Easy 5-Minute Vegan Peanut Sauce

If you’re after a sauce that you can put on pretty much anything and make it taste amazing, this vegan peanut sauce will quickly become a staple in your house.

You’ll never buy store-bought peanut sauce again! Super quick and easy to make without all the added preservatives, thickeners, fake flavours, high sugar, and other non-allergen friendly ingredients like dairy, corn and gluten. 

We’re obsessed with this peanut sauce in our house. We have it at least every second day. So, naturally, I had to share our go-to recipe with you. I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to post this recipe (facepalm).

Peanut sauce on top of crispy tofu in a pocket close up.

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How to make vegan peanut sauce

It’s so easy that you’ll be wondering why you’ve been buying a store-bought one this long. 

All you need is:

Peanut butter – our star nutty ingredientTamari – for the saltiness and umami flavourMaple syrup – to add a touch of sweetnessLime juice – for the tang and to balance out the sweetnessSriracha – a Thai sauce that helps add a bunch of heatGarlic powder – to add more flavour and balance to the sriracha sauce

Six ingredients is all you need to make this vegan peanut sauce that is perfectly balanced.

Even though I say it’s perfectly balanced, it is for me. I would recommend that you use this as a guide and adjust it to your liking. If you like more tang, less salt, a tad sweeter, more heat, adjust it to your liking. 

What is peanut sauce used for?

Peanut sauce can be used for so many different dishes! Here are some ideas:

Buddha bowlsNoodle bowsStir fry’sAs a dipping sauce for rice paper rolls or spring rollsSaladsBurgersWrapsVeggie and tofu skewersAnd so many other dishes!

Vegan peanut sauce dripping from a wooden spoon into a small jar close up.

How do you make soy free peanut sauce?

Most peanut sauce recipes contain either soy sauce or tamari (a gluten-free version of soy sauce), however, both contain soy. 

There are a few other options that you can experiment with to make it soy-free, try a vegan fish sauce, coconut aminos, or Braggs liquid aminos in place of soy/tamari sauce.

What is the best way to store homemade peanut sauce?

If you don’t use your sauce straight away, you can store it in an airtight container or jar in the fridge for up to one week. When you’re ready to use it, add some water or coconut milk and give it a stir as it would have thickened. Adjust the consistency to your liking.

High protein salad with peanut sauce over the top.
Pictured: Vegan High Protein Salad

The best peanut butter to use for this peanut sauce recipe

Use peanut butter where the ingredients are 100% peanuts. No sweeteners or added salt. 

That way you can control the balance of flavours in the sauce easier.

Also, make sure to mix the peanut butter to incorporate the oil if it’s sitting on top of the jar before using.

Not every peanut butter is the same, some are runnier than others, some have a better flavour than others. Keep that in mind when making this sauce. It may be a little different in taste and consistency.

I buy crunchy peanut butter 90% of the time (I think I’d get in trouble with my husband if I didn’t), but decided to use a smooth one for this recipe. You can use either, I just wanted to create a great base recipe to give you options to build upon.

If you like the crunch, either use crunchy peanut butter or crush some peanuts into the sauce. 

Tofu Buddha bowl with peanut sauce being drizzled over the top.
Pictured: Tofu Buddha Bowl

Tips and trick to make this vegan peanut sauce recipe

If you’re not using sriracha, use a chilli paste, chilli powder or cayenne pepper for the heat component and add an additional small amount of maple syrup to balance it out. Sriracha has sugar added to it so you will need to replace that sweetnesses that is added by this ingredient if taking it out. If you don’t have limes on hand, swap it out for lemon juice or even rice vinegar. If you’re using soy sauce instead of tamari, please make sure to use less as it’s saltier. Try making it first with half the amount and then increase it to taste.Add fresh ginger and coriander for a more Thai flavour profile. You’ll need to use a blender here.I’m based in Australia, so my measuring spoons are unfortunately slightly different to the ones that you get in the US. Please keep that in mind when making my recipes.

This vegan peanut sauce is not an authentic Thai-style sauce. I wanted to create something that is a little different where you use just a jar to make it. No blender is needed, which helps you get to enjoy the sauce faster rather than doing the dishes. Isn’t that always a great thing?!

Other basic recipes you’ll love:

Tahini DressingEasy Garlic Parsley SauceVegan Crispy Shredded TofuHow to Make Vegan Béchamel Sauce (Two-Ways)Easy Vegan White Sauce

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⅓ cup (75g/2.65oz) smooth 100% peanut butter

1-2 tbsp tamari*

1 tbsp lime juice

2 tsp sriracha hot sauce

1 tsp pure maple syrup

½ tsp garlic powder

⅓ cup unsweetened coconut milk (from a can) or water


Place all ingredients in a jar and shake until it’s well combine, smooth and creamy. Add more coconut milk or water to adjust to the consistency you like.Serve with your favourite salad, Buddha bowl, stir fry, noodle dish or use as a dip.


* If using soy sauce, use less and adjust to taste.

* Please read the tips and tricks noted earlier in this post.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:
Calories: 68Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 588mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 2g

Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated automatically. The accuracy of this information is not guaranteed.

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