I'm not gonna lie. I've always been afraid of peanut sauce. OK, maybe not afraid, since there isn't much that is scary about peanuts. But I have been wary. I've seen so many restaurants boast of the wonders of peanut dipping sauce, and savory peanut noodles. It always sounded good, but I worried that peanut noodles would taste like warm, noodley peanut butter. And that just sounds gross.
The other day I just decided to try making peanut sauce. I looked up a few recipes, but they looked too "peanut buttery". Many recipes used upwards of 3/4 cups of peanut butter! To me, that seemed to be too much. So, I decided to just wing it when making this peanut sauce. Thankfully, my experiment turned out great! I can no longer say that I'm afraid of peanut sauce!
This sauce tastes great on anything. It is nutty and warm, with a hint of Asian flair. And best of all, it is NOT. PEANUT BUTTERY. AT. ALL. Win!
I've dipped it in raw veggies as well as poured it over ramen noodles and steamed veggies.
I'm sure with a little more rice wine vinegar, this would make a great salad dressing! I want to make lettuce wraps to dip in this... Yum.
Quick and Easy Peanut Sauce
1/4 c low sodium soy sauce
1/4 c natural peanut butter, or if you are still afraid of this tasting like peanut butter, start with 1/8 c
1 T brown sugar
1 T rice wine vinegar
1 1/2 c water
1/4 t onion powder
1/4 t garlic powder
Dash of sriratcha
1/4- 1/2 t xantham gum, optional*
The process for making this sauce is embarrassingly easy. Add all of the ingredients into a blender and process until smooth. That's it!
*I added in the xantham gum to help thicken this sauce. It is totally optional. If you want the sauce to be thicker without adding in the xantham gum, try adding in less water or heat over the stove for a few minutes on low medium heat.