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.

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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

Vietnamese peanut dipping sauce recipe

Vietnamese Peanut Sauce Recipe

Use this Vietnamese Peanut Sauce as a drizzle on your Buddha Bowls, or as a dipping sauce for Summer Rolls.
Prep Time 3 minutes
Course sauce
Cuisine Asian, Vietnamese
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


  • To use this recipes as dipping sauce, place all ingredients in a bowl and whisk to combine.
  • 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.
  • Store extra sauce in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.


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


Calories: 104kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 5gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 326mgPotassium: 114mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 7mgIron: 1mg
Keyword buddha bowl, buddhabowl, dipping sauce
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