I have been a fan of Thai style peanut sauces and dressings ever since I first came across them! The base of a Thai peanut dressing is peanut butter and the main components are the perfect blending of sweet, salty, sour and spicy. Although I enjoy making a more traditional peanut sauce, this is a pantry friendly version that includes ingredients that are common to most kitchens and it whips up in a few minutes. This peanut dressing gets the sweet components form brown sugar (or honey), the saltiness from soy sauce, the sour components from vinegar (or lime juice) and the spiciness from chili sauce (such as sriracha). The dressing is then seasoned with garlic and ginger and it is thinned out to a dressing like consistency with coconut milk (or water). I like to add a touch of cilantro and toasted sesame oil for extra layers of flavour and aroma. This Thai peanut dressing is so easy to make and it’s great on salads, rice bowls, in sandwiches and for dipping!
Thai Peanut Dressing
A quick and easy, pantry, Thai style peanut dressing that is so irresistibly delicious!
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 1/2+ cup water (or coconut milk)
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce (or fish sauce)
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar (or cider vinegar or lime juice)
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar (or honey or palm sugar)
- 1 tablespoon chili sauce (or to taste)
- 2 teaspoons garlic, grated
- 2 teaspoons ginger, grated
- 2 tablespoons peanuts roasted and chopped
- 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil (optional)
- 1 tablespoon cilantro (optional)
- Puree everything in a blender or food processor.
Note: Add enough water (or coconut milk) to get the consistency to that of a pourable dressing.
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