Peanut sauce has long been a staple among Indonesians as well as throughout Asia. While true peanut sauce is typically made by mortar and pestle ground peanuts, we're going to focus on something much more simple and quick!
Unless of course you want to grind your own peanuts, by all means, I am not stopping you!
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You can swap soy sauce with coconut aminos or tamari for a gluten-free option.
You can use regular peanut butter or even almond butter, but be aware that the color will be different.
You do not have to use rice vinegar.
Step 1 - Add soy sauce and rice vinegar into a measuring cup or small bowl, whichever is available.
Step 2 - Throw in the maple syrup.
Step 3 - Then add in sesame oil.
Step 4 - Finally the peanut butter powder and corn starch and whisk until smooth!
- If using regular peanut butter, you may need to use a little water to thin out the sauce and could probably even skip the cornstarch!
- You can substitute the maple syrup for agave or regular sugar. I do not recommend sugar substitutes like stevia due to possible flavor changes. You are more than welcome to try it out yourself and let me know how it goes!
- Experiment with other seasonings! Cumin, garlic, onion and ginger would be amazing add ons to this sauce!
- Add some spice if you can handle it! Common spices include: Siracha, gochujang, gochugaru, or even just a little black pepper.
- Keep in the fridge for up to 7 days. Can be frozen for up to 3 months.
- Stir fry with some air fried tofu and impress your friends!
- Enjoy on rice noodles cold or warm.
- Serve with your favorite roasted veggies
- Marinate some tempeh for a different take on vegan bacon.
❓Frequently Asked Questions
This is due to the peanut butter that you are using. Try using an oil free peanut butter or even a peanut butter than contains only peanuts. This will keep your peanut sauce from being oily.
Most peanut butters contain oil. Oil can cause separation between solids and liquids. Simply use an oil-free peanut butter next time, however for current problems, try adding a bit of water and giving the sauce a whisk or a shake, it should come back together nice and smoothly.
Peanut sauce can absolutely go bad over time. The recommended time frame of keeping a peanut sauce in the refrigerator is around 5-7 days. Typically, it will start to lose flavor by the 5th day.
Vegan Sesame Peanut Sauce
- Small bowl
- In a small bowl add soy sauce and rice vinegar.½ cup soy sauce, 1 Tablespoon Rice vinegar
- Then add in the rest of the ingredients and whisk until smooth.¼ cup maple syrup, 2 Tablespoons Peanut butter powder*, 1 teaspoon cornstarch*, 1 teaspoon Sesame oil
- Serve however you wish!
- Gluten-Free: use Tamari.
- Soy-free: use Coconut Aminos
- If using regular peanut butter: skip the cornstarch and use water to thin if needed.
- Sugar Substitutes: can use Agave or regular sugar. I don't recommend substitutes like Stevia simply because of possible flavor changes. Feel free to try it and report back! Another option would be to skip the sugar entirely.
- Peanut Butter substitute: Can't have peanut butter or don't care for it? Try Almond butter!
- Add ons: You can add in any seasonings you'd like, some possible options are - Cumin, Onion powder, Garlic Powder, Ginger or even something spicy like Siracha.