Thai Peanut Dressing

An easy recipe for creamy, delicious Thai Peanut Dressing. Made from mostly pantry ingredients, this dressing is delicious on salads, grilled chicken, or for dipping your favorite appetizers!

This is a great all-purpose sauce, marinade, and salad dressing. Put it to work any time you want some peanut flavor in your life!

The best part is, it’s made with mostly pantry ingredients so you don’t have to invest in things like Thai bird chiles, fish sauce, hoisin, or anything else uncommon.

An easy recipe for creamy, delicious Thai Peanut Dressing. Made from mostly pantry ingredients, this dressing is delicious on salads, grilled chicken, or for dipping your favorite appetizers!

How do you make Thai Peanut Sauce?

It’s as easy as combining everything in a bowl!

In a medium bowl, mix:

  • peanut butter
  • rice vinegar
  • soy sauce (or coconut aminos)
  • honey (or agave nectar)
  • lime juice
  • ginger
  • sesame oil
  • garlic
  • red chili flakes
  • S&P

An easy recipe for Rainbow Thai Salad. It's full of colorful vegetables, herbs, sweet mango, crunchy nuts, and a delicious sweet and spicy Peanut Dressing!

If the dressing feels too thick, thin it with water until you reach your preferred consistency.

To make a spicy Thai peanut dressing, add more red chili flakes to taste.

To make this peanut dressing vegan, substitute agave nectar for honey.

To make a healthy Thai Peanut Dressing, use all-natural peanut butter with no sugar added. You can also reduce the honey or agave nectar.

An easy recipe for creamy, delicious Thai Peanut Dressing. Made from mostly pantry ingredients, this dressing is delicious on salads, grilled chicken, or for dipping your favorite appetizers!

An easy recipe for creamy, delicious Thai Peanut Dressing. Made from mostly pantry ingredients, this dressing is delicious on salads, grilled chicken, or for dipping your favorite appetizers!
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Thai Peanut Dressing

An easy recipe for creamy, delicious Thai Peanut Dressing. Made from mostly pantry ingredients, this dressing is delicious on salads, grilled chicken, or for dipping your favorite appetizers!

Course Pantry, Salad
Cuisine Asian, Thai
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 59 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons coconut aminos or soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey or agave nectar
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice from one lime
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger minced
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red chili flakes
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together peanut butter, rice vinegar, coconut aminos, honey, lime juice, ginger, sesame oil, garlic, and red pepper flakes.
  2. If the dressing is thick, thin with water. Season to taste with salt and pepper (I like 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper) and more red chili flakes if desired.

Recipe Notes

To make the dressing vegan, use maple syrup instead of the honey. Adapted from Jessica Gavin.

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13 comments


  1. Really really really like this on grilled chicken…great suggestion!

  2. I love peanut sauce on chicken satay.


  3. Great dressing !! Yummy 

  4. How can can the sauce last for once made ? 

    • Per official food safety rules, it’s 4 days. But if you feel comfortable keeping in the fridge for a little longer… like a week… you could totally get away with that. But officially, the CDC (and my food safety manager certification) says 4 days. Thanks!


  5. Looks DELICIOUS!!! Will make it toon. How much dressing does it make?

    • Thank you Geri! It makes 1 cup (8 servings, 2 tablespoons each). I hope you love it! -Meggan


  6. Just made this for a chicken and broccoli slaw. Absolutely fantastic!

  7. How is the ginger prepared before adding to the bowl?

    • Hi Claudia, the only prep that is needed is to mince it before adding it. It also works fine to use jarred ginger or ginger paste. -Meggan

  8. This was perfect absolutely delicious – I’ve tried other recipes didn’t work.  Looking forward to checking other recipes!  :-)

  9. I love how simple this is! I actually just tried to make an Thai dressing last week that required me to buy six new oils and vinegars etc and I decided against it. This is so much better and cheaper!!

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