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peanut sauce with satay

5-Minute Peanut Sauce

  • Author: Brook Hagen
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


With a handful of ingredients and 5 minutes, you can make a delicious peanut sauce that has no added sugar, is gluten-free, and vegan. Make it nut free with an easy modification.

This sauce is perfect for dipping veggies or skewered meat, pouring over stir-fries, noodles or rice, or using as a Pad Thai sauce (my favorite).




2 tbsp fresh-squeezed (or bottled) lime juice

1 clove garlic (or 0.5 tsp garlic powder)

0.50 tsp red pepper flakes

1 tbsp soy sauce (or coconut aminos) or more to taste

2 tsp rice vinegar

3 tsp fresh ginger, minced (or 1 tsp dried powdered ginger)

0.25 cup peanut butter

0.25 cup canned light coconut milk


  1. Mix all ingredients except coconut milk.
    • If using a food processor or blender: put all ingredients except the coconut milk into the processor/blender and blend until smooth. Video demo here.
    • If mixing by hand: Put the peanut butter in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 30 seconds at 50% power, or until the butter is warm. Then, wisk in all the other ingredients except the coconut milk until smooth.
  2. Add the coconut milk and continue blending, or whisking by hand, until the sauce is smooth.
  3. Taste and add more soy sauce/coconut aminos as needed.
  4. Enjoy as a sauce for meat, fish, eggs, vegetables, rice, or noodles.

Check out a short and very amatuer video of sauce prep at this link: https://youtu.be/r3Mir1TxQNY


  • I use light coconut milk for smoother texture (not as thick and globby when cool), but you can definitely use full-fat canned coconut milk. Note that the fat and calories will increase if you use full-fat canned coconut milk.
  • Peanut-free version: Substitute your favorite nut butter in place of peanut butter.
  • Nut-free version: Substitute sunflower seed butter or tahini in place of the peanut butter.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Method: mix
  • Cuisine: Thai


  • Serving Size: 3 Tablespoons
  • Calories: 106
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Sodium: 225 mg
  • Fat: 9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 4 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 4 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: gluten-free, no added sugar, vegan, nut free version, dairy-free