very handy recipe for sure! I love the zing from the ginger and love that you also added some alternatives for other dietary needs! Thanks!

  5. Peanut sauce always makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Love this! Thanks for creating this wicked AWESOME recipe Alisa! Love that it’s not drenched in oil as well, which some recipes / restaurants tend to make it as. YUM! Will go great with rice paper rolls.

  6. Looks good. Too bad my children are picky :(. I find it hard to cook something that they will eat. I recently bought Family Friendly Fat Burning Meals, so I got a huge list of healthy recipes that helps me and my husband stay fit. Oh, and my children love them. 🙂

  7. This looks amazing, I love peanut sauce! But I don’t eat it often because I have a peanut allergy kid, so thanks for providing a peanut free option 🙂

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