Quick Peanut Sauce

Creamy peanut butter moves beyond snacks and sandwiches and into a beautifully balanced tart, sweet and savory sauce. This easy, versatile condiment puts bottled versions out of the running, thanks to the warmth and zing of fresh ginger and garlic. If you'd like a little heat, try stirring in a generous pinch of crushed red pepper flakes. Drizzle the sauce over pan-grilled chicken or shrimp skewers, use as a dip for spring rolls or toss with a vegetable and soba noodle salad. You can substitute apple cider vinegar for the rice vinegar (regular white vinegar would be too strong).

Quick Peanut Sauce recipe in a white bowl
Photo: Greg Dupree
Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
10 mins
Nutrition Profile:


  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter

  • ½ cup water

  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon finely grated peeled fresh ginger

  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic

  • 1 teaspoon unseasoned rice vinegar


  1. Combine peanut butter, water, soy sauce, ginger, brown sugar, minced garlic and vinegar in a bowl, stirring with a whisk until smooth.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

101 Calories
8g Fat
4g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Serving Size about 2 Tbsp.
Calories 101
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 2g
Added Sugars 1g 2%
Protein 4g 8%
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Sodium 140mg 6%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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