Homemade Peanut Sauce

Homemade Peanut Sauce | Cookie Monster Cooking

This homemade peanut sauce.  It is finger-licking good.  Like I want to put it on just about everything good.  In stir-fries?  Yes.  For dipping chicken?  Sure, why not.  For slathering on top of a burger (recipe coming your way later this week just in time for Memorial Day grilling fun)?  Double yes.  I’m sure I could come up with even more ways to put this sauce to good use but I won’t bore you with the constant stream of food-related recipe thoughts that go through my mind.

Now, I know that you can just buy peanut sauce at the store.  Butttt, like I say with just about everything, it is so much better homemade.  And you can pronounce all of the ingredients.  It is slightly creamy, full of wonderful spices and has just a little bit of kick.

Homemade Peanut Sauce | Cookie Monster Cooking

Want an idea right now for how to use it?  How about in this pineapple chicken fried rice?  But please goodness gracious ignore the photos.  I think that was my second post ever and I clearly had no idea how to use my camera to take photos of food.  I promise it’s tasty even if it doesn’t look that way : )  Although I must say it is fun to see just how much I’ve grown since I started this blog.

So, homemade peanut sauce.  Do it.  And you’ll be happy happy (anyone else slightly obsessed with Duck Dynasty?  I really need to stop watching TV).

Homemade Peanut Sauce
Yield: about 1 cup
  • ⅓ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ⅓ cup coconut milk
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 ½ teaspoons freshly grated ginger
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • pinch of red pepper flakes (or more to taste)
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  1. Add all of the ingredients to a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, whisking frequently to create a smooth sauce. As soon as the mixture starts to bubble just a little around the edges, remove from the heat. Use as desired.
  2. *If you like your peanut sauce to be thicker, you can continue to cook over medium heat for a few extra minutes and it will thicken up even more (watch closely so you get the consistency that you want).
  3. If not using right away, store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Inspired by the Bride & Groom: First and Forever Cookbook.


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    • Ashley says

      Hi Jennifer – you’re welcome to use whatever kind of peanut butter you would like in this recipe. I’ve made it with regular peanut butter, natural store-bought peanut butter and homemade (depending on what I have on hand) – they all work just fine here.

  1. says

    ASHLEY I LOVE YOUR HOMEMADE SAUCES! Seriously I just made the enchilada sauce last week and it was to die for! Now I have to try this one ASAP

    Question though: how long do you think it will keep in the fridge?

    • Ashley @ Cookie Monster Cooking says

      Thanks Jess! I’m so glad you liked the enchilada sauce : ) I kept it in the fridge for a few days and it was completely fine (my guess would be about a week).

  2. says

    Um, yes! I’ll be making this ASAP. We love Vietnamese food (and always ask for extra peanut sauce when we eat at our favorite cafe). Now I’ll just have a jar for us to snack on at home. Thank you for sharing!

  3. says

    You would think, seeing as I live in Thailand and all, I would have found “the” peanut sauce, but I totally haven’t. I’m definitely going to give this one a try! You’re so right that it’s the perfect thing to just have around. Toss some noodles and veggies in it and it’s darn near the perfect meal. (Loved that flashback to the old post – your photos have always been great, but they’re positively stunning now!)

  4. says

    I love, love, love homemade peanut sauce! I used it all the time: with fish, with chicken, with pasta! My husband can eat it by spoonfuls! I prefer the peanut sauce to lightly coat the pasta or fish. And the photo for the pineapple chicken fried rice (one of your first posts) is not bad at all! It’s quite appetizing!

    • Ashley @ Cookie Monster Cooking says

      Thanks Julia : ) It’s funny to see how much you’ve changed in just a year, huh?! My old photos always make me chuckle a little lol

  5. says

    You used coconut milk! That’s so cool! Peanut sauce has got to be one of my absolute favourite toppings, spreads, dippers, you name it. I love it in wraps with rice and especially for dipping summer rolls in. I’ve actually never made it, but I’ll have to try your recipe because it looks so darn easy!!

  6. Marcie@flavorthemoments says

    This sounds heavenly! Everything I love in one bowl. I agree that homemade is best, and you can limit sodium. I will be trying this for sure!

    • Ashley @ Cookie Monster Cooking says

      Thanks Marcie! Exactly – I really like being in control of everything that goes in it

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