Peanut Dipping Sauce (for spring rolls & more)

Peanut Dipping Sauce (for spring rolls & more)

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Tangy, creamy, and oh so good! That’s how I describe this homemade Peanut Dipping Sauce. The perfect balance between salty, sweet, and spicy flavors!

What Do You Eat with Peanut Sauce?

I created this peanut sauce to go with my Vietnamese Spring Rolls. But it’s so addicting, you’ll want to pour it on everything! The uses for this sauce are endless. Here are just a few examples…

peanut dipping sauce

Sauce for Grilled Meats

Besides spring rolls, you can serve this Peanut Dipping Sauce with grilled chicken. Try it with these two wonderful chicken recipes, Jerk Chicken and Low Carb Grilled Chicken. Don’t forget pork and grilled steak. They too long to be smothered in this creamy sauce!

steak chicken and other food spread

Pad Thai Sauce

Another great use for this dipping sauce is to mix it in with cooked noodles to make Pad Thai. Just cook noodles according to package instructions, then mix in the Peanut Dipping Sauce, along with cooked shrimp. Scallions, sprouts, and other sautéed veggies would also be excellent choices.

pad thai

Dipping Sauce for Veggies

Instead of serving the same old ranch dressing with your chopped veggies, why not mix things up a bit? This Peanut Dipping Sauce is just the thing to serve with broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and snap peas.

Asian Salad Dressing

Finally, you can use this dipping sauce as a salad dressing to go with chopped Asian salad. Not sure how to do this? Easy, peasy! First, start with my Oil and Vinegar Coleslaw, but skip the dressing.

asian salad with peanut sauce

Next, add some grilled chicken breast, or cooked shrimp. Finally, dilute the sauce with one tablespoon of water at a time, until you reach the right consistency. Mix in with the coleslaw, top with dry-roasted peanuts and enjoy!

How Do You Dilute Peanut Dipping Sauce?

This peanut sauce is rather thick, which is just how I love it! However, if you need to dilute it, there are a few ways of doing this. The easiest way is to whisk in one tablespoon of warm water at a time until the desired consistency is reached.

Another option is to use milk instead of water. Although regular milk would be acceptable, you might consider adding coconut milk instead. Coconut milk is a staple in Asian cooking, so it only makes sense, don’t you think?

How to Thicken Peanut Sauce

You might think these are silly questions, but according to Google, inquiring minds want to know! So how do you thicken peanut sauce? Well, this Peanut Dipping Sauce thickens as it sits, so all you have to do is wait!

But seriously, the most obvious way to thicken peanut sauce is by adding more peanut butter, or less liquid. However, if you don’t want to alter the original flavor by messing with the ingredient ratios, use tapioca instead. Just mix the tapioca with boiling water to dissolve it. Then stir into the peanut sauce to thicken.

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peanut dipping sauce in a bowl
Peanut Dipping Sauce
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins

Sweet, spicy, and salty, the perfect peanut dipping sauce!

Course: Condiments, Other, side
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Servings: 1 cup
Calories: 121 kcal
Author: Hilda Sterner
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 T. sesame seed oil
  • 2 T. soy sauce (low sodium)
  • 3 T. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 T. Sriracha
  • 3 T. water
  • 1 T. plum jam (or other jam)
  • 1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tsp. sesame seeds
  • 1 clove garlic (crushed)
  • ½ tsp. ginger powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  1. Whisk all ingredients in a small bowl, until throughtly blended.

  2. Enjoy with spring rolls, veggies, as a salad dressing, or mixed with pasta.

Nutrition Facts
Peanut Dipping Sauce
Amount Per Serving (2 T.)
Calories 121 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 427mg19%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 4g8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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