Creamy, slightly-spicy, ginger peanut sauce takes just minutes to make in the blender. It works like a charm as a sauce or a peanut dressing!
Do peanut and ginger go together?
Heck yes, they do! And this ginger peanut sauce is delicious proof.
The peanut butter tofu that I make with this sauce was a hit at Atlanta Veg Fest! There were samples of tofu baked in this sauce at my table, and I loved watching skeptical looks turn to delight.
"Peanut butter sauce? Sounds weird," quickly became "Oh my gosh, that's amazing!" Hurrah!
Creamy peanut butter, spicy ginger and garlic, and zesty lemon combine to make an easy, versatile peanut sauce or peanut dressing, depending on how much you thin it out when you're making it.
The sauce is seriously easy to make. Just toss all of the ingredients in the blender, then puree up to spicy, creamy perfection.
As you'll see in the recipe card, the amount of water you need will vary. That depends on a few factors, like what sort of blender you have and the type of peanut butter you're using.
If your sauce isn't blending up well, add water a tablespoon at a time until you reach your desired consistency.
What kind of peanut butter should I use?
This recipe is very versatile and works with creamy, crunchy, or natural peanut butter!
The final texture will be creamiest if you start with cream peanut butter, unless you have a high speed blender. But you can make a delicious peanut sauce with any kind of peanut butter base.
The only thing I would avoid is flavored peanut butter.
If you're feeling adventurous, try using different nut or seed butters as the base. This recipe works well with tahini, almond butter, or cashew butter.
You can also thin out the ginger peanut sauce to make your own ginger peanut salad dressing. Keep adding water by the tablespoon until you reach the dressing consistency that you want.
You can also add a tablespoon or two of rice vinegar to thin it out and give it a vinaigrette feel.
Just taste and adjust the seasonings at the end, if needed, since water can thin out the flavor if you add too much.
Try using lime juice instead of lemon juice. It takes the flavor in a whole new, delicious direction!
To make this gluten-free, use gluten-free soy sauce, and you're good to go.
If spicy isn't your thing, you can omit the sriracha completely. Or, you can use other hot sauces, like chili garlic sauce or gochujang. Different hot sauces bring in different flavor elements, all delicious!
How to use ginger peanut sauce
This sauce is creamy, slightly spicy, and perfect on noodles, tofu, and more! Here are some ideas to use it:
- Make a peanut noodle salad or a kelp noodle salad.
- Use it as a sauce over roasted vegetables.
- Drizzle it onto fried rice to add texture and even more flavor.
- Pour it over air fryer tofu.
- Dip some tofu satay in it.
Anything that is begging for peanut sauce is delicious with this ginger peanut sauce!
You can keep the finished ginger peanut sauce for three to four days in the refrigerator. I like to make a big batch and use it as a sauce on warm dishes and thin it out as a salad dressing for lunches.
It's seriously one of the most versatile sauces in my recipe arsenal.
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Ginger peanut sauce recipe
- 2 inch piece of fresh ginger
- 2 cloves of garlic
- ½ cup peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- juice of ½ a fresh lemon
- 1-2 teaspoons Sriracha sauce - to taste
- 2-6 tablespoons of water - See note.
- Put the ginger, garlic, peanut butter, soy sauce, lemon juice, and Sriracha into your blender or food processor. Blend until smooth, adding water by the tablespoon as needed to get things moving.