Vietnamese Peanut Sauce Recipe

With just 5 ingredients + water, this is only peanut sauce you’ll ever need when dressing salads, dipping spring rolls, jazzing up satay, and more.

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Lime brings bright acidity to this dressing, working to cut the richness of the peanut butter, while soy sauce adds a much-needed savory element.

You’ll need only 5 ingredients to make this Vietnamese Peanut Sauce

Peanut dressing uses & recipes

Make it the star of a veggie platter–Asian or otherwise! For a thicker peanut sauce, reduce the amount of hot water you use.

peanut sauce example with vegetables

Drizzle peanut dressing over this our Rice Noodle Buddha Bowl

Enjoy it alongside refreshing Vietnamese Spring Rolls, or even–get this–Summer Rolls! A dipping sauce for all seasons.

This fabulous Vegetarian Soba Noodle Recipe

Or, for meat-lovers: Chef John’s Beef Satay

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Vietnamese peanut dipping sauce recipe
Vietnamese Peanut Sauce Recipe
Prep Time
3 mins

Use this Vietnamese Peanut Sauce as a drizzle on your Buddha Bowls, or as a dipping sauce for Summer Rolls.

Course: sauce
Cuisine: Asian, Vietnamese
Keyword: buddha bowl, buddhabowl, dipping sauce
Servings: 8
Calories: 104 kcal
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons hot water
  1. To use this recipes as dipping sauce, place all ingredients in a bowl and whisk to combine.

  2. To use this recipe as a Buddha Bowl sauce or salad dressing, increase the water to 6 tablespoons. Add all ingredients to a mason jar, secure with a lid and shake vigorously until combined.

  3. Store extra sauce in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Recipe Notes

Calorie estimate assumes about 1 3/4 tablespoons sauce per serving.

Nutrition Facts
Vietnamese Peanut Sauce Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 104 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 326mg14%
Potassium 114mg3%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 7mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.