spicy peanut sauce

Simple Peanut Sauce – Made with common ingredients!

Simple Peanut Sauce combines the goodness of peanut butter with the zing of fresh lime juice, a touch of sweetness from honey, and a hint of heat from sriracha. It’s the perfect choice for dipping spring rolls, drizzling over salads, or using as a satay sauce. With ingredients commonly found in US grocery stores, you’ll be able to whip up this tasty peanut dressing effortlessly.

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Simple Ingredients for Peanut Sauce

I have reworked this recipe a few times to really limit it to only ingredients that are easy to find in US grocery stores. While ingredients like tamarind and Golden Mountain sauce are common in more traditional recipes, they can be hard to track down. These may be in your pantry already!

  • Creamy peanut butter: This forms the rich and nutty base of our peanut sauce recipe. I like to use conventional peanut butter because it’s easy to find in most grocery stores.
  • Coconut milk: It adds a creamy texture and subtle tropical flair to your peanut dressing, perfect for spring rolls.
  • Fresh lime juice: A touch of zesty freshness to brighten the sauce, making it an excellent peanut dressing.
  • Soy sauce: For that savory depth and umami flavor that you want in a peanut satay sauce or spring roll sauce.
  • Honey: Just a bit of natural sweetness to balance the flavors in your homemade sauce.
  • Sriracha: To add that spicy kick. If you don’t prefer a little heat, just omit this ingredient.
  • Rice vinegar: Provides a tangy note, enhancing the overall taste of your peanut dressing. If you can’t find this, you can use more lime juice.
  • Toasted sesame oil: For a hint of toasted nuttiness that elevates the sauce’s complexity.
  • Powdered ginger: This subtle spice adds depth to your peanut sauce.
  • Salt (optional): Adjust to your taste, to bring out the flavors in your homemade peanut butter dressing.

Easy way to make Peanut Sauce

  1. In a small bowl, combine creamy peanut butter, soy sauce, honey, Sriracha for a kick, rice vinegar for tanginess, toasted sesame oil for depth, fresh lime juice, and grated ginger.
  2. Slowly add coconut milk while whisking to achieve a smooth and creamy texture.
  3. Add a pinch of salt to taste, or more sriracha to make it spicier if you prefer.
  4. Enjoy your peanut dressing immediately or store it in the refrigerator for up to 5 days in an airtight container, ready to elevate your dishes whenever you want.

What to eat with Peanut Sauce?

This easy peanut sauce is perfect with fresh cut crudites, our Easy Rainbow Summer Rolls, or as a dressing for our Thai Salad with Peanut Dressing!

Yield: About 2 Cups

Easy Spicy Peanut Sauce Recipe

Easy Spicy Peanut Sauce Recipe Square

This versatile sauce is delicious with spring and summer rolls, and it's also great with salads, satay, and more. Make sure to season it to taste, as it's made with prepackaged ingredients, different brands can have different amounts of sugar and salt.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon powdered ginger
  • salt (optional)


      1. In a small bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, soy sauce, honey, sriracha, rice vinegar, sesame oil, lime juice, and grated ginger.
      2. Gradually whisk in the coconut milk until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
      3. Season the sauce with salt to taste.


Use the sauce immediately or store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 65Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 141mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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