This blender Peanut Sauce Recipe transforms a bowl of noodles or rice into a flavorful main dish that will make you feel like you’ve ordered takeout. And, by including a handful of greens, but allowing the Thai peanut sauce flavors to shine through, it’s also a great way to serve up extra nutrition for everyone at the table. (It even helps rice stick together so it’s easier for toddlers to eat!)
Easy Peanut Sauce
This peanut sauce recipe comes together in the blender, which ensures a super smooth sauce. (You can also simply stir it together if you prefer. Just use a fine microplane for both the ginger and garlic to ensure they get mixed in well without any large pieces.) It uses staples that you might need to pick up in the international foods aisle of your local store, but I can get everything here at Walmart—I checked because I wanted to make sure it was accessible even if you live in a small town like we do!
Healthy Peanut Sauce
My oldest is not the biggest fan of greens and has never taken more than a sip of a green smoothie. Lately, I’ve found myself trying to find creative ways to incorporate greens in recipes I know she likes. We have times of the year when we have a lot of fresh greens, so I thought I’d add a handful of baby spinach to my peanut sauce recipe and see…she still loved it when tossed with noodles and it didn’t change the flavor! Since then, I’ve also used kale leaves. And sometimes for a big flavor boost (and similar nutrition), I use cilantro.
Gluten-Free Peanut Sauce
If you need this peanut sauce recipe to be gluten-free, simply use gluten-free tamari instead of regular soy sauce, which has wheat in it. The flavor is identical. I do recommend you use reduced-sodium soy sauce or tamari since the regular kind can be extremely salty depending on which brand you buy.
Nut-Free Alternative to Peanut Sauce
If you’d rather not make this with peanuts, here’s what to do: Use sunflower seed butter instead! We like Sunbutter and it’s a straight substitution for the peanut butter and delivers a similar flavor. You can also use almond butter if you prefer.
Peanut Sauce with Noodles
We love this peanut sauce recipe with noodles—either spaghetti, snipped for the little eaters, or Thai-style rice noodles–or with rice or quinoa. With the grains, it’s really helpful since it helps bind them together which both makes it easier for your toddler to eat with a spoon and makes for less of a mess for you to clean up once the meal is over!
Best Peanut Sauce Recipe
I love to make this sauce with my girls since they are a little obsessed with flipping the switch on the blender. It’s quick and easy and the slight green color usually makes them laugh. (Though you can totally leave the greens out if you prefer!) My oldest likes to taste the sauce with her finger to let me know if it’s ready and I always let her!
You can omit the garlic and ginger completely if you don’t have them handy—though the fresh ginger definitely adds nice flavor. I store a knob of ginger in a freezer bag in the freezer and grate it (still frozen) into the blender. This allows me to keep it on hand but not worry that it will go bad! This makes enough for 12-16 ounces of noodles, at least!
- 2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/3 cup brown rice vinegar
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce or tamari
- 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
- 1-inch grated fresh ginger or 1/2 teaspoon dry ginger
- 1 clove garlic clove
- 1 cup loosely packed baby spinach, kale leaves, or cilantro
- Blend all ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth and creamy. Use immediately on rice, noodles, chicken, or stir-fry, or store in an airtight container like a mason jar for up to 5 days. When using after storing in the fridge, you may need to stir in a little water as it tends to firm up slightly.
Omit the kale.
Use Sunbutter, tahini or almond butter in place of the peanut butter.
Try cilantro instead of kale.