peanut sauce

Today a shorter post: a recipe for peanut sauce that comes together quite quickly, great for days and nights when you don’t have a lot of time.

Every time we have noodles with peanut sauce and vegetables – hot or cold – my husband asks why we don’t have it more often.

Until now.

Because now I’ve made a sauce I’m pretty happy with. I say ‘pretty happy with’ because I do like it, but depending on my mood and what vegetables I’m adding to this dish I still like to adjust a bit.

Sometimes I want more chilies or cilantro. When I eat it cold I like to add more soy sauce. If I’m sick with a cold, I increase the ginger. Are you going to put shrimp in the finished dish? Then a little extra of each the chilies and lime would be great, too.

But the base is still a good, peanut sauce: quick, easy, and not too spicy for those who don’t want it to be.

peanut sauce with cilantro and fresh peanutsPEANUT SAUCE ingredients:

  • 1½ – 2” piece of ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1 large garlic clove, grated
  • ½ tsp chili sauce (such as sambal olek)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • juice of 1 small lime (divided)
  • 1 – 2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • ¼ cup natural peanut butter
  • ¼ cup water, as needed
  • 1-2 tbsp chopped peanuts
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce

I use an immersion blender for this, but the blender and food processor work, too; use the food processor if you’re doubling the recipe. And you could stir it all with a sturdy whisk or fork until it’s smooth, too; It’s just more work.


Grate the ginger and garlic into the measuring jug or bowl or whatever you’re mixing in, then add the chili, salt, sugar, 1/2 the lime juice, cilantro, peanut butter and soy sauce.

Mix until well combined; add water 1 tablespoon at a time to thin and smooth the sauce, and make a salad dressing-like consistency.

Taste and add more lime or soy if you want it. Maybe it will need a little more chilies for your taste.

I like to serve some limes wedges alongside at the table for each person to add a fresh squeeze, as they choose. Maybe extra soy sauce, too, or chiles, depending on who is eating this. And I always put out a dish of salty, chopped peanuts.

This makes a small jarful, around 1 Cup. Enough to make a peanut-noodles-and-vegetables dish for a family, 2 times.

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