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Thai Peanut Sauce

Serves 10     adjust servings

This easy recipe for Thai Peanut Sauce has fabulous authentic flavor thanks to a jar of red curry paste! This is the BEST recipe I have ever tried. Peanut butter and coconut milk combined with lime juice, garlic, vinegar, and subtle Thai spices (from the curry paste) come together to make the most amazing dipping sauce. Chicken Satay and Peanut Sauce can be made as an appetizer, or served as a main dish with this Thai Cucumber Salad!


  • 3/4 cup peanut butter*
  • 1 (13 ounce) can coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup Thai red curry paste
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed and minced
  • zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1/2 cup water, optional


  1. In a small saucepan, combine all ingredients: 3/4 cup peanut butter*, 1 can coconut milk, 1/4 cup Thai red curry paste,** 1/4 cup sugar, 1 clove minced garlic, the zest of 1 lime plus all the juice, 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, 1 and 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, and 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes. If you would like a thinner sauce (for drizzling consistency) add up to 1/2 cup water. (I left the water out entirely, and you can see from the photos that the consistency is thicker, the better to dip into.)
  2. Whisk it all together over medium heat, breaking up the peanut butter. 
  3. Once the mixture reaches a low boil, turn the heat down to low and let simmer lightly for 3-4 minutes, until thickened some. Remove from heat and let cool. Peanut sauce is traditionally served at room temperature.
  4. Serve with Chicken Satay and this Thai Cucumber Salad! Or see post for more ideas for how to use this sauce!
  5. Store leftover sauce in the fridge. It will keep for up to two weeks. The leftover sauce with solidify in the fridge; gently heat on low (or microwave it) and add small amounts of water to reach the consistency you want.