Surprising and Spicy Peanut Sauce Recipe -
Surprising and Spicy Peanut Sauce Recipe
  • READY IN 35 mins

Surprising and Spicy Peanut Sauce

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"Slightly sweet and very spicy, this surprising sauce is nutty and delicious! Great for everything from chicken and seafood to dipping spring rolls. A favorite in our house!"

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Original recipe makes 1 3/4 cup Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    25 mins

    35 mins


  1. Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook and stir onion, chile-garlic sauce, red pepper flakes, and garlic until the onion is tender, about 5 minutes. Add water, peanut butter, ketchup, sesame oil, and sugar to the onion mixture; cook and stir until smooth. Reduce heat to low and simmer until thickened, about 15 minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 09, 2014

This is the exact flavor I was looking for! I was unsure about ketchup, but I followed everything to the letter and it turned out perfectly. Quick and easy, and even the kids liked it! I served it over rice noodles with diced chicken, bean sprouts, and sugar snap peas.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 01, 2014

This is extremely spicy. I even cut the Sriracha down to 1 tablespoon and didn't put much chili flakes and smoke was coming out of my ears. I had to add a lot of peanut butter and water to make it tolerable. Next time I will omit the chili flakes and put 1tsp of Sriracha instead.


9 Ratings

Oct 18, 2013

I made this sauce and served it over rice noodles with chicken and it was so delicious! Made it twice in one week and the second time I added a little more peanut butter... Tasted very similar to chicken pad Thai and I loved it

Oct 17, 2013

This stuff is unreal! I have always avoided asian sauces cause they are always sugary sweet, or unbelievably hot. This was a great balance of both. AND - Peanut Butter? How can you lose...unless of course you have a peanut allergy. This is truly worth a look. KUDOS to the chef!

Oct 04, 2013


Apr 30, 2014

Fantastic! I replaced the chili sauce with a sweet chili sauce and omitted the sugar. It was quite thick to be a dipping sauce, but I used it in the Thai Chicken Brocolli from this site, which worked very well.

Feb 01, 2014

I was looking for a dish to use broccoli slaw and found this referenced in the Thai chicken Broccoli Slaw. This is a great recipe and I will use this a lot. I added more peanut butter once I added the chicken and vegies and I think it could use some ginger. But this is my new Thai peanut sauce. thanks for posting this.

Dec 31, 2013

Way too spicy and took way too long to smooth out the dip. If you have an hour to kill, try this. Look for an easier recipe.


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  • Calories
  • 62 kcal
  • 3%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 3.7 g
  • 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 5.1 g
  • 8%
  • Fiber
  • 0.6 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 1.3 g
  • 3%
  • Sodium
  • 148 mg
  • 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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