Easy No Cook Thai Peanut Sauce


I love peanut butter. Creamy peanut butter and milk sweet from coconuts and toasted sesame oil and oh- the saltiness of saucy soy.

But I love ‘easy,’ and I mean easy, heaps and gobs more.


I love breezy and quick and things that rhyme with simple.

(I can only think of pimple and dimple…tell me you have more)

And so, aside from the crispy fried tofu sitting in between the strands of spicy peanut buttered and sauced noodles, this Thai dish is just that: quick and easy.


Because I’m thinking you’re like me

and on Mondays and Tuesdays

and occasionally Wednesdays,

fine- Thursdays, too,

I want to eat a meal that makes my taste buds tingle, that tastes complex, exotic, and ultra-satisfying, but leaves me ample time to watch DVD season upon DVD season of Gilmore Girls. Then I want to do the NY Times crossword puzzle in bed and make a few dozen dreamy lists.

Here, I’ve whipped up a soy sauce and coconut milk meet- and quite adore– peanut butter sauce. It’s satiny and rich with salty, roasted flavor. The sauce itself- a perfect blend of creamy, sweet, sour, and savory, requires no cooking and will happily lay lustrous on any noodles you’ve got in your pantry.

Recommended: Serve with Crispy Fried Tofu

Easy No Cook Thai Peanut Sauce

Easy Thai peanut sauce that you can whip up in no time!
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Condiments
Cuisine: Thai
Keyword: easy Thai peanut sauce, peanut sauce recipe, Thai peanut sauce recipe
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 146kcal


  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Sriracha or more depending on spice preference
  • 1- inch fresh ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro


  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender and pulse until smooth. Let sit for at least 1 hour before serving so that flavors can blend and intensify.


Serving: 2g | Calories: 146kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 12g | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g


35 thoughts on “Easy No Cook Thai Peanut Sauce

  1. Ellen Renee

    I am new to the coconut milk (going to make the jerk chicken/rice/cauliflower recipes this weekend) and only using 3 Tbsp – does the milk keep a while stored in the refrigerator after opening?

  2. Lauren

    Mmmmmmmm…I think I’ve found what we’re making this weekend. Last weekend was your delish chicken noodle soup (we used quinoa shells)…amazing. Thanks!

  3. The White Plates

    Re: Ellen & Leftover Coconut Milk

    Coconut milk is really easy to save! Just give it a stir in the can and then pour it into a medium Ziplock bag. Lay the bag flat in your freezer and you’ll end up with a thin slab of coconut milk that you can break chunks off whenever you need them! It’s so convenient!

    (I do this with other things too, like homemade chipotle puree, leftover pasta sauce, etc.)

    1. Ellen Renee

      THANK YOU!! I have never purchased that before – went to the store today and it was almost $6.oo for 1 can – is this typical??!! I sure don’t want to be wasting it.

      1. Melissa

        Look for coconut milk at trader joe’s. They don’t always have it, but when they do it’s the best price in town. It comes in a green/black/yellow can.

        1. ellen renee

          Unfortunately I live in southern Illinois and I don’t have stores like that anywhere near me – nearest Whole Foods is 3 hours away. I will check out the stores in Evansville, Ind. next time we go – that is only 1 hour away!

          1. Melissa

            They have coconut milk at stores like Randall’s/Safeway, Albertson’s, Winn Dixie, Publix, Kroger, Walmart, HEB, etc. Any local grocery store in the Asian food aisle.

  4. Leslie Lockhart

    Question… would this sauce work as a dressing on a salad? I’m obsessed over an asian salad at a cute restaurant in Athens, GA- 4 hours away- :( I crave it but wouldn’t have the foggiest idea how to recreate it. This is tempting!! Thanks, Andie!!

  5. Megly

    Very VERY excited about this recipe. Will be making this soon. And gah! That tofu looks so fantastic! I can’t believe you can even sell people on tofu ;)

  6. Rubee

    Just happened to come upon your blog the other day. What a great journey you’ve been on and how wonderful you look now. Congrats on overcoming your struggle.
    Your recipes look amazing and healthy too. I am anxious to try many of them.
    Continued success to you :)

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  8. Mara

    I make tons of online recipes, and don’t ever comment (until today), but I just made this for the first time and it was so quick and delicious, I had to say thank you! As a person who frequently cooks just for one, having something quick and scalable that still tastes great is truly invaluable to me. This is going on the keeper list!

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  12. Sarah

    This sounds delicious and it sounds as if it is a good blend of Asian flavors (a bit of Vietnamese from the fish sauce, Korean from the Sriracha etc…). How many servings does this recipe make? Thank you for sharing!

    1. Andie

      Hey Sarah,

      Thanks! The recipe makes about 3/4 cup of sauce (about 4 servings if just using sauce). For a meal, I’d recommend boiling 12 ounces of uncooked pasta and pouring all of the sauce over the hot pasta to coat. It should be suitable for 4 servings.


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