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Thai Peanut Sauce with Basil

This Thai Peanut Sauce recipe is one of my all-time best. It is ready in under 5 minutes and can be combined with vegetables (love it with broccoli), snacks, or even be the base of a tasty salad dressing. Made with peanut butter, red curry paste, coconut milk, and garlic, it is naturally vegan.

Thai Peanut Sauce stored in a jar.

Trust me when I say you only need this Thai peanut sauce and won’t turn back to any other. My secret for real is the basil which makes the sauce irresistible.

This gluten free recipe requires only 5 ingredients, not counting water, salt, and pepper. It’s perfect for all your quick dinner recipes that the whole family will love.

It’s creamy, oil free, kid friendly and absolutely suitable for any dinner ideas for kids .

Thai Peanut Sauce in a jar with broccoli in the background.

I’m addicted to peanut butter. I’m not telling you any secrets here. You can find me happily eating it from a jar with a spoon.

If you’re are on board with me, look no further for easy peanut butter recipes. Try one of these healthy recipes like my Vegetable Panang Curry.  Or if you have more of a sweet tooth, learn how to make brownies from scratch and check out my Vegan Buckeye Brownies.

You can be sure this new 5 Minute Thai Peanut Sauce with Basil is: super easy, amazingly satisfying and creamy, perfectly flavored from the inside out, versatile, rich, and once you’ve tried it you won’t go back to any other peanut sauce.

Thai Peanut Sauce in a jar topped with basil with broccoli in the background.

How to make Thai Peanut Sauce with Basil

In a bowl combine peanut butter, garlic, Thai red curry paste, coconut milk, water, half of the chopped basil. Season with salt and pepper and mix with a spatula until everything well combined. Garnish with the rest basil on top.

Pro tip: This sauce is also a super quick blender recipe. Alternatively to the above, combine all the ingredients except for the basil in the bowl of a blender. I strongly emphasize not to add the basil because otherwise you will get a green sauce.

Process all until smooth and creamy. Now add half of the basil and use the pulse button. Use carefully 1 up 2 times until the basil is mixed.

Thai Peanut Sauce in a jar with basil on top.

Last but not least you can use your immersion blender. Combine all the ingredients – again without the basil – and mix. Now add half of the basil and give it just a quick and short burst to mix it with the basil. Garnish with the rest basil on top.

Tips and tricks for best results

You can store the sauce in an airtight container with a sealed lid for around 5 days in the fridge. So it’s an amazing option for your meal prep ideas.

Also it’s so good for any dinner, lunch ideas, work lunch, and so much more.

Thai peanut sauce ready after 5 minutes, used sauce over a bowl of broccoli.

Another heads-up about choosing the right peanut butter for this Thai Peanut Sauce:

If you have a slightly runny peanut butter or a nut butter which is made with additional oil, you will need to add less water than what I recommend in the recipe instructions. You will have to adjust the amount of water accordingly.

Also if you’re making this recipe with homemade peanut butter, the texture might be different from my peanut butter, use less water if needed.

Thai peanut sauce poured over a bowl with broccoli.

Versatile and easy vegan recipes for families

This easy peanut sauce is not only full with spicy Thai flavors which I find absolutely delicious.

Since I came up with this recipe idea, it has also become one of my favorites because it is super versatile. Just try to imagine the range of options to use this for:

Pad Thai noodles, Thai peanut sauce noodles – just choose your favorite vegetables and pasta combine anything with Thai peanut sauce and make stir fry noodles. You are ready to go.

How to make a Thai peanut sauce.

Use it as stir fry sauce and make a Thai peanut sauce stir fry.

Absolutely fantastic for any stir fry vegetables. Just think about broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, peas and so many more options, yum.

But I have to say that it really goes well in a broccoli recipe.

This Thai Peanut Sauce with Basil is naturally vegan, gluten free and super easy to make in less than 5 minutes. So versatile and a keeper for all your veggies, pasta and of course for your salads as a Thai Peanut dressing. Also the best for dinner, lunch, meal preparation and work lunches. #vegan #dairyfree #glutenfree #contentednesscooking #dinner #lunch #worklunchideas #vegetarian #thaipeanutsauce #budgetfriendlymeals #familydinnerideas

If you give this Thai Peanut Sauce a try, tag me on Instagram or Facebook with a picture and show off.

Love seeing all your remakes and hear your feedback all the time.

Cheers, Florian.

Thai Peanut Sauce with Basil

Thai Peanut Sauce with Basil

Yield: 16
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This Thai Peanut Sauce recipe is one of my all-time best. It is ready in under 5 minutes and can be combined with vegetables (love it with broccoli), snacks, or even be the base of a tasty salad dressing. Made with peanut butter, red curry paste, coconut milk, and garlic, it is naturally vegan.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbs red curry paste
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup water to thin
  • 1/2 cup basil, freshly chopped
  • salt, pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a bowl combine peanut butter, garlic, Thai red curry paste, coconut milk, water, half of the chopped basil. Season with salt and pepper and mix with a spatula until everything well combined. Garnish with the rest basil on top.

Notes

You can also make this sauce in a blender or food processor, or with an immersion blender. However, I strongly recommend that you do not add the basil from the start - it will make the sauce green. Just add half of the given amount right before the end, and just pulse the mix 1 or 2 times.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1 Tbs
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 116Total Fat: 9.7gSaturated Fat: 3.1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5.1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 76.8mgCarbohydrates: 5.5gFiber: 1.4gSugar: 1.1gProtein: 4g
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Vicky

Wednesday 25th of November 2020

Made this tonight, the sauce is very good! I made some modifications according to what I have in the pantry and fridge. I used peanut butter with green curry paste. For the salad mix, I used baked bell pepper, butter fried canned corn with green onion and some tortilla chips. Everything turned out delicious!

Florian

Wednesday 25th of November 2020

Thanks a bunch for sharing and your amazing feedback, Vicky! That sounds amazing, so happy to hear it was such a big hit. I hope you'll find lots of more recipes to try.

Angela

Wednesday 23rd of September 2020

Does this use the canned coconut milk which is thicker, or just coconut milk you would use in coffe or something?

Florian

Wednesday 23rd of September 2020

Canned, Angela! Enjoy. 🙂

Sydney Bardonski

Monday 13th of July 2020

Can you use this sauce for peanut butter chicken?

Florian

Tuesday 14th of July 2020

Hi Sydney! It will work, let me know how it goes.

Argy

Monday 18th of February 2019

Has anyone used any other nut butter?

Florian

Monday 18th of February 2019

Hi Argy! I would guess almond or cashew butter are delicious as well!

Charlyn

Sunday 17th of February 2019

Did you use Thai basil or Genovese basil?

Florian

Sunday 17th of February 2019

Hi Charlyn! I used Genovese basil!