Peanut sauce is a staple in my life. It’s the perfect addition to a tofu bowl, to dip your veggie rolls in or to toss in a stir fry. You can’t go wrong with it. This vegan peanut sauce can be made in 5 minutes. It’s creamy, zesty and has a little heat from the ginger. It’s a party for your tastebuds and just might become your new favourite sauce to add to EVERYTHING.
Why You’ll Love This Vegan Peanut Sauce
- You can make this dairy free dressing in 5 minutes
- The citrus juices (orange and lime) take this vegan peanut sauce to the next level
- Simple ingredients are used that you most likely have in your pantry/fridge
- This vegan peanut sauce is super versatile. Have it as a dipping sauce, in tofu bowl, or mix it in a dinner dish (think vegan satay sauce).
How To Make Peanut Sauce
This vegan peanut sauce is the perfect dairy free dressing to store in the fridge so you can spruce up a dish at a moment’s notice. AND it’s so simple to make. Did I mention it takes 5 minutes to make?!
Start by chopping the garlic and ginger. One of my favourite hacks is to place the garlic and ginger in a food processor with the S blade and turn that baby on! The food processor ends up chopping it for you. And because you can use the food processor to mix the peanut sauce altogether you might as well get it out for the chopping part. Once the garlic and ginger are chopped, add the rest of the ingredients to a bowl (if hand mixing) or to the food processor. I personally LOVE the orange addition but if you aren’t an orange fan, you can just add water instead of the juice and omit the orange zest.
Depending on what you are using this gluten free peanut sauce for, you can add a little water to thin it out. But that is just a personal preference. Note if you store the extras in the fridge, I suggest adding 1 tbsp of water to the peanut dipping sauce when you want to use it again- as it does thicken in the fridge.
I told you! So easy! Your new staple vegan peanut sauce awaits!
Tips for this Peanut Dipping Sauce
- I’m obsessed with nut butter. I love making my own, and I love trying new ones out. But my absolute go-to will always be the Nuts To You brand. It just never disappoints! That being said you can use whatever brand of peanut butter you want to, but I highly suggest a natural one, where no sugars are added as that will alter the taste of this peanut dipping sauce.
- Make this vegan peanut sauce on a Sunday, and then during the week, you can easily add this epic sauce to your meal to take it to the next level.
- Add water to thin out this dairy free dressing, if it is too thick for your liking.
Looking for more dairy free dressing recipes? Try these.
This is my version of a peanut dipping sauce. When I am in need of a good dairy free dressing to coat my tofu, spruce up my salad or toss in my stir-fry this is my go-to. The citrus flavours from the lime and orange really bring a vibrant addition to this sauce. The ginger adds a little spice and the sesame oil adds a toasty flavour that elevates all the other ingredients in the dressing. This vegan peanut sauce is an absolute staple in my everyday life and it was too dang good not to share with YOU!
Vegan Peanut Sauce
- Food Processor (optional)
- 1/2 cup smooth natural peanut butter
- 2 tbsp tamari
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1/3 cup orange juice (or sub water)
- 1 tsp orange zest
- 1 lime juice (2 tbsp of juice)
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 tbsp ginger (finely chopped)
- water to thin
- Finely chop the ginger and garlic. I like to add them to a food processor (to do the chopping for me) but you can do this by hand as well as using a cheese grater (for the ginger) and a garlic press for the garlic. If using a food processor, simply add the ginger and the garlic (outer paper removed) to the food processor with the S blade. Then blend until small pieces have formed.
- Option to mix the peanut sauce by hand or add it all to a food processor. Either way, add all the peanut sauce ingredients to a bowl/food processor and mix until smooth. Depending on if you want it thick or thin, add 2 tbsp of water at a time until your desired thickness has formed.
- Store peanut sauce in a container in the fridge for a week. It is great on a tofu bowl, for lettuce/salad wraps, or in a stirfry.