Thai Peanut Sauce

Kitchen Tested
  • Yield 1 1/2 cups
  • Prep 5 mins
  • Cook 5 mins

This creamy, peanutty sauce is perfect with grilled chicken or pork.

Thai Peanut Sauce
Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn

Try this creamy peanut sauce with grilled chicken or pork, as a dip for cucumber slices, or tossed with a tangle of noodles. Add as much or as little crushed red pepper as you like.


4 teaspoons peanut oil
2/3 cup minced shallot
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
6 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
2 teaspoons dark brown sugar
3/4 cup water
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice


  1. Heat oil in a heavy saucepan. Add shallot, garlic and crushed red pepper; cook over low heat until fragrant and just beginning to color, about 3 minutes.
  2. Whisk in peanut butter, hoisin, brown sugar and water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 1 minute. Stir in lime juice.
  3. Serve warm or at room temperature.

—Recipe by Laraine Perri



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